It is with deep sadness that we see the closure of Bourke Street Health Service after over a century of inpatient care to the community.
The Goulburn Palliative Care and Oncology Support Group would like to reflect and acknowledge the wonderful work, camaraderie and excellence of care that has been offered to the community over these years. It has been given with such kindness and compassion, always striving for best clinical practice to achieve the best outcomes for its many patients.
This Groups origins began with this institution 31 years ago when the founding members approached the Sisters at the then "Saint John of God Hospital" with their relatives expressed wish to be able to die at home in their own, familiar surroundings. The Sisters helped make this a reality and palliative care in the home became an option for dying patients.
The Goulburn Palliative Care and Oncology Support Group with tremendous community support has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over these years to support staff, families and provide much-needed equipment to patients and the respective services for both inpatient and community care.
We would like to extend our gratitude and say a huge thank you for a job well done to all the staff and volunteers, past and present, that have worked and given their heart and soul to looking after the community at Bourke Street Health Service/Saint John of God Hospital that ends 105 years of care and compassion at this institution.
We hope this is not goodbye but a new beginning at the new Goulburn Base Hospital facility. We know that the staff from Bourke Street Health Services' renowned care and values will continue at this new facility and we look forward to working in partnership with them.
I have read with alarm the possibility that Wakefield Park may give up on Goulburn's narrow view of motor sport and leave.
This facility brings so much to our City - not just many, many dollars but a reputation that we are not just about Heritage and things old, but a vibrant place for modern activities. Many people who would not otherwise have visited us, have found a welcoming place with many facilities making a pleasant lifestyle.
Having lived near Goulburn's motor cycle track for many years, I understand the neighbours concern regarding the noise but surely with tolerance, this can be coped with for the sake of our City.
I strongly urge all involved to reach a compromise that will enable this very important sporting facility to remain.
Driving along southbound along Cowper Street on Monday, December 14, I noticed a sneaky, opportunistic, unmarked mobile speed camera operator had decided to park directly before the 60km per hour sign near Combermere Street.
What the greedy operator appeared to be doing was booking cars traveling more than 40kms per hour, as a roadworks contractor, some 500m earlier, had failed to put up an end of roadworks sign.
The NSW Government promotes covert, unmarked mobile speed cameras as tools to improve road safety. To save lives. What I witnessed yesterday was nothing more than a blatant cash grab right before Christmas punishing drivers confused by poor signage.
But what concerns me more than the rogue operation, is that there is a total lack of accountability of the contracts operating covert speed cameras.
Drivers are being penalised for minor infringements, but dodgy operations face absolutely no consequences as the general public has nowhere to report misconduct.
It is time covert operations cease. Bring back viable police enforcement of the road rules.
Here are some questions for the Federal Member for Hume, Angus Taylor, the Minister for Energy, in relation to carbon capture and storage (CCS) project Gorgon in Western Australia:
1. How efficient is the Gorgon project? That is, how much of the carbon dioxide has successfully been captured and stored. (I am led to believe it is only about 30 per cent.)
2. How much of the carbon has been captured? (I do not know.)
3. Will the carbon not captured be offset with credits?
4. Will any of the offsets be purchased from overseas sources?
5. Did the government criticise the Labor party for suggesting that?
6. How much will the credits cost?
7. Who will pay for the credits?
8. If the company pays,? will prices rise
9. Will the government contribute to the costs? Will that not mean the tax payer has to contribute?
10. How much has the government (taxpayer) already contributed to this project? (I believe $60million.)
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