CREDIT SHOULD BE GIVEN WHERE IT'S DUE
In regional Australia, we are quick to criticise government for a lack of services. And I make no apology for being a squeaky wheel.
But credit must be given where it is due. Four years ago my house in Griffith could not access any fixed-line internet as there weren't enough 'ports' at the exchange.
At the time my daughter was a student of the Aurora Selective School program where she learnt online and her teachers and classmates were based through NSW. Having only mobile hotspot internet access impacted her studies.
I had 50 employees as well as business dealings in many different parts of the world, and my employees in developing countries thought it comical they had better communication than their boss in Australia.
My lecturers at Harvard University had to tolerate constant interruption in video conferencing. My reliance on mobile hotspots cost my employees and associates dearly.
Compare to today, with the roll out of the NBN, my professional life has been transformed.
However, it must be recognised that regional Australians like myself received improved telecommunications because the NSW Nationals lobbied hard to have the NBN rolled out in regional Australia first.
Greg Adamson, Griffith
RALLY ORGANISERS DEMANDS TO BE HEARD BY PM
On December 2 and 3, community members from across the Murray-Darling Basin will converge on Canberra.
What started as an idea for a small convoy seeking a delegation with Prime Minister Scott Morrison to discuss the failing Murray-Darling Basin Plan has grown into what looks like being a mass community rally.
This has occurred because of the sheer frustration being felt in rural communities by a Basin Plan that we are calling 'pink batts on steroids'.
The Basin Plan is destroying our communities, yet it is not protecting the environment. We have fish kills at unprecedented levels, river bank erosion from trying to force too much water through the system, damage to our iconic forests because they are being unnecessarily flooded and a carp breeding explosion.
Despite this, for reasons our communities cannot fathom, we have a Federal Government in denial.
The Water Minister David Littleproud will not acknowledge the Basin Plan disasters and I can come to no other conclusion than the Environment Minister Sussan Ley, since being given another chance in Cabinet, is prepared to toe the party line instead of demanding change on behalf of her constituents.
When we arrive in Canberra on December 2 we want a delegation to meet with the Prime Minister to explain what is happening in our communities. He needs to understand that many of the problems which exist are not from drought, they are from poor water management.
We believe Mr Littleproud needs to be removed from the water portfolio so someone with a fresh approach can lead an era of change, which must include developing a Basin Plan 2.0 that works for communities, the environment and our nation's food security. We also need an emergency allocation in the Southern Basin to save struggling farmers.
Our delegation also wants to discuss a 10 point plan which we believe can be implemented to resolve the present crisis for the long-term. We have huge community support for our Canberra rally and really appreciate the encouragement and support that we have received from a growing number of Politicians and academics.
We look forward to all Politicians joining our rally and discussing the solutions to change direction on this disastrous Basin Plan.
John Lolicato, Wakool
GOT SOMETHING TO SAY?
Let us know, email us at email@example.com, drop a letter to the editor in to our Banna Avenue office, or use the form below...