Letters to the editor | July 14

Would you like guidelines with that

The Goulburn Post has published two recent letters from Don Fischer objecting to Goulburn Mulwaree Council’s outdoor dining guidelines.

Mr Fischer is clearly of the opinion that the guidelines are a waste of time and simply unnecessary, which is puzzling.

If I was to open an eatery in Auburn Street, should I be able to nick down to Kmart and buy a few plastic chairs and beach umbrellas and just plonk them on the footpath outside my shop? Of course not. Standards are important.

Also, Mr Fisher takes issue with the council using the Sydney City Council outdoor dining guidelines as a template for Goulburn. That council looks after suburbs as diverse as Elizabeth Bay, Annandale and Redfern. Who would be a better authority on the subject than them?

Preserving the streetscape is very important, as the Goulburn Evening Penny Post on July 19, 1937 in an editorial stated: ‘Auburn Street is Goulburn’s showplace and as such serves as an excellent advertisement for the city. It should have the best because Goulburn’s business street deserves the best. It is a street, of which every resident, as well as retailer, is proud.’

Does Mr Fischer really want to run the risk that Auburn Street will end up looking like some unregulated third world backstreet bazaar? We need a few basic rules. 

I`m sure that if his neighbour were to paint his house purple with orange stripes, I know who would be complaining to the council that very day.

Peter Riley, Penrith

Parks are for children

Goulburn Mulwaree Council has no right to even consider selling any part of Manfred [Park] to developers (‘Developer pushes council for access’, GP, 12/7).

This park was given to the children of Goulburn by C.E. Manfred 100 years ago, [with] a cricket pitch and play areas.

Developers have a lot more choices in Goulburn other than taking parks away from children. What about south Goulburn, Bradfordville and Mary’s Mount Road, for starters. There are also numerous members of the Manfred family still alive to consider before developers. 

This paper has just run a story of the biggest waste of an historical site by developers when they tore down the Odeon Theatre to replace it with a pub, which only lasted two days before being sold to a supermarket.

Developers have only one thing on their minds: money at any cost.

Frederick P. Grady, Goulburn

Add extractive industries to prohibited donors list

In reference to the recent NSW Land and Environment Court approval of Gunlake Quarry’s expansion, we note with some concern that local resident have voiced their opinion that they have been excluded from the process and have been left abandoned by the NSW Government.

Goulburn Labor once again calls on Goulburn Mulwaree’s members of state and federal parliament to add extractive industries such as oil and gas extraction, coal seam gas, mining, dredging and quarrying to the list of prohibited political donors to ensure transparency and to restore faith in the political process.

It is not too late to salvage what remains of Marulan’s faith in governmental checks and balances by their local Members of Parliament standing up and acting on their behalf. We ask Ms Goward to intervene and ensure that the concerns of local residents are addressed.

Jason Shepherd, president, Goulburn Labor

Boring as boring can be

Re ‘Banking on a new motel’ (GP, 11/7). It is a good idea to convert the [former Rural Bank] building into a motel. But the four-storey addition is mediocre and not inspiring. Boring as boring can be. The addition should be hidden from view from the street or look like the rest of the building.

Lindsay Allen, Goulburn

1st NSW Mounted Rifles

I am researching the regimental history of the 1st NSW Mounted Rifles contingent that served in the Boer War 1899-1901. My work on Victorian contingents that served in the Boer War is well documented.

As part of the NSWMR history, I intend providing a small biography on every man who served in the five squadrons – all 666 of them – that constituted the 1st contingent. I will certainly need a great deal of help from descendants and local communities in that regard, and interested parties from associations such as history societies, family history groups or genealogical societies, who might be able to provide primary source material.

These were the men who sailed on the steamships Aberdeen and Southern Cross to the war in South Africa in 1899 and 1900; who fought at Klip Drift, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Poplar Grove, Abrahams Kraal and Osfontein; and later acted as the van of Lord Roberts’ Grand Army that marched from Bloemfontein to Pretoria from April to June 1900. They were to fight at Diamond Hill and chase the Boer General Christiaan De Wet, with epic engagements at Palmietfontein, Bothaville and Rensberg Drift, where they captured one of De Wet’s artillery pieces, which can be seen today in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Many chose to return to South Africa with successive contingents and certainly enhanced the reputation of Australian Mounted Infantrymen. Their history needs to be written, for there is much to be proud of. Even if there is no memorabilia of South African service, personal information on the lads will be as valuable if a comprehensive biography is to be provided.

Please email jerwfd@optusnet.com.au or write to PO Box 42, Bulleen VIC 3105. 

Robin Droogleever, Bulleen VIC