So 62 householders, who have lovingly tended and maintained their pleasant, leafy suburban properties for umpteen years, now think they should bequeath to posterity a 4.3 hectare slab of concrete. What unspeakable greed and irresponsibility!
But I have to disappoint them. What they are hoping to do is incompatible with Warringah Council’s Vision to “protect the environment”, and their stated policy that growth "won’t compromise our way of life”.
So it won’t, can’t, mustn’t happen. The State government is already destroying more than enough of the suburb. It’s up to the Council (which we have fought to preserve) to protect what’s left.
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.