OPINION

The week's letters to the editor

ARTS SPACE?: What to do about Manly Town Hall. Picture: Geoff Jones
ARTS SPACE?: What to do about Manly Town Hall. Picture: Geoff Jones

HELP FOR THE ARTS

In regard to 'Manly Town Hall: ideas for former Manly Council Chambers' (NBR, August 17), this building would have to be one of the most significant buildings in Manly, and council-owned. Clearly and understandably there are suggestions circulating. Enter, the Manly Art Gallery and Museum, long suffering in both location and amenity. Whilst the history and origins are meritorious, it has no prospect of expanding in the current location and therefore has not and will not serve the entire sum of Northern Beaches Council ratepayers. Some people are of the view (and rightfully so) that the MAGM should be incorporated into the renaissance of the Manly Town Hall building with some other facilities harmoniously integrated. Something for the ratepayers to be proud of, as well as the wider Sydney population. When you look at it - and please comprehend that it's part of the NSW Regional Galleries network - as it stands MAGM is one of the worst.

John Foster, Balgowlah

PERMITTING PERMITS

My family wholeheartedly support the council's move towards a digital system linked to vehicle registrations (NBR Letters, Sep 29). The parking permits are meant to provide residents with access to facilities where they live and are equitably distributed. If someone doesn't need one, the permits should be returned to council, perhaps redeemed for a small reduction in their rates. That way, only actual residents have preferential access to the benefits that are in the region and fewer out of area people are competing for the same resources. A small benefit for the high cost of rates in our area. I would expect the same in any other region.

Lynette Mann, Balgowlah Heights

TRAILER TRASH

Hear Ye, hear ye! Come one and all. Boats, trailers, caravans, mobile home: Queens Parade in Newport welcomes you with open arms. Only a few spaces left. Sorry cars, you'll have to park elsewhere. But hey, if a ship or plane needs a space, I'm sure we can accommodate. Apologies to parents. Parking in the car park opposite Newport School is also out of bounds, unless of course you own any of the above or - you can bring camping equipment. To friends and family, we'll visit you.

Patricia Fry, Newport

BOREDOM BUSTERS

Thank you very much for Review. I look forward to it each week. I love the puzzles, particularly the Blockbuster Crossword. They help fill the time in lockdown.

Angela Crawford, Manly Vale

ERADICATING POLIO

October 24 is World Polio Day and, throughout October, members of the upper northern beaches Rotary Club are challenging themselves to walk, run or roll 10, 20 or 50 kilometres for a polio-free world. Rotary has committed to raising $50 million per year for polio eradication, with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation matching that 2-to-1.

Polio eradication will be one of history's greatest public health achievements. At the end of the 1980s, more than 350,000 children in 25 countries were paralyzed by polio every year. Today, just two countries report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan.

To register for Rotary's Walk With Us or donate to the Rotary team, see www.rotarywalkwithus.org

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