Letters to the editor | July 19

The caretaker’s daughter

I was shocked to see a copy of the Post (GP, June 16) displaying the proposed addition to Rocky Hill [see image, right].

UPGRADE REVEALED: A concept design of the new Rocky Hill Museum has been unveiled by Sydney-based Crone Architects. Image: supplied

UPGRADE REVEALED: A concept design of the new Rocky Hill Museum has been unveiled by Sydney-based Crone Architects. Image: supplied

I am the daughter of Eric Keith, who was the caretaker from 1935 to about 1956, so I grew up on the hill.

The proposed museum bears no relationship to the hill or the existing buildings.

To me, it looks totally out of place.

My father used to say the memorial was “built on the rough and of the rough, symbolic of the battlefield”, which I believe was the intent of its design.

To pay homage to those who gave their lives the people of Goulburn collected the stones for the tower as it was built.

I am not optimistic about the success of this letter, but feel compelled to write to honour their memory.

Modernise by all means, but at least incorporate some of the beautiful rock work, make some connection to place, and pay some respect to the spirit of the original construction.

Jenny Scott, West Mackay QLD

Merrilla, Parkesbourne cemeteries research

I am putting together books on both the Merrilla and Parkesbourne cemeteries.

I would like to hear from anyone with knowledge of the cemeteries; or have relatives in either cemetery.

I can be contacted at 18 Gahans Lane, Woonona, 2517 or email davidmr@bigpond.com 

David Ralph, Woonona

Will it fit 100 musicians with instruments too?

I was present at the discussion on the proposed multi-purpose hall/extension to the Town Hall.

I asked whether the Sydney Symphony Orchestra could fit on the stage (considering they are a hundred persons).

I was assured that they could, but of course I meant that they would be playing their instruments.

Perhaps this was not meant to mean that.

Also, such an orchestra would normally be playing to a thousand or more in the audience.

I am curious as to the thoughts on these matters.

Laszlo Strasser, Goulburn

Make prevention a priority in National Farm Safety Week

National Farm Safety Week (July 17-21) is a great opportunity for farmers and farm workers to think about how they can make their workplace safe so everyone gets home to their loved ones every day.

Tragically, 32 people have died this year in farm incidents according to analysis by the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety.

More than half of these deaths occurred in New South Wales.

That is 32 deaths too many.

Not to mention the many more that have been injured.

It’s a sad fact that the agricultural industry accounts for one in five workplace deaths in Australia, despite it representing a much smaller fraction of the national workforce.

I grew up on a working farm and am very familiar with the tough conditions, dangerous tools and the pressure come harvest time.

But even so, many agricultural work injuries and deaths are preventable with proper training and appropriate safety procedures.

For example, quad bike safety continues to be a big concern.

But the simple act of wearing a helmet could very well mean the difference between life and death or life-changing injury.

The theme for Farm Safety Week 2017 is ‘Creating a resilient, safe and healthy ag community’.

So let’s make farm safety a priority and reduce preventable work accidents across our region.

Danielle De Paoli SC, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

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