Opinion

The Say

By Cagerattler

The other day I was recalling the heady days of SMACD to a friend who didn’t live here at the time…the St Marys Association for Community Development in its heyday was truly one of the best things that has ever happened to our town, without a shred of a doubt.

That first public meeting instigated by Annette Wines was a watershed  and an incredibly inspiring event that several hundred people attended. Within a very short time various community groups were consulting, working together and (with the help of Council resources in some cases) the whole town started jumping after years of  apathy… Continue reading

The Say

By Cagerattler

Here we go – I knew this would happen.

This “We have a mandate” Federal Government is about to impose an unheralded levy and other measures on us, which will really hurt many low/single income families.  One percent of say $40,000 is $400; for so many people amounts like that may well wipe out a small tax refund needed for helping with something vital. Continue reading

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor

I would like to add my two bob to the Richardson Road Reservoir debate.

I have been a keen observer of the reservoir over the past ten years by way of its capacity to reduce nagging to a tolerable level. Grab the fishing rod and a couple of stubbies and watch the float jiggle as the trout play with the hook while surrounded by an absolute Tasmanian  diamond. I sat on the wall one day while a platypus and  two pups swam at my feet. I blinked, they crash dived and came up for air about 30 meters away. Continue reading

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor.

As the war propaganda machine went into top gear this past ANZAC week (and ongoing, no doubt) teaching our kids the ‘necessity’ and ‘justification’ of war with the saturation of war movies, personal anecdotes, commentaries and all the other paraphernalia that governments orchestrate when they want war support from the people they are supposed to be protecting – I went  further and further into despair.

Lately, it was like living it all again –  just like all I’ve been reading about and experiencing all my life. Like the deceit all over Europe that was confronting the masses, while Wall Street financed Hitler (a drop in the bucket). Continue reading

Letter to the Editor

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Email: [email protected]

Wendy Dawson, Editor

Valley and East Coast Voice Inc.

St Marys TAS 7215

Dear Ms Dawson

Richardson road dam – St Marys

I refer to our previous emails in regard to the existing status of Crown Land containing the Richardson Road dam.

I also refer to previous emails and telephone conversations between Acting Break O’Day Council Mayor Hannah Rubenach and myself regarding this matter.

I have undertaken some research into the Crown land and the dam and can provide the following information:

The Crown land has a status of unallocated and was accessed in 2006 under the Crown Land Assessment and Classification Project (CLAC). The dam was noted within the report and comments were sought from the Break O’Day Council.

In 2007, Break O’Day Council comments noted that the land contained water supply infrastructure used for emergency purposes only and would consider having the site containing the dam transferred to local government ownership. Continue reading

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

The Cornwall Community Development Group put in a request to the committee of the St Marys Memorial Services Association asking if we would collaborate with them to commemorate A.N.Z.A.C Day Services.  It was put forward for discussion and all members were in agreement.  It was decided to alternate the dawn and 11am service each year.  Therefore, on the 25th April St Marys will hold the Dawn Service starting at 6am followed by a Gunfire Breakfast. Cornwall will hold the 11am Service.

Next year St Marys will perform the 11am and Cornwall the 6am.  We hope that this partnership will be met favourably by the community so we can all come together to remember our fallen.

Lest we forget.

Wendy Brennan, for and on behalf of the St Marys Memorial Services Association

The Say

by Cagerattler

I’ve resisted the temptation until now to mention the Tasmanian Election but…regarding the Regional Forestry Agreement  surely the new government won’t cancel the whole thing after the mountain of work it took to reach an agreement. That would be an insult to everyone involved on both sides. This agreement required some fairly major concessions on both sides  and whilst not perfect by any means (the stated opinion of the various groups involved) it is as good as it can be.

Why do you think that a ‘mandate’ exists to pull apart this.  The election result was probably a result of many things, not just the RFA, and to use the mandate excuse is presumptuous at the very least.

I already know this new mob will struggle to implement many of their promises in the timeframes they suggest but this Forestry deal is extremely complex and difficult, and to say they will throw it out before there’s been any chance of seeing what might happen is pretty short sighted.

It deserves some sort of consideration surely. We’ll wait and see what happens next.

