Kickstart needed now
While all the news is about kickstarting the economy in Sydney, the only local kickstart vision came from G. David, Unions Shoalhaven in a letter to the editor.
Our two local chauffeur driven state members are very quiet about kickstarting the Shoalhaven, let alone the promisted things from the last state election like the 4km loop line to create a better rail service between Kiama and Bomaderry, the new hospital, and work to start on the Jervis Bay Road intersection within six months if elected, how long is a piece of string?
I have said it before and will say it again. With two state ministers living in the Shoalhaven, we should be the north shore of the South Coast.
I hope readers remember at election time they said, "I will fight for you if re-elected."
W. Bourke, Sanctuary Point
Playground help needed
By the end of October 2020 Plantation Point Reserve will see the completion of the first stage of its new all abilities playground. The joint Vision of the Vincentia Residents and Ratepayers Association, Vincentia Matters, Noah's Ark, The Vincentia Sailing club, local schools and other community stakeholders is for Plantation Point to become a Destination Playground.
An inclusive, all abilities playground at Plantation Point is fundamentally important to the enjoyment and liveability of our local community ensuring people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds can live, play and interact together. Building a society of tolerance and understanding is one of the values of having an all abilities playground in our community.
Our joint playground committee have worked well with council to secure further funding. Three grants totalling $435,000 have been secured to improve facilities, inclusivity and access for to the whole community.
A wheelchair accessible ramp will be built from Plantation Point Reserve down to Barfleur Beach. There will be new public toilets including an adult change facility so people in wheelchairs can be lifted from their wheelchair using a hoist onto an adult size change table.
Our committee was successful in assisting council to secure funds from Veolia Mulwaree Trust for $46,000 to install a Liberty Swing and $87,000 from 'Everyone can play' for accessible pathways, signage and seating.
With all these accessible facilities it's important to complete the space at Plantation-Point with a great inclusive playground. The current budget of $110,000 allocated to the playground is not enough.
Two recent on line community surveys supported the vision of a much larger, inclusive playground.
Let your councillors know at the next local elections this is what you want and if any members of the community can lend their expertise, labour or trade please contact Annette Pham on 0416212043 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A. Pham, Vincentia
Time to ditch meat
The outbreak of COVID-19 at a Melbourne slaughterhouse shows the urgency of dumping the meat habit.
Slaughterhouses not only put workers and the public health at risk but also cause the agonising, bloody deaths of hundreds of millions of animals every year. Slaughterhouses are as filthy as China's wet markets, their floors covered with blood, faeces, and offal.
The novel coronavirus originated in a Chinese wet market where live and dead animals were sold for human consumption, swine flu began on a US factory farm, and other influenza viruses have been traced to chickens. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention warns approximately 75 per cent of recently emerged infectious diseases affecting humans originated in other animals.
PETA's free recipes are available on our website, to aid people in preventing the next pandemic by going vegan.