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Thanks for the support

Following the announcement that the long-awaited renal dialysis unit will finally be established at the Bowral and District Hospital, Southern Highlands Renal Appeal Inc. would like to thank the Southern Highlands News for their extensive coverage and support over many years. In particular, the reporting over the last few months by Madeline Crittenden has raised community awareness and inspired our local parliamentarians to advocate on behalf of the Southern Highlands community. 

The renal dialysis unit is important for a number of reasons. First and foremost it will save patients from the trauma associated with travelling to other centres for their life-saving treatment. Additionally it is another service to help cement Bowral as a regional health centre. We also believe it will facilitate a specialist chronic kidney disease clinic being established at Bowral Hospital, aiming to reduce the number of people requiring dialysis in the future.

There will be a working group with members from Bowral Hospital, District Health and the appeal committee established within the next few weeks to commence the planning and establishment of the unit.  All of the funds raised by the public, plus accumulated interest, approximately $750,000, will be expended to make it as comfortable as possible for patients. We look forward to keeping the community informed of progress through your paper in the future.

Bob Barrett

Chairman – Southern Highlands Renal Appeal Inc.

Call for more police on tourist drives

I am writing to warn local drivers on the tourist drives in the area. For some reason from Friday after 4pm to Sunday evening tourist drive turns into tourist race track. I live on a tourist drive at Alpine and as clock work after work on friday P-platers seem to think this tourist drive becomes their personal race track.

Out of towners (I hope they are out of towners) over the weekend think it’s a speedway to test their driving and motor biking skills, much to the horror of cyclists risking life and limb.

There is also [what I believe to be] the odd drink driver who comes a cropper late at night on the road yet does “I don’t need help” before calling a mate to help them out.  Speed kills really. The tourist drives need better policing.

Patrick Clarke