OPINION: Letters to the editor of the Western Advocate

SPACE INVADERS: As Bathurst Regional Council considers its options for Centennial Park, nearby residents have been clear that they do not want buildings on the park.
SPACE INVADERS: As Bathurst Regional Council considers its options for Centennial Park, nearby residents have been clear that they do not want buildings on the park.

The state is soon going to run out of things to sell

MAY I commend Don Grant on his excellent letter stating a case against selling the LPI (“We should examine the real cost of the LPI sale”, March 11).

Where is Paul Toole when he is needed? Surely Paul Toole should be defending the LPI and the jobs of his constituents.

To sell off an asset making $4 million does not make economic sense. This is a cash grab to enable more money to be spent in Sydney.

Where will the money come from when NSW has sold off every money-making resource?

This is reminiscent of the ALP selling off the NSW Lottery in 2010.

Paul Toole seems to have gone into hiding on this one just as he did after the Nationals lost the by-election in Orange.

Robyn Lewis, Raglan

Want to build on the park? Then add play equipment

IN deciding to conduct a "scoping study" to facilitate building on Centennial Park, Bathurst Regional Council appears to be following the old adage, "Never hold an inquiry unless you can organise the result".

It seems overwhelmingly clear from your poll that the public rightly wants to retain the green open space of this necessary park in central Bathurst.

Rather than including architects for a built environment in this study, landscape designers and horticulturists would be a much wiser choice.

In creating environmental improvements in the park, such additions as a community vegetable garden, a garden featuring native plants from the Bathurst area, and perhaps some more trees to attract birdlife should be the focus of attention.

With the addition of play equipment for children and teenagers, the only buildings that would be required might be shelter sheds and toilet facilities.

Sturt Park in Broken Hill is a magnificent example of a space that caters for all ages, among beautiful gardens and impressive trees. It is a popular venue for family picnics and features state-of-the-art play equipment, with a special fenced-off area of play equipment for young children.

It would be a tragedy if Bathurst were to follow the Sydney disease in a headlong rush to fill up open green spaces and parks with "developer-inspired" bricks and mortar.

A cultural centre is a valuable and much-needed asset in its own right, and deserves to have its own site.

To retain the character of this beautiful city should be seen as a worthwhile goal by the council. It is to be hoped that councillors can see further than merely "business opportunities".

Elizabeth Chandler, Napoleon Reef

We should celebrate what we all have in common

AUSTRALIA celebrated our diversity and inclusive culture during Harmony Day on Tuesday. Australia is built on multiculturalism - different people of different walks of life coming together to make our country what it is today.

When I think of multiculturalism, I look to my kids. Some of them come from the most disadvantaged backgrounds imaginable, but despite their race, religion, beliefs and upbringing, they manage to find common ground. My kids treat each other with the utmost respect and are the shining example of discrimination having no place in Australia.

Sure, it is our differences that helped shape this country, but I argue that it is our commonalities that hold us together. It is these commonalities we should celebrate. 

We celebrate our differences and it is important to do so, but we shouldn’t let these differences define us. 

We as a nation need to come together and support each other despite our differences and this can only be done through building a foundation of commonality.

Father Chris Riley AM, CEO and founder, Youth Off The Streets.