Illawarra Mercury Letters to the Editor, April 15, 2007.

Benefits are endless

I write in support of the proposal to build a motor sport complex in Nowra NSW.

Federal funding was allocated through the National Stronger Regions Fund, this allocation requires applicants to present a strong case demonstrating the economic benefits of any project submitted, evidence that due diligence has been carried out .

The proposal also has widespread community support from local businesses that recognise the possible benefits of having such a facility in the area.

Many employment opportunities directly stemming from this proposal exist, from the initial construction phase through operation and maintenance of the facility, as well as visitor created increases in demand for accommodation, fuel and food.

Many motorsport competitors and spectators will spend extra days in an area to extend a trip away, meaning further opportunities for many other local tourism and entertainment operators.

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that quite a number of local motor enthusiasts would build vehicles of varying levels to be able to compete at this facility, this requires more monies injected into the local economy, via various purchases of parts and labour through automotive businesses such as our own.

There has also been discussion re the use of the proposed facility for driver training activities both of a commercial nature and also as an introduction to driving and road safety for high school students.

Any commercial use for driver training has the potential to generate income and employment and flow on effects for the local economy. The opportunity to train our young people properly has inestimable benefit to the community, if we can make our youth safer on the roads we will of course be better off  financially, but on a social basis if we could save just one young life it would be well worth the effort.

Harder to quantify is the benefit to the community in having a top class, worthwhile facility in our area. The Shoalhaven often receives negative attention for a number of reasons areas such as the ice problem, unemployment rates etc and something that gives people reason to be proud to say they come from this area can only have positive outcomes.

It has been suggested that having a motorsport complex would help keep hoons off the streets and also reduce number of people illegally using and abusing National Park areas for recreational motoring activities.

I’m not sure how this could be quantified but there certainly is the potential for a reduction of these unwanted activities. 

After many modifications to the proposal to address noise and traffic considerations and the purported threat to rare fauna which have meant the process has been going on for seven years and cost the applicant over $1m,  we have reached the point where a small grouping of rare orchids have brought this valuable project to a halt.

Richard Mahoney, Nowra

What are you suggesting?

Response to the letter by Matty Ryan, "UMPIRE'S DECISION" Mercury, Thursday April 6, 2017. I question whether Mr Ryan understands what he is saying?

If one of the two billionaires mentioned in Mr Ryan's letter invests in business which leads to economic activity, jobs and increased tax revenue for the government, then I would suggest that is positive for the economy, the unemployed and sustaining welfare payments?

What has a reduction in penalty rates got to do with working people and their grandchildren's future?

Or, is Mr Ryan suggesting that penalty rates should be an automatic per-condition of every job? Yet, union's have made enterprise agreements where penalty rates were reduced to the levels "currently" suggested by the Fair Work Commission. So does it matter, Mr Ryan that your own side has supported reductions in penalty rates?

Adrian Devlin, Fairy Meadow

Art: Mike Morphett shows one of the creations at Wollongong Botanic Garden. Send photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.

Art: Mike Morphett shows one of the creations at Wollongong Botanic Garden. Send photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.