REGARDING last week’s article about maintaining town centre vibrancy (“Keeping a city’s mojo,” Herald, July 6, 2019), I must also thank the landlords, on behalf of all of us at Mojo’s Bar, for the support and resources they provided to address the costs of sound attenuation.
We appreciate it and we’re sure the community appreciates you keeping the music alive (and live).
A costly bed for only a few
I REFER to your Seniors Section (“Sod turned at Opal Treeby,” Herald, May 25, 2019).
By accident we live next door to an existing Opal aged care facility.
I noticed the picture where a businessman, local government mayor and politician turned the shovel of dirt for another aged care facility.
On account of an ageing population, it could almost be considered another industry, although it is not a ‘value adding’ one, but a costly one.
The reader is told that it is going to to be a $31 million project which will contain 120 beds.
Dividing the building cost through the planned number of beds I arrive at the considerable price per bed of $258,333.
It is a considerable financial outlay for about 5 per cent of our population which lives in such institutions.
All the rest live with their families or on their own.
Perhaps another reason to allow euthanasia legislation to proceed somewhat faster, there is also that hardly-used term ‘sustainability’. It has completely gone out of fashion.
After all, our statisticians claim that our lifespan average amounts to 71.5 years only.
I have in front of me a document titled “Hope for the Future: the WA State Sustainability Strategy,” September 2003—to be reviewed after two years.
After many governmental changes I am still waiting.
Windelya Road, Murdoch
The Ed says: Geez, Otto, you aren’t suggesting some sort of Soylent Green solution to our aged care crunch, are you? Knocking off oldies to free up beds?
What a racket
WHAT on earth possesses Mojos Bar managing director Andrew Ryan to think that entertainment operators have any right to interfere with the quiet enjoyment of their neighbours, irrespective of when the latter moved into the area (“Saving a city’s mojo”, Herald, Sat July 6)?
What logical reason can any entertainment operator give for having music so loud that it escapes their premises and disturbs the neighbours?
If they feel the need to damage the hearing of their patrons who voluntarily attend their venue then I think it perfectly justified that they should soundproof their premises to avoid disturbing their neighbours who did not choose to attend their facility.
Anscombe Loop, Leeming
The Ed says: Mr Ryan has spent a small fortune doing his sound-proofing, and he’s just asking that residents also take some responsibility when deciding to move into a known entertainment area, which we think is fair enough. So does the state government, which is slowly working legislation to that effect through the system. There are a multitude of dormitory suburbs – even North Freo’s got plenty of quiet streets across the highway – if you’re sensitive to a lively nightlife.