Letters to the editor July 13 2018

GOLDEN SUNRISE: Second day in a row by Arthur Booth.  Send us your photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.
GOLDEN SUNRISE: Second day in a row by Arthur Booth. Send us your photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.


The number of deaths relating to ice and methamphetamines has doubled in seven years.

Family members, friends, police, emergency and health workers bear the brunt of the devastation this cheap and addictive drug causes.

We can’t keep doing what we are doing – because it just isn’t working.

That is why I have announced that a future Labor Government will combat the scourge of ice with our plan for the compulsory detoxification and rehabilitation of severe ice addicts.

If Labor is elected to govern NSW next March, we will open six clinics across the state for the mandatory detoxification and rehabilitation of patients.  These clinics will treat up to 1300 ice addicts a year.

Specially trained nurses, health professionals and security guards will take the most dangerous ice addicts off our streets, out of our State’s emergency departments and get them the help they need.

Labor’s plan protects the community and provides individual addicts with the intensive treatment they need to recover from their addiction.

Luke Foley MP, NSW Labor Leader


In making a “robo-call” on behalf of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party in the bi-election for the Queensland seat of Longman, Mark Latham has finally sunk to a level of political irrelevance possibly never before plumbed  by any former leader of the ALP.

Political historians would need to go back to the times of Billy Hughes for any comparable demonstration of rampant egoism and treachery as Latham has achieved in 2018.

Only time and, the bi-election ballot boxes will tell if the Australian voting public has been influenced by the bitterness toward Bill Shorten of failed ALP leader, Mark Latham.

Barry Swan, Balgownie


The Fairy Creek Master Plan provides for a wide concrete pavement to be built along the Greenacre Reserve between Foley Street and Gilmore Street, the area being formerly part of the Mt Keira Mine train line.

This area is infrequently used by dog walkers and joggers and should remain in its natural state.

If the council wishes to spend large amounts of public money on concrete paving it should be spent on providing footpaths in the same area. The corner of Greenacre Road is a disgrace and a footpath is long overdue.

With the number of commuters to either the university or the two hospitals, Greenacre Road, Mercury, Dudley and Matthews Streets are parked out with young women with strollers and elderly people required to use the road way due to the very uneven surfaces of the misnamed "nature strips".

The council needs to prioritise the implementation of pavements in the city.

Ron Johnston, Wollongong


Solar Energy could provide a wealth of opportunities for the Wollongong and Southern Highlands regions with an established manufacturing base.

There is engineering expertise, fabrication, an ability to manufacture components and a well trained and experienced artisans and craftspeople.

There is also a progressive university and a well experienced TAFE system, if the government allows it to survive

Peter Corkish, Wollongong



8 carriage commuter trains, yet 50 carriage coal trains & stations that would take at least 12 cars, possibly 15. Why not trial 10 carriages on the 6, 7, 8am services. See if it helps?

_ Paul.