Charging unreasonable charges to the museums to me is not on. Council should be supporting and helping to finance the museum. This is the history of this region and should be preserved for the future. The income from the museums is minimal but the service it provides is immeasurable to the people that come looking for a link to family.
John Van Wijngaarden, Kalaru
Why would anyone want to squash 21 manufactured houses onto 1.05ha of land in a rural village? Given that 20 metres on the river side can not be built on due to the 1-in-100-year flood zone, this shrinks the land space even further. Cobargo has lost so many of its heritage buildings during the fires and this seems like the final insult.
It has been presented as affordable housing but this is private enterprise not a government housing estate. Any investor will want market value for their investment. No-one is going to spend $150-250,000 on a manufactured house, pay a weekly rental rate for the land, and not pass this on to tenants.
Further to this I believe an agreement in principle has been reached to allow one large holding septic tank for all the houses reducing the cost of developing this site. But the trade off is that the tenants will be charged a higher rate of usage, ie the cost of living in any of these houses will be higher than any other house in Cobargo. It should be noted that other more spacious and tasteful subdivisions have been turned down. Apparently Cobargo sewage system is running at capacity (only built 12 years ago) so how can it suddenly find the ability to cope with this proposed development?
Most importantly there is no over 50s covert attached to this proposed development which leaves it open to young families - Where will these children play? There are no green zones and the options will be the hotel car park, the river bed or the land of the retirement village, none of which sound ideal to me. It should not just be about housing but also people's mental wellbeing.
If you were to accept the idea that this will be low cost accommodation (which I do not) then please consider - there are so many studies out that show clustering low income families in one estate is actually bad for mental wellbeing. The government no longer builds this type of estate as it has been proven if low income housing is dispersed among the community, the community helps to lift them. Clustering them has been shown to create mental health issues, crime and a general sense of hopelessness.
I am fully aware that we need more housing and I want young families in our town, but we also want them to have quality of life when they get here. I would urge council to go back and look at some of the more spacious development proposals that they have turned down over the past few years.
Phyllis Furby, Cobargo
Needs a roundabout
Yet another accident at the intersection of the Princes and Snowy Mountains Hwy. For more than 50 years I have attended numerous accidents there with the VRA. I have put submissions in to DMR, RTA, now the RMS.
Why oh why after spending much money recently, did they not put a roundabout at that point? This would slow all traffic to the same speed. Can road designers not see that traffic doing 100kmh is so dangerous to persons who are at a stop sign trying to go across?
The RMS has plenty of room there and power is just close by. A roundabout, with a large light in the centre, and persons approaching from the west would not be heading for a solid bank. Just do it.
Nigel Wiggins, Bega
Thanks to raffle sponsors
The local committee organising the Country Women's Association of NSW State Conference in Bega in May next year would like to say a big thank you to their South Coast sponsors and donors. Their support means we can offer some impressive prizes for our conference raffle.
Committee treasurer Alison Jenkins successfully applied for sponsorship from the Pambula and District Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank. They kindly gave $2000, which will be used for many things, such as printing raffle tickets and posting those tickets to all CWA branches throughout NSW. It also means we can offer a first prize in the raffle of $1000 in cash.
Another generous sponsor, Bega Betta Home Living, has donated a Red Kitchen-Aid Artisan Mixer, valued at $749, which we are offering as the second prize. Our CWA culinary expert, and conference committee member, Nelleke Gorton says it is her mixer of choice when preparing her award-winning fruit cakes.
The third prize, donated by Georgies Fine Jewellery, is a Pandora bracelet with charms, valued at $444. Georgie, who provides bespoke jewellery through her stores in Batemans Bay, Narooma, Merimbula and Bega, loves giving back to the South Coast community by sponsoring local charities and events like the CWA conference raffle.
The fourth prize is a set of two suitcases - travel and hand luggage, valued at $424 and the fifth prize is a $200 Visa Card. The fourth and fifth prizes have been donated by the Far South Coast Group of CWA.
With all these wonderful prizes where can you buy a ticket for the 2021 CWA State Conference Raffle? You have two choices:
All the Far South Coast Group CWA branches from Eden to Batemans Bay including Cobargo, Bermagui and Tilba, will be selling raffle tickets, or you can buy your tickets online at www.rafflelink.com.au/cwa2020. The raffle closes on May 5 2021 and will be drawn in Bega.
For more information on the CWA State Conference in Bega, contact secretary Lynn Lawson by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.