The first step towards preventing the development of "New Tokyo" (Ross James' excellent letter of 26 June) is to remind our Councillors that they are elected to represent the wishes and best interests of ratepayers, rather than to be "but an instrument of the State, a delivery arm of the State", to quote Warringah Mayor Michael Regan.
Clarifying or re-aligning the fundamental rôle or function of local government is more important than discussing how many councils we should have.
Secondly, we have the two main proponents of "growth at any cost", the Prime Minister and Premier, as local MPs. Surely as their electors we have some influence?
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.