Who is to blame?
I am writing regarding the blackouts from Sunday 16th to Monday 17th of December. It has been reported that 2500+ homes were affected by the loss of power.
I called Essential Energy and asked who was going to refund the losses of food etc.
The response was that as it was storm damage I would have to claim against my home insurance (they didn’t want to know that there is a $500 excess for a claim).
Now according to the SMS I received on Monday at 12.37pm, and I quote:
“Essential Energy crews continue to make repairs after Sunday’s storms and remain on track to restore power to all customers by late afternoon. The location of the storm damage has made repairs are difficult as vehicles are unable to gain access. Residents may see a helicopter which is assisting with power restoration efforts. We thank you for your continued understanding. Do not respond. Sent by Essential Energy.”
Is it the fault of the storms that Essential Energy cannot access their poles and lines or is it poor management and maintenance of their assets.
Is anyone thinking about a class action against Essential Energy?
Upon reading the article that water restrictions maybe implemented in Tamworth, I’m appalled that this has not been done in the last six months considering we have been experiencing the worst drought conditions since at least the 1960’s.
Tamworth is going ahead in leaps and bounds, but unless we seriously address the water situation as the first major infrastructure nothing else is going to follow on.
We have two major sources of supply, Chaffey dam and Dungowan dam.
Barnaby Joyce soured funding for assistance with Dungowan dam upgrade, Chaffey recently had a major upgrade … please use these funds before they disappear to provide an ongoing reliable supply of water to Tamworth, and implement restrictions to conserve what we have left at this time.
I read with interest an article in the Sun Herald addressing the cost of swimming pools provided by city Councils.
We are not alone here in Tamworth trying to find a solution to this catch 22 problem.
Swimming pools alone will never pay for themselves, a Parramatta councillor comments. Many councils have found that there is little money available for their grandiose plans and have to reconsider.
Such icons as Balmain, North Sydney, Parramatta and Lane Cove pools are mentioned. With these councils all with their hands out poor old Tamworth will be at the end of the queue I think.
So, yes we would like a state of the art pool but, can we afford it, NO. Realistically we will be on our own financially unless, there is an entrepreneurial backer out there. Which means we would be selling Tamworth to the devil of corporate finance.
Solution, redevelop both pools over a say 10-year period. One as a serious training and competitive venue, the other as a community recreational facility. Aiming to enclose both pools over the period. Possibly add an additional pool at South Tamworth using the same pumping filtration infrastructure.
Do it now though. Councillors, get your heads out of the clouds, put you feet on the ground, and get cracking.
This is not to hard, it just takes commitment.