Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor

I would like to add my two bob to the Richardson Road Reservoir debate.

I have been a keen observer of the reservoir over the past ten years by way of its capacity to reduce nagging to a tolerable level. Grab the fishing rod and a couple of stubbies and watch the float jiggle as the trout play with the hook while surrounded by an absolute Tasmanian  diamond. I sat on the wall one day while a platypus and  two pups swam at my feet. I blinked, they crash dived and came up for air about 30 meters away. Continue reading

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor.

As the war propaganda machine went into top gear this past ANZAC week (and ongoing, no doubt) teaching our kids the ‘necessity’ and ‘justification’ of war with the saturation of war movies, personal anecdotes, commentaries and all the other paraphernalia that governments orchestrate when they want war support from the people they are supposed to be protecting – I went  further and further into despair.

Lately, it was like living it all again –  just like all I’ve been reading about and experiencing all my life. Like the deceit all over Europe that was confronting the masses, while Wall Street financed Hitler (a drop in the bucket). Continue reading

Letter to the Editor

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Email: [email protected]

Wendy Dawson, Editor

Valley and East Coast Voice Inc.

St Marys TAS 7215

Dear Ms Dawson

Richardson road dam – St Marys

I refer to our previous emails in regard to the existing status of Crown Land containing the Richardson Road dam.

I also refer to previous emails and telephone conversations between Acting Break O’Day Council Mayor Hannah Rubenach and myself regarding this matter.

I have undertaken some research into the Crown land and the dam and can provide the following information:

The Crown land has a status of unallocated and was accessed in 2006 under the Crown Land Assessment and Classification Project (CLAC). The dam was noted within the report and comments were sought from the Break O’Day Council.

In 2007, Break O’Day Council comments noted that the land contained water supply infrastructure used for emergency purposes only and would consider having the site containing the dam transferred to local government ownership. Continue reading

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

The Cornwall Community Development Group put in a request to the committee of the St Marys Memorial Services Association asking if we would collaborate with them to commemorate A.N.Z.A.C Day Services.  It was put forward for discussion and all members were in agreement.  It was decided to alternate the dawn and 11am service each year.  Therefore, on the 25th April St Marys will hold the Dawn Service starting at 6am followed by a Gunfire Breakfast. Cornwall will hold the 11am Service.

Next year St Marys will perform the 11am and Cornwall the 6am.  We hope that this partnership will be met favourably by the community so we can all come together to remember our fallen.

Lest we forget.

Wendy Brennan, for and on behalf of the St Marys Memorial Services Association

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I have lived in St Marys for the past 14 years and have always walked up Richardsons Road past the recently drained dam.  I understand the dam was drained because of one complaint to TasWater that the water was gushing down the creek.  I have never seen the creek gushing! I rang TasWater, then the Council, and was told that a platypus put a hole in the structure. It’s concrete! Maybe I am wrong but I find this ridiculous. The Council told me they won’t reconsider refilling the dam till they know the structure is sound.

So are we indefinitely left with this dangerous smelly eyesore? And of course no one considered the poor animals and birdlife that drink and live at the dam.

Kate Almond, St Marys

Members would like to express our sincere gratitude to Diana Foster who, by her own volition and with no  solicitation from any of our members, wrote to the Examiner with a story of the Guild’s theft which has led to the many donations and well wishes from all corners of the state.

A thank you to Veronica Jupp from St Helens Books Café, Rita and Ian Summers,  Surf Coast Realty, Mad Mudd, River and Willow, Peter and Bev Rubenach,  the Wildlife Carers from St Marys,  the Valley Voice and to all the people who have donated anonymously.

A    special thank you to police officer John Chandler whose professionalism has been exemplary and who has kept us continually informed, and to  the Break O’Day Council.

We apologise if we have left anyone out – it would not be intentional.

Finally, many thanks to all who have bought one of our raffle tickets from trusty ticket seller Lorraine Gill.

Wendy Brennan


BreakO’Day Woodcraft Guild

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor

I was very pleased to see nearly 40 people come to  St Marys Town hall on 10th November for the screening of  “Mary Meets Mohammad”. It was a great opportunity for people to become more educated on the asylum seeker issue occurring in Australia at the moment.  Did you know Australia is the only western nation that has mandatory indefinite detention for asylum seekers arriving by boat?  Did you know Australia receives only 0.3% of the world’s refugees?  Did you know that it costs $450,000 a year to detain someone on Nauru or Manus Island, but only about $30,000 a year if they were  allowed to live in the  community while being processed?

