Wagga City Council deserves congratulations for their foresight in pursuing the establishment of the new Bomen special activation project.
With stage 1 of the $14.4 million freight and logistics hub rail siding now complete, the next stage, the $29.2 million special activation project and business park forecasts 6000 jobs to be created.
With so much investment in the growth of our city, the university will sadly miss out if action is not taken to expand their course offerings soon.
Charles Sturt University has shown little foresight in Wagga Wagga in recent years.
With the advent of a new vice-chancellor, Professor Renée Leon, the time is perhaps ripe for the regional campus at Wagga Wagga to respond to the planned growth in our city.
The university here should not just be mainly an agriculture campus. Wagga Wagga deserves so much more from our local university.
Students planning to attend Charles Sturt University at the Wagga Wagga campus need access to full-service university education.
Full service means access to the majority of the courses offered by the university, with face-to-face teaching, access to student support services and to lecturers, plus the availability of a variety of student activities on campus.
This is not just important for our local students; so many locals have in recent years opted for Wollongong or Canberra.
A full-service university education is also particularly important for new international students intending to select a regional campus in Australia, particularly one that has a variety of on-campus student accommodation available.
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Geoff Field asks us to correct him if he's wrong ("Land of dry times, wet spells", December 4).
So firstly, according to Marine Science Australia, the sea level at Sydney's Fort Denison has risen by an average of 0.73mm/year since records began just over a century ago, not 0.0cm in 140 years.
The MSA also points out that some single point readings may be effected by "the vertical movement of land".
To get a clearer picture we need to look a a bigger data set. Records of changes for the whole of coastal Australia show the sea level is rising and the rate of rising is increasing.
Over 110 years the rate averages to 1.2mm/year but over a recent 18 year period it was 4.6mm/year. So it's probably wise to not buy that seafront cottage for your retirement after all.
Also, if Field really thinks that poetry proves anything about Australia's climate, I suggest he reads Jonathon Happold's 2020 "Melanoma Country".
Happold, a Canberra veterinarian and epidemiologist, was moved to update MacKellar's earlier work after helping mates prepare for fires. He starts, "What is this sunburnt country, Of smoke and threatening flames, Of blackened mountain ranges, Of dust and absent rains?"
Happold probably knew that in the 90 years to 2002 there was just one megafire year (1939) but in the last 20 years there have been three megafire years, when more than one million hectares burnt.
So it is simply incorrect to claim, as Field does, that, "Nothing has changed". Although I concede one thing does appear to be unchanged; some people don't like change, and either wilfully ignore it or fight it. Their energy could be better employed.
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