EVENT SPREAD JOY AROUND COMMUNITY
Collier Trennery on December 7 conducted their second major Community Event - this year naming it " Caring at Christmas ", and it was again held on the lawns outside their office, chapel and hall.
Anyone was welcome to attend the afternoon, which was absolutely free, and those attending, probably 230 or so, were treated to all-day entertainment, including - One in Christ Fellowship musicians and singers, the Tongan Choir, the Cook Island Dancers, Annie, Isabelle and Lara - all the Collier's granddaughters, jumping castle, face painting and pony rides for the children, and a beautifully prepared hot roast meal as well as sweets, soft drinks, water and a special visit from Santa.
This year experienced a special, extremely moving memorial service with an inspiring guest speaker, and anyone present who had lost a loved one or friend throughout the year or previously where invited to attend the 30 minute service in the chapel, they could light a candle for their loved one and also write a message of their thoughts and attach it to a Christmas tree. Those attending exited the chapel with a guard of honour and singing by the Tongan choir.
Many local businesses offered their support to the day, by providing their goods and services toward the running of the event, and all donors were listed and mentioned at the venue. Even when times are as tough as they are, Griffith business houses always support our community.
Not only were Collier Trennery proprietors and staff involved, there was a heap of volunteers and chefs who willingly gave up their time to set up the venue, cook, prepare, serve and then clean up. Well done and thanks to all of you people.
I take this opportunity to sincerely congratulate and thank Carol and Greg Collier, Collier Trennery, for the foresight in again conducting this hugely successful Griffith Community event.
They are a professional, extremely generous and caring local family, who have been in business, in Griffith and surrounds, for 100 years. We are very fortunate to have families to the calibre of the Colliers in our community, prepared to give something back, on this scale, to the citizens within our community, I take my hat off to you.
So, to Carol and Greg Collier, the Collier Trennery staff, the volunteers and performers, thank you all so much, for instilling some wonderful Christmas spirit and caring into our community. I certainly hope you are able to do it again in 2020 and thereafter.
Ron Spencer, Griffith
WORRY THAT FISH KILLS WILL LINGER IN MEMORY
Over the past 12 months, the fish kills of Menindee have been politicised and subject to significant media attention. In this time we have witnessed local pastoralists and irrigators use the fish kills to highlight mismanagement of the Murray-Darling Basin.
Various southern irrigator groups have capitalised on the fish kills to support their arguments over water management in the north versus the south. Some people have openly questioned the value and role of cotton within Australian agriculture.
But when it finally does rain, and all our issues have subsided from media attention, my concern is that the fish kills of Menindee will be remembered by our city neighbours and nothing else.
I am concerned our city cousins will demand that less water is used for irrigation and more water is made available to the environment to prevent fish kills from happening again.
I feel it is in this regions upmost priority to ensure no future water buybacks occur within the Murray-Darling Basin.
I am particularly concerned that Labor or the Greens didn't front the 'Can the Plan' protesters in Canberra on the 2 and 3 of December to say they wouldn't be coming after more water when they eventually return to Parliament
Greg Adamson, Griffith
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