Letters to the editor June 18 2017

MAGIC VIEW: From Bald Hill by Anita Pallas. Send your pictures to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.
MAGIC VIEW: From Bald Hill by Anita Pallas. Send your pictures to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.


The current congestion on major roads of the Illawarra and Shoalhaven, could be greatly ameliorated if the rail service between both and Sydney were to be upgraded. More services with carriage sets of sufficient capacity to meet the need would be a great start.

The availability of such a service would encourage many road users; who in an ever increasing traffic volume, compete for road space every day, to consider rail travel as a possible option.

Another more radical measure of inducement to travel by rail would be a 12-month trial of free travel on the South Coast line. Now while the concept of free rail travel would be seen by politicians and other vested interests as being as fanciful as the Berejiklian government installing lifts at Unanderra railway station the justification for both can be forcibly argued.

Barry Swan, Balgownie 


The Salvation Army would like to send a big thank you to the Australian public for its incredible support of this year’s Red Shield Appeal. There is great need in our community and the Salvos would not be able to give hope to Australians doing it tough without the overwhelming generosity of the public each year.

We are especially grateful to the thousands of volunteers who assisted us over the Red Shield Doorknock weekend to help those in need. We are heartened to see the Australian public unite to give hope where it’s needed most.

Leigh Cleave, Communications and fundraising director, The Salvation Army


In response to the letter by Reg Wilding "Storm brewing and Trump is at Centre" (Illawarra Mercury, Monday June 12, 2017), just of interest, if we do not need coal anymore Mr Wilding are you going to make wind turbines out of cardboard?

When US President Donald Trump announced America's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Accord he explained how the US would suffer under the agreement with huge losses in local manufacturing and production along with millions on the unemployment line. Mr Wilding has sold out blue collar workers and their families for the elite corporate and political world of clean energy.

Coal and nuclear are still the best at producing cheap and reliable power, but as usual environmental-socialists talk down both these plentiful energy sources.

So they real do not care about those on low incomes and pensioners paying high electricity prices for unreliable power. Claiming that clean energy will produce a more inclusive society is just garbage.

Mr Wilding should be ashamed of himself for supporting an international UN agenda that will damage his own country for generations.

Adrian Devlin, Fairy Meadow


Conservative voters you are the reason this country (one of the most economic stable countries 2008-9) is in a mess and an economic slide. You are the ones who voted “no carbon tax Tony” into government.  

To find carbon emissions dropped 11 per cent under Gillard whilst under the conservatives they ended up where they were before and much higher from  a policy that paid and still does polluters to non-pollute and farmers to plant trees.

You were the ones who put your faith in Malcolm Turnbull to “turn things around”; only to find a “blank card”. A Prime Minister with a “ho-hum” attitude.  

A disciple of Donald Trump, where climate change brings no more than a “raised eyebrow” and the authority of other port-folio responsibilities fast tracked to corporations as unqualified gifts from the Australian taxpayer. An invitation from cabinet to exploit at will. So I say to you all…do not blame me. I had nothing to do with it.

John Macleod, Berry


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