Merimbula letters to the editor, October 25

AND ALL THAT JAZZ: Jazz educator Saul Richardson, Sapphire Coast Jazz Band conductor Paul Dion and members of the band at the jazz workshop on Sunday.
AND ALL THAT JAZZ: Jazz educator Saul Richardson, Sapphire Coast Jazz Band conductor Paul Dion and members of the band at the jazz workshop on Sunday.

Obey road rules

The rules are pretty clear.

When you get to a four-way intersection controlled by lights and you want to turn right, wait for the green light and, after allowing all oncoming traffic to pass, make your turn. 

You do not have right of way to turn until oncoming traffic has gone through the intersection. No brainer!

Congratulations to all involved in this project.

It is now far quicker to get to Tura Beach etc from the south and, if you want to turn into Market St to head over to Cliff St and Bar Beach etc, just a right-hand turn at a controlled intersection and you are “back on the road again”!

Colin Dunn, Pambula Beach

Cross purposes

Regarding the insanity intersection, Merimbula. 

Roadbuilding 101: Never, ever have  traffic lights  showing green at the same time when the two roads are at right angles to each other.

Anthony Pearce, Candelo

Vision needed

As a former resident of Pambula Beach and now a tourist of the area each autumn and spring, I agree with Scott Buckingham’s letter regarding the “Intersection from Hell”.

The quality of the tradies on the construction is first class.

Unfortunately the ambience of the main shopping street in Merimbula is wrecked.

There is now – with vision – the opportunity to make a real positive impact for tourism in Merimbula, which of course will create more jobs.

Think Hastings St in Noosa, Queensland.

The prime area for future growth is to the north of the car park and viewing platform at Main Beach, along the boundary of the Ford Park recreation area in front of the dunes.

This could consist of a high level section of shops with coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques etc.

This would enable folks to watch the people surfing at Main Beach, with beach access at high level above the sand dunes.

Ken Kennedy, Wantirna South, Victoria

Bill complaints

On reviewing my latest power bill, l decided to check out how much consumers of electricity in city areas pay for their daily supply and per kWh charge.

My current account through Origin Energy has a $1.70 per day supply charge (peak and controlled load 1). This has tripled in 11 years from 62 cents per day.

Canberra consumers pay 82 cents per day.

Sydney consumers pay 93 cents per day.

We rural customers are paying double the amount of our city cousins. But on top of this Canberra’s per kWh charge is 23.59 cents and mine is 31.31 cents.

All areas can be compared for supply and charges on the Energy Australia site by typing in a postcode on www.energyaustralia.com.au

All retailers here purchase energy from one wholesaler – Essential Energy, hence there is no competition. They may offer different percentage discounts, but the supply charge is non-negotiable and they are in front anyway when they are charging more in the first place.  

I have written many letters to Ministers of Energy, both state and federal, regarding the price we have to pay for power compared to city areas. 

They (sometimes) reply stating cost of network, wire etc, and “they are doing everything” to bring down the cost of power and in the meantime “we could save by using energy efficient light globes” and the usual rhetoric. 

It is a disgrace that Australia now has one of the most expensive power supplies in the world. All politicians should hang their heads in shame.

And we, the consumers should be writing complaint letters to them.

Karen Crowe, Wallagoot