Letters to the editor

I would like to know why the developer of the new Thornton housing estates has not been made to upgrade the intersection of Raymond Terrace Road and Government Road. Why has the council not taken care of this?

This intersection will cause a serious accident perhaps resulting in  a fatality if it is not fixed.

I travel this road four times a day and I have seen some near misses.

Combined with the ever growing population and people’s impatience, this will become worse as the homes there are not even occupied yet.

Come on Maitland City Council ... fix the problem before we lose a child, mother, sister, brother, father or friend.

Tanya Ryan, Millers Forest


My husband and I recently purchased a cottage in Morpeth dating back to 1860-1870.

I have visited Morpeth throughout my years of living in the Hunter region (nearly 30 years) and was drawn to buying there because of the history of the former thriving river port that played a big part in the development of the Hunter Valley.

We have driven around the town many times, love going on walks and have definitely noticed the old sheds dotted around town. Can I just say that once you demolish these they are gone forever ... you lose a piece of history.

Yes, I believe that if a building (a home or shed) is dangerous to the public then owners should be required to maintain this so that we keep the heritage of Morpeth intact.

People who have lived and purchased in Morpeth would know that you are buying/living in a heritage conservation area, so I believe this includes the old sheds etc.

I understand that "old sheds" may have no significance to some people but I firmly believe they too tell the story of what makes Morpeth unique. My husband and I are in the process of subdividing our back block in Morpeth which faces one of these old "agricultural sheds" – I have come to love its character and historical significance. My thoughts are if we keep removing these sheds then we are diminishing the true character of Morpeth.

Narelle Marsden 


For many Australians, the festive season is one of joy and connection, where friendships and family are celebrated, food is shared and holiday plans are made. Yet for others in our neighbourhoods, that sense of togetherness, warmth and belonging will not be felt, and rather an acute sense of loneliness will take hold.

Christmas Day might be lunch for one, sleeping rough or spent with the paralysing uncertainty of not knowing where family is, after being separated because of war or conflict.

 At Red Cross loneliness is not something to be ashamed of. We’re there for people who have nobody else: calling and visiting, driving them to appointments, offering one-to-one support to those struggling with mental illness, or giving a warm welcome to those seeking safety from violence or persecution.

Loneliness doesn’t discriminate. It stealthily creeps into our lives, no matter our age, gender or ethnicity, and takes hold when tragedy happens. And if you don’t catch it early, loneliness can reach chronic levels and have a significant effect on our health.

It’s time for Australians to change that. Red Cross is calling on you to make this the Season of Belonging, by taking simple steps. Be kind on social media, say hello to your neighbours, volunteer or check on someone you know is in trouble.

A donation to Red Cross will also help us continue on our mission. You can help: redcross.org.au/act.

Jody Broun, Director, NSW & ACT, Australian Red Cross

HERITAGE AWARE: There's more to Morpeth than heritage buildings and an historic bridge ... the lovely old sheds also have their charm.

HERITAGE AWARE: There's more to Morpeth than heritage buildings and an historic bridge ... the lovely old sheds also have their charm.