Funding vow elusive

11-07-2018 by admin

Notorious: Trucks travelling along the notorious Appin Road which stretches from Rosemeadow (to the north) and Bulli Tops (to the south). Picture: Anna WarrThepeople have spoken –well about 7000 of them.

Now they want their local federal members and candidates to take notice.

A petition calling for the urgent upgrade of Appin Road, initiated by Appin residents John and Sue Gay –separate to the one initiated by Campbelltown MP Greg Warren –was createdin late March.

Last week the petition had gathered almost 7000 signatures.

”It was message from the community that the government has to do something,” Mr Gay said.

In April, federal opposition leader Bill Shorten told theAdvertiserhe wanted to fix the “death trap”.

Though Mr Shorten stopped short of making any funding promises towards to road’s upgrade.

TheAdvertiserasked all Labor and Liberal candidates from thethree electoratesthe road runs through (Macarthur, Hume and Cunningham) if they would guarantee funding before the electionto significantly upgrade the road.

Macarthur MP Russell Matheson and Liberal colleague Angus Taylor (Hume) said they were “fighting for funding”.

“I am well aware of the enormous community concern about Appin Road,” Mr Mathesonsaid.

“This is a priority for me.”

Mr Taylor said the rate of accidents was “very concerning”.

“I am joining my Liberal colleague Russell Matheson in campaigning as strongly as possible for federal funding to help fix this road,” he said.

Labor candidates Aiofe Champion (Hume) and Michael Freelander (Macarthur), werehopeful of making a funding announcement shortly.

“Two deaths this year, 40 deaths all up, and countless non-fatal injuries make it a single carriagewayon which our regionhas been forced to play roulette,” Ms Championsaid.

Dr Freelander added: “The upgrade on Picton Road made it safer, we need to do the same to Appin Road.”

Cunningham MP Sharon Bird (Labor), whose electorate includes the southern end of the road, said she would “support improvements” on Appin Road.

No Liberal candidate for Cunningham has been named yet.

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Paramedics threatened

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A 42 year old male of no fixed address was arrested and charged with five serious offences on Sunday night.

He was later refused bail.

At 7.30pm Paramedics were called to a home in Rose Street where a man was in suspected cardiac arrest.

The offender yelled abuse at the paramedics, threatened them with a brick paver, and rushed towards them with a pair of scissors while they were trying to render assistance to the patient.

Police were called and the offender ceased his threatening behaviour.

He was charged with two counts of being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, two counts of common assault, and one count of obstructing or hindering an ambulance officer by an act of violence.

He appeared in Parkes Local Court yesterday.

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Emergency services were called to a vehicle fire in Close Street early on Monday morning.

The white Hyundai Excel, which was parked on the road, was discovered on fire at 3am.

The fire is believed to have been deliberately lit with the use of an accelerant.

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Firefighters were called to the Parkes Target store yesterday morning.

Staff and shoppers were evacuated after it was thought smoke was coming from the ceiling.

It turned out to be a blown fluorescent light.

Firefighters checked the premises and found nothing further.

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A 17-year old Parkes male was arrested and charged with four outstanding first instance warrants on Friday.

The charges are Stalk and Intimidate, Malicious Damage, Break and Enter with Intent to Steal and Larceny.

He was bail refused and appeared in Parkes Children’s Court via audio video link on Monday.

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A house in Thomas Street was maliciously damaged between 10pm, Monday, May 9 and 9am Saturday, May 14.

Holes were put in five walls, several doors were pulled from their hinges, and sand was dumped throughout the home.

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A 60 year old Cowra man has been charged with PCA and given a traffic infringement notice for speeding.

A white Ford Falcon was stopped on the Eugowra Road by Traffic and Highway Patrol at 5.05pm on Saturday for exceeding the speed limit.

The driver was given a roadside breath test which was positive.

He was arrested, taken to the Police station and given a breath analysis test which returned a low range result.

