Letters: Narooma history and COVID concerns

Storm season has been captured in spectacular style at Tomakin. Photo by Stringer Brown
Storm season has been captured in spectacular style at Tomakin. Photo by Stringer Brown

Plans to capture Narooma stories in second book

I am in the process of compiling a second book on Families/Town history of Narooma.

The first book 'Noorooma Our Town Our Stories' was a great success and upon its launch earlier this year it was suggested that a few other people would like to submit stories.

To ensure the second book is as successful as the first I am calling on all those who would like to submit a story to please send it through to ksgauslaa49@gmail.com.

What did your family do in Narooma? When and Why did they choose to come to Narooma? What do you remember about the early days? What do you miss around the town? Is there a special story you would like to record about an event or community club or adventure.

The history of our town and your memories are important and should be recorded. I look forward to receiving your story!

Sylvia Gauslaa

COVID Disaster payment concern

The Federal Treasurer announced on Sunrise that the COVID Disaster Payment will be phased out as we reach vaccination targets of 70 per cent.

The money will then no longer automatically flow, with only those living in Commonwealth declared virus 'hotspots" able to apply for the cash each week.

The changes will put pressure on state premiers to avoid lockdowns and reopen borders when vaccination targets are met. Currently, 1.7 million people receive this payment.

Is the Government trying to pretend that most people will be able to immediately return to paid employment?

Many people will be forced to rely on the woeful $45 a day Jobseeker. The Government should explain how the people are expected to get by on this paltry amount.

P. David, Unions Shoalhaven

Thank you for the support

Thank you to all the community members, health care professionals and people impacted by dementia who marked Dementia Action Week 2021 from September 20-26. Across Australia, individuals and organisations supported our campaign, 'A little support makes a big difference'.

The campaign was to increase understanding about dementia and how we can all make a difference to the lives of people who are impacted and help to eliminate discrimination. On behalf of the estimated 157,000 people living with dementia in New South Wales, we thank everyone for their support. For information and tips to find out how you can continue to make a difference please visit discrimination.dementia.org.au.

Maree McCabe, AMCEO Dementia Australia

I am worried. I think many of us are worried. We have been told NSW will open up on or near October 11. Great, freedom, we can see our friends, kids go back to school, we can go to restaurants, we can go back to the gyms, the clubs, our community groups. But, is it really that great?

I am not so sure, with this "opening" up means that we have the influx of tourists, the Sydneysiders who have also been in lockdown, had covid, want to spread their legs and go to the beach and escape their four walls of their house, that they have also been locked in. Now, don't get me wrong, I want to see the tourists and the holiday homes full, the people here, but what does it mean for us locals living here?

We have just been told that Milton Hospital is not going to be a COVID-19 hospital, it will not take patients, so where will they go? Nowra? But when Nowra is full, Wollongong? Sydney? What will happen to the children of COVID patients who can't see their parents? What will happen to parents who can't see their children? Holiday people go home, and they are closer to these hospitals, but us, where do we stay? We all want to "open" up, but are we really ready? I don't think so.

Agnes Waratah