Many thanks to Melanie Norton and her wonderful team from the Salvation Army (Don and Stuart) for providing the electronic equipment for the screening, and thanks to the lovely ladies (I believe it was Michelle, Brittany and Wendy) who helped set up the chairs.  Also, thanks to the Break O’Day Council for providing a fee waiver for the hire of the hall.  Several people have suggested a local group should be formed that could find ways to encourage asylum seekers to come to our area – anyone interested?

Remember, it is not illegal to seek asylum, even if arriving by boat.

Hannah Rubenach, St Marys.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor.

I have read and re-read Cagerattler’s article in the Valley Voice (Nov.7th) regarding the proposed streetscape plans for St. Marys, and his sentiments seem to be at odds with those of the majority of St. Marys’ residents and shopkeepers in particular. I was under the impression that very few, if anyone, actually desired the plan to go ahead mainly because of the drastic loss of car parking spaces that would be involved. So is Cagerattler backing this proposal or have I misunderstood him? Certainly the ‘steps’ between pavement and roadway at the front of the shops could do with modification to improve safety, but to my mind the rest of the proposal is totally unnecessary and would have been a waste of money – our money.

Also, it would be refreshing to be able to read something akin to Cagerattler’s previous topics, without referring once again to the Elections.   It is bad enough now having to hear all the hype regarding the forthcoming State elections, without back-tracking to the Federal result whether it is to our liking or not.

Sorry Cagerattler, but that is what I think.

Toni Brewster, Chain of Lagoons.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor

Response to Tony Story (Vol. 46 No. 12).

Wow, and thank you for your letter. Yes, Dr Story/Storey, is in fact Dr George Fordyce.

The Cottons of Kelvedon, Francis and Anna Maria(Tilney) Cotton, have a private family cemetery on the Kelvedon property; although I have not inspected this  myself (on the to do list) I have been sent pictures.  When Dr Story’s health is in decline, it is noted amongst the Cotton family in their letters. I would be eager to swap notes at some time as I am keen to connect as much early Tasmanian information as possible.

If you have followed this anecdotal account from the start, it may be apparent that I was making private records to gain perspective of my family  history in a  touchy/feely  informal way – but then I got hooked. I’ve followed my family’s early roots from the Buckland, Springbay and Maria Island communities (and still going). Then, this wasn’t enough because although the people were linked everyone  (yep, everyone) was a character – perhaps because of the sparse population.  I became fascinated and passionate with absolutely everyone’s history and the community’s evolvement and ties.

Through historical papers, old newspapers, inquests, court hearings, wills, electoral roles, other historians, family members, personal letters and many hours in the archives,(with an increase in my glasses strength) the addiction started. Some minor events have been edited out for the Valley Voice, however  in my family compilation I have a brief summary of all characters mentioned. I’ve traced the family trees of some to track the inter-familial  junctions, where they had settled, and yes, to find the colourful   characters.

Admittedly I’m no writer – just got the bug now.

I hope you’ll submit your  stories to the Valley Voice as  your ties to the area are closer  than mine.

When the Valley Voice was looking for input I tried to inspire a few people to write but they were either too shy or just unsure; so I bit the bullet and thought if I start hopefully a few more will come forward with more local content. I for one am looking forward to reading more material of that nature  and I hope you will share yours.

Thanx for reading

Lynne Dawes, Seven Mile Beach.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor

Diana Foster’s idea of People Poles (V.V. September 26th) is brilliant!

How about their ‘home’ being on the block on the corner of Groom and Story Street? David Clement had a vision for this site being a memorial/historic sculpture park.  It is ideally suited with the historic cottages still existing on Groom Street.

We have a similar idea as Diana for the three huge aged radia pines on Dalmayne Road.  We have approached BODC about this.  We envisage lopping the trees then cutting sections in the butts and painting murals in each section of the history of Gray: Dalmayne Coal Mine, Gray Post Office, the Gray School, the two churches and Tassie tigers at Thorne’s Marsh.

Removing old historic trees in an  area eliminates hazards and creates tourist attractions as is apparent at Campbell Town, Perth, St Helens etc. Every town has the right to preserve and display its historic identity. Speaking of which, we have another idea – a convict memorial cemetery at the river front by the old jail in Fingal similar to the Convict Cemetery at Glen Dhu, Launceston. Ideas need translating to action so where do we go from here?

Peter and Beverley Rubenach, Gray.