Drop a line for drought
St Mary’s Primary School’s Mini Vinnie's coordinator Alicia Hampson and our Marg Croese organised a Fiver for a Farmer recently.
I immediately thought of touching base with a bush school and when I put it forward to our team, they were immediately on board.
This is where the idea for “Drop a Line for Drought” came from.
Whilst fundraising is an important thing to do, making a personal gesture seemed even more significant, and when you look at the faces on some of the students from Nyngan (see story page 2), it makes you realise just how much this small gesture meant.
We made contact and the journey began.
Students wrote letters on our 'Fiver for a Farmer' fundraising day.
We sent beautiful boxes filled with prayers and messages of hope to each student at St Joseph’s, Nyngyn.
We heard there was a little bit of rain after our letters arrived ... we hope our prayers helped!
St Mary’s Primary School, Moruya
Woodn’t you know it?
We noticed the article on the Moruya Workshed (Bay Post/Moruya Examiner, Wednesday, September 5) claimed “Several women have also joined, as this is the only workshed on the South Coast that welcomes women”.
It may well be the only “workshed” on the South Coast, but it is certainly not the only workshop that welcomes women.
The Eurobodalla Woodies have 13 women members, five of whom hold senior positions in our organisation of 57 members.
We welcome women to our group.
For further information about our group www.eurobodallawoodies.org.au or contact the secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Eurobodalla Woodcraft Guild Inc
Call for panel reviews
Readers may be interested to know Eurobodalla Shire Council has backed down and agreed to change its proposed handling of a complaint by Stop Arms Fairs in Eurobodalla (SAFE).
SAFE’s 65-page complaint, detailing alleged breaches of legal requirements and guidelines over a period of years by the council, was initially forwarded by the council to an external reviewer, who was the subject of part of the complaint.
SAFE had to point out to the Council the inappropriateness of this action, and was supported in this opinion by the reviewer. The council then sent the complaint to another reviewer.
Part of SAFE’s complaint relates to the council’s continued use of a single external reviewer, rather than the recommended panel.
The council’s apparent disregard for due process, in proposing that the subject of a complaint should also be the reviewer of that complaint, underlines what SAFE is concerned about in relation to this council’s conduct.
There is far too much lack of transparency and failure to ensure proper process in making important decisions.
Shire residents deserve better.
I note another Code of Conduct complaint has been made following the council meeting of August 28.
I suggest the Council use this opportunity to adopt the “panel of reviewers” approach to dealing with such matters, as set out in the Office of Local Government’s “Procedures for the Administration of the Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils”.