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The rear glass canopy window of a utility parked in Weston Street was smashed between 7pm and 10pm on Saturday night.

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A 30 year old Parkes woman was issued with a criminal infringement notice for stealing after being caught shoplifting from a local supermarket at 4.50pm on Sunday.

The woman allegedly stole groceries and cds.

The items were recovered and returned to the business.

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A red BGR Pro scooter was stolen from a bike rack at Parkes Public School between 12pm and 3pm on Thursday.

The owner’s name is inscribed on the scooter.

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A black and white mens push bike and security chain were stolen from a unit in Currajong Street between 7pm on Wednesday and 9am Thursday.

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Legal action has commenced against a 16 year old Parkes male after he was found in possession of a knife in McGee’s Lane at 11.15pm on Friday.

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An 18 year-old Dubbo male was issued with a penalty notice for failing to quit a licensed premises in Clarinda Street at 1.15am on Saturday.

He was also given a move-on direction restricting him from returning to the vicinity for six hours.

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A 17 year old Parkes female was issued with a penalty notice for being a minor who entered a licensed premises at 1.45am on Saturday.

The ticket will cost her $220.

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A motor vehicle was stolen from a rural property on Bogan Road between 9am and 4pm on Friday.

The Toyota Hilux tray back utility, with registration number CA08JE, remains outstanding but Police have a suspect they are seeking to interview.

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Warriors Sunk By Pirates

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The Dungog Warriors travelled to Carrington on Saturday to take onthe competition front runners and came away realising how much work they need to do to be a force in this years title race going down 54 – 16.

The Warriors certainly had a dig but when your completitionrate is at52 per centcompared to your opponents 80 per centyou are going to struggle to wingames no matter who you play.

A dropped ball in the 1st set of the game from Dungog gave the Piratesa chance and they opened the scoring with a try in the corner beforesupporters had managed to get comfortable in their seats.

Carringtonlooked like extending its lead only for Warrior swinger Aaron Cottam torun down his opponent in a 70 metre chase. From the play the ball adropped ball had Cottam heading in the other direction and race 80metres to score in a remarkable effort.

Unfortunately the Warriorscontinued to turn over possession and 3 tries and 2 conversions laterhad Carrington doing it comfortably leading 20-4 midway through the1st half. It was the next 20 minutes that the Warriors played its bestfootball of the game starting with Guy Russell finishing off a goodbackline move to cross in the corner for his 1st try for the Warriors.

When Dave Seers went over just before halftime after a great ball fromhooker Daniel Bates and Lee Nevin converting both tries Dungog hadput themselves back in the game trailing 20-16.

Another poor start by Dungog in the 2nd half allowed the Pirates toextend its lead with a try inside the first 3 minutes and when theHooker scored his 2nd 50 metre try of the game from dummy halfCarrington lead 30-16 with still 30minutes to go. Dungog tried valiantlyto get themselves back in the game and looked close to scoring acouple of times but could not find their way across the stripe.

With 20to go Dungog could be reasonably happy with its performance againstthe top side and with a host of players unavailable they were certainlygiving a good account of themselves. Unfortunately ill discipline andbickering amongthemselves undid all of the positive work that hadtaken place in the previous 60 minutes.

Dungog found themselvesdown to 12 men when Jackson Bell was sent to the sin bin and only had11 a short time later when a fellow team mate Luke Rits joined him.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse they were left with 10men when Aaron Cottam was sent from the field. Needless to say thePirates had a field day running in a further 4 converted tries to take thefinal score to 54-16.

Overall a disappointing finish by the Warriors and hopefully it was a one off and everyone turns up next week and givethe match officials and their team mates the respect they deserve.

