Off leash for elderly dogs
I strongly support Councillor White's off leash maintenance proposal. As an elderly dog owner with an elderly dog, I am unable to physically walk the beach, nor the river bank. There are many dog owners in the Heads in my situation and who have smaller dogs. Both owners and dogs would benefit socially and physically using a fenced off leash area on Jerry Bailey Oval.
J. Turbill, Shoalhaven Heads
Dog rules ignored on beaches
Dog off leash is a nightmare. Take a look if you will at the blatant disregard when it comes to abiding to the rules on our beautiful beaches.
Owners who think it a right to do as they like, pretending they didn't see the hours of restriction, unleashed dogs attacking ones on the leash or worse still their owners.
Sit on the sand and it doesn't take long to see this happening.
R. Kopytko, Culburra Beach
Local elections are vital
We dont want any level of government to use the pandemic to manipulate election times, mode of vote or the sitting of parliaments.
The postponement of local elections by the NSW Minister for Local Government and South Coast MP Shelley Hancock means they are now likely to be held in September 2021.
With government elections held elsewhere for federal (Eden-Monaro) and state (Queensland and NT) and local government (Victoria), it is hard to understand why NSW council areas are deemed more at risk.
Is the NSW Berejiklan government considering universal postal voting for the next council elections?
While most councils oppose the universal postal vote, Mrs Hancock, touted the prospect of postal voting next year during an online meeting of mayors late in May 20, as reported in June.
For universal postal voting to occur, legislation needs to be amended by the NSW Government next year.
Universal postal voting is seen by councils as a cost cutting exercise which risks disenfranchising communities when councils are working to increase voter participation.
It is important our communities and candidates are not disenfranchised from the voting process as an active community ensures they have representation to hold council to account.
P. David, Unions Shoalhaven
Transport errors are egregious
It's a good thing the NSW Liberal Government don't look after our automobile fleet. We'd have cars too big for the roads and cars too small for the potholes.
Trains too big for the tunnels ... designed and built to government specs. Ferries not built to spec in Tassie, or even here in NSW, but from Indonesia. They are riddled with asbestos and too big to go under bridges.
Andrew Constance needs to be sacked. He is costing NSW taxpayers hundreds of millions to fix his mistakes! Any of us would have been sacked first time.
J. Kotlash, Wrights Beach
Aged care issues are long-term
The problems in aged care are not the result of COVID-19. COVID has simply highlighted the long term systemic problems of understaffing and providers putting profits before the residents. The problems started when the Howard government privatised aged care. Due to the problems being brought into the public arena, the government has had to act. NSW had a unique requirement for a registered nurse to be on the premises 24/7. In 2018 the state government, voted not to renew this legislation. When I asked the Kiama MP Gareth Ward why, he said some operators couldnt afford to employ a registered nurse to be on duty 24/7. If an aged care provider cant afford to pay a registered nurse on duty 24/7, they shouldnt be running a facility.