We have had a wonderful victory in Jannali!
COVID strikes again.
John Sullivan, SUTHERLAND
Regarding the forcible acquisition of 9 homes for a carpark at Jannali, I wish to express my disgust at how these residents were treated.
There was NO consultation, not even a visit or a phone call to those directly affected by their elected representative, Eleni Petinos. Emails to her office were met with the same response, which did not address specific concerns raised. If the flood of correspondence protesting this decision was so great that she couldn't reply on an individual basis, what does this tell her about community sentiment? In media reports at the time of the announcement of this election promise, Ms Berejiklian said, Transport for NSW would "work closely with Sutherland Shire Council to deliver an outcome that is in best keeping with the local environment" and that "the government wanted to ensure the design met community expectations."
Ms Petinos promised that "after a site was chosen, planning work and public consultation would follow." Neither promise has been kept, evidenced by the first notification residents had that their homes were under threat was a knock at their door.
The lack of respect and empathy for this community is unacceptable. The continued silence was deafening and deeply disappointing. Residents expect and deserve better.
Over to you, Ms Petinos. Your electorate is watching.
Trish Halls, GYMEA
To the person/s who found my aged father in the early morning of Wednesday, February 24 at Miranda, thank you. He is well and recuperating in the hospital. You saved his life. You have his family's deepest gratitude.
As an amateur fisherman for forty years, I've seen so-called fishermen kill large sharks like the one caught off Botany Bay last week. The laws at the state government level should be changed immediately to protect these beautiful animals, marlin included.
The Port Hacking game fishing club can easily make the ruling of tag and release on all of the members catch, not a good look at this club and trophy hunting members. R.Clarke, HEATHCOTE
Congratulations to the Sutherland Shire Council for planting thousands of trees at Sylvania, Cronulla and Jannali. Tree planting will help reduce ground temperatures while simultaneously providing shade. These trees will be a carbon sink and thus help the fight against climate change. The visual effect of trees softens the look of ever-increasing development throughout the shire. The tree canopy also provides shelter and food for wildlife. Well done, council!
Vicki Cattell, CRONULLA
Indian Myna are starting to re-establish themselves, and I see them attacking the families of native Noisy Miners on our block, which we love to have around, trying to drive them off. People need to realise that they are causing these rats of the air to re-establish in the shire by leaving dog food out. Please do the right thing.
I just wanted to get in first with this, rather than waiting to hear a Government Health Minister to declaim it in a press conference.
With the roll-out of COVID-19 Vaccines to the general public starting soon, some people will decline immediate vaccination.
Not COVID Deniers or Anti-Vaxers; these are the people who would prefer to wait a bit for the supposedly better sort of vaccine that might become available later.
These people are 'Jab Snobs.'
I just thought I'd share it with you now before it becomes official, so you can tell your readers that, 'You heard it here first!'
So, keep an eye out for the 'Jab Snobs,' they will soon be walking among us.
Garry P Dalrymple,
Allegations of rape in our high-security Parliament in Canberra are not matters for dodgy new political procedures - as excuses from MPs to distract us.
Any rape is a crime first, not a breach of polite protocols, and should be pursued immediately to find the truth, not years later.
Parliament is full of police supposed to uphold the law, but the real culprit is the culture. You start as a party drone, blend in quietly at elections handing out leaflets, then join some MP's staff, and your career is on the rise. If you make the right friends, do as you're told, and don't make a fuss, you may get a chance at the next vacant seat.
Ask any MP. They know that the system is sexist because they are part of it. Two things will boost your career in politics: good looks and good connections. If you are a bloke, ignore Rule 1 and go directly to Rule 2. If you please the party powerful, work the numbers behind closed doors, then you may get a chance at preselection for the next vacant seat.
Our prime minister is part of Sutherland Shire's party machine, like our local MPs. They know the law but ignore it: Any rape is a crime. You call the police, not some committee in the political machine.
I want to express my thanks to the staff at Sutherland Hospital, from the Ambos to the Rehab. Not to exclude the other service that kept the hospital running during my recent stint there, These people are the most caring and considerate people I have come across for a long time. They often have to deal with some very difficult people and sometimes face verbal and physical abuse.
My hat goes off to them in the manner in which they deal with these situations. I never heard one complaint when they were subjected to these difficult situations. However, there was plenty of compassion.
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