Let the flag fly
Peter Robson (Narooma News, February 22) drew my attention to a matter concerning the displaying of the Australian National Flag at a resident’s unit in a housing estate.
Apparently, the resident was granted permission to have the flag flown only on Australia Day and Anzac Day, with the proviso it be taken down after these days.
The edict obviously upset Robson, who is most likely a passionate patriotic citizen and would like to see the flag fly permanently – not twice a year.
It can be argued there are protocols laid down for flying flags. Such protocols are often blatantly ignored by many Commonwealth, state and local government departments and authorities on their buildings, as well as businesses and other organizations. Why the flying of the flag has undergone the spotlight is a bizarre mystery.
The flag is the outward embodiment of our nation: the symbol to which all citizens can show their respect in demonstration of their allegiance to our nation. Patriots get very emotional at the mere sight of the flag at ceremonies and when the national emblem is burned or desecrated in any way, it invariably leads to bloodshed and civil disturbance. Thousands of young Aussie men and women have laid down their lives and fell for the flag in our many global conflicts.
The flag was chosen by our forebears at a referendum shortly after federation. Its design contains details which are evocative of our geographical location and of its largely British origins.
Our National Flag should be permanently flown proudly by all ‘fair dinkum’ Aussies.
A ministerial message
The NSW Government is reforming commercial fishing, supported by the primary recommendation from a recent Parliamentary inquiry.
A succession of Governments has failed to act, and we need to make these adjustments to ensure that fourth- and fifth-generation fishing families become ninth- and tenth-generation families.
From December this year, the key reform links shares with catch and effort; to prepare for that, the NSW Government has chipped in $16 million and is overseeing a subsidised share trading market.
That commences on May 1 2017, but registration forms must be submitted by March 27. There are further Government grants available to help fishers with independent financial and legal advice.
I want to ensure anyone who plans to remain actively involved in commercial fishing can do so, with generous government subsidies to help fund the purchase of additional shares. Those with excess shares are able to sell, but must register by March 27. It costs nothing to register. There are also grants to help fishers with independent financial and legal advice.
Have your say through Commfish NSW – an independent commercial fisheries advisory council. Expressions of interest close on March 24. Visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/commfish
The Hon Niall Blair MLC
Minister for Primary Industries
Open letter to Roads Minister Melinda Pavey
The NSW Government, through Roads and Maritime Services, has indicated it supports upgrading the Princes Highway in the present corridor over the next 20 years in the Eurobodalla Shire.
Some effort is required in thinking about and developing a new longer term Princes Highway corridor strategy for the Eurobodalla Shire, that by-passes all the towns and villages, providing for a four-lane highway to cater for future economic development and growth.
As the Minister for Roads in NSW is that the vision you’ll support?