Extra bus services a good start
Unions Shoalhaven is pleased with the announcement for bus service improvements in the Shoalhaven. These "quick wins" will assist the communities.
It's a start and one we hope will expand to meet the real need to filling the gap on public transport.
A major barrier to employment across the region is the lack of access for jobseekers to transport options - including poor public transport networks.
The issue of transport has been around for some time in the Shoalhaven and the only thing lacking in this announcement was how they would improve the South Coast rail line between Kiama and Bomaderry and when, as part of the public transport network.
P. David Unions Shoalhaven
Time to get serious about cycling
I support edxtra bus services and the community has been vocal about their desire for more public transport options.
While this is an easy and nearly a no brainer win for public transport in Shoalhaven we *must* now turn our eye towards cycling infrastructure; both for daily commuting and for tourism.
The community is crying out for more separated paths that ensure safety.
High cycle traffic routes are known and popular social cycle tracking application "heat maps" can corroborate this critical information to decision makers to ensure infrastructure for cycling is constructed in the right places.
The science of a more highly integrated cycling community is proven; health benefits are known, carbon emissions reductions are known.
Shoalhaven is a large geographic area and primed to be a leader in regional cycling of Australia.
D. Atwater, Bomaderry
Don't leave out the villages
Great move to increase bus services but what about more buses to the villages? Especially buses that can pick up at TAFE at the end of the day so more people can access TAFE from the villages. Access to education for all.
J. Kowalski, Sanctuary Point
Males suffer violence as well
The Tuesday night episode of The Drum discussed male victims of domestic violence. The tone of the show was as if this was an expose.
For a decade a small advocacy group oneinthreee has been presenting to government inquiries regarding male victims.
Our aim has been to publicise the need to provide male victims of domestic violence similar support to that available to women. Oneinthree also runs a website that provides much of the research that The Drum assumes does not exist.
Oneinthree is not a men's rights activist group.
If people wish to see what we have been doing over this time, please look at our website at oneinthree.com.
One utter falsehood that was flown by a Drum panellist was that he knew of no man who had ever been turned away by a women's domestic violence service.
In three decades as a social worker I have never known of a male victim of domestic violence who was assisted by a women's d/v service.
The same gender based discrimination occurred, when male sex assault victims first attempted to access feminist services.
Hence 62 per cent of individuals who presented to the Sex Abuse Royal Commission were men.
A. Humphreys, Narrawallee
Father Pat accomplished so much
I wish Father Pat every blessing and happiness in retirement... not that a priest ever really fully retires. He has accomplished so much good in the Shoalhaven community that the only true reward will be in the next life. Farewell, Monsignor.