Seasons to be jolly
Jeremy Bourke hit the nail on the head with his Yukon story (“Seasonally adjusted,” RA, May). Having lived there for 12 years, I could taste the atmosphere in his writing. In summer we fished for salmon in Haines or canoed down one of the many Yukon rivers. In the fall, ‘Yukoners’ hunted moose and caribou, or picked bush berries. In winter, the skis came out and they hit the lit-up trails around town, even at minus 30 degrees!
A weekend trip to Dawson would often include “panning for gold”. Life in the Yukon is all about the seasons!
Jan Brandjes, Aberfeldie
Ford has car designers too
I welcome ‘The Cars That Car Designers Drive’ (RA June) in celebrating Australian car designers. But what about Ford and those who designed the XA-XC series, the XD-XF, the EA-EL, the once despised AU, (now considered a design classic) Falcons? Even the Territory, one of the great Australian designs of the past 30 years? The likes of Brian Rossi, Peter Arcadipane, Wayne Draper, Clive Potter, Ian Vaughan, Russell Christophers, Trevor Worthington and Dave French all had significant influence on Australian designs and Ford vehicles over 40 years.
Doug Wallace, Lower Templestowe
Save the mural
I was intrigued and saddened to read about the Transport Mural which used to be proudly displayed at the old Spencer Street Railway Station. My siblings and I would study it every visit and always discover something we had missed before. This was repeated when I took my children to this station.
It now seems that this precious work of art may be rehoused and on public display at the Exhibition Centre. What a superb idea. There is plenty of blank walls and with a multitude of events held there, endless streams of people will again be able to stop and appreciate this fabulous history of our transport system.
Christel Russell, Bacchus Marsh
It’s for goats!
As a regular bicycle commuter I also wondered why cyclists rode along Sydney Road rather than using the pathway that runs beside the Upfield train line (“Use the Bike Lane”, Your Say June). So I decided to see for myself. I would have to describe the pathway as, at best, a bitumen-coated goat track. It winds its way along beside the train line around trees, through car parks, clashing with stairs leading to train stations, changing drastically in width for no apparent reason and at some points disappearing. Cyclists would love to have a safer north-south link to the city, however this is not it.
Michael Thom, Parkville