Votes for Wakefield improvement
Re: Goulburn Mulwaree Council to host extraordinary meeting on Wakefield Park DA (online December 21, p2 today)
Wakefield is an important regional facility that plays a vital role in advanced motorcycle rider training. Such training saves lives, both of riders a d other road users.
No other facility within our region is available. It draws significant money to the Goulburn community from a wide regional catchment. Investment in the expansion and improvement of its facilities should be applauded.
My vote would be for further improvement and expansion of the track and track surface.
Paul Mullins, Weston, ACT
I am in favour of their expansion plans, provided noise and other operating procedures are addressed.
David Curtis, Chatsbury
My brother and I run a small workshop here in town, Custom Chant Welding and Mechanical.
We have been working for Wakefield Park for the past couple of years. We also build and maintain a number of different local race cars of all different styles.
The effects of Covid have been horrible on our small and new business, added to the the decline caused by the closure of the local race tracks.
We know all to well the income that just one race day brings into our town - we cannot understand why the council will listen to a couple of noise complaints compared to the profits generated.
If you're going to live near a race track be prepared to hear it!
Jason Chant, Goulburn
My Political Year in Review
What a year 2020 has been,
Some might say it was quite obscene.
It started with catastrophic bushfires and Scotty "I don't hold a hose",
Progressing quickly to Covid 19 and the need to put a swab up your nose.
We saw shocking examples of aged care neglect,
Something that won't change under this government I suspect.
What a surprise, we weren't "back in the black",
And thanks to Robodebt ScomMo even had to give $1.2 billion back.
The 'huge advance' in energy policy was to no longer count the Kyoto credit,
Something the rest of the world was quick to discredit.
Black lives matter - indeed they do,
As does ever-widening inequality too.
Boris couldn't keep his hands off Covid positive patients - ending up in intensive care.
Didn't he give the Brits a scare?
The narcissistic orange buffoon lied and lied,
RBG, Helen Reddy and Sean Connery all died.
In a year that was less than desired,
At least Americans showed up to vote and said "You're fired".
Onwards and upwards we go,
Have a Merry Christmas as we hopefully exit this unforgettable $#@!show.
Sonya Smythe, Goulburn
Black Lives Matter at Christmas, too
As most Australians look forward to a holiday season with family, we must not forget those who will be forced to spend Christmas Day separated from their loved ones.
Aboriginal people are more than 10 times as likely to be targeted by the so-called justice system and sent to prison compared to our non-Indigenous friends and neighbours. Shockingly, this includes kids as young as 10.
More of our mob are behind bars today than during the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Yet the recommendations from that inquiry - like so many others - continue to gather dust.
It's not because we don't have the solutions. It's because our governments don't have the political will to say loud and clear: #BlackLivesMatter here.
That's why we are asking you, the Australian community, to stand with us - through the festive season and beyond. Black lives matter always, not only when we are in the headlines.
Please donate to the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT to help defend our people against a system that devalues and endangers our lives. Visit www.alsnswact.org.au/blm.