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Moving backwards with
Roads & Maritime
When we had NSW Maritime offices I could walk in, go to the
pamphlet board and get the latest free tide chart.
Jump to the new ‘streamlined’ RMS offices.
I walk in and go to the pamphlet stand. Lots of car, bike, truck
pamphlets. Spot the Marine stand and only four pamphlets on
water safety. No tide charts.
I have to take a ticket, sit and wait for 23 minutes to get called
to the Marine ‘specialist’ counter. I ask for a copy of the Free
NSW Tide Chart ... please, to be greeted with a confused look.
This Marine specialist then asks another person about the
tide charts and is informed they are “out the back somewhere”.
After a prolonged search the Marine specialist hands a copy over.
I comment that it would be good idea if the free tide chart were
in the pamphlet stand. The response was a blank look!
In the past I would have walked in to the local Maritime Office,
taken the tide chart off the pamphlet board and left in less than
one minute. Not used up 30 minutes of staff’s time and mine.
Next time I have to go to one of these new all-in-one offices
that are being rolled out, I will take a cut lunch and thermos!
Progress – you just gotta love it.
Fishermen never lie
about their catch
This is the last time I will bother writing to you. I am sure
you will write some smart comment below if you happen to
print this, but as far as I am concerned any comment from you
is inexcusable and lacking in substance.
You continue to print and therefore support David Lockwood’s
slander and lies when it comes to commercial fishermen. I have
been an estuary prawn trawler fishermen on the Hawkesbury for
most of my working life and I have had enough of you and your
magazine’s campaign to print lies about what I do for a living.
Lockwood’s lie about a stream of Mulloway coming from
prawn trawlers on the Hawkesbury is simply that. A great big
lie. I don’t catch Mulloway, I catch prawns and squid. I, like
everyone else must have a bycatch reduction device inside my
net and I sort all my catch alive in a tub of seawater. That is the
truth, like it or not.
Lockwood is a sensationalist and a liar. You, Mr Copeland,
are a fraud, pretending to publish a community magazine for
boatowners when in fact you along with your mate Lockwood
are out to defame a particular user group, that is commercial
fishers, and stir up hatred in the community against us, which
you are managing to do quite successfully. How disgusting.
I believe if Afloat magazine is to regain any credibility instead
of becoming part of a personal and political campaign to
discriminate and create division in the boating community, it
needs a new editor and a fishing writer who actually writes about
fishing instead of this rubbish which you are getting away with.
Council’s high charges
reflect their monopoly
James Roberts’ letter ‘Council cashing in on Boaties’ (Afloat
Oct’13) is, I think, deliberately ironic, sarcastic even.
In case anyone is in any doubt, though, I feel we should
point out that the charges and the level of service which Manly
Council choose to apply to “facilities” in their territory reflect their
monopoly, not inflation or anything other than what they feel the
market will bear. In the thirty years we have left our dinghy in
Little Manly Cove, we don’t think the charges have ever reflected
inflation or the cost of providing the service.
It might help Mr Roberts feel better to know that people like
us who cannot live in the Manly area but who have the temerity
to store their dinghy there rather than transport it in and out on
a car, pay a 100% penalty. That’s right, we pay $460 per year to
leave our little dinghy in the rack.
Julian and Wendy de Meyrick,
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