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Rive­rina needs to form a state sep­a­rate from NSW

A MIS­TAKE that many peo­ple in the ir­ri­gated agri­cul­ture and forestry in­dus­tries make when deal­ing with politi­cians and bu­reau­crats is that they as­sume they are deal­ing with rea­son­able peo­ple sim­i­lar to them­selves. In fact, they are not deal­ing with rea­son­able peo­ple, they are deal­ing with po­lit­i­cal peo­ple. Politi­cians gen­er­ally make de­ci­sions based on what they think will get them­selves re­elected. These de­ci­sions are not nec­es­sar­ily at­tached to facts, fig­ures, hon­esty or truth. Bu­reau­crats are ef­fec­tively em­ployed by politi­cians and make de­ci­sions based on their pay­mas­ters’ com­mands. Ul­ti­mately, the res­o­lu­tion of prob­lems with ir­ri­gated agri­cul­ture and forestry re­quire pos­i­tive po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions. Yet three quar­ters of the pop­u­la­tion of NSW lives in the en­vi­rons of New­cas­tle, Syd­ney and Wol­lon­gong, and they elect three quar­ters of state politi­cians. These peo­ple and politi­cians have no agri­cul­tural or forestry in­ter­ests, and in the 2015 state elec­tion 11 per cent ac­tu­ally voted for The Greens. The Greens of course are ac­tively op­posed to ir­ri­ga­tion and forestry. By rea­son of po­lit­i­cal num­bers, it is not pos­si­ble to make de­ci­sions favourable to the ir­ri­ga­tion and forestry in­dus­tries in NSW. The peo­ple of the Rive­rina need to form a state sep­a­rate from NSW. Only by form­ing a sep­a­rate state can the dom­i­na­tion of metropoli­tan politi­cians be es­caped, and only then can de­ci­sions ben­e­fi­cial to ir­ri­gated agri­cul­ture and forestry, and by ex­ten­sion ben­e­fi­cial to all the peo­ple, be made. David Lan­dini Wakool IN­TER­EST­ING isn’t it? The prime min­is­ter states the kids should be at school learn­ing. Most schoolies 14 to 18-years-old would be more in­tel­li­gent than at least two thirds of the adult pop­u­la­tion of the world in re­gard to their fu­ture, the health of the planet. Shows how in­sult­ing he is to the new gen­er­a­tion as he en­deav­ours to blacken the planet, suf­fo­cat­ing all life. What a sour mouth money grub­bing wimp to the money grub­bing self in­ter­ested ar­ro­gant play­ers. Us­ing the kids fu­ture as a lot­tery. The schoolies to­day are my he­roes and will have to be he­roes for the fu­ture. A re­minder some 50 years ago Neil Dou­glas, an avid en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist and na­tive plant cham­pion, took the State Gov­ern­ment to court so his son could go to school with long hair. At the same time he with the age and oth­ers took Henry Boltes gov­ern­ment to Supreme court to stop them sub­di­vid­ing the Lit­tle Desert for him and his priv­i­leged friends ben­e­fit. If their was no earth health protests his­tor­i­cally the state, the coun­try would be dust and poi­soned rivers and air and most of us would not be here suf­fo­cat­ing in its wake. Grow up you os­triches and bless the kids from numb nut adults. Brian Carter Echuca

Chil­dren are the fu­ture

A RALLY is planned in Mel­bourne, on the Frida, De­cem­ber 14 to co­in­cide with the meet­ing of the Com­mon­wealth and State Min­is­ters, to bring to the at­ten­tion of fur­ther neg­a­tive im­pacts from poor water pol­icy de­ci­sions. Please email He­len Dal­ton on mer­[email protected]­pond.com for fur­ther de­tails if in­ter­ested. He­len Dal­ton

Speak up and at­tend this rally Help Sal­va­tion Army give hope

WHETHER it is con­nect­ing with your com­mu­nity, giv­ing a hand to some­one in need, mak­ing a dona­tion or vol­un­teer­ing a few hours of your time, every con­tri­bu­tion to The Sal­va­tion Army, how­ever big or small, can sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact the lives of those in need at Christ­mas. Christ­mas is the busiest time of the year for The Sal­va­tion Army, with more than 300,000 peo­ple seek­ing our as­sis­tance. We also dis­trib­ute around 500,000 gifts and toys and serve more than 100,000 meals to those in need. So please, help us give hope where it’s needed most this fes­tive sea­son. By do­nat­ing $29 to the Salvos, you can help put food on the ta­ble and a present un­der the tree to sup­port Aussies do­ing it tough this Christ­mas. To do­nate to The Sal­va­tion Army’s Christ­mas Ap­peal, please call 13 72 58 or visit salvos.org.au Lieut-Colonel Neil Ven­ables Na­tional Sec­re­tary for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions The Sal­va­tion Army

Happy about McHappy Day re­sults

WE ARE writ­ing to thank River­ine Her­ald and the Echuca- Let­ters to the editor must be no more than 300 words. All let­ters must in­clude the author’s name for pub­li­ca­tion and a res­i­den­tial ad­dress and phone num­ber for clar­i­fi­ca­tion and ver­i­fi­ca­tion. Un­less emailed, all let­ters must in­clude a sig­na­ture. The editor re­serves the right to edit or with­hold let­ters. Moama com­mu­nity for their sup­port of McHappy Day in 2018 — the largest an­nual fundraiser for Ron­ald McDon­ald House Char­i­ties (RMHC). The Echuca-Moama com­mu­nity helped us cel­e­brate 27 years of McHappy Day and raised more than $4.8 mil­lion for RMHC na­tion­ally. These do­na­tions en­sure that Aussie fam­i­lies get to stay to­gether while their se­ri­ously ill or in­jured child un­der­goes treat­ment. Through­out the coun­try we saw com­mu­ni­ties, such as Echu­caMoama res­i­dents, help raise vi­tal funds for RMHC. We saw lo­cal Bucket Brigades, Scout groups, emer­gency ser­vices as well as sport­ing and TV per­son­al­i­ties vis­it­ing McDon­ald’s restau­rants, to help make a dif­fer­ence. We want to per­son­ally say a big thank you to ev­ery­one in the Echuca-Moama com­mu­nity, who got in­volved last week­end, mak­ing gen­er­ous do­na­tions that helped McHappy Day raise more money than ever be­fore. Fundrais­ing ef­forts like McHappy Day are vi­tal and en­sure RMHC can be there for fam­i­lies with se­ri­ously ill chil­dren when they need it most. With so many Aussie kids re­quir­ing treat­ment, every dona­tion goes a long way to keep fam­i­lies to­gether in their tough­est times. You can con­tinue to sup­port fam­i­lies in need by do­nat­ing to rmhc.org.au all year round. Thank you again to River­ine Her­ald and the lo­cal com­mu­nity for all your help on McHappy Day. Bar­bara Ryan, Ron­ald McDon­ald House chief ex­ec­u­tive Char­i­ties Aus­tralia Naomi Watts McHappy Day 2018 Am­bas­sador

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