LETTER: Kindee bridge celebration– please correct spelling

Kindee bridge 80 year celebration

I am the eldest grand daughter of Roy Bernard Haydon (notice the spelling not Hayden as printed) who was killed whilst constructing the bridge.

I am appalled that the researchers have got this wrong as has your newspaper.

It is not difficult to research the coroner's report of 1936 to ascertain correct spelling, and to think none of Roy's descendants were invited to the celebration only shows how incompetent your historians are.

Also my grandfather's wife was not paid by the shire or public works whatever it was called back then for the steel and timber he had purchased, which left my grandmother with two young children 7 and 5 on hard times.

Myself and Roy's other four grand daughters would like this matter rectified immediately as to correct spelling of his name.

Marion Parsons nee Haydon

Arthurs Road


Medical records communication needs improving

I couldn't believe my ears.

During a recent stay in the (Port Macquarie) Base Hospital I was informed that the discharge records could not be sent to our GP because they did not have the facility to do so.

Can you believe it? 

My grandkids can communicate across the world in a click, but the hospital can't communicate across this little city except in hard copy. To add insult to injury on completion of a CT scan I was given a CD (or DVD) with the images on it. 

But this is of no use to my GP because they don't have the software needed to read them. 

No written report was provided and, of course, no electronic report to the doctor. 

On enquiring of my GP I was told that the reason is that the government will not provide the funding for the software. Astounding! 

Is this the case in all hospitals in NSW (Australia?) or just in the boondocks? 

I suggest Port News do a bit of investigating to get to the bottom of this ludicrous situation. I guess it's possible that I misunderstood. But I still don't have a CT scan report.

John Neilson

Eastside Terrace

Port Macquarie

Intersection concerns

Having written three letters two years ago pointing to the unsatisfactory intersection arrangements at the Buller Street and Hollingworth Street intersection.

I believe I have been vindicated this week by my witnessing two accidents at this location, the second occurring on Wednesday and at which a number of emergency service vehicles attended.

As previously indicated, I can observe the traffic at that intersection from the balcony of our unit overlooking the area and I am appalled at the safety issues witnessed at that location.

Vehicles turning right from Hollingworth Street are regularly delayed for long periods of time or take considerable risk in entering the intersection prematurely.

The traffic travelling west along William Street over the bridge-which reduces vision of the oncoming traffic for those waiting to enter from Hollingworth Street-is often approaching at speed.

Furthermore, traffic crossing the intersection to and from the parking area on the river side adds another dimension to the congestion and confusion  at that intersection.

The addition of a pedestrian crossing on the town side of the intersection has provided some protection for pedestrians but it is still a perilous crossing at peak hour, particularly for young children and older residents.

I would suggest, as a minimum means of reducing the hazard, it should be designated a full blown pedestrian crossing -which requires traffic to give way – before there is a serious injury as traffic continues to increase rapidly particularly in high tourist periods.

Following my previous representations to  council I was informed that they had a plan to address the problem. I suggest it is time that they undertook that work before their is a serious injury at the location.

We all realise that such work will require significant funding but surely the safety of our residents should be the paramount concern in that regard.

Owen Hasler

Port Macquarie


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