IN LIMBO: The planned Newcastle cruise terminal has hit troubled waters after the government refused to exceed its $12.9 million pledge despite the Port’s requests. A MULTI-MILLION dollar cruise terminal may be nice, but will the ships stay any longer (‘Port urged to get started’, Newcastle Herald 21/11)?
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The usual practice of staying no more than 12 hours will never cover the cost of a fancy terminal, as most tourists would simply remain on boardto recover from motion sickness or not want the mad rush of seeing little and returning to the boat on time.

Unless a guarantee of at least 24 hourswith a sleep-over can be established, I believe building a terminal would be acomplete waste of money and time.

Apart from adding to the city’smust-have bucket list, I think Newcastle should save itsmoneyand invest in grey nomad accommodation.Places like Stockton havean abundance of large,level areasnot far from the passenger ferry offering easy access into Newcastle.

$17 million, the potential final cost of a terminal, would build a four-star destination for grey nomads not just for a few days a year as in the shipping terminal, but every day of the year.Does council actually have a tourism officer, or are most decisions the brainchild of a select few?

Carl Stevenson,Dora CreekA CITY IS NOT STATIONARYTHE two-month-plus struggle for Renew Newcastle to secure a liquor licence (‘Drink licence fuels Station’,Herald23/11) shows we still have a way to go in recognising the needs of the city versus the needs of a few.

The Station is a key strategic site in the revitalisation of our city. It’s a beautiful heritage building that has enjoyed a stunning facelift and which now offers both young and old a wonderful event space in which to celebrate our city.

Yet Liquor and Gaming NSW has, following objections from just 20 people, limited the Station’s liquor licence to 12 days a month, effectivelythree days a week.

I’ve been advised that the majority of those objecting are concerned about noise. Noise in a city, day and night, is a good thing. It signifies activity, which is what our city needs in order to grow its population, attract investment and build a sustainable day and night-time economy. In terms of the Station’s liquor licence and supposed noise generating ability, let’s not forget this is a site that was until just a few years ago a train station. It’s also a site that to the south-east looks across to the recently reopened Great Northern Hotel and, to the north-east, the hotel at Customs House. It’s also located on the corner of Watt Street, one of our busiest streets in terms of traffic starting and stopping. It’s one of the noisiest parts of our city, which is what makes the Station ideally located as a place for public entertainment.

I appreciate for a select few that choose to live in the East End and CBD, noise is a burden. Yes, some of you may have made the city your home when it was less noisy,but it is the right of a city to change, to grow and to get noisier.

I encourage Renew Newcastle to apply for a less restrictive liquor licence and look forward to supporting their application with a submission on behalf of City of Newcastle.

Jeremy Bath, City of Newcastle chief executivePEDDLE FIXES FOR SUBURBSWHY anyone would choose to ride on Hunter Street where safe shared path exists 50 metres north, along the harbour, is beyond me. Honeysuckle Drive and King Street also have marked bike lanes.

Myselfand the majority of cyclists riding in the city, seem to be aware of these alternatives to riding on Hunter Street. Hunter Street has never been a safe place to cycle given the narrow lane widths and parked cars. The light rail hasn’t changed this.

How about focusing energy on advocating for improvements to cycling black spots outside the city centre where no safe alternative exists?

Thomas McNamee,MaryvilleRICHES MUST POUR DOWNNO-ONE ever made a fortune by honest work.Other people have to be exploited, especially through their ignorance of the circumstances of the situation.

Throughout history nations have exploited more primitive or less developed peoples; for example, slavery, underpayment for resources or manufactured goods and farm products.

Most nations exploited should have had a future fund set up with some of the profits made. Exploitation still goes on in countries where manufacturing textiles and electronic goods occur because wages are low.

In developed countries, those who handle the income and profits of companies vote large salaries and bonuses to themselves for underpaying employees. I believe the remuneration of everyone in the nation should relate to the wealth of the economy.

As the wealth increases through resources and manufacturing, so the return to the people increases according to their contribution and not the power of their lobbying.

In this country, I believe the Fair Work Commission in relation to the budget should set all salary levels, not just those of the lowest paid. It is not fair that the highest-paid people set their own level.

John McLennan,CharlestownHAVING A LEND OF USI AM somewhat astounded to see watchdogs includingASIC and Choice complaining about Afterpay (‘Consumer groups highlight Afterpay risks as ASIC prepares report’, SMH 16/11).I have never encountered a problem. In fact,this company has been a godsend to me helping me to afford presents for Christmas.

What smacks of hypocrisy is that there are so many unscrupulous companies such as pay-day lenders ripping people off with huge interest rates. They are everywhere, especially in the poorer suburbs, and I feel sick just walking past thinking of how many people are getting ripped off. They are even allowed to advertise in the media.

Where is the justice of going after a company who only charge a small fee if payments are late?I believe the onus is for people to regulate themselves to an extent.

Karen Starkie,WaratahSHOW RENAE COMPASSIONI HOPE common sense will prevail for Renae Lawrence’s outstanding warrants (‘Lawrence hands herself in’, Herald 24/11) and she can put her past behind her. It’s not as if she’s been on the run,and considering the original mess regarding the Bali Nine arrests (‘AFP defends its role’, SMH 4/5/15), it’s probably the least that n law enforcement could do.

She is now 41 and being held responsible and accountable for silly actions of a 25-year-old. The cost to the community, her family and her will be considerably less if everyone just lets her quietly assimilate back into our community and rebuild her life. Time for forgiveness and compassion.

Antony Bennett, Bar BeachSHARE YOUR OPINIONEmail [email protected]成都夜总会招聘.au or send a text message to 0427 154 176 (include name and suburb). Letters should be fewer than 200 words. Short Takes should be fewer than 50 words. Correspondence may be edited and reproduced in any form.