Special memories of Terry
I would like to record some special memories of Terry Dickson: a family friend, the teacher of our daughter Melinda, and a wonderful leader in our community.
His concern for all his students was all encompassing. Not only from classroom activities but sport and the spiritual aspect too.
Terry was always very supportive of scripture teachers and their needs at Tathra Primary School with special thank you morning teas for all the volunteers who worked for the school. I remember too, his generous offer of a worship venue for the congregation of Tathra Uniting Church in the 1990s while its new church was being built.
Later, as coordinator of the monthly singalong at the Tathra Uniting Church, one of our program highlights which I organised, was music and singing by Tathra Primary students. The Christmas play by the infant classes was always greatly enjoyed and appreciated by the senior citizens nursing home residents who attended the singalong.
Terry was always looking for ways to improve the overall learning and lifestyle experience of the pupils. I recall that, during the years when my husband was P&C president, he was impressed by Terry's dedication and drive, and much was accomplished.
Terry, your leadership as school principal reached every part of Tathra's community from the oldest to the youngest. Our sympathies and prayers are with Julie and the girls and their families. Vale Terry Dickson.
Theatre's sincere thanks
On behalf of the cast, musicians, writers, producers and crew of Theatre Onset's Bat Soup I'd like to thank the Bega Valley community for their support, and the Bega District News, 2EC and ABC South East NSW for their coverage.
Producing community theatre in a regional area is challenging under the best of circumstances; in these "new normal" times we feared it would be impossible, but were determined to give our local entertainers and craftspeople the chance to do what they do best and love most, within the safest possible environment.
Whether anybody would turn up to see what we'd put together was another matter entirely. We knew that due to restrictions we'd have to halve our potential audience, require bookings only when usually most of our tickets are sold at the door on the night, and seat each group or individual a certain amount of space apart from each other.
But we also knew that it was possible that nobody would risk turning up (and who could blame them?) and that there was the distinct possibility that restrictions would be tightened so that by the time we were ready to put on the show we wouldn't actually be allowed to!
We underestimated the kindness and enthusiasm this community has for the arts and its artists and we couldn't be more appreciative or thankful. Our houses were as full as we were allowed to have them. We hope to see you again very soon.
Jamie Forbes, Theatre Onset president
No signal, no VAST either
Interesting isn't it. Once I was made aware of the shutdown of the Bermagui transmission site for SBS, I followed the links and applied for a VAST certificate.
I was then told via email response: "As previously advised, your application to receive commercial VAST television services has been assessed by the local commercial television broadcasters and they have determined that terrestrial commercial television coverage at your location is adequate and good reception is possible using a properly installed antenna and cabling.
"Nearest transmitter Bermagui and Bega.
"On this basis your application to receive commercial VAST channels has been declined. You will however continue to receive ABC and SBS services."
Lewis Gaha, Bermagui
We are very disappointed by this decision not to maintain the equipment required for SBS channels to be broadcast - which has already happened. Please give country areas more consideration.
Helen Riches, Bermagui
Pay them what they deserve
I am a patient at the South East Regional Hospital at the moment and I can speak of the treatment I received at hospital. All the doctors, nursing staff, porters and ambulance people we all very respectful and made me feel at ease.
The amount of work the men and women do, and to see the traumas that come through the door, has to affect them in some way. Then they have to go home to their family to whatever crises are there.
These women and men deserve so much more then they are getting. The long hours, the uncertainty of when a shift will finish, without these amazing awesome people we would all be in big trouble.
These guys deserve a lot more then they are getting. I'm a pensioner and I can not afford health cover, yet I am treated as if I am as important as everyone else. We need our hospital to be run as efficiently as possible, pay the staff what they do richly deserve.
They cop all kinds of stuff from people at their worst. They deserve medals and more pay. Without them we are buggered. Pay them what they deserve.