Would I trade my construction work? You bet!

after spending spent the last six years in the field within the construction industry, lmore writer VESNA STRIKAof Gungahlin, don’t hesitate to want to do something – anything – something else!

I was stunned and furious when I heard Women’s Minister Yvette Berry’s announcement of an all-female $62.4 million construction project for Strathnairn Elementary School.

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Madam Minister, please take off your rose-tinted glasses – the reason there are few women in the wide range of trades is that construction work is physically hard, tedious and sometimes boring. I should know that I have spent the last six years working in the industry and the last 40 years associated with it.

Coming from a corporate job, I now have a wonderful set of new skills: a wheelbarrow driving diploma (which sometimes tips over); an advanced degree in sweeping (I’m an absolute expert); and a certificate of drainage from a flooded site (amazing what you can achieve with a used disposable coffee cup and bucket).

Would I trade my construction work for something else? You bet! However, it is a small family construction company, we have invested everything in it.

I am also the wife of a former skilled mason who was the first ACT person to give a female mason the opportunity to work in the trade in the 90’s.

If you really think it’s hard for women these days to work in industry, think about this woman and what she went through (no longer a mason, but still associated with industry).

So some final advice to government – get rid of the woke crap, those who want to work in the industry have plenty of opportunities to do so.

Stop creating new forms of discrimination and barriers because the industry has enough problems.

Maybe if you reduced the standard’s current development request approval time from 6 months to 12 months and brought it back to the old system of 40 working days, then we would have some certainty and efficiency within the industry.

This, in turn, could lead to a reduction in the price of home construction, and if overall ownership costs are reduced, we could get homes at more reasonable prices.

Vesna Strika, Gungahlin

Some people want the tram, Rebecca

REBECCA, of Hughes, talks about the streetcar “that no one wants” (Letters, CN July 21).

I suggest these people want it:

  1. The CFMEU for gold plated jobs.
  2. Construction companies for lucrative contracts.
  3. The Labour/Greens government to avoid the embarrassment of a failed Gungahlin line to nowhere.

Hugh Dakin, Griffith

Michael is right about Access Canberra

MICHAEL Moore’s indictment against Access Canberra (“How Access Canberra gilds its own withering lily”, CN July 21) was sadly fair.

As a conscientious citizen, I report infrastructure issues requiring attention to Fix My Street. A quick review of my reported but unresolved issues from November 2021 reveals the following: half of the issues remain “unattributed”, including two related to repairing potholes and two related to replacing globes. public lighting.

The others, which were awarded but not executed, include repairing potholes, repairing pavement, replacing the globe of street lights and inspecting the deterioration of the roof of an underpass. .

Karina Morris, Weetangera

Good luck with replacing the lamp post.

GOOD LUCK to the resident looking to have his lamppost replaced (“How Access Canberra gilds its own wilting lily”, CN July 21). The light in our cul-de-sac was out of service for 10 years and reported at least three times before it was replaced by a suburban-wide program to install LED lights.

We have a government that cares about drugs, LGBT people, euthanasia, bike lanes and whatever else is fashionable with a photo op, but has little interest in the quality of education , health care or community services. We have schools and health areas with endemic bullying that has been known for decades without being successfully addressed, and road washouts that are being addressed by painting white lines there. Unfortunately, there is nothing newsworthy about a street lamp, even if it can save a life.

Noel Moore, Fadden

Monumental failure of planning

It is said that the greatest failure of planners is to underestimate the impact of technology.

No problem there with the Labour/Green government’s plan to ban new internal combustion engine cars and light trucks in the ACT from 2035. There is complete confidence in the technology to overcome the shortcomings current battery technology. Although, as Bjorn Moore points out (Letters, July 28), it will cost the consumer, especially to upgrade the most expensive part of the network so that parked vehicles can be recharged.

Why then ignore the wide range of electric traction, public road transport technology, including automated car fleets, in favor of a light rail system.

With good planning, we could have a flexible yet uniform public transport system covering the entire Canberra region by 2035 for a small fraction of the cost of light rail.

