If we don’t have Tourism, we die

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I want to reply to the letter from M Sugar of Wyee, published on page 14 of the Wyong Regional Chronicle, on July 25, entitled, Tourists Not Welcome.
Well, M Sugar, I’m so happy that you don’t speak for all of us or we would still be living in the 1960s, but maybe that would be a good thing, because Tourism in those days made the Central Coast.
You obviously like Sydney enough to work and commute there every day, yet I wonder what they think of you being part of their Pennant Hills road congestion and smog?
If we don’t have Tourism, we die.
Go for a drive down to The Entrance, our iconic tourism destination, after 6pm any weekday, including school holidays, and you could shoot a shot gun down the main street and you wouldn’t hit a person.
Other suburbs such as Toukley, Budgewoi or Wyee are ghost towns.
When I was a child, they were all thriving metropolises, with the merry-go-round on the corner working to late at night.
Prawning and fishing were rife, and the whole place survived off tourism and was totally buzzing.
Today, just about every strip shopping centre has vacant shops, with Woolworths not helping where I live at Lake Munmorah, by closing down the bakery, butchers, news agent and poaching the Post Office.
I didn’t see you opposing the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036, when it revealed a further 40,500 extra homes around the north, mostly in Wyee, plus $180m of Mineral Extractions per annum from the region.
How about the Vales Point ash dams overflowing into Lake Macquarie after heavy rain periods, the hundreds of trucks on our roads dumping fill into the ash dams from the Connex projects in Sydney, or the PFAS contamination in Lake Munmorah and Colongra Bay?
How about the Torrens University four year Cancer Cluster report for the Cancer Council, identifying regional suburbs being affected by nine different cancers, 20 per cent above the state average, and you’re having a whinge about 20 minutes being added to your daily trip?

Email, Jul 27
Gary Blaschke, Lake Munmorah

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