Open park to the people
I am very concerned that Federation Council is considering operation of the Ball Park Caravan Park. This is a direct conflict of interest with rate paying accommodation operators and is incompatible with Federation Council providing unbiased visitor information.
Far better use of Ball Park Caravan Park would be to open it to the citizens of, and visitors to, Federation Council as a park, incorporating visitor facilities, barbecues, seating, playgrounds, board walks, outdoor pools, water park, expanded hockey facilities, improved cricket facilities and consideration of relocating the netball courts back to Ball Park.
Ball Park would then be Corowa's sporting and recreation hub, surely creating efficiencies in managing one area and sharing resources. And importantly, Federation Council would not be in direct competition with some ratepayers, rather council would be providing a great recreation and sporting hub. The current operators of our other local caravan parks could increase their revenue and in turn reinvest in capital improvements.
Federation Council should take care of the three Rs (Roads, Rubbish and Rates), not running local businesses.
Leea Swasbrick, manager Motel Meneres
Claim is not accurate
I would like to correct a factual error made in Kelli-Anne Perri’s passionate letter about various aspects of Australia’s history. Her claim that “Aboriginal people being declared as flora and fauna right up to 1968” has been thoroughly debunked. A comprehensive explanation of this myth can be found at the ABC fact check site. Pushing this fallacy only contributes to hurt and divisiveness. I would expect a teacher to check such statements before making them.
Kathryn Smith, Corowa
An assault on our values
Dr Kerryn Phelps is moving through the rugged Australian political landscape like a dose of salts in her asylum seeker medical evacuation bill. The prime minister while employing biblical (and sometimes Churchillian) language manages to deliver a message on asylum seekers and international responsibility that bins any reasonable interpretation of the parable of the good Samaritan in a declaration of war against contemporary Australian values and all the baseball caps and marketing devices look powerless to save him.
It is bizarre to witness the silence not merely of crossbenchers like Cathy McGowan but of Christian organisations who had so much to say and put so much tax exempt money in the fight against marriage equality and other contemporary issues.
Justice and compassion are Australian values and we should be grateful to Kerryn Phelps for an opportunity to have them expressed legislatively in the face of political and institutional reluctance. It is nonsense to declare an interest in border security while our leaders are waging an assault on national values and our international human rights reputation and responsibility .
The proposed bill acts as a health check for the spirit of the nation and its institutions. Tragically nothing short of a royal commission can inspire some to take their medicine and for the Coalition and many others, the writing’s on the wall.
Father Peter MacLeod-Miller, Rector of St Matthew's Anglican Church, Albury
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