Southern Cross letters to the editor | August 3, 2017

One letter writer has pointed the finger at council mergers for the resignation of Katrina Hodgkinson. Tell us what you think, email madeleine.clarke@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

One letter writer has pointed the finger at council mergers for the resignation of Katrina Hodgkinson. Tell us what you think, email madeleine.clarke@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

Another one bites dust

The resignation of Katrina Hodgkinson brings to three, Ken Trethewey and Christine Ferguson before her probably caused by the dreadful merger of Cootamundra and Gundagai shires recommend by faceless people in IPART to the state government; they treated our communities with contempt.

A demerger is essential to give both communities a sense of ownership again - a bigger shire gets doesn't mean better, it becomes less responsive to its citizens. 

Now we are to go through more unnecessary heartache with a by-election and a local council confused about the future.

AJ East

Cootamundra

Lawn bowls thanks

Junee Ex-Services Womens Bowling held their very successful annual bowls tournament on Tuesday, July 25 in beautiful weather conditions.

Unfortunatly team numbers were down this year owing to a passing in one team’s family. Our condolences go out to this family.

It was so good to see Beryl Lawson out on the green after her long illness (go Beryl).

Junee Ex has been participating in these tournaments for 52 years. After playing 18 ends of bowls the bowlers adjourned to the club house to a beautiful lunch of various casseroles cooked and served by the bowling women. Many thanks to the workers.

Winners for the day were P. Wray, B.Cuthbert, S. Kingston, H.Peace from Wagga RSL.

Runners-up were H.Jennings, B.Lawson, J. Russell and K.Russell representing Junee Bowling Club.

Dorothy Considine

Junee

Swift action needed

It is extremely upsetting to see in hard numbers what activists have been saying for years, how pervasive sexual assault really is at university campuses across Australia.

The cultural acceptance that allows this crime to occur and go unaddressed has gone on for far too long. Universities must now take swift and strong action to stop sexual assault and harassment, and implement the recommendations.

Mehreen Faruqi

NSW Greens

Community funding

In June the NSW Government handed down the biggest budget for regional NSW in the state’s history.

The centrepiece of the announcement was the $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund.

The Regional Growth Fund is made up of a number of separate funds, with each fund dedicated to a specific area of need.

One of those funds is the Stronger Country Communities Fund, which has $200 million to invest in projects chosen by local communities. It’s the first of its kind in regional NSW, using ‘choice-modelling’ to build the projects that communities need.

This is an exciting opportunity for residents to have their say on local amenities, and then see them get built over the next two years, ultimately improving the lives of people in the community.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund is intended to support the refurbishment or development of new or existing community facilities including libraries, parks, walking and cycle pathways, health centres, halls and playgrounds.

I strongly encourage community groups to speak to their state members of parliament and local councils about submitting applications that will make a difference to their local community.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund will support projects of at least $100,000, but typically in the range of $250,000 to $1 million. Regional NSW is a fantastic place to live and work and the NSW Government is committed to ensuring each community receives their fair share.

John Barilaro

NSW Deputy Premier 

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