According to the media release of June 18, Health Minister Jillian Skinner announced an $884million boost to NSW Health.
Of this, $3million will be allocated to employ 30 palliative care nurses and a further $5million to commence implementation of the government’s plan to increase access to palliative care.
$100million is also allocated for Local Health Districts to review and access models of care for those patient services funded under the National Partnership Agreement, which include special projects such as palliative care.
Although you may have got lost or bored with all of these financial matters it is extremely important that these funds find their way to the right places.
That is, of course, to the Bega Valley.
With only one half time specialist palliative care nurse in the whole of the Bega Valley and no visiting palliative care physician, this area remains in the 1970s as far as palliative care services go.
Although I wish to acknowledge all the caring and dedicated nurses who do serve our community so well, I believe the Valley has not yet experienced the difference that a well-funded palliative care service could contribute to patients with life-threatening illnesses and their families during this most difficult time in their lives.
My question to you is how do we make sure this funding makes its way to the Bega Valley?
I thought the letters to the editor was turning a new leaf in 2013 only to find more long-winded diatribes by Ethel Pepper and Neville Hughes.
These people are relentless in forcing their opinions on others under the guise of some altruistic good.
Religion and politics – nothing’s changed.
Planning in place
Peter Rogers is wrong to assume our financial planning regarding the Bega Civic Centre will cost the ratepayer dearly.
The truth is we have $3.56million in hand from the sale of Zingel Place and supper rooms land to be spent only on the Bega Civic Centre redevelopment.
We scheduled a sum of $2million to be borrowed in order to complete the redevelopment.
This expenditure, including interest, has been incorporated into the council’s financial planning for many years.
Mr Rogers’ assumption that ratepayers will foot a $500,000 GST bill is ludicrous because GST paid is claimable from the Federal Government.
Mr Rogers claims that through Civic Centre loan interest payments we will waste $290,000 of funds that could be spent elsewhere.
This is wrong.
All costs have been planned for, there will be no loan to pay for GST, and there is no other purpose for the funds other than to build a valuable community asset wanted by the vast majority of local residents.
Cr Bill Taylor
In his letter defending the decision by Bega Valley Shire Council to spend $1.2million of ratepayers funds on the purchase of the defunct Tura Beach Tavern, Cr Bill Taylor rejects suggestions the expenditure represents an additional impost on residents and ratepayers, because the council had “previously included a greater sum for the acquisition and development of a local community building in its 2013/14 financial plan” (BDN, 25/6).
It is simply misleading to claim that there is no additional impost on residents/ratepayers, because they were previously set aside in the 2013/14 financial plan.
A cursory reading of the business papers posted on the council’s website for the meeting scheduled for July 3 confirms that the proposed purchase of the “local community building” was always intended to be funded by borrowings.
Moreover, those papers also make it clear the funds for the Tura Beach purchase will also be borrowed.
In the circumstances, the Bega Valley Shire Ratepayers Association believes that Cr Taylor’s claims in relation to the Tura Beach Tavern transaction are simply not credible.
Moreover, the Association believes that, accepting the purchase will be funded by borrowings, the facility will inevitably wind up being a further significant and entirely unnecessary drain on the shire’s finances, regardless of whether the council succeeds in finding a useful “community purpose” for it or not.
Secretary, Bega Valley Shire Ratepayers Association
One solution to slow down the refugee crisis – support the poorer nations.
During his 2006 Nobel Prize lecture, Dr Yunus said ending poverty has implications far beyond the individual lives of poor people:
“The new millennium began with a great global dream. World leaders gathered at the United Nations in 2000 and adopted, among others, a historic goal to reduce poverty by half by 2015.
“Never in human history had such a bold goal been adopted by the entire world in one voice, one that specified time and size.
“But then came September 11 and the Iraq war, and suddenly the world became derailed from the pursuit of this dream, with the attention of world leaders shifting from the war on poverty to the war on terrorism…We must address the root causes of terrorism to end it for all time to come.
“I believe that putting resources into improving the lives of the poor people is a better strategy than spending it on guns.”
While ending poverty has widespread global implications, solutions still need to start with individual people and communities.
Dr Yunus pioneered the ability to transform poverty at this micro level with the use of microcredit — and he did so by starting with what he, as just one person, could do 30 years ago.
Who needs UN?
The United Nations, who needs them as they are?
What is different about the civil war in Syria?
The United Nations, once again, do we need this useless incompetent organisation as it is at the moment?
We can recall it was founded to mediate in conflicts, stop leaders from abusing their power by killing their citizens and opposition with the weapons they bought from taxes paid by their own citizens.
Those weapons should only be used to protect the citizens from the enemy, not against them to keep the leader in power.
Nobody should expect that a handful of countries are supposed to do the job of solving conflicts.
The Security Council has to abolish the veto right if it will ever be functional and accept a majority rule in the name of all the world’s citizens involved in that organisation.
The Syrian leader was given his job as a birthright not because he was elected, which may not matter in those countries that have a feudal system.
But it should never give him the right to turn against its citizens.
I’m an aged pensioner. I moved from Melbourne to Merimbula nine months ago.
I like the place, but everything is so different – medical, transport, etc.
My concern at the moment is transport.
The people are nice and all tell me about community transport.
I tried, but was told they don’t cover Bimbimbie unless I’m respite.
I am riddled with pain, my legs and ankles make it almost impossible to walk and there are so many hills.
I’ve had both knees replaced, plus shoulders, back surgery and I have septic arthritis.
We have two lovely goats here that I really love and feed them apples and carrots.
They need a new shelter, nothing special, but out of the rain and wind.
I wrote to ask if any animal lover would contribute to this.
I do have grandsons – painters who would help with paint work.
It would certainly make me happy and I’m sure the goats too.
I cry when I see them standing in the rough weather.
Hoping you can help in either case.
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