Letters to the Editor

SECRET BRIDESMAIDS' BUSINESS: The local identities who featured in the story about when things don't go to plan. Photo: Supplied
SECRET BRIDESMAIDS' BUSINESS: The local identities who featured in the story about when things don't go to plan. Photo: Supplied

Congratulations to all

Congratulations to all the cast and crew of the Gunnedah Conservatorium's production of Secret Bridesmaid's Business!

The casting is perfect, the acting is great and the set design is most appropriate. Well done!

We would encourage everyone to see this excellent local production this Friday or Saturday.

Amanda and Robert White

Let’s work together

I would like to encourage communities to play a role to ensure NSW remains free of White Spot.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries is working to minimise the spread of White Spot, which was detected in prawns in South East Queensland in December.

White Spot is a highly contagious viral disease of crustaceans, primarily prawns, but also crabs, lobsters and freshwater crayfish as well as marine worms.

There are three things communities should know:

  1. NSW seafood remains safe to consume.
  2. Do not use prawns intended for human consumption as bait in any NSW waters.
  3. Obey the current ban on importation from the affected area in Queensland of prawns, nippers, yabbies and other crustaceans or marine worms to prevent White Spot Disease being introduced into NSW.

So far there has been no evidence of White Spot in NSW and we are doing everything possible to keep it that way, but we need the community’s help.

DPI has instigated a surveillance program and sampled prawns from the Queensland border to the Hawkesbury and all prawn farms in NSW.

We have a new Biosecurity Act in place where all members of the community have a general biosecurity duty to consider how actions could have a negative impact on another person, business, animal or the environment.

We need everyone to play a role to ensure White Spot does not enter our state. For more information about White Spot, visit DPI’s website.

Dr Christine Middlemiss

NSW Chief Veterinary Officer

Homeless Person’s Week

Currently there are over 105,000 homeless people in Australia, 44,000 of which are under the age of 25, Homeless Person’s Week aims to raise awareness for those doing it tough.

One in five homeless people seeking assistance are being turned away from vital, emergency accommodation services.  In modern Australia, these statistics are alarming and there is a lot of work to be done to fix this.  Homeless Person’s week raises awareness of these figures in the hopes of gaining support for this significant issue.

People often only see homelessness as those sleeping and begging on the streets, but we need to ensure that our invisible homeless people are taken care of.  Homelessness is all around us. People who are forced to couch surf, sleep in cars or those who just don’t have a home to return to every night are the invisible homeless. It is often convenient for us to forget or ignore them but these people need our help.

Now in its fourth year, our campaign #laceitup aims to bring awareness and funds to fight homelessness. Purchasing these laces and wearing them during homeless person’s week reminds us that taking off our shoes is a luxury. Many homeless young people need to leave their shoes on in case they have to flee for safety and to stop thieves from taking their shoes. This Homeless Person’s Week I implore everyone to stop and consider not only homeless Australians sleeping rough on the streets, but to think about how we can also help our invisible homeless.

Homelessness is a nationwide issue that affects everyone and only by working together can we tackle this concerning issue.

Father Chris Riley

Founder of Youth Off The Streets