Where has Patricia Baker been for the past few years? (Your Say, 9Dec)
We fought them in 2010/11 and thought we had won. The proposal was withdrawn. But then our local member, Brad Hazzard, became Planning Minister, and on 16 Oct 2012 signed the Order designating the Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct, implementing a flawed 2006 decision based on a 2005 study, without reviewing or updating it.
Local Government asks us how we would like to see things, but State Government says 'This is what's going to happen'. And now a State Government employee is running our local council.
Short of armed insurrection, or waiting until the next election, does Ms Baker have any suggestions?
There aren't too many ways available for venting one's anger or frustration at some of the things happening in the world around us. One such escape valve is the good old Letter to the Editor, even if only a small proportion of them gets published. It is often well-nigh impossible to keep the discussion short enough for the newspapers. So rather that have them expire in some Editor's Trash bin, we'll preserve them for posterity here. Inevitably, though, some nuances will be lost for those unfamiliar with the background or the letter or article to which we are responding. But each is undoubtedly a miniature literary masterpiece, though you may find the themes become somewhat repetitive.