'Repeated head-high tackles on young player'
Last Saturday, I watched the Under 10 rugby league grand final at Mackay Park, Batemans Bay.
It was a great game of football.
Both teams put in a big effort.
However, If I was a parent watching this game, my child would not be playing rugby league next year.
Repeated head-high tackles on one young player were a frightening sight to see. Group 16 Rugby League needs to look at the training of coaches of these young players, as this type of football only harms this great game.
If coaches condone this type of play, they, and not the kids, should be removed from the game.
Open letter to Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes in the IPART recommendations concerning the review of the state's rating system - I have done so using the feedback form on the Office of Local Government website.
Unfortunately, due to there having been no public consultation in the Eurobodalla Shire, my feedback on the form in most instances was along the lines of: "As there has been no public consultation in the Eurobodalla Shire, I am unable to properly comment. The government should insist that councils conduct comprehensive information and consultation sessions and then incorporate the community's views in a submission."
Please note that in our shire at least there is a general level of, perhaps blissful, unawareness of the possible changes that, as you said in your June 21, 2019, email to councils, "could change our local government system and impact directly on our communities".
Our councillors and council staff didn't respond to your letter with any dissemination of information to the community, nor was any consultation initiated: very few in the community would have been aware of the possible changes, let alone the deadline for feedback but for the report of council staff's views being listed in the agenda for the Tuesday, September 10, council meeting.
To their credit, councillors did ensure that the council staff report when forwarded to your department will clearly state that the community had not been consulted.
I hope that you will take steps to ensure that all councils will, if they have not done so already, conduct the consultation you stressed in your letter so that proper consideration and feedback can be given before the government proceeds.
Jeff de Jager
Make your letter count
I spend many cumulative hours either via email or telephone, repeatedly advising our community of this simple fact, as I understand it to be, which is that: when a member of the public emails something to me, or any, or all councillors, or directly to the mayor, or directly to the general manager or a senior staff member, that communication does not necessarily get recorded on our council records management system.
If you are seeking an official timely response, with your communication on the record, a community member needs to do the following:
Address it in the first instance to firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure the communication is properly recorded and on file, and that they should therefore be guaranteed a written, recorded reply from the appropriate person within 10 working days of the receipt of the communication. People can of course also address it or cc to anyone else to bring it to their attention. (If it is simply a private or informal communication, then obviously, this does not apply.)
If you only write to individual councillors or staff or senior staff, then it simply remains in their e-mail in-box. The majority of such communications, I would expect, would receive a timely response, but there is no guarantee. Nor is there any assurance that the recipient (or busy ancillary staff if they have them), will put the original communication into the records management system, should that have been the intent.
In the interests of better two-way communication between our community and councillors, and the council bureaucracy, I hope this assists.
Councillor Pat McGinlay
Eurobodalla Shire Council
'Off the rails'
The good sense of Eurobodalla Shire Councils majority prevailed on August over the former Eden-Monaro Greens candidate Pat McGinlay's "motion to declare a "climate emergency": an extreme view resembling religious extremism, according to the World Meteorological Organisation Secretary-General, Petteri Tallas.
He says the alarmist narrative has gone of the rails and criticised the news media for provoking unjustified anxiety. Crucially, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was established and funded by the WMO and the UN Environment Programme in 1988 to focus on the risk of human-induced climate change. Any consideration of natural causes is outside its charter.
Mr Tallas does not accept the end of the world is at hand: "The atmosphere created by media has been provoking anxiety. The latest idea is that children are a negative thing. I am worried for young mothers, who are already under much pressure. The IPCC reports have been read in a similar way to the Bible: you try to find certain pieces or sections from which you try to justify your extreme views".