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The Friends of the Athenium are very pleased with how their latest event went.
The Friends of the Athenium are very pleased with how their latest event went.

Sincere apologies

The Australian Red Cross has now thoroughly reviewed the incidents of Red Cross regular giving collectors in Junee on Friday, October 20.

These people were genuine, and should have been easily identifiable with their red T-shirts and an identifying lanyard.

Unfortunately, they were meant to be working in Wagga, not Junee, and this caused confusion for head office.

We are doing all we can to ensure this does not reoccur.

They were also not collecting any cash.

I can assure you that the International Red Cross does pass on all our monies collected for various causes. 

The Junee Red Cross is always informed when there are people in our area. 

If you have any concerns, please contact a member from our branch. 

Pam Halliburton, Secretary of Junee-Illabo Red Cross 

Intervention is the key

Madeleine Clarke’s article on 1 November (South West Regional Family Day Care fees rise to combat federal cuts) confirms that government intervention is the key cause of high and rising childcare costs.

One the one hand is reams of government imposed red tape which makes it immensely costly to set up a child care centre.

This has the effect of reducing supply.

On the other hand are government subsidies which drive up demand for childcare.

These two factors combined have caused rapid price increases.

Governments should cut red tape on the childcare sector by removing qualification requirements for childcare staff, eliminating minimum child-to-staff ratios, and reforming planning and zoning laws to reduce the cost of opening a childcare centre. 

Daniel Wild, Institute of Public Affairs

A big thank you

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Michael Smith event at the Athenium Theatre on 21 October.

Our sincere appreciation also to those who assisted with the event, including: the Hamilton family from Illabo, Madeleine Clarke, Junee Shire Council and Justin Heffernan.

Michael won the Australian National Geographic's Adventurer of the Year Award 2016 for being the only man to circumnavigate the globe solo in a sea plane; understandably, this was not achievement without its perils.

Michael's presentation, video and Q&A revealed him not only as a modern day hero, but also as a man of considerable humility, humanity, grit and determination; an inspiring man and a most inspirational event for all who attended.

Virginia Stewart, Friends of the Athenium

Enough to drive you crazy

The NBN has caused numerous problems to those who have had it already installed. It consistently fails and people are becoming more frustrated with a service that isn't there. Yet Telstra keeps reminding people by mail and phone contact to hurry up and get it connected as time is running out.

Between this and the electricity hikes, where people are encouraged to turn off their air conditioners at midday in high temperatures to ease the drag on the grid, it’s enough to drive the people crazy.

At this rate, the government is heading for early retirement.

The opposition, who are just as nutty, are the only alternative, but destined to create further damage, giving the people little hope of any reprieve of any nature in the future.

God help the future generations who will have to wear the sins of stupidity of the government past and present – these so called leaders of their nation.

This is what happens when the inch is given unfavourably; its only logical that the expectation of further unfavourable progress will and has and still is forcing and demanding the mile.

Yvonne Rance, Griffith