Shared food brings com­fort

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

The is­sue is not whether peo­ple have had a meal or not be­fore a meet­ing. It seems that ev­ery­one ex­cept this one per­son un­der­stands the mean­ing and value of hos­pi­tal­ity.

Has this per­son never ex­pe­ri­enced the joy and com­fort that shared food brings? If that is the case, I pity them.

My ad­vice to them is, get out and share food with friends if you have any, and bet­ter still, with strangers - and no­tice the dif­fer­ence in your life. Hedy Kirk­bride, Nilma

Did I read cor­rectly that the ALP funded a mil­lion dol­lar fea­si­bil­ity study and busi­ness case to make an in­formed de­ci­sion on a new hos­pi­tal.

Is that why we have very lit­tle con­struc­tive in­fra­struc­ture tak­ing place.

Due to the costs of ‘re­ports’ etc., no won­der there is lit­tle money left for ac­tual work projects. Stop with the pen push­ing non­sense. Bring back com­mon sense.

Our pop­u­la­tion is in­creas­ing rapidly, our cur­rent hos­pi­tal can­not cope with de­mand. Spe­cial­ists are work­ing out of of­fices and build­ings lo­cated else­where in War­ragul and Drouin.

Carpark­ing fa­cil­i­ties are packed at West Gipp­s­land Hos­pi­tal, you might as well say al­most nonex­is­tent. So many ve­hi­cles are park­ing on Lands­bor­ough Rd due to ac­cess de­mands.

When you visit a pa­tient, doors are locked, one must press a buzzer and wait for staff to open, which could be a long wait. They are too busy talk­ing at the main desk.

We need a new hos­pi­tal with up­dated se­cu­rity per­son­nel, and cam­eras. We need larger wards, multi floors, and lifts. We need seg­re­gated drug and men­tally af­fected sec­tions. We need larger emer­gency and day pro­ce­dure ar­eas, and we need huge car park­ing fa­cil­i­ties and am­bu­lance pro­vi­sions.

The cur­rent hos­pi­tal does not have any more ca­pac­ity to cater for our grow­ing pop­u­la­tion. The new site has the land space. We do not need fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies. We need ac­tion.

C Wil­liamson, Drouin po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion with any party, the sim­ple fact is that the State Gov­ern­ment has com­mis­sioned an in­de­pen­dent, pro­fes­sional study and now has the power to act on it.

Dr Rob Sin­nett, War­ragul

Greg Tuck (Gaz 3/4) dis­cusses the sup­port of Mem­ber for Nar­ra­can Gary Black­wood in re­la­tion to Where’s the Fund­ing for West Gipp­s­land Hos­pi­tal.

There is no doubt that Mr Black­wood and the Lib­eral Party have been very sup­port­ive and en­cour­ag­ing to the cam­paign group.

To clar­ify the sit­u­a­tion the group has a meet­ing ar­ranged with Mem­ber for Eastern Vic­to­ria Har­riet Shing and will seek her sup­port to gain a meet­ing with Health Min­is­ter Jill Hen­nessy.

Oth­ers with in­flu­ence in West Gipp­s­land have also been seek­ing such a meet­ing with Jill Hen­nessy for the group.

As Greg says ‘this is­sue must not be politic­val, but one which is ad­dressed by the gov­ern­ment of the day.’

How­ever, it is in­ef­fec­tive to con­tinue to fund Band aid so­lu­tions to the 80-year-old hos­pi­tal buiuld­ing on Lans­bor­ough Rd; there is a very valu­able as­set sit­ting at Drouin East wait­ing to ac­com­mo­date the mod­ern pur­pose built hos­pi­tal the West Gipp­s­land com­mu­nity is en­ti­tled to.

The t shirts do not help, Greg says, how­ever, they are seen as a crit­i­cal part of the com­mu­nica­tive ef­forts by the cam­paign group to draw at­ten­tion to this im­por­tant is­sue, the need for a re­build of the hos­pi­tal at Drouin East.

These t shorts have rep­re­sented the strong feel­ing of many in our West Gipp­s­land com­mu­nity.

Prior to this cam­paign the La­bor Gov­ern­ment may not have been fully aware of the strong view held by most of the ex­tended com­mu­nity. I be­lieve the gov­ern­ment of the day is now very aware of the pas­sion­ate, emo­tive and strong feel­ing our com­mu­nity hold in re­la­tion to the need to re­build the West Gipp­s­land Hos­pi­tal at Drouin East. Kerry El­liott, War­ragul

The state of the carpark is abysmal. It took ages for two other pot­holes to be fixed and the one I fell at has been re­ported, but noth­ing has been done to fill it in.

I am tak­ing med­i­ca­tion that thins my bones, so I am rather lucky my in­jury was not worse. If an elderly per­son had fallen, there is the very real pos­si­bil­ity of a bro­ken hip or pelvis. Not only is the light­ing in the carpark grossly in­ad­e­quate at night, but now with day­light sav­ing ended, many of us do shop at night.

Per­haps Baw Baw Shire should get onto the owner of the build­ing to in­stall ad­e­quate light­ing and en­sure that the safety of the pub­lic is para­mount.

It is also prob­a­bly a mat­ter for the Coles man­age­ment team to in­sist on ad­e­quate light­ing and a well-main­tained carpark sur­face for the safety and well­be­ing of their val­ued cus­tomers; many of whom are se­nior cit­i­zens.

Falls are cat­a­strophic for older peo­ple and can re­sult in their lives be­ing se­verely re­stricted as they do not re­cover as well as the younger peo­ple do. By the same to­ken, we should not be al­low­ing any­one to be put in harm’s way but pro­vide a safe pub­lic en­vi­ron­ment for all.

Ilana Leeds, Drouin com­fort of shop­pers in need of toi­lets. Judy Pot­ter, Yar­ragon

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