Firstly congrats to the Merimbula bypass construction team. After that however this intersection is a disaster. Whoever designed this traffic flow needs to stand there now and see his/her mistakes.
Entering from Palmer St to go across to Market St toward the bridge you could have a head on with traffic coming from the bridge end. The bridge end traffic going up Market St is held up all the time and backlogs are occurring already. Today we saw only three cars make it across because of the Palmer St traffic. It is pathetic.
Turning left from Beach St into Market I waited eight minutes to enter the line.
Then, turning left from Palmer St into Market to "hopefully" access Beach St. Not enough space to get into right hand lane.
The list goes on. Cannot believe such a botch up could happen. Totally and utterly disappointed, as are many others. We were better off before.
Ann Wright, Merimbula
Contrary to strategy
A successful application to rezone land on the corner of Tura Beach Drive and Sapphire Coast Drive as R5 “would still allow a small format Bunnings to be built, subject to height restrictions and building footprint” (MNW, 19/9).
While some in the community might wonder what “a small format Bunnings” would look like and what value it might add to our community, it would certainly need to satisfy the requirements of the shire’s Local Environment Plan.
While Bunnings seems determined to build a Bunnings Warehouse in Tura Beach, regardless of local planning requirements, the reality is that uses of land zoned R5 that are explicitly prohibited include “industrial retail outlets; retail premises; storage premises; warehouse or distribution centres”.
While the Bega Valley Shire Residents & Ratepayers Association (BVSRRA) has no objection to the Tura Beach land being zoned as R5, it will continue to vigorously oppose any uses of such land that are prohibited under the LEP and are contrary to the current commercial centres strategy.
John Richardson, BVSRRA
RSL renovation dismay
In voting for the new board of directors, Merimbula RSL Club members will no doubt be influenced by the $3million renovation program being undertaken by the current management and board.
Recognising that we all see things from different perspectives, I am aghast at the changes being made which to me have the appearance of bits and pieces of stuff that fell off the back of a builder's truck.
Around the main bar and in the TAB room, we have paid for ceramic floor tiles to look like aged bleached driftwood laid counter to the vertical bar tiles which would be more at home in the toilets.
The dining room has been converted into a cross between a railway carriage and Woolshed Line dancing venue. The wooden tables and chairs would look good in the Gundaroo Pub. The hanging drapes picked out in brown and grey look as if they have been hanging there for 50 years. Maybe these were all intended in the board's desire for nostalgia.
The dining room carpet, which apparently is to be rolled throughout the club looks like a beach after a storm has left marine debris strewn over it.
I doubt whether a Board or Management that consulted and considered the views and aspirations of club members could have produced such a perfectly awful outcome.
Nominations for the next board close at 3pm today (Wednesday, October 4).
David Kindon, Merimbula
Street garden vandalism
To the person/persons who vandalised one of Pambula’s street gardens over the weekend of September 23/24, smashing various lavender bushes – I hope you are proud of your efforts. Why do I bother?