Instead, Canberra residents south of the lake are to be given a ‘disruption task force’ for an unnecessarily costly imbroglio that could last the next 10 years before there is even a Woden connection.

Technology now makes working from home and shopping on the internet more efficient. Thus, it is already evident that basing the city of the future on concentrations of high-rise apartments and commercial buildings along transportation corridors is a very poor way to achieve the desired results and should be considered a failure. monumental in planning.

John L Smith, Farrer

Plant billions of trees as quickly as possible

I AGREE with Michael Moore: “It will take more than God to fix the environment” (CN, July 28).

Besides the fact that the latest population survey showed that Australians have moved away from religion, including Christianity, the State of the Environment report shows that we have lost control.

Record-breaking heat waves and wildfires in southwestern Europe, California and even the outskirts of London are conclusive evidence that the climate has changed – for the worse.

Forest fires are intensifying, glaciers are melting at an unprecedented rate, even in the Himalayas and on the high Tibetan plateau, sea levels are rising, storms are also becoming more intense, although less frequent, and the land productivity is increasingly reduced. intense and frequent droughts and dust storms.

The answer? For starters, stop using fossil fuels and plant billions of trees as soon as possible.

Dr. Douglas Mackenzie, Deakin

Where have all the kangaroos gone!

Has anyone noticed that there are hardly any kangaroos to see when driving around Canberra?

I hardly see any these days on my regular trip from Woden to Belconnen or on the way to Fyshwick. A cull on Farrer Ridge last year left only 30 kangaroos in an area of ​​over 200 hectares, and although I walk there almost every day, I hardly ever see any.

It reminds me of when I first arrived in Canberra in 1956, most of the suburbs were surrounded mostly by sheep farms, not a kangaroo to be seen. It may be hard to imagine for the people who live here today. Although I spent a lot of time exploring the bush, I first saw a kangaroo in the wild in 1963 at an abandoned farm near Brindabella Road.

It was nice to see them migrating to the ACT thinking they would be safe from the guns of the landowners, but the current government seems to have taken the same attitude and are determined to ensure the extinction of kangaroos in Canberra .

Julie Lindner, Farrer

Time Steel raised his head and explained

THANKS to the recent vigorous campaign on integrity led by local and independent Senate candidates, the expectations of ACT voters regarding governance at the Assembly level will be much harder to ignore.

The ACT government’s handling of CIT’s stubborn award of “transformative” management tenders should not be conducted in a way that is simply aimed at avoiding episodes of political contests (“Libs: Steel hides on “obscure” CIT contracts”, citynews.com.au 22nd of July).

Once ACT’s budget is established, it would be encouraging to see the ACT Skills Minister lift his head above the proverbial parapet and accelerate his public engagement in a more transparent way.

For example, updates on what the tender surveys will provide, and when, are needed as costs continue to escalate due to the current CIT CEO being on “garden leave” for many weeks and a temporary highway CEO is employed to guard the government’s main VET ship. to capsize.

Sue DyerDowner

When it comes to emissions, cars win!

JACK Palmer says that “Transport Canberra’s [emissions] the result is therefore better than the result of individual cars as soon as the number of passengers exceeds three” (Lettres, CN 5 July).

I do not agree.

In 2020-21, Transport Canberra buses traveled 32 million kilometres. They used 12 million liters of diesel and 90,000 GJ of natural gas. From there, I estimate they caused the equivalent of 37,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

With three passengers, this represents 390 grams of emissions per person per kilometre.

The average Canberra car carries 1.46 people and produces 270 grams of emissions per kilometer. This is only 185 grams of emissions per person per kilometre.

Leon Arundell, Downer

Is traveling to Albo better than Scomo?

In 2019, Scott Morrison made headlines about his vacation in Hawaii as bushfires forced thousands from their towns.

This dramatic event has particular resonance with Anthony Albanese having fun abroad at the expense of taxpayers’ money as heavy rains in north-west New South Wales continue to significantly destroy the homes and the environment, causing immense social upheaval for families.

Myriam Amar, Mawson

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