Letters to the editor | October 13

Goulburn Base punches above its weight

Let’s get the record straight regarding waiting times at Goulburn Base Hospital. These details are available on Google.

I refer to the 2016 information which notes that where Category 1 surgery (recommended to be done within 30 days), 100 per cent was achieved compared to 99 per cent for like hospital in the state. Likewise where Category 2 surgery (recommended to be done within 90 days), 99 per cent was achieved compared to 92 per cent for like hospitals in the state. And with Category 3 surgery (recommended to be done within 365 days) GBH achieved a 98 per cent performance compared to 96 per cent for like hospitals in the state.

Modern fixtures don't complement the city's heritage appeal, a letter-writer says. Photo: Brittany Murphy

Modern fixtures don't complement the city's heritage appeal, a letter-writer says. Photo: Brittany Murphy

The other surgeries are non-life threatening procedures, which are elective. It’s like getting a dent fixed in your car. Not vital but you want it done sometime.

So the ALP trot out their health spokesman, Canadian Walter Secord (GP, October 6), who we have never heard of previously, who tells us that our hospital is not up to scratch.  Well, that’s an insult to our fantastic nurses and medical and surgical teams in our GBH, who obviously punch above their weight when it comes to performance and delivering for Goulburn and surrounds.

And the State Liberal Party, thanks to local MP Pru Goward has committed to upgrading the GBH, which is well overdue including times when the ALP was in government. And that’s now underway.

So I say to Mr Secord, go back to the big smoke and make some meaningful contribution to the state and don’t waste the taxpayer’s time and our money on little junkets to stir up some dust.

Grant Pearce, president, Goulburn Liberals

First inland city wants to stand tall in rural NSW

When will this council understand what needs to be done to allow Goulburn, as the first inland city, to stand proud amongst rural towns throughout NSW?

We have the foundations on which to build: magnificent historical buildings, including our cathedrals and court house, charming cottages, parks, gardens and riverside recreational areas.

Yet all along the main street are tall metal light poles. They may provide illumination, but they certainly don’t speak of our heritage. Cities such as Bathurst and Orange have retained older style lighting, albeit with updated illumination.

How can you promote Goulburn as a “historical city” when the wooden seats, comfortable for elderly citizens and parents with children, have been replaced by “modern” monstrosities: no backs rests, hot in summer, cold in winter, too high for many people to rest their feet on the ground, ugly and impractical.

I have recently returned from a tour of central west NSW where the major towns have smart, well maintained back-to-back timber slat seats, which accommodate numerous shoppers and visitors in comfort. Those seats speak of the city’s history, they look the part and provide the comfort required, something our seating doesn’t. Wagga Wagga is just one example.

Granted, the gardens on street corners are mostly appealing. However, removing car spaces to plant trees along the streets has disadvantaged those who wish to park and shop, particularly the elderly and infirm.

Then there is the St John’s site – the eyesore at the “top of the town“. How can we declare ourselves a city proud of our heritage when the Goulburn Mulwaree Council allows what was one of our finest buildings to fall into such disrepair, although that is perhaps too gentle an expression for what it has become.

Surely the council can consider better ways to make our city more attractive, more the first inland city it prides itself upon being.

Think wisely: why spend thousands of dollars paving the footpaths, paving that even now looks scuffed and dirty and has lost any appeal the council assumed it would have when claiming it would be more pleasant for the locals and more inviting for tourists. What rot!

Why not encourage the many businesses on Auburn Street, which have closed their doors, leaving the area looking derelict. Any assistance the council can provide to business owners would stimulate the local economy and provide employment opportunities for local residents.

For goodness sake, council, think outside the square. Goulburn was a wonderful city when it was recognised as such over 150 years ago. It has had its issues. Please rectify those issues, don’t create more.

Carolyn Clancy, Goulburn

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