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Letters to the editor Monday April 23 2018

PUMP IT UP: Reader Brian Suters says the vacant Carrington pump house could offer a suitable home for the Maritime Museum beyond its tenure in Honeysuckle. I WAS interested to read about the plight of the Newcastle Maritime Museum (“Sea museum distress call for new base”, Herald 18/4). It is an excellent centre created by the hard work of a group of volunteers and greatly assisted by the leadership of former federal member for Newcastle, Peter Morris.
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The location within the former wharf structure of King’s Wharf is ideal, but sadly limited in available space.

In 2001 another group of enthusiasts produced a proposal for an exhibition and performance centre for the Carrington pump house. The submission occurred two weeks after Heritage Week, the theme of which was “Newcastle – It’s what we make of it”. For over 200 years the port has symbolised the enterprise of Newcastle and the pump house, built in 1877, was a prime example.

It was the combination of an enlightened engineer (Edward Orpan Moriarty) and an urbane architect (James Barnet – government architect). Moriarty engineered the building using hydraulic pressure to operate the cranes along the Dyke End – the best technology of the day housed in the finest architecture; a salutary lesson for today’s industrial entrepreneurs and developers.

What has this to do with the museum’s predicament? It is obvious from the description of the building that it is a significant component of the port’s history and has been vacant for over 20 years. These conditions suggest itcould be an excellent adjunct to the existing maritime museum.

It faces across the harbour and has adjacent land.It also has a large volume within the former engine room. A creative approach could deliver a workable and exciting maritime partnership.

In 2001 we had enthusiasm and goodwill, but no funds. I must add that the Newcastle Port Corporation was supportive and offered the use of the building to the Newcastle Historic Reserve Trust together with support funding of $5000.

Perhaps the current port authorities,state governmentor a major corporationcould emulate thatapproach.

The 2001 proposal was supported by the Carrington Community Group which, together with the Maritime Museum and the city, could clearly derive benefit from the regeneration of the pump house.

Brian Suters,The JunctionBASS IS THE FUNK UPTOWNWE LOVE live music, but don’t often attend because we find the music too loud. I’m thinking the problem with the music scene is not the actual bands, but the incredibly strong bassproducing the monotonous “duff duff” which is bloody annoying, and probably the cause of complaints to council. I frequently hear the duff, duff in our apartment on Hunter Street. I can’t tell where the moronic noise comes from, west, east or Honeysuckle pub. Can’t hear any singing or other instruments, only duff duff.

So, I’m thinking the solution would be for the bands to adjust the level of the bass, so that those patrons actually visiting the venue enjoy the band, not the rest of us! Maybe apartment dwellers and the pub scene could peacefully co-exist.

John O’Connor,NewcastlePLENTY OF QUIET SUBURBSACCORDINGto Queens Wharf Hotel, they are unable to provide musical entertainment on the wharf on Thursdays and before 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays effective immediately.

One could argue you aren’t a Novocastrian unless you have sat outsideon a Saturday arvo for a late lunch and a drink, listening to someone play some commercially friendly summery music. I would even imagine this is the case to many city-dwelling Baby Boomers who have recently taken over the CBD and made it the region’s new suburb for 55s and over.

Presumably, I admit, these are the same baby boomers who complain about the noise of people having fun, of entertainment, of happiness, in a CBD.Activation and entertainment is the lifeblood of a city. Quiet streets after 6pm is what suburban living is about.I am disappointed in Newcastle City Council,especially since they recently announced that they support live music in Newcastle.Stop barking at every move to revitalise, strengthen, and renew our city. The city is not what it used to be,it’s better, and can continue to get better if ignorance is ignored.Place the burden of blocking an apartment from noise on the builder and owner, not the venue that has been there and played music for decades. Heavenforbid hundreds of people having fun in the city disrupt them from tonight’s TV shows.

Ty Brennock,MayfieldTHINK ABOUT WHAT MATTERSI ENDORSE Ian Roach’s sentiments (Letters 20/4) regarding public perceptions of serious issues in this day and age. He has captured the topics that are important (tongue in cheek) to local people in Newcastle. Instead I want to support his mentioning that we are living inthe world where there are very serious situations that we should be concerned about. The news media that I am accustomed to, gives a new consequence almost dailyof the not-so-privileged whose existence is less than acceptable by 2018 standards. Could it be that some don’t know or don’t want to know about the reality of instability in the community and the world?

Pat Garnet, Newcastle EastIT’S A WHITLAM MOMENTIN 1975, upon being told that his government had been sacked by the Governor-General, the Prime Minister of the day said“Ladies and gentlemen, well may we say “God Save the Queen”, because nothing will save the Governor General”.Fast forward 42 years and that quote can today be applied to the banks.

David Barrow,MerewetherPLAY IT SQUARE OR PAY PRICEI HAVE just watching the footy as usual. Does play the ball mean you have to touch it with the foot when playing the ball this season? If so, why was a penalty not blown when Easts played the ball on over 50 percent of their plays in the first 20 mins of the game this round? If rules are rules, enforce them.Just look at the replay. Refs andrules in the NRL, what a joke.

Ian Reynolds,ForsterA WIN FOR LITTLE GUYSKERRY Redman (Letters 20/4):this is sadly the world we live in, full of knockers. Price aside, what great free advertising for this little cafe. I’ll be trying them out next time I’m in Newcastle. Good on them for having a go, something many wouldn’t understand.

Brad Hill,Singleton

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