Carrington 54 10 tries 7 goals

Dungog 16 A Cottam , G Russell, D Seers tries L Nevin 2 goals

RSL Best Forward Brad Smith, RSL Best Back Hayden Mitchell, PlayersPlayer Daniel Bates

Next Weekend Dungog take on East Maitland on Sunday at BennettPark at 2.30 so come along and watch the Warriors bounce back with awin against the Griffins

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DRAGONS forward Joel Thompson was left deeply disappointed at missing the club’s annual indigenous game, after accepting an early guilty plea for a high shot on Canberra’s Blake Austin.

Missing out: Dragons forward Joel Thompson has been suspended for a week after Thursday’s win over Canberra. Picture: Getty Images

Thompson was not penalised for the incident, which left Austin with a bloody nose during St George Illawarra’s golden point win at Kogarah.

However, the match review panel slapped him with a grade one careless high tackle charge and carry over points meant he faced a week on the sidelines.

A leading indigenous ambassador in the Illawarra, Thompson has the Aboriginal flag tattooed just below his neck.

A New Zealander with indigenous Maori background, Russell Packer said Thompson had felt a personal pain in accepting his one-week penalty.

“Joel’s a big advocate for indigenous initiatives, he’s very disappointed to be out of this game,” Packer said.

“But that’s the way the cookie crumbles with the charging system.

“I’m pretty sure he’ll be around and reminding the boys of the significance of the round and the jersey.

“The whole point is to raise awareness (of indigenous culture and issues) by wearing the jerseys.”

The NRL held its official indigenous round last weekend, but Souths and the Dragons have joined forces to celebrate it in Thursday night’s clash.Indigenous superstar Greg Inglis produced a stunning pass to setup Luke Keary’s try in the Friday night victory over Parramatta.

Former Eels player Dean Widders addressed the Dragons squad at WIN Stadium on Monday about some of thecultural significance and indigenous programs the NRL is involved in.The Dragons prevailed with a grinding 8-6 win over the Rabbitohs at the SCG in round three.Packer said the team is gaining confidence after their fighting win over the Raiders.

“It was an exciting way to win, the coaches probably didn’t feel the same way,” he said.“We probably should have put it to bed a bit earlier with the possession we had, but we’re fighting hard for anything at the moment.”

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Inghams plan to expand

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In a $275million investment, Ingham’s Enterprises have announced they will be expanding their facilities todouble its capacity in breeding, hatching, processing,feed production and product distribution across South Australia.

Big win: Investment Attraction SA’s Nicolle Sincock and Mayor Brenton Lewis with Ingham’s Exec. Chairman Mick McMahon and Exec. General Manager Des Hindson.

The Monarto, Yumali and Murray Bridgesites are among 15 sitesthat will be developed.

Premier Jay Weatherill announced the investment and saidnew jobs will be created through the expansion.

“It will mean 700 jobs in construction and 850 jobs ongoingfull time jobs which have great security,” he said.

However, when looking at the breakdown of jobs,the Murraylands and Mallee will only see around 30 direct and ongoing jobs while most will be atBolivar in North Adelaide.

It is predicted that Yumali will have 25 new direct jobs, the Murray Bridge Feedmill will produce four new direct jobs andthe Murraylands Hatchery will provide none.There will, however, be around 400 jobs provided indirectly through transport and trades.

Ingham’s Chief Excecutive Chairman Mick McMahon said the reason for the investment is that chicken is the most popular meat in Australia and the demand for it continues to grow.

“We are investing around$20 million indoubling the size of the hatchery here atMurraylands, around$70 million to expand breeder farms at Monarto,andnew Greenfields site at Yumali,”he said.

“We see SA as a hub for future production and investment.

“SA is very well positioned in food and has good access to grains and production and also transport.”

Rural City of Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis said it is a great investment.

“If we didn’t have this here, the chickens would be coming from Victoria,” he said.

“It will provide plenty of job opportunities for young people in the Murraylands and at the moment, the food industry is a standout.”

He said it is great to have the new development at Yumali.

“It is a result of bio-security, the farm has to be far enough away from other animal farms and also water and lakes,” MrLewis said.

