Letters to the editor: Kempsey Shire needs to put a focus on jobs

I WOULD like the residents of the Macleay to be aware that the airport training school is not the only business that has been thwarted by council or small lobby groups.

A few of the larger ones that we have missed out on are:

concrete bridge girders, Rusty Iron Rally and Kookaburra stationary supplies.

I can imagine adjoining councils rubbing their hands in glee each time a business leaves town and their prospect of obtaining same.

Which leads me to the question – do we have a promotions officer in council who is responsible for our growth? Perhaps council feels that now we are to have a cinema it will become our vision for the future.

Jobs and sustainability should be our main objective if we want our lovely area to flourish.

On a lighter note it is good that council now has a general manager who actually lives in Kempsey.

Gail Harrower, by email

Great snaps

I MUST congratulate Penny Tamblyn on the quality of her action shots from the weekend’s match between Rangers and Saints women. Really, they are very well timed action shots.

Paul Burnett, by email

Race descriptor needless

MY LETTER is in  response to a letter to the editor from a caucasian, Mark Baxter, published in the Macleay Argus May 15.

Mr Baxter, your opening statement unnecessarily refers to a particular race of people. It would have been suffice to have written 'A friend phoned me yesterday'. To segregate a particular race is racist.

I notice that further into your letter you did not refer to Ms Berejiklian nor Ms Pavey as caucasian. It would be great, Mr Baxter, if you would be consistent with your terminology. Even better if you could avoid racism altogether in your letters. I know that Aboriginal is a descriptive word but so is caucasian however you chose to use one and not the other. 

Your letter is devoid of certain facts. You refer to having advised your friend to seek employment that would give him the chance to earn $1000 per week. If you had bothered to do some very simple checking you would have found that your friend, as a pensioner with four dependant children, would already be  in receipt of more than $1000 per week. Does not seem like sound advice to me.

Zalie Davison, Kempsey

Stroke inequality

THE STROKE Foundation welcomes the Federal Government’s 2018 Budget record investment in health and calls for a targeted focus on support for Australians to avoid and recover from stroke.

The Government’s commitment to essential services provided reassurance, but for the Australians who will suffer more than 56,000 strokes this year and their families, more is needed.

Currently, there is no guarantee all Australians will have access to the best practice stroke care we know saves lives and reduces disability. Regional Australians are among those most impacted. Research shows regional Australians were 19 per cent more likely to have a stroke than their metropolitan counterparts. Regional Australians are also more likely to die from a stroke or be left with an ongoing disability simply because they do not have access to specialist stroke treatment and care.

Sharon McGowan, CEO, Stroke Foundation