Letters to the editor - July 26, 2017

COAST SAILOR: Peg Waterman and 'Shackle' prepare for an adventure on the high seas. They stopped into Narooma and suggest a new marina for the inlet.

COAST SAILOR: Peg Waterman and 'Shackle' prepare for an adventure on the high seas. They stopped into Narooma and suggest a new marina for the inlet.

Just a thought

Just a thought for Narooma: I sailed into Narooma just before Christmas and loved it so much, I am in the process of buying a boat shed.

I looked at the western rock wall stretching from the bridge to the southern wharf and all the wasted space from the caravan park to the rock wall.

How good could it be if they dredged it and turned it into a marina for local and cruising yachts, not to mention job opportunities for the youth of Narooma?

Just a thought

Rob “Peg” Waterman

Jervis Bay

Next step to ​reconciliation 

Reconciliation Australia welcomes the Referendum Council’s report and acknowledges the months of listening, consultation and consideration that have resulted in its singular recommendation for referendum - a First Nations’ Voice to our country’s Parliament.

It is understood by all involved in the reconciliation process, including the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, that the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are critical to genuine reform and reconciliation. The people participating in the consultation process have strongly favoured a “voice to Parliament” as a form of recognition that they consider to be genuinely empowering. This call cannot be ignored.  

We know from the strong public support for the Recognise campaign, that our nation is ready for change.  Australians want a more just and unified nation.  Our deep sense of what is fair demands that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a voice in the policies and laws that affect their lives.    

There is more work to be done to support the transition of the Council’s recommendation into a referendum question that can be understood and supported by the majority of Australians.  

The Council’s consultations and final report also bring to light a number of key issues important to Australia’s First Peoples and our reconciliation journey.  These too require our leaders’ attention. 

There is a great opportunity before us, let’s not lose momentum.  Let’s take this next step towards a truly reconciled nation.    

Professor Tom Calma AO

Ms Melinda Cilento

Co-Chairs Reconciliation Australia 

Winter Appeal thank-you

I am writing to express my sincere appreciation to everyone in New South Wales who gave generously to The Smith Family’s 2017 Winter Appeal.

This year we had exceptional support from the Australian public, raising over $4.6 million nationally to help thousands of disadvantaged children across the country with their education.

For the 1.1 million young Australians living below the poverty line, staying engaged at school and keeping up with their peers can be extremely challenging. Without educational support and extra resources, they may never reach their potential and are more likely to experience hardship as adults.

Funds raised from our Winter Appeal will help nearly 11,000 disadvantaged Australian children with the extra learning support they need, through our reading programs, after-school Learning Clubs and the iTrack online mentoring program.

It is heartening that this cause has resonated with so many people who gave to our Appeal, which not only helps the children who access our programs but their families and communities.

I would like to thank each and every individual who made a donation. Your help will have a direct, lasting impact on disadvantaged children here in Australia, giving them the best chance possible to break the cycle of poverty and create a better future for themselves.

Steve Macready

The Smith Family

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