Manildra gets rail gift
Reading the article, 'Manildra Group buys GrainCorp, Cargill storage sites in NSW', in the SCR, September 15, has just confirmed the BS we are hearing from our local state representatives. For years we have hear excuses as to why the rail line between Bomaderry and Kiama hasn't been electrified, but now we deserve to hear the truth if that is actually something a politician can do for once.
Gareth Ward has told the residents of the Shoalhaven that the government are going to put in a spur line, four kilometres long, so that we will have a more efficient, and faster, rail passenger service between the two towns. I don't know about anyone else, but I have yet to see a passenger train that is four kilometres long. So why would the spur line have to be so long.
This has nothing to do with the passenger service, it is strictly for the benefit of Manildra to give then a better rail service to bring grain into the plant from their storage areas throughout the state. I would also like to know, just what grants Manildra receives from the government.
L. Boucher, Sanctuary Point
Students show they're mellow in yellow fro RU OK? Day
Well done to the students and staff of Sanctuary Point Public School. What an amazing RU OK? day had by all. The kids all looked great in yellow.
B. Woodall, Sanctuary Point
More health funding needed
Over the past 12 days, since the Ambos rescued me from my home, I have been in Shoalhaven, Wollongong and now Port Kembla hospitals. The staff are excellent. Sadly not only are they underpaid, but they are also further stretched by the underfunding of the basic tools of their trades. My hope is that all of us can raise our voices to make sure they get what they need and deserve.
P. Smith, Windang
Ignoring the obvious
I have been following California's apocalyptic fires in the news with a heavy heart. This brings back memories of the horrific and catastrophic bushfire season we experienced ourselves just 10 short months ago; of looking up at the red skies and choking in the smoke-filled air. Can we talk about climate change yet?
Oregon governor, Kate Brown, describes the unprecedented conditions as "truly a bellwether for climate change on the west coast".
Our own bushfire royal commission found that climate change played a significant role in fuelling NSW's catastrophic summer bushfires.
When are we going to put in place policies to reduce our nation's emissions, which safeguards us from the warming climate? The next bushfire season is looming. Along with the record breaking temperatures. I am worried, and I am certain that many feel the same.
H. Cameron, Tamworth
Protect our koalas, not profits
It is critical that 'we humans' protect our native wildlife from extinction. The profits that are gained by destroying habitats are soon spent. Save the trees and the wildlife before our future generations have to visit museums to see them.
D. Wills, Dapto
Vinnies bushfire grants
The St Vincent de Paul Society has opened applications for Stage 2 of Community Bushfire Grants.
Stage 1 has allowed $308,877 to be allocated to 24 local projects. We look forward to seeing the difference this funding will make to communities that are still recovering from the Black Summer bushfires.
It may be infrastructure repairs, counselling, education or caring for country programs. Grants of up to $20,000 can be made to registered community organisations.