Coal power and neoliberalism
People seem to forget that Tony Abbott as PM initiated the "Asset Recycling" plan that ensured the NSW government sold off its electricity generation plants and the "Poles and Wires" of the grid.
The great principle of the free market was spouted to ensure electricity prices would fall and these privatised services would then invest in future power generation plants. They took the money and did little else. Now our brilliant federal government want to enter the power production game with a couple of coal power plants to be built at our expense.
There is a strong possibility that we will pay for these plants to be built and then they will be sold, at about 1/750th of the actual value, to a few rich mates. It happened with Vales Point and it will happen again.
Gee, this free market stuff is expensive and we keep having to pay for it. But it does make a very large profit for some. Privatise the profits and socialise the costs is the coalition's mantra.
Andrew Brown, Bowling Alley Point
I would just like to comment on the newly refurbished Tamworth Airport. The interior really looks like it has been done on the cheap! The car park looks like a barren desert with no trees or shade and the outside aesthetics are non-existent!
Tamworth Council has seriously been shown up by Armidale Council who have done a magnificent job on their airport refurb! We look like the poor cousin!
Denise McHugh, Calala
New England heats up
Barnaby Joyce is content to keep stoking the climate fires because other countries are doing it. He went to Riverview College but obviously learnt nothing. People learn by example and leadership is the act of setting the right example for those who follow. Barnaby is no leader.
Unfair water restrictions
A quick review of water restrictions in the Peel and Namoi systems shows Tamworth moving to level 3 viz 15 minutes per day hose, Gunnedah is on permanent restrictions cant use sprinkers between 10am and 2pm. Narrabri similar. If water isn't being released in any significant amount from Keepit Dam then why are there harsh restrictions from Chaffey Dam. Even Adelaide on the bottom end of the Murray Darling system have less restrictions than Tamworth. I don't disagree with the need to conserve our water resources but some balance is surely needed.
Carinya Christian School
On Saturday night we were privileged to attend the grand finale of Carinya Christian School's production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
We were so impressed with the talent on display and the wonderful effects that we found it hard to believe that this was a school production.
Congratulations go to all involved and well done to every child who took part!
Marie and Glen Hobson