Letters to the Editor

Smiles all round: Bob and Josh Smith enjoy a day out in the sun at the Murrumbateman Field Days at the weekend. Photo: Jessica Cole.

Smiles all round: Bob and Josh Smith enjoy a day out in the sun at the Murrumbateman Field Days at the weekend. Photo: Jessica Cole.

The state of our roads

We all know the state of our country roads are appalling and dangerous due to our continual wet weather.

Let's hope that our new council has the foresight to identify the most troublesome areas and spend our money wisely on pipes and gravel instead of the 'band-aid' patch up's that have gone on for decades.

Margaret Mackay

Drivers take care

Can I please, once again, ask for drivers to please slow down and care for our wild life. It is Spring and a lot of animals and birds are moving around.

I realise that you may be in a rush to get to work, or whatever, but is that more important than hearing a magpie calling in the morning?

Keep hitting the breeding ones and you won't hear them any more. Another one hit today just out of Yass on the way to Canberra. Left to die in the middle of the road. Message to driver: it was not not dead. But died quietly in care.

Ann Nicholson

Thumbs Up

The inaugural education community book week parade and activities in Banjo Paterson Park on Thursday, October 13 deserve a thumbs up. Hats off to organiser Haley Bradley for bringing our local schools together for fun and shared learning. A great idea and top weather in a beautiful setting to boot.

Karen Williams

Parent, Yass Public School

Successful fundraising event in poem

It was the night after Graduation

When Yass Interact hit town,

With a Trivia Night of great proportion,

Causing participants to groan and frown!

But Rotary's fundraising reason,

Their "End Polio NOW" campaign,

Made all that brain searching such fun,  

We would gladly do it again!

So our heartfelt congratulations,

To these enthusiastic young volunteers,

Performing tasks with determination;

Shining stars, to whom we say:  "Three Cheers!"

Sincerely,

Marianne van de Voorde  

National Carers Week 

There are an estimated 2.8 million unpaid carers in Australia, of whom many live within this very community. That’s a staggering number of people providing regular and sustained care and assistance to a family member, friend or neighbour without payment and, often, without recognition.

For around 81 per cent of Australians with a disability, informal care can mean anything from help with housework and shopping to, in many cases, offering support with every detail of a person’s daily life.

For so many of those with whom Endeavour Foundation partners, informal care is a lifeline. Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (www.ndis.gov.au), the potential for additional assistance for people with a disability to increase their independence and pursue their own ambitions should give carers greater freedom. 

In effect, if you feel as though you are a carer first and a person in your own right second, take heart in the potential for change within disability support.

The agency responsible for the NDIS have said that they will take account of what it is reasonable to expect families, carers, informal networks and the community to provide, and will step up to better support you in your caring role. 

We look forward to the scheme delivering on its promise. 

In our organisation we see, each and every day, that carers are the lynchpins of our communities.

The people you support are not the only ones who rely upon you – the whole of Australia Counts on Carers.

Andrew Donne

Chief Executive, Endeavour Foundation

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