Letters to the editor | April 21

POSH NOSH FOR WOLLONDILLY

Like every regional city or town, Goulburn needs something different to attract tourists.

As we now have the new Wollondilly Walking Track that is attracting large numbers of walkers to the river environment, it has been suggested we now need a rest and revive area somewhere along the track.

Why not obtain an English canal boat and moor it to a floating wharf at a suitable location along the Wollondilly, a letter-writer suggests. Photo: file

Why not obtain an English canal boat and moor it to a floating wharf at a suitable location along the Wollondilly, a letter-writer suggests. Photo: file

Why not obtain an English canal boat and moor it to a floating wharf at a suitable location along the track? A stretch of the river could be transformed into an English style canal. The boat could be called Wind in the Willows. Perhaps a couple of willows could be left close by.

What could be more relaxing for the early morning walkers, joggers, cyclists and other patrons to participate in an English style breakfast aboard the canal boat as they listen to the early morning sounds of the river environment.

The quack of the wood duck, the cackle of a red headed water hen, the magpies chortling, the kookaburras laughing, the tweeting of tom thumbs in the bullrushes, the lap of water against the boat, the whistling of the willows; even enjoying the passing walkers, joggers and riders.

Later on you could enjoy an English morning tea of coffee and chicory and munch on a chelsea bun. While looking over the side you might see a yellow belly water rat, platypus or long necked tortoise looking for leftovers. If rain is coming, you will be joined by a chorus of frogs; unfortunately, no green bell frogs.

English style fish and chips could be offered for lunch: eat on board or takeaway.

As the afternoon sun heads to the west, Wind in the Willows could then offer high afternoon teas in the best English tradition, served on the finest of English bone china.

As some of these canal boats are electric powered, a short cruise on the Wollondilly may also be possible.

Something different for Goulburn; but who will make it happen?

Kevin Sasse, Goulburn

MATESHIP IN THESE TIMES

The enduring Anzac legacy and the ideal of mateship are more important than ever before.

Mateship is an integral part of the Australian identity. It’s an ideal that defines our nation’s character – this idea of looking out for each other, through the good times and the bad.

The Salvos have served alongside Australian troops in both World Wars and has supported them on deployments in Korea and Vietnam.

Today, we are present in military bases across the country.

We’ve been there providing support to our troops in their times of need – giving them a hand up and a listening ear in their darkest times.

We recognise the power of mateship and why it’s a vital part of the Australian spirit.

Whether a simple act of kindness or helping someone rebuild after tragedy – mateship is the common thread that unites us and something that will always endure.

As we enter these uncertain times, I encourage all Australians to reflect on the Anzac spirit and the strength and hope it brings, and remember why mateship is an ideal still worth fighting for.

Lt Colonel Kelvin Pethybridge, Chief Secretary in Charge, The Salvation Army

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS SOON END

It’s back to school with the end of holidays, and time to observe the 40 kilometres per hour school zones again.

Speeding is unquestionably recognised as a major factor in both the number and severity of traffic crashes. As a vehicle’s speed increases, so does the distance travelled during the driver’s reaction time and the distance needed to stop. 

Motorists may find the 40km/h school zones frustrating, yet they have proved to be a highly effective way of keeping children safe. There has been a 30 per cent reduction in casualties in school zones across the country since they were introduced in 2001.

Greg Rappo, Road Safety Education Limited