Great skates from Tuross Head Men's Shed: Letters to the editor

GREAT SKATES: Rehab staff were delighted to accept skate boards from Tuross Head Men's Shed to help patients recover from knee operations.
GREAT SKATES: Rehab staff were delighted to accept skate boards from Tuross Head Men's Shed to help patients recover from knee operations.

On your skates!

I'm the manager of the Eurobodalla Health Service physiotherapy department and wanted to publically acknowledge a lovely act of kindness recently bestowed on us.

The donation was sparked by a previous client of ours, who identified during his treatment, post total knee replacement, that the small skateboards were an excellent resource for moving the knee post-operation.

He had a stay in our Sub-Acute Rehab Unit and then was a member of our "Bees Knees" outpatient exercise group on discharge. Both of these services previously had one skateboard that was shared between clients. The outpatient group can have up to eight clients at a time, all with recent knee replacements. Unbeknownst to us, he approached the Tuross Head Men's Shed to enquire about them making us an additional skateboard. The Shedders went one step better and their president Wayne Brockman and secretary Ray Wilkes turned up to our October staff meeting with four new skateboards!

As you can see in the above photo, they are already being put to good use and as a department we really wanted to acknowledge their kindness and support.

Gretchen Buck

Eurobodalla Health Service

Skateboards are great for working out recovering knees, as Moruya patients have discovered. Tuross Head Men's Shed has chipped in to help.

Skateboards are great for working out recovering knees, as Moruya patients have discovered. Tuross Head Men's Shed has chipped in to help.

1080 concerns

1080 is a poison so toxic it has been banned from most countries, and yet there is a sign on Dalmeny beach in close proximity to a playground, camping area, shops and houses.

Supposedly targeted to kill wild dogs/dingoes and foxes, 1080 is poisonous to the environment and to native and domestic animals, as well as to reptiles, invertebrates, and birds, if they consume the bait or eat the dead flesh of poisoned animals.

Anyone who has seen a dog dying from 1080 poison will have witnessed a slow excruciatingly painful death, from which there is no known antidote.

The Animal Liberation Society represents the views of many citizens who believe that poisoning is a cruel, unsuccessful way of controlling feral animals, and that 1080 is a hazard to human health, and to the well-being of our fragile ecosystem.

Save the Nature Coast.

Susan Cruttenden

Dalmeny

Open letter to Eurobodalla Shire Councillors

You voted recently to reject calling a Climate Emergency.

It's my hope that you made that decision based on lack of understanding of the dire situation we face.

Every day we see more clear evidence, so it's appropriate that we continue to ask the council to review the decision in the light of such new information.

Today (November 6) is one of those days; 11,000 scientists from 153 different countries have just published a statement in the respected journal Bioscience calling attention to the oncoming disaster.

The statement tells us the world's people face "untold suffering due to the climate crisis" unless there are major transformations to global society".

"We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency," it states. "To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live. [This] entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems."

There is no time to lose, the scientists say: "The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity."

The point of declaring a climate emergency is to assist us all to focus on those things. Please reconsider your decision.

Terry McGee

Malua Bay