On a local matter… Now that the bottom reservoir is drained for safety reasons (apparently a gushing issue as a good friend was told) would someone from TasWater please put up more safety fencing. There is a very rickety walkway, a pretty steep drop and other matters there;  whilst it’s being repaired it could be a risk to small   children or pets especially. I only ask  because I know that any potential risk needs to be  identified. I hope TasWater can attend to this sooner rather than later as it would probably be considered a workplace and new regulations are pretty  uncompromising in workplaces these days.

What do you think? Rod McGiveron

The Say

By Cagerattler

Last night ABC TV showed a story that revolved around the Australian car industry’s demise,  focusing mainly on GMH.

I am in real fear of this current philosophy of the Federal Government’s policy on no longer subsidizing heavy industry. I think not helping these companies out is SO WRONG.

The main issue for me whilst watching this thought-provoking report was concern for the parts manufacturers (which number in the hundreds as it happens) that supply components to Ford, Holden and Toyota. One industry analyst said that  44,000 jobs were directly affected and about 198,000 indirectly. How can this happen?

Our Government has this seeming preoccupation with returning the economy to surplus, to the detriment of manufacturing industries. If I ever get the chance to ask a serving Federal Liberal member how they can sleep at night by supporting such policies I will. And it’s not just the car industry either unfortunately – this stupidly selfish government policy is affecting, or will affect, so many other manufacturing arms and just so the Prime Minister can say “Oh good, we returned the economy to surplus.”

Australia is one of the world’s most resource-rich  economies, yet downstream processing of our own resources jobs is being sent offshore so we can buy it back at cheap prices…Why can’t Australian governments, of all persuasions, take a more holistic approach and     definitely a much longer term look at things instead of all this rubbish? When we lose across-the-board manufacturing industries we lose our skills base too and become a country reliant on imports as time goes on; if we continue to pander to countries buying our  country right from  under our noses what do we finish up as?

It has to stop. We have to say to this crazy government ‘You can’t do this… Stick up for us… Don’t sell us off’.

I have a clear conscience. I didn’t vote for this mob whose lack of support for the car industry hasn’t helped at all.

Time to reflect on ANZAC Day…I was telling my US friend about ANZAC day and how we ‘commemorate’  rather than  ‘celebrate’ this hugely important part of our identity as a nation, and how the sacrifices by the original diggers on April 25th 1915, the weeks and months before that day at the very early part of the Great War and in World War II, and all conflicts right up until now are not and never will be forgotten.

The ultimate sacrifice by so many,  but also those who lived the rest of their lives with terrible handicaps and disabilities, cannot be allowed to be taken for granted – not ever.

What do you  think?

Rod McGiveron.

Letter to Cagerattler

Dear Cagerattler

I do enjoy your column “The Say”, even though I don’t always agree with your opinion.   But that is what’s good about the Valley Voice; there is such a varied  content.

I do however agree whole-heartedly with your last article regarding the Schapelle spectacle. The media frenzy which was stirred up about her case was ludicrous in the extreme, as was the amount of air time foisted on the  public; her appearances in court and the scramble through the waiting press, all leading up to the PAROLE.

Whether or not this lady was guilty is beside the point.   What was noticeable was the amount of attention paid to a very attractive young woman who should have known better than to travel to a country which banned the importation of drugs. I sometimes wondered if the guards enjoyed the opportunity to have such close contact with her to get her to and fro with each appearance!

The  melee to get the first pictures, the first ‘story’, the filming rights, the book (no doubt there will be one), not  to mention the money involved, made a farce out of the whole sorry drama. It became a charade and made my blood boil.

Sometimes I feel our media are pathetic in the way they approach a ‘story’.  Current affair-type programmes on TV go in for sensationalism, and often seem to prefer to show people screaming at each other over some believed insult rather than concentrating on the good that so many others quietly do.  And some of our politicians are no  better, for personal insults and derogative comments are often made in and out of Parliament, and unfortunately our media seem intent on making sure we hear/read all about it.  This encourages the ‘pollies’ who wallow in this type of interview to get more ‘air time’. Thankfully they are not all the same.

I could go on, but have said enough.  So thank you, Rod, for your column which I hope you will continue to write.

Many regards,  Toni Brewster, Chain of Lagoons.