WHERE’S THE MONEY?
ACCOMMODATION and work are the two big issues with smaller communities. We don’t have the infrastructure to deal with these people. Communication and schooling are another two big deals. Just who is paying for all that is needed?
You might get a grant but in the long term it is the small community that has the long term expenses it can’t afford. Feel sorry for the genuine refugees but the money still has to come from somewhere.
SUE TARDA, FACEBOOK
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
WHERE is the counselling and medical help going to come from considering the majority (of refugees) will be incredibly traumatised? If we or our children need specialist care or mental health counselling we are forced to travel.
Will all these services magically appear in our small towns? They are not here now, so where does this come from? I just hope our government looks at every angle before just relocating thousands of people.
KELLIE MILLINGTON, FACEBOOK
WHILE I totally agree that the North Burnett does not have the job opportunities needed for these refugees the amount of negative comments (online) does little to help the problem.
Have any of you met a refugee? The ones that I have met, while only a handful, have been so grateful to be in this country, despite the hatred from “Australians”.
Australia which, I will remind you, is built on immigrants. At one point or another, not including members of the Aboriginal culture, our ancestors immigrated here from somewhere else. And if you want to have that kind of thinking we should all “go back to where we came from”.
These immigrants are here now and something productive needs to be done. At the end of the day these are human beings we’re talking about.
NITA ELLIS, FACEBOOK
THERE are empty houses in the North Burnett because there is no work which means no income. Many move here, but move away very soon after. I have no problems with race or religion but to bring people into struggling small towns with little chance of work is creating a huge dependence on welfare.
We as struggling farmers, striving to make a living out of tough times, receive very little government support and to see houses filled with rents etc being paid by our taxes is a bitter pill to swallow.
I think government should work on encouraging industry and business before encouraging families reliant on welfare.
JACQUI BROWN, FACEBOOK
SHARE YOUR VIEWS: Letters to the editor can be emailed to editorial@southburnetttimes .com.au or mailed to PO Box 312, Kingaroy, Qld, 4610. All letters are subject to editing. Anonymous letters will not be published.