Letters to the editor: April 19

Carmichael Coal Mine

Goulburn Labor urges Queensland Labor and Federal Labor to oppose the Carmichael Mega Coal Mine proposed by Indian company Adani to be located in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. 

Our fear is for the future of Australia and the planet as a whole that if such vast coal deposit is dug up and used it create untold tonnes of pollution, increase the severity of climate change and irreversibly damage the Great Barrier Reef.

The risk is unacceptable particularly when the rest of the world is turning to renewables.

The Reef creates and maintains tens of thousands of jobs for Australian Workers, and there is little, if any benefit for Australians in the deal. 

Jason Shepherd, President, Goulburn Labor

Friday is good already

Last week, some (Fairfax) newspapers carried an article about “how Good Friday in Australia compares to the rest of the world”.

Saying that: “Good Friday just got slightly more lively in Australia” … referring to the (yawn) AFL football match.

What could be more unlively than large, sweaty men brawling for possession of a ball?

And that: “… still the quietest day of the year … Good Friday is no big deal”.


Quietness is a very big deal: a scarce commodity, worth cherishing where it survives.

Quiet minds become full of thoughts: about life, about purpose, about meaning, about God.

Yet mostly, don’t we avoid quiet, preferring distractions?

About food, about feeling good, about kidding ourselves we look good?

Arnold Jago, Nichols Point


Holidaymakers and locals alike are being invited to upload videos and photos of their most memorable Regional NSW experiences to visitnsw.com/ilovensw using #ILoveNSW.

These first-hand tips and recommendations will promote Regional NSW as an outstanding short break and holiday destination through the eyes of the people who love it most.

The best video and photo submissions, showcasing the unique regions and experiences in NSW, will be heroed in a series of eight curated short films that demonstrate how rich and diverse the State is, ripe with endless holiday opportunities.

Holidaying locally remains a popular choice for Australians, with regional NSW receiving more than 20.6 million domestic overnight visitors in the year ending 2016, up by 6.8 per cent.

Locals and visitors are encouraged to upload their best holiday videos or happy snaps for a chance to win a photography prize pack. Photo: Brittany Murphy

Locals and visitors are encouraged to upload their best holiday videos or happy snaps for a chance to win a photography prize pack. Photo: Brittany Murphy

Regional NSW offers great diversity of experience including awe-inspiring national parks, pristine beaches and coastline, historic homesteads and farmstays, enlightening Indigenous experiences, immersive art trails, delicious food and wine, and an exciting calendar of regional events.

Upload inspirational holiday videos at visitnsw.com/ilovensw. Share holiday snaps on Instagram and Twitter using #ILoveNSW.

#ILoveNSW runs for eight weeks, with eight finalists to be announced on June 5. The best video contributions will win a Canon prize pack, which includes a Canon EOS M3 Single Lens Kit and a photography tutorial.

Sandra Chipchase, chief executive, Destination NSW

A quick tip to go slow

As people return from their … holidays, the last thing we want is to see is a tragic scene where someone has lost their life or killed another, simply because they are rushing. With a combination of heavy traffic and people not obeying the law, I fear we could see more people die on our roads.

Please slow down. It is more important to get you and your family home safe than to not get home at all.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, Traffic & Highway Patrol Command