Pledges and other good stuff

October 20th, 2010

I’m sending this as a letter to the editor…..

I have never ever said that the Drive 2 Stay Alive Campaign is not a very worthy campaign. I simply confessed to sometimes driving faster than posted speed limits and felt it would be hypocritical of me to sign a pledge which contained a promise that I probably couldn’t keep.
I commend the Chronicle for their campaign and I will continue to argue for better roads and sensible speed limits. I abhor the current system whereby road upgrades are often triggered by the number of fatalities at a certain location. Surely we should fix the roads first to better prevent the fatalities?

This is my pledge with apologies to the Chronicle as I have slightly edited your version.
(My alterations are in bold italics but not showing up here… sorry)

I will

1. Abide by the 4c’s (concentration, consideration, control and calmness)
2. Always be patient and tolerant of other drivers
3. Not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
4. Drive to the conditions
5. Not endanger lives by recklessly speeding
6. Never get behind the wheel of a car if I am impaired either physically or mentally
7. Never take a phone in my hands or change a CD etc while in control of a moving vehicle
8. Exercise caution at all times
9. Be always vigilant and aware of my surroundings
10. Ensure my car is roadworthy

I would also appreciate that readers take the time to read my entire blog post and related comments rather than basing their opinions of me, on a few selected quotes printed in the newspaper. If you don’t have access to the Internet I am more than happy to post you the entire blog excerpt so do feel free to ring or write to me at home.

But to other things. Today Council voted to prepare an Expression of Interest for a kiosk/tourist or itinerant vendor for the Urangan Pier. I am ever so pleased that this issue is progressing as I do have visions for a building on the Pier which would make walking out there something interesting to do for those of us that don’t fish. A loo (with a view maybe) would also enable more people to stroll out to the end of the Pier. The EOI will be prepared and advertised prior to April next year.

4 Responses to “Pledges and other good stuff”

  1. Jennion 20 Oct 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Well done Sue – I knew you would land on your feet. The only thing is I like the pier how it is. I don’t want to see any commercial enterprise or council driven enterprise on it.

  2. Jennion 20 Oct 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Sue and other councillors I have been wanting to ask you all this for some time.

    What have you learned in China about democracy that Tiarnamen Square has not already taught you?

    I hope you reply Sue because I remember that day so vividly.

    Freedom of speech. Democracy. Tanks.

    Has Andrew Brien set up his website yet?

    He said it would be in a few weeks a few weeks back.

    If you want to be re-elected Sue keep going – if not – time to be quiet.


  3. Jackon 20 Oct 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Sue it’s a pier. It’s not a toilet (there is one right THERE as you walk onto the PIER), not a restaurant (there’s plenty of them in town), not a wine bar or eatery (again, there’s one right THERE as you walk onto the PIER), not a kiosk and for people like me who actually regularly walk on the PIER, it’s interesting just how it is. If anything, it should be lengthened to it’s original length to attract more fishers and tourists into town – although this might simply benefit the community in general and not the council directly ($$) which is why it’ll never happen. This’ll be yet another ugly addition/modification to the town that the Council is responsible for… yay…

  4. Chrison 21 Oct 2010 at 12:08 am

    I loved the Pier before the Cafe was dumped at the end of it, it was a great parkland where commercial business had no place- until the council OKAYed the development. Were there not enough restaurants in Hervey Bay? The land it was built on was property of the local people- who then had our rates jump HIGH, and the cafe/ restaurant for the tourists who want to look down the pier gives me nothing in return. I hope the new potential kiosk falls flat on its rear. We WANT some place in Hervey Bay without commercialism, without extra rubbish from the nearest takeaway shop.

    How about we just let the pier be the relic it is and enjoy a place where the wallett has no purpose. How about a water fountain halfway down the pier as a non-commercial compromise. You know humans can live for weeks without junk from a canteen/ cafe but days without water.

    P.S. Fight the Chron, you wanted publicity and you got it. It’s half cut writership (not journalism) and it just means it’s one less thing I will invest in when I care to.

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