Your say September 2018

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A cuter commute
Our very own tiny-ish home
Caravan for me
Pet city
Star struck
Plastic action
Singled out 
Back to the front 
How could you?
 

A cuter commute

Now here’s a business proposition: Whizzing along on the Melbourne-Ballarat line, I have noticed that people are walking a kilometre or more from where they are forced to park to where the station is. Melton is a prime example. Especially on these cold and rainy days, some enterprising youngster with a small car (an Indian ‘tuk-tuk’ would be ideal, but frowned on by the powers-that-be) could run a car-park taxi.  

I think many commuters would be more than happy to pay, say $2 to $5 per person, for the service.                             

John Quinn, Avoca 

Our very own tiny-ish home

It was great to read about the tiny house project in the August RA; it’s certainly the way for future sustainable development. However, tiny houses are really just like upgraded caravans and often not big on space or charm.

 We are just finalising the build of an architect-designed, off-the-grid home of just 45 squares in regional Victoria. Purchase of land, worm farm (for grey and black waste), solar panels, all fittings, building and earthworks should see this project come in for around $135,000. North-facing, fully insulated and with a 6.2 energy rating, this model is more sustainable than a tiny house and if required could be extended at a later date – and no mortgage!

Keep up the articles as we need more houses like this rather than McMansions chewing up our resources. 

Denise Stevens, Healesville

Caravan for me

Sure tiny homes are cute, but is that all they have over a caravan? A caravan can also be green. If mobility is the issue a caravan sure beats RACV Tiny Home’s 9.2 tonnes. No cost is given for the RACV Tiny Home project, either as a one-off or a projected multiple product. I suspect you could get a very good caravan for less.  

Michael Todd, Malmsbury

Pet city

As a former cat and current cockatiel owner, I appreciate the value pets can bring to one’s life (RA August). Unfortunately, pets often come with irresponsible owners and as a landlord also, I struggle with the prospect of animals in my property.  

I can’t imagine sitting in a restaurant with dogs at the foot of the table, or on a chair. It’s difficult enough to deal with the children of irresponsible parents, let alone their pets. While there are people who show disregard for others when it comes to managing their pets (and children), the only option for pet-friendly eateries will be those dedicated to the cause. It won’t work in mainstream establishments. 

Giulia Simonis, Keilor Downs

Star struck

Thank you for your article on stargazing (RA July). As soon as I read it, my husband and I eagerly waited until night fell and we were impressed with how beautiful and indeed, how orange, the planet Mars appears right now. I have two young children who have a fascination with the planets and stars so thank you for bringing it to my attention so I can show them too. 

I will be popping out every night for a little bit more stargazing. What a lovely winter’s pastime! 

Lisa Hay, Boronia 

Plastic action

In response to your article (RA July) War on Plastic, here are some tips I have found handy in limiting the use of plastic:

When the green bags first came out, I found myself forgetting to bring them with me, so I would load the groceries into my trolley, and fill my bags at the car. I quickly learnt not to forget them. 

Put rubbish straight in the kitchen tidy bin without a liner, or if something is messy wrap it in newspaper. You just have to wash the bin more often. 

I do not buy plastic-wrapped fruit or vegies, unwrapped is cheaper anyway. 

The supermarkets also need to rethink packaging for cakes and biscuits. Plastic bags are just the tip of the iceberg. 

Joy Maslin, St Helena

Singled out 

The erroneously called ‘single-use’ plastic bags would have to be among the most reused, as would be seen by anyone who places smelly rubbish in a bin, picks up dog poo in the street, or visits a community market or op shop – the list goes on. While these bags are singled out, a plethora of plastic bags are exempt from the ban. Would not a really smart government – an oxymoron – just legislate that all plastic bags be biodegradable?

John Anwin, Healesville

Back to the front 

Returning from a tour of the Western Front, we were amazed to find an article (RA July) covering the very areas we had toured. Our tour guide, Mark Banning, was of the same opinion as the guide mentioned in the article when he said “it’s about getting someone for that soldier”.

It is hard to put the word ‘enjoyable’ to our tour when one is continually confronted with unimaginable horror and loss, but it was gratifying to see the honour paid to the memory of the Australian and New Zealand soldiers by the people of France and Belgium.

Rosalie Treanor, Wangaratta

How could you?

I just wanted to say I love reading RoyalAuto for all its different bits and pieces but how could you put that picture on the August cover?! 

I have just started at the gym after a 25-year hiatus and coming home from a gruelling gym session to see that cover with the delicious vanilla slice was so painful. I can’t even keep this copy of the magazine on my coffee table (well not face up anyway). 

Louise Meilak, Newtown

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