HISTORY AND SHAME
So a property at Sandon Point has sold for a record $3.6 million?
I wonder if the buyer knows it is built on sacred Aboriginal land?
Stolen Aboriginal land granted to a white settler - without a treaty.
That men, O'Brien, was later involved in a massacre.
Those McMansions are built where over 2000 artefacts were found on an Aboriginal tool site in that area - now held by National Parks Service - and over 100 'Permits to destroy Aboriginal heritage' were issued to build those houses.
Government Ministers cooperated with Wollongong council in actions that were at times inexplicable unless they were corrupt.
The Department of Planning changed legislation specifically to get around charges brought by a wide community of Aboriginals and White residents.
And now, 15 years later, they are still dividing the Aboriginal community over providing a Keeping place for the artefacts and a board of management for the declared Aboriginal place area.
However the beach has now gone, totally eroded, and since there is no solid rock cliff, and a lot of landfill, it is likely that many of those houses will be encroached by the sea in the future.
There is a lot of history and shame behind that view for $3.6 million.
Jill Walker, Bulli
PICK UP YOUR GAME
My wife and I feel compelled to write this letter. We are holidaymakers at Shellharbour Village over many years with friends residents in the area and having intentions to move there ourselves.
Shellharbour Village is a lovely, relaxing location with the shopkeepers and local residents representing the lovely location it is.
However It has been particularly disappointing in the past few years to observe the continuing lack of love and interest in Shellharbour Village by the local council.
The Shellharbour Village marina with a bit of foresight and investment by council would easily become a great attraction to the South Coast through creating boardwalks across the breakwater walls.
The lack of concern to the appearance and maintenance of the village ocean wall swimming pool, the appalling upkeep of the garden memorial adjacent to the marina, to those who lost their lives in wars representing our country and the south coast, is a disgrace.
What no doubt was once a beautiful garden memorial has been left to become an overgrown garden of weeds and bike racks.
Come on Shellharbour Council please pick up your game and restore Shellharbour Village to the attraction that after all, created Shellharbour.
Mark and Anne Pigram, Westmead
FEELING THE HEAT
I have been dismayed to see that the majority of new houses being built in my neighbourhood have black or dark grey roofs.
In the summer months, these black roofs get so hot you could fry an egg on them.
Black roofs absorb roughly twice as much heat from the sun as white roofs.
Even with insulation in the roof, some of this heat will make it into the house, increasing the cost of cooling the house in summer.
Some of the heat also warms up the air around the house, causing whole suburbs to be a few degrees hotter.
Couple this with a lack of eaves and a lack of trees in new suburbs and you would think we enjoy overheating
Mithra Cox, Corrimal
PM MUST STAND DOWN
The latest newspoll is revealing.
In the interests of public confidence the Prime Minister must do the honourable thing and stand aside in order to reinvigorate the party with fresh leadership.
D J Preece, Balgownie