Gatton Star - - YOUR SAY -

Thank you

ON be­half of the Board of Som­er­set Re­gion Com­mu­nity En­ter­prises Ltd, and the team at the Lowood and Fern­vale Bendigo Com­mu­nity Bank, I would like to pub­licly ex­press my sin­cere thanks to our bank­ing clients, Bendigo bank­ing per­son­nel, the for­mer NAB staff, po­lice and mem­bers of the wider com­mu­nity for their val­ued sup­port fol­low­ing the rob­bery at our bank.

Na­tional sta­tis­tics sug­gest the in­ci­dence of bank rob­beries ap­pears to be on the wane, but that doesn’t mean it can’t or won’t hap­pen.

Al­though no one was phys­i­cally hurt dur­ing the rob­bery at our bank, such an in­ci­dent will al­ways come at an emo­tional cost.

Know­ing our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties were just as out­raged as we were at the id­iocy of the in­ci­dent how­ever, has re­in­forced the im­por­tance and value clients place on hav­ing friendly helpful face to face bank­ing ser­vices avail­able lo­cally. It is a priv­i­lege to work with and for the com­mu­ni­ties in the Bris­bane and Lock­yer Val­leys, to build a bet­ter fu­ture for all.

— Keith Manz, Chair­man – Som­er­set Re­gion Com­mu­nity En­ter­prises

Real is­sues

EV­ERY time I read the let­ters to the edi­tor I feel a sense of dis­ap­point­ment to read peo­ple whing­ing and whinge­ing about what fed­eral, state of lo­cal politi­cians do and don’t do for them.

I think it’s about time we all stated to ap­pre­ci­ate what these peo­ple do for us.

They spend all their time work­ing and plan­ning how best they can achieve bet­ter out­comes for their com­mu­nity.

So please stop com­plain­ing and get off your butt and do some­thing your­self.

Which brings me to the point of say­ing thank you to our lo­cal res­i­dent who fore­cast rain early this year by us­ing an onion.

Well done he said it would rain in Oc­to­ber and it did and has not stopped.

May it con­tinue un­til all our drought-stricken farm­ers get suf­fi­cient rain to im­prove their pas­tures and fields and in so do­ing im­prove their lifestyle and ours. — R Tun­stall, Lai­d­ley

New cit­i­zen

THIS month I have lived in Aus­tralia for 50 years.

Last week, at the Cul­tural Cen­tre in Lake Apex Park, I was hon­oured to be­come an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen.

Thank you to the many won­der­ful friends who sup­ported me on that day, one of the most im­por­tant oc­ca­sions of my life.

I will al­ways trea­sure the mem­o­ries of the cer­e­mony and the cel­e­bra­tions we shared.

Hugs to you all.

— D Lewin, Gat­ton

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