Short Takes: Thursday, December 8, 2016

I THINK that very soon the only people using the CBD will be those who live or work there.With shrinking parking opportunities and poor public transport from the suburbs, the CBD looks less attractive every day. Many of the largest employers have moved west or out of the city altogether.

I can be at Kotara or Charlestown in 10 to 15 minutes where there are major department stores and ample free parking. I see the CBD’s future as an expensive residential area that has become irrelevant to the rest of the city. Makes me wonder if the ethereal light rail will even be necessary.

Ruth Burrell,MerewetherTO Peter Newey (Short Takes,3/12), I thought that by the number oflettersyou write thatyou were an expert on all topics. But alas, no – otherwise if you had read a paper or listened to the radio you should have known the V8s were leaving Olympic Park at Homebush because the government is redeveloping the entire precinct. Let’s all enjoy the cars when they come to the city and reap in the multiple benefits they will bring.

Rick Johnson, Mount HuttonFOUR-wheel drivers have broken down fences to access North Stockton Beach, near the pre-school, in a residential area. Obviously not content to use the legal areas from Birubi Beach down to Lavis Lane. I have just taken a photo of one, set up on the beach, off Mitchell Street, looking very comfortable.

I have the registration number. Port Stephens council obviously doesn’t care about that area.

The dangers to the beach and vegetation, not to mention children playing on the sand, don’t seem to be an issue. Free camping of course.

Helen Perry, North LambtonTHE Wallabies seem to be on the wrong side of every 55/45decision.

Peter Hay, IslingtonSORRY Newcastle Jets,it is just too hard to keep supporting you. Too many disappointments. Until you get players who can actually form a competitive team, I will just have to find another team.

Daryll Hadfield,RedheadNEWCASTLE JetsNil – is that their new name?

Bill Slicer, Tighes HillTHE POLLSWould you pay a premium price for parking if it guaranteed you a space at the front door?

Yes 24%, No 76%Is Merewether beach the Hunter’s most “authentically Australian”?

Yes 51%, No 49%Could Newcastle’s Supercars track live up to the “Monaco of the southern hemisphere” hype?

Yes 72%, No 28%What should be built on the latest Honeysuckle site to hit the market?

Shop-top residential 25%, Commercial 23%, Other 22%, Hotel 20%, Retail 10%

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