Letters to the editor

Don’t abuse disabled parking spots

It is a complete disgrace in our town regarding the continued abuse of our disabled parking spots both in  the main street and in the Coles car park. I have watch people in the main street who have no disabled sticker on their car get out run across the road buy a loaf of bread and pick up a newspaper and later wonder back and drive off. SHAME ON YOU.

Others use the spot and yes have a disabled sticker showing, that may only be a transport for some else that uses the spot for their own use. I have watched people get out limp a bit obviously, but actually run back across the road between cars. SHAME ON YOU.

I think a lot of people see this and we should say something to them and tell them to move on.

This morning I saw a visitor or local with a trailer loaded for camping gear pull into the disabled spot outside Telstra and get out with his young son. I brought it to his attention and he actually laughed and had a go back.

Must come from Sydney, where they don't give a rats or he just has a bad attitude. who knows. He then decided to move a little moved forward into the Telstra building lane way and left the trailer still in the disabled bay. Yes that's right, he walked across the road and got his bread and paper.

I think it’s about time this issue was policed on behalf of our genuine disabled parkers here in our town and there are a lot who deserve it. The local council has by laws and the rangers could police it as could the local police force who could do a campaign on foot. It’s a service that is abused and you who do it should hang your heads.

Those who need the disabled spot and can't because others abuse it, speak up. It’s your spot and rightfully so.

Trevor Hardie

Tenterfield

Don’t extend service

Thank you Tenterfield councillors for supporting the evidenced majority result of the 2017 TSC staff controlled survey, for no mandatory bins along Mt Lindesay Rd, and for approving another 24 month trial of an opt in service to ensure council records of ratepayer need, support, payment and affordability are now maintained.

Please help ensure your resolution is implemented, not the apparent alternate preferences reflected in some of the staff report opinions and some comments and further suggestions made during the recorded meeting. 

Personal opinion is what caused the community dissent in the first place. 

The staff report on their calculated charge for the weekly service justifies the council decision to further trial an opt in service and to require future evidenced need via another ratepayer survey which includes preparedness to pay the future charges to be imposed.

Any left field suggestion to extend the collection area in the next 24 months should not be contemplated as this is likely to further increase the cost per ratepayer and compromise the 2017/2019 opt in trial.

The collection area should reflect the resolution and include Mt Lindesay Rd pick up points only, not the extended areas within the maps still in the system.

The bins have already been purchased and the 155 affected people have spoken directly via the recent survey as they will for any future properly worded survey. 

Dalman should be re-established as a transfer station as it will reduce the distance those ratepayers have to travel and improve service to ratepayers in that locality.

C Jaques

Liston 

Celebrate indigenous language

NAIDOC Week runs from 2 July to 9 July and has the theme “Our Language Matters”. 

The emphasis of this week is to celebrate the unique role language plays in linking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to their cultural identity, land and people. 

Today, only around 120 of some 250 distinct indigenous languages are still spoken, with many at risk of being lost. 

Youth Off The Streets is trying fix this.

My organisation has specific programs that are run to connect our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to their culture and I believe that this is one of the best ways to help our young people make positive choices and achieve their full potential. 

The unfortunate truth is that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians make up around 27 per cent of our prison population, have high suicide rates, and an overall lower life expectancy.

We cannot sit idly while these issues are still faced by Australians, we need to take action.

Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities has been a privilege. I’ve seen so many young people turn their lives around through simply connecting with their culture, land and people. 

We know that connecting young indigenous people with Aboriginal Elders and our own Aboriginal youth workers ensures that they have cultural guidance in their most formative years.

In some cases, all our troubled young people need is kindness and guidance from cultural leaders to turn their lives around.

This NAIDOC Week, I implore you to take part in your local NAIDOC Week events. 

Join me in encouraging our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to connect with their community and history and achieve greatness. 

To read more about NAIDOC week and to find your event, please visit: http://www.naidoc.org.au/events-calendar

Father Chris Riley

CEO and Founder

Youth Off The Streets