I understand the reasons for the special rate increase for the local pools. What I do not understand is that there are functioning sports grounds, Bega's George Griffin Oval to be specific, that the council do not deem important enough to provide toilets, or any facilities!
The old (filthy, holey) shipping container, with no running water or electricity has been the makeshift canteen for at least the last 20 years! It is dangerous. Players have to fight with the gate keeper of rugby league at home games to gain entry to the toilet. This has gone on too long.
What do we have to do to have a safe place for women and young girls (and boys for that matter) to have somewhere to change and use the bathroom?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe there was a special rate variation for sports grounds some years ago. Council needs to step up. It's not all about rugby league!
Kerryn Constable, Bega
Burden on ratepayer
That's BS! Charge the people who use the facilities, not the ratepayer.
Russell Rozzi, Bega
Better option for highway
Letter to Andrew Constance and RMS:
I have viewed your Preferred Option Report dated Oct. 2019 opting for a roundabout solution at the junction of the Link road and the Princes Hwy, south of Batemans Bay.
I disagree with this solution and believe a better and safer junction should be constructed. Using a roundabout at the same relative level as a major highway will lead to collisions due to the clash of [a] northbound traffic from the Link Rd interfering with southbound traffic on the Princes Hwy; and [b] northbound traffic on the highway wanting to enter the Link Rd interfering with southbound traffic. Bearing in mind there generally already exists confusion with regard to vehicle signalling at roundabouts.
Along the Princes Hwy there are no roundabouts on the highway proper (except at Albion Park - and that is currently being reconstructed). They are all within urban areas where speeds are already low. To locate a roundabout on the highway distant from the urban area is non typical and dangerous - especially in this particular location of very steep and winding terrain.
It seems to me that one overpass bridge from the Link Rd connecting to northbound traffic on the Princes Hwy via a merging lane, and a merging lane for southbound traffic from the Link Rd to the Princes Hway, together with a merging lane from Princes Hwy for southbound traffic to the Link Rd, would be a far safer solution than the preferred option.
Having viewed the terrain it appears to me that an overpass bridge could 'fit-in' this area with a relatively comfortable design, similar to the overpass/merging lanes as has been constructed at the south end of Berry - without the roundabouts. This would no doubt be more expensive than the preferred option. The Princes Hwy connections at Berry are very extensive and I am not sure why Batemans Bay and environs do not deserve similar. It appears to me that the budgetary restraint has brought an inferior result to us and I request that you reconsider your solution.
Phil Simms, Malua Bay
Pay your own way
It's time to close the pools if they can't support themselves. The poor pensioners are doing it tough enough now trying to pay their rates.
Duncan Marshall, Kalaru
Another rate rise to support the pools? Along with the stated 54% of people I do not agree with the rise. The pools should be maintained with a user pays system. Most of the area does not use the pools so shut some of them down. Most of the comments I've read do not agree with your decision.