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Tu esday January 24, 2017
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FTER hearing of the fires in Cur-
randooley/Tarago and Wamboin
and seeing the hard work that
our emergency services do, I am
extremely grateful for all their efforts.
They work tirelessly to protect lives,
livestock and property. In an emergency,
please always follow any directions from
emergency service personnel.
For the most up to date information,
follow the updates on the NSW Rural Fire
Service webpage or download the “Fires
Near Me” app for your mobile device.
If you don’t already have one, develop a
Bushfire Survival Plan to ensure you know
what you are going to do in an emergency.
The first council meeting for 2017 is in
Bungendore on Wednesday 25 January.
There are lots of items up for discussion
including a draft Queanbeyan CBD Trans-
formation Strategy that outlines ambitions
to continue efforts to reframe Queanbeyan
into an attractive and activated regional
This strategy builds upon and is influ-
enced by the tourism and economic devel-
opment plans that are underway and upon
which there has been public consultation.
Council will also be seeking expressions
of interest for community groups and
commercial interests to present opportuni-
ties to activate the riverfront and utilise the
community asset of the new riverfront park.
Australia Day celebration
Head on down to the festivities at Quean-
beyan To wn Park on Australia Day.
The official Australia Day community
awards ceremony and citizenship ceremony
is from 4.30pm, with captain of the Australia
Day Rugby Sevens team Lewis Holland in
town as the Australia Day ambassador.
From 6pm there will be family fun with
live music, a jumping castle and other free
The event will conclude with a fireworks
display at 9pm.
Australian Open on the big screen
Don’t miss the Q-One events in Quean-
beyan this weekend. On Saturday 28
January, the Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre
is holding a family event with pool games,
sports, a free barbecue and Finding Nemo
on the inflatable outdoor screen.
Then on Sunday 29 January, the Q-One
Indoor Sports Centre will be displaying the
Australian Open men’s tennis final. Both
events start at 4.30pm with family activities
and a barbecue starting at 6.30pm.
Tim Overall, administrator
Plan and prepare for when the flames arrive
DIGNITY OF RISK
Few would dispute the suggestion that
a community should take all reasonable
measures to reduce risk to its members
(Letter: Safety fencing needed to prevent
drowning, 10 January, p 4). However, there
obligatorily need be a vigorous debate as to
what is "reasonable". Risk is a constant fea-
ture in all existence. Trees shed their seeds
to propagate, but many are eaten, so never
make it. Lions reproduce but, for diverse
reasons, not all cubs survive. At the top of
the food chain, humans, are not immune
from risk, some environmentally imposed
by reason of the advanced nature of society
- industrial processes, coal mining - and
others individually determined - skydiving,
There is communal interest in reducing
risk, without stifling initiative. In medicine,
engineering, education, science, calculated
risk is an inherent constant. In suppressive
regimes risk may be suppressed by fear or
diktat. In Australia risk may be modified by
public assent following accepted research
outcomes. Public acceptance of speed
limits, use of seat-belts, crash helmets,
Australian Standards Kitemarks, safety
standards, have all contributed to com-
munity well-being, reinforced by breach
Some weeks ago a "security" audit
recommended politicians erect a $100
million fence around parliament house.
Most "reasonable" people looked at the
proposal with understandable scepticism.
To some barriers represent challenge, in the
above to breach, with a river fence to climb!
Again, in both instances how high, long and
formidable might a fence have to be to deter
or protect. Personal responsibility cannot
be delegated to a "fence"!
Albert M. White, Queanbeyan
Congratulations on highlighting the
disgraceful environmental disaster that is
unfolding in the beautiful bush to the east of
Queanbeyan, making a complete mockery
of the "Country Living – City Benefits" slogan
used by the council.
Almost every day in the 29 years I've lived
in Queanbeyan, I have taken myself for a run
through this bushland. Every single one of
the routes I take will soon be destroyed — I
will be breathing diesel fumes and counting
road kill, instead of enjoying the fresh air
and the wildlife.
Queanbeyan has benefited in recent years
from some very good council decisions
(Crawford Street, the new Riverside park),
but no benefits will come from this dis-
graceful project — a 1950s-style engineer's
solution to a non-existent problem!
John Wa lker, Queanbeyan, NSW
LOOK FOR WA RNING SIGNS
When I think back to the start of a new
school year, I can still remember the buzzing
feelings of excitement, anticipation and
nerves. Am I going to have classes with all
my friends? Will I get better results than last
year? Which teachers will I have?
Millions of young people across the coun-
try heading into primary and secondary
school over the coming weeks may be facing
similar feelings – whether they are starting
another school year or commencing a new
school for the first time.
Some students can adjust to the changes
and settle into things quickly. However,
some young people may find this a daunting
and challenging time.
There can be a number of reasons why
it might be hard to go school: trying to
make new friends, pressure to get the best
marks, dealing with bullying, or perhaps
going through a mental health issue such as
anxiety or depression.
Whether you are a young person strug-
gling, or a parent with concerns about your
child, headspace is here to help. Headspace
provides support for young people aged
12-25 years old who are struggling with their
mental health and wellbeing. Yo u can access
help through one of our 95 centres across
Australia, or via eheadspace.org.au.
Dr Natalie Gray, headspace
PROTEST: Some people are not happy about the new EDE project. Photo Elesa Kurtz
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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So if you write your occupation down as
being a politician are you exempt from
To m Oliver
If the politicians seriously wanted to save
money for the country they'd cut their own
ridiculous pay amounts and stop picking
on the people that vote them in or out.
SNAKES? SPIDERS? JELLYFISH?
NOPE. AUSTRALIA’ S MOST
DANGEROUS ANIMAL IS THE
I just found a bunch of dead bees in my
son's portacot, which we were using to
stash his toys when he's not using them.
No idea how they got there.
At the rate at which we are killing bees
(and therefore our own crops) that's only
fair. Humans are the most dangerous
animals by far.
THE ELLERTON DRIVE
EXTENSION IS SPLITTING THE
Bring it on the bypass will help the city,
free up traffic on the main street,and get
heavy vehicles out of town.
Plus the bypass will give another river
crossing which is needed when Oaks
Estate and the low level bridge goes
under or if there is an accident that blokes
Disgusting. When will they learn what is
really of value.
If it goes ahead, I hope they build an over
or under pass for the kids walking/riding to
Jerrabomberra Pubic School daily.
For anyone who isn't a tree hugger.
Become a wildlife rescuer and see what
happens when an area of bush is carved
up for a road. See what happens when
more development and houses go in. Then
try arguing that the road is worth the cost.
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