Parkrun reaches out
Batemans Bay parkrun was disappointed to hear of the incident described by Vee Saunders (Bay Post/Moruya Examiner letters, June 27) and would like to apologise for any distress or discomfort she experienced.
We would like to assure Ms Saunders and the Batemans Bay community that Batemans Bay parkrun understands that the run course includes a shared pathway and we do our best to ensure that all runners and walkers are made aware of that.
Every week the nominated run director conducts a pre-run briefing which includes the advice to: “Please be respectful of other path users.”
We will ensure all of our volunteer directors are made aware of last Saturday’s incident and ask them to emphasise that any avoidable interference or contact with other path users is unacceptable. We thank Ms Saunders for her acknowledgement that parkrun is a “wonderful idea to improve fitness within the community”. Since parkrun started in Batemans Bay over two years ago we have made a real difference, not just with improvements to fitness, but also by creating some great social connections.
All runners AND walkers are welcome to come along to parkrun. It is a 5km course that takes place at 8am every Saturday, meeting at Rotary Park near the marina. It’s a free event run entirely by volunteers but if you would like a recorded result please register first at https://www.parkrun.com.au/register/ and bring along a printed copy of your barcode.
Event Director (Volunteer) Batemans Bay parkrun Australia
Plastic in shops
Whilst we all celebrate the reduction of plastic single-use bags, it was so interesting that the complaints received by Woolworths made them extend the date to give us time to get used to the move.
I also noted that customers were complaining about apples being supplied in recyclable tubes. Whilst we want the plastic removed we should remember that we all enjoyed having them and reused them as bin liners.
I believe the shops are not to blame, as it was us as consumers who disposed of the bags into the environment and killed all the animals which ate them.
We have to accept a lot of us shop at Aldi and have never complained about the lack of single-use plastic bags. I would hope that Woolworths and Coles make the announcement that they will be lowering some of the prices of goods because of the savings made from not supplying plastic bags. We may even see the return of the cardboard box bins near the check out.
Ration of disagreement
In your publication last week (Bay Post/Moruya Examiner, June 27) you ran a story on a teacher at Carroll College who had taken up the ration challenge to help apparent refugees in Jordan.
Well, all power to her, but the voice I am hearing on the street is that people are disappointed that one of the people that they put trust in to teach their children has taken their personal opinion or politics into the classroom to feed it to inquiring minds.
Advice is to just do your job and leave all this personal point of view out and let these kids make up their own minds in due time and preferably inside the family unit. I rang the school and the person I spoke to defended the teacher straight away, stating it is more than likely part of the curriculum.
In our own backyard where there are thousands of Indigenous and white families and children suffering everyday with lack of food and education. No one seems to give a rat’s, but would rather put their energies into situations the average Australian has had a gut full of. Please get your priorities right in such a delicate profession.