I welcome the Leader's initiative to present a "Think Local" special feature (November 27).
The Sutherland Shire can become an important tourist destination for Australians and overseas visitors. The shire, as the gateway to the south coast, has so many natural attractions, its parks and beaches.
The Hazelhurst Gallery, in my opinion, should be the cultural and artistic hub of the Sshire. It is one of the best regional Australian galleries that I have visited.
I must sadly express my disappointment at the standard of service and the quality of the food in many of the restaurants and clubs that I have visited.
The many comments on social media on the recent closure of Criniti's in the South Village should raise the alarm signal for all restaurateurs.
In the same issue of your paper I read with greater disappointment the article "Fight to save Loftus TAFE fitness centre". I had the privilege to attend a course at this TAFE very recently. I was impressed by the educational resources available and the calibre and international reputation of the lecturer who gave the course. I couldn't help asking myself how is it that with such training resources available locally, for the food and beverage industry, many of our restaurants are so lacking in professional table service and food presentation.
I wish to encourage the leaders and managers in the local food and beverage industry to invest in and take advantage of the excellent training facility that we have at the Loftus TAFE.
I was pleased to read in your same issue that a Sutherland restaurant offers work experience to hospitality students from Loftus TAFE; and also on the last page the Sutherland Shire Mayor's statement "We want to see our local businesses thrive and prosper into the future". I believe that professional training is the pedestal on which this economic success can be built.
Marc de Cazanove