“I was involved with the area mapping and often we would find a spot that was good for infrastructure but not bio-security, or the other way around.”

The Yumali site got full development approval this week and is expected to be up and running by February 2017.

Construction of new sheds willcontinue over the next two to three years.

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Short Takes

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I AGREEwith Tom Edwards: what happened to music (Short Takes, 16/5)?Much (not all) “popular” music, song competitions and the like is just scream-scream, shout-shout, bash-bash, bellow-bellow. It is inflicted on all of us in many (not all) shopping venues at multiple decibels, making conversation nearimpossible. It’s torture. No wonder people are going deaf early.

Kevin McDonald,East SeahamWHO says health is better than wealth? Not the Liberal government. Under a Turnbull government I believe it’s your credit card and not your Medicare card that will determine your health care.

Richard Ryan, Summerland PointI HAVE some suggestions for the Knights. Perhaps new tactics are needed. I suggest squirrel grips and wedgies in the ruck.

Gerry Murphy,MordiallocCONTRAST the doctors’ campaign on the freezing of Medicare rebates and the real estate industry campaign on negative gearing. I believe one is about “need”, the other about “greed”.

Donald Mennie,The EntranceWITH elections looming on the horizon an old song comes to mind: Oh Promise Me.Promises can be broken. We shall see.

Daphne Hughes,KahibahHAS anyone seen our state Labor leaderLuke Foley? He seems like the invisible man.All we ever see is Mike Baird. We need ouropposition leader to stop Mr Baird selling off everything to make money to spend on Sydney.I’ll bet there are many out there who don’t even know who Luke Foley is.

Joy Boots,Cardiff South​MANY thanks to the hosts of a party, somewhere between Carolyn Streetand Northcott Driveon Saturday night, for sharing their ear-shattering music with the tired, ill, or elderly folk. May karma reward them. The vibration of glass window panes added something special. Thanks for the brief period of acceptable decibels in the middle of the evening.

Laurie See,Adamstown HeightsTHE POLLSWHERE would you like Newcastle Airport to fly to next?

New Zealand 34%,Asia 46%,Perth 8%,Adelaide 12%WILL you keep an eye out for whales in 2016?

Yes 91%,No 9%IS the Catholic Schools Office looking in the right areas for expansion?

Yes 85%,No 15%DO you believe in climate change?

Yes 50%,No 38%,Unsure 12%MESSAGEBOARDACCLAIMED drug and alcohol expert Paul Dillonwill hold a parent forum at Hunter Valley Grammar School on TuesdayMay 17 from 6.30pm in the Weeks library. All are welcome.There is no charge for the talk, but please RSVP to help with logistics. To attend phone 4934 2444 before 12pm on Tuesday.

Healthy standards

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Ararat Rural City Council Mayor Paul HooperARARAT’S moves to tackle obesity and poor health as a community could soon be a formal model for rural Australia.

Central Highlands Councils Victorianamedreplicating Ararat’s healthy success as a top-five priority project for the region.

The group is pushing for $2.5 million state and federal government funding to test, demonstrate and evaluate how to shift cultural and social standards in a rural community from one that is largely sedentary to active and healthy.

Seven councils and shires banded together to presenttheir collective blueprint for the region to Victorian Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford on Monday.

The regional investment plan details 16 priority projects each municipality deems critical to target for funding that would best benefit the region.

Ararat mayor and group chairmanPaul Hooper said the strong collaboration was vital to achieve big transformation projects.

“We park our egos at the door,” he said.

“We know there is a lot of competition for scarce public resources.

“We can argue and advocate for projects to suit the region’s business and needs and explain together how each project is logic and relevant.”

Ararat has experienced a marked improvement as a direct result of its community-wide focus on health and well-being, according to the regional investment plan.

Average body mass index in Ararat has shifted with improved diet and physical activity in a focus on initiatives inworkplaces, schools and places people socialise.

