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PIC OF THE DAY: Southerly Change Gerroa snapped the footbridge to Seven Mile Beach. Submit entries via nicolette.pickard@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Red tape roundabout

So, NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes is reported saying he is determined to get principals concentrating on education rather than bureaucracy.

His solution is a $50 million plan to appoint business managers to take on the schools’ bureaucratic load.

I suggest the government departments that generated the bureaucratic load be responsible for the funding of the business manager positions.  

When bureaucrats create red tape and excessive regulation, it’s called empire building, so let them provide the  funding to implement same.

The taxpayer should not be required to fund another level of staff structure simply to satisfy some other bureaucrat’s version of a staffing pyramid which would have little relevance to teaching outcomes.

B. Cumberland, North Nowra

It’s pretty simple really

The federal government’s marriage equality survey aims to determine whether the people support legislation to change the Marriage Act to allow same sex couples to marry. However the supporters of the no case want to make a pretty simple process and question complicated. As predicted the homophobic campaign has started. Claims that a yes result will put children at risk is a joke coming from the churches. 

They only consequence of the survey (apart from the cost) is if the yes case gets up and subject to the government introducing the legislation, same sex couples will be able to marry. Heterosexual couples can continue to have a religious ceremony or elect, as the majority do, to have a marriage celebrant perform the service.

The whole process is divisive. The issue of same sex marriage should have been decided by the elected members of parliament as it was when the act was amended by the Howard government in 2004. If a person is not happy the way her/his local member voted then don't vote for them at the next election.

K. Bone, Conjola Park

​Support appreciated

On behalf of Cancer Council NSW, I would like to thank the entire community of the Shoalhaven region for supporting someone they know affected by cancer by celebrating the 31st anniversary of Daffodil Day on Friday, August 25 this year.

Across the Southern region, it is predicted that approximately 1506 people will be diagnosed with cancer in a single year. Cancer Council NSW is committed to reducing this burden and events such as Daffodil Day are vital to this effort.

The annual community event fundraises for vital cancer research, support services and prevention and advocacy programs. This year the Southern region has raised $104,000, with more funds still to come in.

This is an outstanding result that will go towards local programs such as Shoalhaven Transport to Treatment, the Bay and Basin bus, Improve Your Long Game, SunSmart and the Cancer Council Information Centre at Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre.

It was great to see so many of our wonderful supporters out on the streets encouraging people to buy pins and fresh daffodils to support all people across NSW affected by cancer.

Being 96 per cent community funded, we rely on the generosity of the community to continue the important work that we do. Whether that be by so kindly volunteering their time or purchasing merchandise on the day, every effort contributed to the success of the day.

Every donation, no matter how big or small, helps Cancer Council NSW in our mission to beat cancer. We simply couldn’t do this without the Shoalhaven community and their support of events such as Daffodil Day.

Thank you to all businesses, schools, volunteers and fundraisers for your ongoing support of Cancer Council and Daffodil Day.

M. Cannon, Cancer Council NSW