Selfish schedule change
Every September at the ordinary meeting of council, the meeting dates and times for the next 12 months are determined. Last September it was determined that the ordinary meetings for the next year would be held at 5pm on the last Tuesday of the month. This allows councillors who work to organise themselves, staff to be available and members of the community the ability to attend the meetings.
There are times when councillors are unable to attend meetings for various reasons. Personally, I have missed several meetings due to illness. However, what I have never done is asked for a meeting date to be changed because I can't attend. After all, it's not all about me.
So it was an understatement to say that I was shocked when a member of the Shoalhaven Independents moved a motion that the September Ordinary Meeting be moved because some of their members were unable to attend on the designated day.
This has resulted in the meeting being moved to Friday of this week with no thought of the inconvenience this might cause council staff at the end of their working week, other councillors who have other commitments or the community members intending to attend.
I will have to give up a paid shift at work to attend, resulting in someone having to be found to work the shift. Other councillors who have previous engagements they can't rearrange will not be able to attend. A fine example of putting oneself before the community.
Cr A. Alldrick, Tapitallee
It is not good enough. What did the councillor travel accomplish for ratepayers? We still have no footpaths in Elvin Drive.
T. Janes, Bomaderry
The leaky league
I think the blow-up was not about you posting the Warilla drug test story, it was more about the way it was done and the timing. You were tipped off. Why not name who tipped you off or will that criticise another team in the league? Maybe the question should be asked who sent ASADA and why have they only targeted one club? If they are going to test one team why are they not testing every team? I can guarantee there will be more serious positive results.
S. Harrod, Warilla
The quality of the road into Currarong is very bad, dangerous and getting worse. The popularity of this holiday resort village is making the problem worse. Poor infrastructure is the big problem in the Shoalhaven - hospitals, schools, bridge, roads.
K. Brereton, Currarong
Great work by medicos
I wish to thank the great staff at the emergency department and Ambulance Service for the wonderful care and attention they gave to my elderly mother, who slipped in the shower and broke her wrist.
The ambulance arrived very quickly and one of the paramedics remembered my mother from another incident earlier this year. They treated her in a friendly, respectful and efficient manner.
Upon arrival at the ED, she was greeted by friendly and efficient reception staff. When I arrived, she had received initial treatment and X-rays and was comfortably seated in the waiting area. Within an hour, the emergency practice nurse and young surgeon explained everything and showed us the X-rays.
Within another half an hour my mum had her broken wrist manipulated and repositioned and splint applied. After further X-rays, the surgeon confirmed everything and explained their followup treatment.
Because of my mum's age and independent living arrangements, the aged support nurse was also able to obtain her some at-home care services.