Letters to the editor

April 11, 2018

WE WOULD like to express our appreciation for the great support we received for Purple Day 2018.

To all Echuca-Moama and Rochester businesses, clubs, schools and the community who supported us with donations, selling and purchasing merchandise and raffle tickets to bring awareness to epilepsy.

As this was the first year Rochester schools and businesses have been involved, your support was gratefully appreciated.

Special thanks to Chemmart Pharmacy for their sales of merchandise over the past few years. We are also very grateful to Pilgrim Transport for their collection and delivery of the merchandise.

A special thankyou to our assistant Mary Walker for her time and support over the past few months.

To anyone who assisted in any way, we appreciated your support.

We held our first Purple Day in 2013 and raised $1460.

This year, being our fifth Purple Day, our goal was to reach the five year total of $20,000.

We are ecstatic as our final figure is over $21,000.

Purple Day organisers

John and Shirley O’Bree

THE NSW Government’s Department of Environment and Heritage (OEH) owns and “manages” more than 850 national parks and reserves which equates to seven million hectares.

With the acquisition of these lands should go the responsibility of appropriate natural resource management.

Now in its 51st year the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is on the brink of collapse as Gladys Berejiklian sets it up to fail.

The 2015 staff redundancy round has left the organisation gutted resulting in the failure of conservation and land management.

Like many NSW Government departments, the revolving door of staff, inability to consult, leadership vacuums, alleged bullying and unmanageable workloads are commonplace.

In making funding cuts to our front-line services, the cut becomes a bleed as our environmental assets are neglected and inappropriately managed from Sydney.

Helen Dalton

Murray Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party

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