Unemployment a symptom of a bigger issue
As a contribution to the ongoing dialogue regarding our city's high unemployment rate, I offer the following.
How do 'we' deal with the unemployment problem? In reality it is not 'we' who determine levels of unemployment, underemployment etc. Anything to do with the workplace is the responsibility of the economic/financial sector, the businesses involved, and to whom its failures and successes must be directly attributed. Blame-sharing is simply a symptom of inner weakness and inability to face a truth that all but those who are directly involved can plainly see - the profiteering free-market, dog-eat-dog, winner/loser paradigm, under which we have struggled for almost a century, is a catastrophic failure. That this ideology has bled down even into the thinking of small businesses is an indictment of the whole system. There is another way.
Peter Want, Halls Head
Mandurah's tree management
In today's Mandurah Mail (October 8) it was reported that "a motion to review the City's tree management policy was unanimously supported".
It is to be hoped that the Mandurah City Council does not even remotely consider planting London plane trees...anywhere...ever.
Unfortunately the Murray Shire thought they were a good choice and now, for at least six months of the year, the town site is an absolute disgrace.
The fallen leaves blow everywhere, clog the street gutters and clog the drains, slowing down the capacity of the drains to quickly remove the storm water. They swirl around outside the shopping centre and generally make the town look unkempt. They make the town a good candidate for the award for the messiest, most untidy town in WA.
Neighbours (some over 90 years of age) have to spend unnecessary time sweeping up the leaves only for them to be there again tomorrow, and the day after, for months each year.
The furry seed pods, about half the size of a golf ball, pose a fall risk if stepped on. They certainly don't comply with the Shire's supposed heritage vegetation/landscape requirements.
There are many other options for beautiful, shade giving, not too tall, street trees, native to the area. Check out the red flowering gum trees along a section of Wharton Road in Gosnells.
Decide wisely, Mandurah.
A. Butler, Pinjarra
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