The group has made clear this is an opportunity to develop research exploring the impact of community health and active living programs in Ararat that could be shared on.

Cr Hooper said the Ballarat Sports and Events Centre’s continued push for $10 million under the federal government’s national stronger regions fund was also important to Ararat.

The fully-developed stadium would feature six extra courts and a 3000-seat showcourt that would benefit talented Ararat juniors in taking their games to the next level via representative teams.

Cr Hooper said the centre also encouraged added tourism to the region that would flowon to Ararat.

The regional investment plan underpins lobbying for state and federal government funding in five key areas, including growing food and fibre industries, improved access and telecommunications, well-being, renewable energy and tourism.

The group’sregional investment plan launch builds on a team approach between the region’s councilsand shires before key politicians and advisers in Canberra earlier this year.

The group consists of delegates from Golden Plains, Moorabool, Northern Grampians, Hepburn and Pyrenees shires, Ararat Rural City, City of Ballarat and the Central Highlands Regional Planning Committee.

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Mt Gambier to Coonamble

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Rain over South Australia, Victoria and NSW created a much larger and diverse gallery at the larger than expected yarding offered at Yea last Friday.

A large percentage of the yarding was spring drop steer and heifer calves with many of these being in light, store condition. The large yarding attracted buyers from Mt Gambier, SA, Casterton in the western district, and Coonamble in central NSW. Other Victorian buyers were present, including some from South and west Gippsland.

The noise level was high when one entered the saleyard, which indicated some cattle had not been weaned. These tended to stand out because of their quality and weight, but competition was un-deterred.

Yearling steers made up much of the first lane of cattle. Strong feedlot competition set a solid trend for these, which saw prices range from $1210-$1475. J&J Horn sold 17 Angus steers at the top price, these purchased by a bullock fattener from West Gippsland. However, most of these were purchased for grain feeding.

While some pens of Charolais steers and heifers were yarded, most of the yarding was Angus with an odd pen of Hereford, or other breed thrown in. The quality of the breeding was good throughout.

Turning the corner to the next lane saw buyers presented with many spring drop calves penned. J Canavan, Riverfield, Mansfield, sold the best of these offering 48 calves by Welcome Swallow & Lawson’s Angus bulls, carded as 7 months. These sold for grain feeding at $1150, the second pen for $1020.

This top price was equalled only once, for the tops of 80 Angus steers of Inverugie Pastoral Co, Yea.

However, many, many pens of steers sold from $900 to $1150, which included some very small steers. The sale of these smaller steers was where the sale took a big turn to be much dearer. Purchases went as far as Mt Gambier in SA to Coonamble in NSW, and anywhere in between.

A highlight was the 105 EU accredited Angus steers of Habbies Howe, Highlands, which sold to two bidders wanting to keep them in the EU system.

These very light steers sold from $1030-$1050 with a pen of very young calves making $730. While these steers were estimated to equal over 420 cents per kilogram liveweight, they were no the dearest of the day.

There were other steers, known to weigh under 200kgs lwt that sold up to $920. Some of the larger consignments were BM&MM Griffiths, Seymour, 67 Angus steers from $805-$1090, Webb Past Co, Glenburn, 78 Black Simmental steers from $865-$1010, and MPJ Nominees, Nagambie, 75 Angus steers from $890-$1060.

D Chisholm & Son, Fernside, sold two pens, of only a very small selection of Hereford steers from $970-$1090. Best of the Charolais calves came from Lobru P/L, Murrindindi, with 12 head making $1090.

Garrison feedlot was the strongest bidder, and volume buyer of heifers, aided by other feedlot orders.

Bungle Boori, Seymour, sold 11 yearling Angus heifers to Thomas Foods, for $1190, and TFI paid the top price of $1200 for 16 angus yearlings of J Martin, Nulla Vale.

Because of the strong feedlot competition, and a solid line up of quality Angus & Charolais heifers, many pens sold from $845-$1200.

