COVID uncertainty continues
This week, we have been seeing celebrations on television about Australia's international borders opening.
Recently, we have also seen celebrations about the return to school in Melbourne.
However, in Wodonga we're dealing with our schools being closed with only hours notice.
The Department of Education is closing schools that have any positive COVID-19 cases.
Weren't positive cases to be expected now that our vaccination rates are so high?
The impacts on children's mental health and vulnerable children is devastating. They have no certainty from one day to the next that they will be able to return to their safe space at school.
Families are being given next to no warning to make arrangements with their work places, including a lot of families that work within the health space.
How are our nurses expected to go and give care in our hospitals if they're told minutes before their shift that their children cannot attend school. When will the madness end?
It just seems as though we were all encouraged to get the jab, and for what? We're still locked in our homes with next to no notice or preparation of school work for our kids.
The freedom celebrations seem like such a farce for us here in regional Victoria.
I hope this is something you help us with to get answers from the Department of Education on what its grand plan is going forward. No lockdown end in sight here.
Kate Hobbs, Wodonga
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Pound decisions puzzle
As a ratepayer, I am continually astounded with decisions that are made which are then put in place for residents and the like.
My first ongoing concern is the closure of the Wodonga animal pound, and the forecast that for the next three years it will continue and remain in Albury with ratepayers/animal registration money.
With our rates and pet registration funding, the Albury facility and the distance and time wasted for local residents and, more importantly, rangers having to commute to the other side of the City of Albury when required doesn't make sense.
More recently, it was bought to my attention that the previous Wodonga pound has been gutted to prevent ongoing support from residents to reopen.
The current Wodonga Dog Rescue, which provides local support, obviously lives with the fear of closure anytime.
The idea of Two Cities One Community does not work while we have two states, and with a regional population growth on both sides increasing rapidly.
Albury Wodonga Health is just another ongoing example; we need two major hospitals for our area to cope.
But I will not open that can of worms in this letter to the editor.
Elizabeth Wilson, Baranduda
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