PROPOSED ROSE GARDEN A 'THORNY ISSUE'
Is Griffith City Council that flush with money that it can afford to spend $300,000 of ratepayers funds on a rose garden at the expense of core infrastructure needs of our growing city? Apparently so!
There are plenty of examples where those funds can be better spent - you only have to look at the poor state of Shaw Road only a short distance from the CBD to know what I'm taking about.
I'm certain there are many other roads that could also do with $300,000 spent on them, but because this council is too focused on "arty-farty" projects they will never be a priority.
The general feeling on this issue is that our councillors have totally lost the plot and are making decisions on behalf of ratepayers that have elected them that are not in their best interests.
I understand the next local government elections are due in 2020 and that's when the ratepayers of Griffith will decide who they vote for to better represent them.
Max Zan, Griffith
LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT THE REAL PROBLEM
I know that it is very important to focus on the positives when the going gets tough, however burying your head in the sand when there is a problem will not solve it.
Dairy Australia's June 2019 Situation and Outlook report was released and pointed to a number of positives for the dairy industry.
As a dairy farmer myself I find it a very bitter pill to swallow that once again the unnecessary destruction of an industry with so much potential is hidden under the carpet. Across southern NSW and northern Victoria not a week goes by without hearing of another dairy farm closing down. In fact in the NSW Murray Valley there has been an 18 per cent reduction in dairy farms since the start of the year.
No upturns in consumption or export demands will compensate for the biggest and most damaging force impacting innovative and passionate dairy farmers in the Nation's premier food bowl - the cost of water.
And before another high paid politician, CEO or bureaucrat blames the drought, let's be clear about the real problem - poor water policy and pouring billions of litres into a forest. This occurred during the drought and does not paint a picture of a drought crisis.
The most damaging crisis being faced in our region is that our leaders do not have the courage to hold those responsible for poor water management and policy to account.
Instead of sugar-coating the problems, our dairy industry leaders need to be highlighting our major impediments, as this will increase the chance of getting them fixed.
Jane Middlebrook, Blighty
LONG TRADITION OF DEDICATED HEALTH STAFF
Thank you The Area News and the Griffith Genealogical and Historical Society for the story of local health practitioners and the hospitals of old.
One of the names was familiar to me. Dr Burrell was our family doctor who delivered my older sister at St Luke's Hospital and me at Griffith District (now Base).
He was my medical officer when I joined the Postmaster General department as a telephonist on the Griffith Telephone Exchange.
I also remember Dr Dalton who was the anaethetist when I had my tonsils out. Other practitioners names I recall are Doctors Binks, Savage and Oxenham.
Griffith had dedicated and caring health professionals in the early years and hopefully they continue today.
Gloria Velleley, Belrose
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