New Year is usually a time for optimism and positivity, but perhaps it would also be salutary to reflect on what won’t be with us this time next year.
Although Stage 2 of the Northern Beaches Hospital roading proposals has not yet been approved, within a fortnight the little community hub of Bantry Bay shops will be empty, soon to be demolished, its businesses effectively evicted by a State government intent on destroying the suburb of Frenchs Forest by building a hospital in what the Department of Health's own “Development Options Business Case” acknowledges is the wrong location.
Across the road from the shops is the Brick Pit Reserve, a pretty and historic recreation area, also doomed.
Does no-one care any more?
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.