Consult our greatest fire management experts
We are all reading with urgency to find out what decision makers have decided to do to combat the current fires around this country and manage fire in the future.
I despair to read that while Australia keeps importing fire specialists from other countries, I can't see any effort made to consult the greatest fire management experts we have - Australia's First Nations people who have built up vast knowledge and experience about Australian fires for millennia.
I plead to our leadership to source our greatest assets in managing this beautiful land in this most challenging future - the traditional owners and custodians of this country.
What is there to hide?
Am I the only ratepayer in Wingecarribee Shire for whom alarm bells rang when council at its last meeting last year gave the community no notice of its intention to do a deal with NSW government agencies over the Station Street debacle?
No mention in the 442 page agenda, no warning, matter of urgency, straight to Closed Council, resolved that the general manager be authorised to negotiate and sign the proposed agreement with various NSW government agencies to facilitate the Station Street upgrade.
Those alarm bells were ringing for good reason. It was Wednesday, February 11, 2015, five years and two NSW elections ago. Late agenda item, dealt with as a matter of urgency. With the looming NSW state election, council had received a request from Infrastructure NSW to sign the funding agreement as council had made sufficient progress that the project will get underway in the near future.
Resolved that the late report be dealt with as a matter of urgency, resolved that the mayor and general manager be granted authority to sign the funding deed. That was then, five years ago. Those alarm bells at council's last meeting of 2019 were warning us about history repeating itself.
Stride4Stroke new highs
Stroke Foundation's Stride4Stroke challenge has concluded for 2019. It was an incredible effort by all who took part.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the almost 1000 people from across Australia who participated and their generous supporters. During November, striders got moving, walking in rehab, running, cycling, swimming, some participants even jumped out of a plane!
Participants reduced their risk of stroke by boosting their exercise, meanwhile raising funds for the Stroke Foundation. Through this amazing effort $200,000 was raised for Stroke Foundation. Every dollar raised through Stride4Stroke will have an enormous impact.
It will go towards vital Stroke Foundation programs like free telephone advice service StrokeLine (1800 787 653) and follow up services which help survivors and their families transition to life back home after stroke and throughout the recovery journey.
Stroke strikes in Australia every nine minutes. It attacks the brain, the human control centre, changing lives in an instant. Yet this disease can mainly be prevented, it can be treated and it can be beaten.
Being physically active is an important step towards stopping this disease. Just 30 minutes of exercise, five times a week reduces your stroke risk by up to 25 percent.
I encourage all local residents to keep up their efforts and keep moving. Together we can reduce stroke's impact on our community.
Stroke Foundation CEO
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