Archive for May, 2019

May 20th, 2019 by admin

Letters to the editor

Leave the Dark Ages behind YOUTH PERSPECTIVE: The Mobile Movie Fest on this weekend offers the views of Tenterfield’s younger residents, such as Angela Moore filming here.
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I write with the intention of stimulating some regional public debate on the subject of religion. Not only the role it assumes in an enlightened society, but also the means by which some institutions choose to share their particular world view.

Let me start by saying I have my own personal take on the mysteries of The Universe, but feel no need to expand on them. I also believe that religious faith, doctrine and practise provides for many people a powerful and positive force. And I fully support and respect those rights.

However, as citizens of a progressive country we are well on our way to separating out spiritual beliefs from the processes of governmental decision making. On the forefront of our national agenda the hot issues of voluntary euthanasia and gay marriage are playing out, serving to demonstrate that educated people will no longer have the foundation of their morality informed by other peoples spiritual beliefs.

I live in thesmall country town of Tenterfield in northern NSW and on Friday received an envelope marked HOUSEHOLDER. On the back of the letter was a small printed sticker with the name and address of a person in Lismore NSW. There was a flyer inside urging me to STOP! in red capitalised letters.

To cut a long story short the flyer was adorned with childish cartoons which sought to illustrate the ‘message’ of eternal hellfire and damnation if a certain belief system was not adopted.

My initial reaction was to pen back to Mr Fuller of Lismore something along the following lines….HOUSEHOLDER…STOP! I believe that aliens from the galaxy Endometria, colonised planet Earth 100 million years ago! I have some new ‘’íntelligence’’ and feel duty bound and compelled to drive around the district letterbox dropping in order to save others from the coming alien invasion…”

A flippant response? Yes, yet one which was probably deserved. Instead, putting my penchant for the ridiculous aside, I was moved to contemplate the responsibility we all have in a world where fundamental ideologies are at play, wreaking so much disunity, damage, destruction and suffering.

The flyer in question and an enclosed biblical extract were stamped by the Baptist church in Stanthorpe, a Queensland village just 40 km away over the border. In a country where integration of people from all colour and creeds is a high profile topical challenge, I strongly believe it is incumbent upon all of us, to put it out there that decisions based on irrational fears have no place in a modern society.

I would pose two questions.

Is this approach supported by the Baptist church in general, or is it a localised error of judgement? If not, how do mainstream Christians and secular members of our community respond to this form of soliciting?

Is it acceptable to condone such a stance from a high profile church in Australia when we ask people of other religions to modify and examine their own practises to reflect the wider community values in this country?

In the name of enlightenment and freedom from fear based hysteria, let’s leave the Dark old Days behind us. Together.

Lynn Patterson,TenterfieldToo big and intimidating?At the conclusion of the Royal Commission into the unions there were appropriate charges laid against the malefactors. The same government is now savaging the banks with an intense three days of questioning.

Those ‘naughty’ bankers look to be punished with a slap on the wrist with a wet tram ticket. Mr Narve of the CBA must be shaking in his boots.What we need is a serious Royal Commission into banking, and not only to investigate banking practices and charges, but how all their loans are created in the first place. People still don’t know, even in these “enlightened” times, how the banking system works, and they need to be told.

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May 20th, 2019 by admin

Waiting longer in new hospital

Recent figures show longer wait times and a dramatic increase in patients at Bega’s embattled new hospital.
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On Wednesday, NSW Shadow Minister for HealthWalt Secord and Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kellyvisited the South East Regional Hospital saying the federal government’scuts to the health budget were having a negativeeffect on the $187million facility.

Mr Secord had been approached by some of SERH’s workers who said it was not properly staffed.

“I’ve spoken to doctors and nurses and they are all saying the same thing about the hospital –it’s under enormous pressure,” he said.

“We have the ludicrous situation where patients are waiting longer in the new hospital than in the old one.”

He was referring to data on Bega’s hospitalsprovided bythe Bureau of Health Information for the periods of April 1 – June 30.

Lastyear 16.9 per cent of patientsspent overfour hours in the emergency department in the Bega District Hospital, but in SERH this year that jumped to24.2 per cent.

The data also showed an increase in patient numbers at the ED. From April to June this year,4003 checked in to SERH, an increase of almost 1000 peoplefrom last year.

By the end of June there were839 patientswaitingfor elective surgery, an almost 13 per cent increase over last year.

While all patients in elective surgery’surgentcategory received surgery within the recommended 30 days, more patients deemed semi or non urgent had to wait beyond their recommended timesat SERH compared to last year’s figures.

For median wait times in elective surgery, gynaecology patients waited64 days compared to 38 last year, cholecystectomy patients had an89 daywait but71 last year, and general surgery patients waited69 days while last year only48.

But there were improvements, such as urology patients waiting30 days compared to 78 last year.

On Wednesday, Dr Kellysaid the critical issue was that the federal government’s cuts to health and hospitals were putting enormous strain on the state government’s budget.

“It is not good enough for [Premier] Mike Baird to pass these budget pressures on to regional health services through cost cutting,” he said.

He said he would get state colleagues onside so they understood the hospital’sproblems and work on providing alternative policies.

