LET­TERS

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

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

COM­PAS­SION NEEDED

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

WEL­FARE PROB­LEMS

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

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