There was not the volume of multiple pens from one vendor in the sale of heifers, except in the lines of young and lightweight calves. A&I Grant, Nargla Downs, Deniliquin, sold 46 Blonde D’Aquataine heifers from $780-$910, Yencken Past Co, Kooyong, Mansfield, 64 Angus heifers from $79-=$910, and Ballandry Past Co, Strath Creek, 78 Angus-Hereford heifers from $520-$690.

Last but by no means least was a small selection of cows and calves that sold quite well. Balmuttum, Kilmore, sold 11 Angus heifers and calves for $1800, and Garwan Park, Alexandra, 14 Angus cows with their 2nd CAF from $1280-$1660.

Always a good sign when you see this many trucks, many of them B-doubles, lining up before the sale. This was the scene prior to the Yea store cattle market, last Friday.

Recent rain brought a large crowd to the Yeas store cattle sale last Friday. Buyers came from as far as Mt Gambier, South Australia to Coonamble, NSW, plus Gippsland.

Geff and Kaye Mitchell travelled all the way from Casterton to Yea. Confident in their endeavour, they had a B-double at the sale prior to the start.

Malcolm White, Inverugie Past Co, Yea, sold 80 spring drop Angus steers at Yea from $900-$1150. Grandchildren Harry & Errin Heal with mother Errin Heal, looked on.

Rob Thomas, MPJ Nominees, Nagambie (L) with manager Dale Sutherland, admire one of their pens of steers at Yea. MPJ Nominees sold 75 steers from $890-$1060.

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Morning tea brings town together

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High tea: The Collie Cancer Support Group’s May Hollins and Linda Chiera ready for the Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday, May 26. THE Collie Cancer Support Group (CCSG) has begun the count down to celebrations for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea for cancer research.

The group has called on donations of treats and volunteers for assistance between 8am and 12pm for Collie’sBiggest Morning Tea on Thursday, May 26 at Energy West Hall.

The annual event kicks off at 10am featuring morning tea and theraffle draw, with all funds raised donated to the Cancer Council Western Australia.

Last year’s event raised $6,300, with the eventhaving raisedapproximately $100,000 overall throughoutthe group’s 25-year run.

This year’s event is set to beMay Hollins’s finalBiggest Morning Tea as CCSG secretary, retiring from the positionafter 25 years.

Mrs Hollins said the eventhelps toprovide an important service forcancer patients, survivors, familiesand friendsthroughout the community.

“Honestly, when you are sitting there selling those tickets, some of the stories they tell you just makes you feel like what you are doing is worthwhile,” she said.

CCSG incoming secretary Linda Chiera said the town has become tirelessly invested in the group’s work throughout its history.

“They just want to help because everyone is touched by it one way or another, and not just in Collie in any small town you get a lot of support,” she said.​

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‘Stranded animals’ migrate to other creeks

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DUMPED: A shopping trolley is seen discarded in a section of Scrubby Creek. There have been calls for the council to act swiftly to clean up the area. Picture: Marina Neil

IT was interesting reading aboutthe problems of Scrubby Creek (‘Hundreds of trolleys embedded in Scrubby Creek’,Herald, 13/5). Apparently this new genus, Shoppingtrollius Gigantus can be found in this creek as well as in Throsby Creek, or should I say Throsby Waters, as the real estate people describe it.

I was unaware this new speciesof marine animal was so mobile.How they travelled from Tighes Hill to Mount Hutton and then to Windale is a mystery.

While conducting a lunchtime walk in Tighes Hill I used to observe these animals, sometimes on the shoreline but more often almost underwater in the middle of the creekwhich made me think it had some capacity to swim.

I also noted that Shoppingtrollius also co-operated with the local bird life in Throsby Creek by providing useful resting places.

Has anyone observed similar behaviourby the Scrubby Creek variety I wonder?

