As one involved in the house fire at Tura Beach in the very early hours of Christmas Day may I express my thanks and admiration for the police, fire and rescue service personnel who attended.
Police began arriving about five minutes after being called and two officers went as far into the smoke and fire as humanly possible to rescue one of the occupants.
The other, tragically, could not be saved.
The care shown to the rescued man could not have been bettered, I believe.
Thanks are also due to the people at Idlewilde Town and Country Motor Inn, Pambula, for the kindness shown to the blackened scarecrow who police presented to them at about 2am on Christmas morning.
Thanks are also due to the couple whose car was flagged down and promptly telephoned the emergency services.
I have yet again been in a five-kilometre traffic jam on the Clyde Mountain to turn south at Batemans Bay.
I have already made a submission to both the construction team and Bega MP and Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance to say that a flyover to turn south is a necessity.
Their solution is a set of traffic lights, which will be hopeless and probably make the situation worse.
It is bad enough that they could not even organise a police presence to control the traffic heading north, which is minimal compared to the traffic heading south.
I would like everyone who lives from Batemans Bay and to the south to lobby Mr Constance and maybe remind him who he represents.
If this issue was in a Sydney suburb, they would be planning a billion-dollar tunnel.
We well know that the NSW Governent believes the most southerly point of NSW is Wollongong - it’s time to tell them that we vote too.
Build a bloody flyover and dump the traffic lights.
Would the chamber of commerce please explain to the ratepayers of Batemans Bay why it spends thousands of dollars on a hideous lump of metal but cannot provide Christmas decorations for our main street.
Has any of them driven through Moruya at night?
Their Chamber leaves ours for dead as far as civic pride goes.
In the coming months it’s understood Eurobodalla Shire Council will be reviewing it’s code of meeting practice in accordance with the requirements of the state government.
The government does not by legislation require individual councils to necessarily make provision for community participation in council meetings or council committee meetings of any definition, however individual councils can, if they so choose.
If the residents of the Eurobodalla Shire want to have more involvement in the workings of council, apart from through their elected representatives and written communications via the shire’s general manager, they need to start preparing convincing submissions for elected councillors to consider during the review process.
It seems that, generally, the state government considers residents have enough opportunities to communicate with their local councils, either through the elected councillors or written correspondence with the general managers.
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