Re: Proposal for Buddhist stupa (“Plan to house more deceased’s ashes”, Champion, Dec 5). Congratulations, Ven Thich Bao Lac, Ven Thich Pho Huan, Ven Nun Thich Nu Giac Anh, nuns and members of Phap Bao Temple. You’ve worked hard for this. It’s a beautiful and significant project. I’d be happy to see this built at St Johns Park. I hope the council will support this.
Ven THICH NGUYEN TANG
Thank you, Phap Bao Temple, for this magnificent project. This tower will be the beautiful and peaceful place to connect all love ones together. As dying is one important part of our life, it would be so great if our loved ones can have this place to rest. Our family have learned a lot from the monks and nuns at this temple. I hope the council will approve it soon as the development has dragged on so long already.
CHRISTINE DOFF, St Johns Park
SLEDGING SMOKING BANS
Re: “Sledgehammer, anyone?” (from John Muszynski, of Lurnea, Champion, Nov 28). When did it become the council’s responsibility to enforce federal and state government matters? The council has no authority to enforce no-smoking laws. Council rangers can’t even insist on identification and can only nab you through vehicle registration. So many people quickly jump to the conclusion that they must have a council issue but in many cases it’s state or federal. Only police have the authority to demand identification and they hardly have time to enforce smoking bans. As for putting a “safe injecting room” in the middle of the CBD, thank heavens it did not get the green light. Dealing with methadone clinics is hard enough. Smoking bans are a state and federal government issue, which should not be shoved onto the council to administer and ratepayers to fund. We already pay federal and state fees, charges, excise and taxes.