There are two animal rescue groups in Albury-Wodonga and both are at breaking point.
What do you do when someone rocks up at your house with a dog because they have been evicted and there is nowhere for the dog to go? You have no room but you take the dog anyway. What are we supposed to tell someone in a domestic violence situation when they have to get out and won’t leave their dogs and we have no room?
There is plenty of empty land owned by Albury and Wodonga councils that is serving no purpose.
Why can’t the two councils get together and give rescues a bit of land that they can both use.
I am sure between both rescues they could get support and backing to build a shelter (even small) so that the community as a whole can be involved. They get so many groups and kids wanting to volunteer but there is nothing for them. They are paying to rent a shop so that they can have somewhere central to do meets and just get rescue out there.
I am serious when I say that rescues are at breaking point. Please councils, could you help out the community with the animal rescue situation, even if you could give the old pound site to them.
Alison Greenfield, Wodonga
Well done Kade
I write to congratulate Kade Rixon for sharing his story of gambling addiction in The Border Mail (‘Back in the black’, September 1).
It takes enormous courage to put yourself out there like that, but the consequence may well be that Kade has prompted someone else to seek help.
I have to agree with his comments about gambling advertising on television, particularly during sports games. It is literally out of control. It’s a very sad reflection on our governing authorities that a family can’t sit down to watch a sporting contest without having betting markets thrown at them every five minutes.
An advertisement I heard the other day said you could bet on “500 markets” within one game. I wouldn’t know but you must be able to bet on whether a player will have his socks pulled up or not. And constant reminders that your mobile phone is not just a tool for conversations with other people but a one-stop betting shop in your hand. You just download the app and bet anywhere, anytime. It’s sad.
You have to wonder what kind of message that is sending to youngsters? I suppose that doesn’t matter at all so long as the government is picking up its slice of the huge gambling revenue pie. What a disgrace.
People are responsible for their own behaviour and decisions but Kade is 100 per cent right in the point he made: It is making money off the back of people’s struggles. Clearly our governments are just fine with that.
It’s not about being the fun police. I don’t back any kind of ban on gambling but more and more, I just find myself wishing that I could watch a sporting contest with my family without having it rammed down our throats every five or ten minutes.
Raymond Smith, Albury
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