More to be done about hoons
I write in relation to serious problems with 'hoons' in North Albury particularly the area bounded by Mate Street, Logan Road, Waugh Road and North Street.
The centre of this behaviour is the APCO Service Station at the corner of Logan Road and Mate Street, where most of the cars speed off after fuel and food purchases. This goes on most nights starting around 11pm.
Most of the cars are souped up Holden SSV/SV6 vehicles, some with Victorian number plates, unregistered trail bikes and motorbikes speeding and making unnecessary noise at all hours.
I have written to Albury Council on several occasions, joined the "Stop it or Cop it campaign" with never one reply or acknowledgement of neighbour concerns in my area. I am sure that Council and the Police here in Albury are very aware of the problems, they only have to drive around and see the rubber left on streets far and wide and notice homes that are being sold in these streets are on the increase.
IN OTHER NEWS:
I note that council is installing cameras on 'roundabouts' in my area, and I would ask that you seriously consider installing one near this APCO service station or somewhere on Waugh, Logan or Sylvania Avenue as most people around here are fed up with late night speeding and early hour hooning meant to wake us up.
We are fed up with these young people who are bored, unemployed and being given extra money by government having been able to get away with it due to all police being on the border checkpoints.
Sadly, Sodens Hotel has been a perfect example. I look forward to being advised as to where these cameras will be located.
Annie O'Brien, North Albury
Does location really matter?
Why all the fuss about where the new Wodonga mayor lives?
My head of state lives in England. At least Kevin Poulton lives in Australia.
Stuart Lingham, Albury
Gas project 'perfect illustration'
The approval of the Narrabri gas-fracking project by Environment Minister Sussan Ley, just as Australia is called upon to show genuine commitment to the Paris agreement on emissions provides the perfect illustration of why we need an independent federal anti-corruption body - as proposed by our other local federal member Helen Haines.
The approval of the Narrabri scheme - in the interests of multinational energy companies - comes despite opposition from farmers and scientists concerned about permanent damage to the local aquifers, and environmentalists' concerns about emissions from gas leakage. It also comes the day after the minister courted the favour of those environmentalists with a new Koala protection policy, which looks a little like a diversionary tactic.
Such tactics typify the Coalition's approach to many issues, and desire to conceal its true agenda behind layers of spin and false promises, which is why we cannot trust their own counter-plan for "ensuring integrity".
That the government has refused to allow a Parliamentary debate on Helen Haines' AFIC proposals shows how much they fear such an examination of their actions. So let's bring the debate into the open, where no-one can hide.