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May 20th, 2019 by admin

Street art given regional twist on grain silos

People like art. They seek it out, travel long distances to see it and revel in its creativity. Itsexpression of the human condition is relatable, leading the individual to reflect on their own space inthe universe.
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This is evident in the crowds attending big name exhibitions in our capital cities and the tourism builtaround such events.

The realisation that art can exist in the public domain rather than in columned mausoleums has itsown immediate appeal. When it appears on enormous canvases in a small Victorian Wimmeratownship, it creates an enduring buzz.

Grain production has been important to the Brim community for a long time. However, drought anda diminishing population have tested the community sorely.

The largest structures in the town are its towering decommissioned grain silos. They are symbolic ofthe community. Guido van Helten, a street artist from Brisbane, had had the idea of using a silo as acanvas upon which to depict characters of such a rural context.

Street art has long been in the precincts of urban landscapes. Lane ways and blank walled buildingshave been enlivened with colour and vibe. A few artists like the infamous Banksy have turned publicspaces into artistic statements.

Van Helton has portrayed local characters on the very structures which are most physically dominantin this town and so representative of whom they are and the work they do. This mural featuresstoic, hardworking men of the local grain industry.

They are soiled with the dust of the paddocks,the grime and sweat of their labour is ingrained into their skin. Their heads are turned slightly awayfrom the viewer. Their eyes shaded by hat brims or sunglasses. A collar is turned up against theintensity of this sun drenched clime. Shirts are ruffled and trousers creased. These are not lords ofthe manor; they are the workers, men of the land.

The size of this mural is stunning. The characters are huge in this large landscape in which paddocksrun for miles to the horizon. They cannot be ignored.

The work has created interest far beyond the township and local region. People come simply to seethis pictorial. This one big painting is generating the concept of a 200km “silo art trail”featuring murals painted on silos throughout Victoria’s north-west.

Art can be big. It can illustrate and amplify who we are to the wider world.

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May 20th, 2019 by admin

Bring on summer soccer

Under 13 div 2 grand final.
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WITH the soccer season now over and everyone getting the cricket bat out and giving it a bit of oil, some players may still be looking for a kick of the round ball.

CHALLENGING: Wollondilly Under 15s Jordan Gregory protects the ball as Stags Riley Knight turns to challenge him in the division one grand final. Photos: Darryl Fernance.

Summer soccer kicks off on Thursday, October 13, at 5.30pm.

Those players wishing to keep their skills and fitness up need to just turn up and sign up for a team.

Player fees, the draw and by-laws will be given out on the day and the canteen will be open selling refreshments. All you have to do is turn up and if you need more information call Robert Scott Snr on 0407 486 937.

There was a good turn-out last year and it is hoped to have the same number this year, even though we are a bit late getting the information out.

PresentationsAT the recent presentation night, held two days before the grand finals,we could not present the award for Outstanding Services to Soccer/Football,so it was done on Grand Final Day.

It was a very surprised Marulan supporter, Col Glacken, who was called up to the first level of the grandstand to receive this award.

Col Glacken has been around the Marulan Soccer Club longer than any present club members can remember.We believe Col first came to Marulan to work on Ron Brewer’s property and then became heavily involved in the Marulan Soccer Club, coaching, mentoring and most recently as the barbecue chef. I know that is not much to say about someone who has been around 30 or 40 years,but that’s the way it is with someone who just gets on with the job. Well done Col and I am sure we will be having one of your bacon and egg rolls for many years to come.

Excited winnersI HAVE been to many grand finals, but I do not think I have seen a more excited team than the All Age Women’s Division 1 Marulan side,after their 2-1 win over Stags FC.

I had the pleasure of running the presentation and when I said “the Marulan Mums and Bubs are the 2016 Champions”, the roar that went up from the players and their supporters was deafening.

The Marulan team was made up mums and a good mix of younger players with a few under 16 rep players. They always played the game with a smile and the grand final was no different.

Under 16 rep player Charlotte Cox-Barlow came off crutches at the end of last week after her semi finals injury. We wish her afullrecovery.

Marulan Club was formed in 1933 and consisted of mostly English players. The Club has had its ups and downssince, but I feel it is in good hands with teams like this.

Branch repsRHYS Flissinger, Mitchell Jones, Alex Adameitis and Jayden Grey have returned from Griffithafter playing with Southern NSW in the Under 15 State Championships. They are much the wiser for having played soccer at such a higher leveland against top Sydney teams. Southern had a nil-all result against Western and a 2-1 win over top Sydney team Met Far North.

Flissinger, the goalkeeper, pulled off some amazing saves and kept his team in some close results.

Other players Jones, Adameitis and Grey all excelled and were more than up to playing at this level.

Adameitis overcame an injury to his elbow from the local semi finals to play.

Well done, boys; the whole STFAis proud of you.

Well, that is it for On the Ball for this season as it is time to hand over to the summer sports such as cricket.

My thanks go to the Goulburn Post and Darryl Fernance for making room for my dribble during the season. Also thank you to Emily Mills from 2GN news for her reporting during the season. To you, the supporters who read the dribble and for your comments both good and bad: thank you.

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