CAT PUT AMONG PIGEONS
With all this drama about Covid-19 and the government setting up a new budget of how to help different businesses in these trouble times, which is very good to help these people trying to balance their budget and keep staff on.
But I wonder how much help has been given to the irrigation farmers that has insufficient water to grow a decent crop.
To me the virus is no different to the unruly water market which has priced out a return on investment.
Now these farmers may not have a viable income to grow crops, only to sell off a small amount of water to buy food.
If farmers are to carry on with little income over two years, it doesn't say much for the big wheels up town. I have been a dry area farmer all my life and when droughts came around we just had to grin and hope next year would be better.
I have voted Nats for 50 odd years they let the cat among the pigeons, let water taken away from the land and fill the pockets of who knows but Helen Dalton may be able to fill us in whose who. Good luck Helen you may need a tail wind.
Greg McCarten, Griffith
PRIORITIES SHOULD CHANGE
As 1000s and 1000s of Australian families suffer the consequences of the Coronavirus with isolation and unemployment and the uncertainty of the future, meanwhile we have a situation just down the road from Griffith where we have 200 or more working holiday visa backpackers saving $2000/week for the overseas holiday.
And this is only the tip of ice-berg when you consider there's approximately 140,000 working visas in Australia. It's time to put Australians first.
Fred McCulloch, Darlington Point
COSTS TO DEMOLITION
While I have not been a resident of Griffith since 1962 (born and bred), I still keep up with news and events online via The Area News. Pirkko Makerainen's letter (The Area News, Friday March 20) about the demolition of 'Charnwood', bought back memories of my Italian immigrant parents and 'zio' who were employed by Mr Henri Morel.
They were the cleaners of the Lyceum, Rio (Banna Avenue) and the Palais de Dance (Yambil Street). My mother was Mrs Morel's house cleaner in Palla Street. Mr Morel was the owner of Riverina Theatres - Lyceum, Rio and Roxy in Leeton.
My family were not interned in the internment camp in Hay (like some of their 'amici') during World War II, Mr Morel vouching for their good character as hard working employees.
I agree with Pirkko, please Griffith Council, do not approve the development application for the demolition of 'Charnwood', a garden in which I played as a young child while my mother cleaned.
Gloria Velleley, Belrose
VALUE IN COLLABORATION
I have always taught my daughter, now 16, that when she has a microphone, she owns the floor.
This month on ABC's Q&A, she was given a microphone on live TV to raise issues she saw with her schooling in Griffith.
She used that opportunity to state exactly what she thought.
After the show, I felt it important to explain that being a leader in a community requires more than simply raising issues or being negative.
I explained, now that she had raised her issues around the disparity between city v country education, as a true leader she needs to be able to work with all stakeholders, whether she likes them or not, to deliver a tangible outcome for the community.
Interestingly, my daughter turned around and asked why our local MP has so much popularity if she can't work productively with others in the government to deliver for our community?
It's been a week now, and her question has left me perplexed.
I'm left wondering if media sound bites in the Griffith community more important than actions and outcomes that improve peoples lives?
I'm also a bit concerned about the impact of all the negativity which exists in our community, and how it is affecting our children?
What kind of role models do we really want to expose our children too?
Greg Adamson, Griffith
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