Therefore my question is: has Shoppingtrollius been observed in any other wetland environments and if so whatdoes the Lake Macquarie City Councilintend to do about it, or does this new genus carry the same level of protection as flying foxes?

Any real investigation should try to determine Shoppingtrollius’origins, along with the identity of the species who aid their movement.

For heaven’s sake Lake Macquarie CityCouncil, just make a decision to clear the creek and return these stranded animals to their owners.

Robert Kear,CharlestownReforms for familiesI’D like to give11/10 to Kelly Kurtz for her comments in relation to the benefits of being a stay-at-home mother(Letters, 11/5).

I believe the most important and most undervalued job in our society is the complex one of managing a home and raising children so that they become well-adjusted young adults.

There is ample evidence that the first 10 years of life are crucial in learning living skills and in forming the attitudes which contribute to a safe and stable community.

While it is good that we work for female equality, one disadvantage is that many women now have to choose between holding down a joband full-time engagement in preparing their children to take their place in the community. Our economic system is largely to blame.

There was a time when industrial awards were formulated on a basic wage, sufficient for a good labourer to support a family in modest conditions, with extra pay for additional skills orqualifications.

Unfortunately this system was so manipulated by unions, governments and employers that it has been replaced by our current system which now forces ordinary households to have two incomes to survive.

It is in the power of governments by taxation and other reforms to assist mothers who prefer to contribute by working at home management.

The overall costs of childcare and crime might even reduce in time if this were done. Why not try it?

Alton Bowen,WallsendDon’t sell out on hearingIN a recent report (‘Shorten gets the nod in first leaders’ contest’, SMH,14/5)Malcolm Turnbull ruled out the sale of Australia Post in the medium term, but left the door open on Australian Hearing Services, saying the private sector should provide services if it can do it better.

Just how the private sector could provide equally-qualified staff with a similar range of services to the very young, young adults and aged pensioners better than Australian Hearing has would be interesting to see.

Australian Hearing is not simply a business supplying hearing aids. Audiologists are university trained. They provide services to those with hearing difficulties. Their work includes specialist treatment for babies and preschool children.

The value of these services is so clear that there should be no need to leave the door open until after the election when it will be opened wide for privatisation. It is a door that should remain firmly closed with Australian Hearing allowed to continue the work it does so well.

Social media should rally to make this clear to the Prime Minister.

Morris Graham,RutherfordClean air with a whisperIN recent years, there have been several theories regarding noise produced by wind turbines; which either have merit, or are wild exaggerations.

Being eager tosatisfy my curiosity I visited a wind farm. I walked within 10 metres from the base of one of the turbines. Ican honestly swear there was no turbine noise.

The only noise producedwas the sound of the blades as they cut through the air; which sounded like a ceiling fan onlow power. If you can sleep with a ceiling fan on, you can sleep with a wind farm inthe vicinity.

Regardless of one’s belief in climate science, air pollution from coal-fired power stations could beeliminated if Australians were prepared to convert to wind power.

Why are wehesitating the transition to technology that will give us cleaner air?

Stephen Miller,RutherfordPraise for quality careI HAVE recently spent several weeks in Belmont and John Hunter hospitals.In this time I encountered some of the greatest doctors and nurses I have ever met.

I will never be able to thank these people enough.Although they were always working hard, they made sure I had the best care.

The sad thing about our community is I feel not enough people appreciate what sacrifices these men and women make to keep us well.

So if you have to go to hospital please realise you will be attended to as soon as they can. If you stub your toe say ouch, if you have a simple ailment go to your doctor and free up our hospitals to be able to attend to people with life-threatening problems.

Also to the admin, kitchen and domestic staff, thanks.

Jean Ryan,WindaleLETTERS commenting on election issues must bear the writer’s name and full address (only the suburb will be published). Responsibility for election comment in this issue is accepted by the editor, Heath Harrison,28 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle. Writers should disclose any alliance with political or community organisations and include a phone number for verification. Election candidates should declare themselves as such when submitting letters.​