Letter | So, Whisperer, were you actually there?

LIGHTS OUT: A power outage during the Gold Crown Carnival at the Bathurst Harness Racing Club caused plenty of comment.
LIGHTS OUT: A power outage during the Gold Crown Carnival at the Bathurst Harness Racing Club caused plenty of comment.

Enlighten us, Whisperer: were you actually there?

HERE we go again. It didn’t take long for the old Whisperer to be shovelling his thoughts down the throats of Bathurst readers again (“What a night for the lights to go out at new facility”, Windradyne Whisperer, April 3).

His comments about the Bathurst Harness Racing Club being in darkness appears to be another heard-from-someone-else-who-heard-from-someone-else scenario.

This time our Whispering friend decided to make the following statement about the power going out on the course:

"Clearly, the new facility’s electrical requirements were underestimated during the design and construction phase, otherwise this embarrassing situation would not have occurred.”

Using the word “clearly” says to me that the Whisperer knows exactly what happened.

It wasn’t a case of underestimating what the venue needs power-wise, Mr Whisperer, it was more to do with an unfortunate failing in a set-up that has been put all around Australia with no issue.

It had nothing to do with how much electricity was being drawn on the night, it was simply bad timing. If it wasn’t a Gold Crown meeting, it was still going to happen.

So, Mr Whisperer, perhaps next time instead of commenting based on gossip, I’d suggest that, one, you actually attend the harness racing meeting instead of running with what you heard and, second, you check the facts are correct before publishing or maybe you will owe some people an apology.

Finally, Mr Whisperer, put your hand on your heart and tell us all if you were even at the harness racing on the night.

If so, how did you expect the officials to advise patrons like yourself what was happening over the PA system like you claimed didn’t happen.

Having plenty of experience myself with PA systems, there are not many public venues where the PA system doesn’t run on electricity. Go figure.

Brett Bennett, Llanarth