I am writing to thank and publicly acknowledge the people of our community.
On August 23, 2019, I had a farm accident on our property at Verona Road Olives. Due to the serious chest and lung injuries suffered, I was airlifted by helicopter to Canberra Hospital where I spent 17 days in ICU.
At the time of the accident our neighbours provided immediate assistance, driving my partner and her car to Canberra, returning home in the early hours of the morning. A working bee was organised to clean-up the accident site, feed animals and keep an eye on the property whilst we were in Canberra for three weeks.
Neighbourly help, assistance and support has continued since returning home, and is ongoing through my long period of recovery. We feel very blessed and lucky that we live in a caring and supportive community such as ours.
Our love and thanks also go to the professional services who came to my rescue and cared for me through the first weeks, and also to the local services caring for me now.
Thank you to the Bermagui paramedics, Care Flight helicopter Canberra, Canberra Hospital along with the specific doctors and nurses, too many to mention. At the local level, thanks goes to Bega regional hospital, community nursing and Bermagui Medical Centre.
To our friends and neighbours, Ron and Debbie (including family), Steve and Emily, Chris and Maryanne thank you for all the kindness and all the assistance to make our life easier at this difficult time. Thank you to Geoffrey Griggs who was at a nearby property and rendered immediate assistance.
Finally, thanks to my partner's employer, Julie Rutherford Real Estate. Julie's generosity for Dee to be away from work for such a protracted period was most generous.
Life can bring unexpected change and we have fully realised how fortunate we are to live where we live. Thank you to one and all, your generosity of spirit will never be forgotten.
Ian and Dee Greig, Verona Road Olives
I was relieved to witness Bega Valley Council vote to keep the phrase "climate emergency" in their resilience strategy. The decision was deeply reassuring to my kids too.
Along with the ACT Government and South Australia's Upper House, the Bega Valley is one of 60+ jurisdictions in Australia representing roughly six million people - about a quarter of our population - to formally acknowledge a climate emergency exists.
As a mother I have an obligation to demand governments stop enacting policies that destroy my kids' rights to a safe future. Focusing on individual actions like turning off the lights, as suggested by Cr Robyn Bain during the recent council meeting, is just a distraction.
One hundred companies are responsible for 71 per cent of global emissions, and governments are the ones in the position to regulate them. I have solar, chooks and an ethical super, but guess what? Australia's emissions have gone up for the last five years because the government isn't regulating industry or helping consumers make good choices.
If you're worried about climate change too, I'd urge you to stop feeling ashamed about not recycling perfectly and start getting angry that those in power are knowingly harming our planet.
Rachel Schofield, Wallagoot
Who's going to explain to phone users their lack of services as the current tower deteriorates?
Bev Davies, Pambula
Yes, traditional owners' history should be taught in schools.
Hayley Williams, Tathra