Hervey Bay Independent : 11th December 2014
OurView Journalist Lee Gailer Shop local this festive season Hopefully by the time you are reading this, Main Street will be reopened and business will be getting back to normal. The street was expected to reopen ahead of schedule on Tuesday, but no doubt heavy rain during the week would have caused delays. It’s been a tough few months for traders at the Esplanade end of the street where the beautifi cation project has taken place. Hopefully once “business is as usual” they can absorb these losses and carry on. But while the pressure may appear to be off, the onus is still on you and I to make sure they survive into 2015. If you do one thing this Christmas, please make an effort to frequent these businesses to ensure they remain open. While the roadworks were blocking traffi c, I did what appeared to be too diffi cult for most consumers - I parked my car and walked 50 metres to get what I wanted. Put an obstacle in front of someone and they’ll go elsewhere, even though the walking distance is nearly, if not the same from the car park into Stockland Shopping Centre. When devouring my yummy curry from Curry Rush, I sincerely hoped the Indian fast food restaurant would survive so I could continue to enjoy a takeaway meal with substance. I ask you, please take the advice of our political leaders and shop local this Christmas to support small traders - the “economic lifeblood of regional communities like ours” - to encourage and nurture small businesses to grow. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter #shoplocalthisChristmas /herveybayindy @HB_Indy YOURSAY A shining example of learning Last week we were invited by friends to a Christmas Lunch for the end of School year celebration and fund raising for the School “Asian Focus” project at St James Lutheran College. Each level enjoyed presenting their music and happy action songs. Their wriggles and grins put everyone in a happy “Santa” mood. Then lunch trays were brought in by the senior Hospitality Group while their teacher, Mr Mark Payne explained how the students had planned, costed and purchased the ingredients , then had prepared and presented the food for us. They served from the smorgasbord, replenished as required and then washed up! What a shining example of learning, action and achievement. Funds were raised, children learnt, teachers satisfi ed and guests enthralled. St James is certainly a great school community. Joy Chambers Urangan To sit or not to sit on Santas’ knee Political correctness has just gone mad and way overboard. Now we are being told that children should not sit on Santa’s knee?? Come on...... I am usually a supporter of Hetty Johnston the child protection activist as she does a great job, but please stop this stupidity. I’m sure any Santa’s at shopping centres etc would have to go through police and/or blue card checks. If parents decide they don’t want their child to sit on Santa’s knee - then fi ne, DON’T take them but please don’t spoil it for all the children who love Santa and can’t wait to talk to him and tell him what they want for Christmas. Children of today already grow up way too fast, please let them some enjoyment in their childhood. Valmai Day Kawangun Stereotyping and gender specifi cs Christmas is looming and with it come the toy marketing catalogues still sectioned into “boys” and “girls”, the latter blazoned in pink. It is disturbing that in this day and age our society continues to use toys to socialize children into conforming to rigid gender roles. While it is true that cultural gender stereotyping is projected onto children in numerous ways from infancy, gendered toys reinforce those roles and norms. “boys” toys are usually associated with fi ghting, aggression and education (soldiers, guns, science) whereas “girls” toys are invariably associated with physical attractiveness, nurturing and domestic skills (cosmetic kits, baby dolls, tea sets). Such overt social engineering limits the potential of both boys and girls, but without a doubt it is more harmful for girls when they are given Drink & Wet Baby Dolls that come with nappies and training potty. To brainwash a little girl into believing that changing dirty nappies is a fun thing to do is surely child abuse. 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Extra $20 for refresher colour comb through for medium and long hair Shop 3/10 Torquay Road, Pialba SUMMER JADE WORX Treat yourself to a Sinking a political ship After only fi fteen months at the tiller, there are signs of mutiny from within his scurvy riddled crew as captain Blackabbott blunders on in his clumsy attempt to keep our ‘Good ship Australia’ afl oat as she fl ounders from one disastrous storm to another. The weight of ideologically abhorrent barnacles and the incompetency of his captaincy is dragging her into the depths of economic oblivion. Will this unscrupulous prevaricator wield his cutlass to quell this unrest in the refuge of the sea mist? Or will his scurrilous seadogs get in fi rst and have him walk the plank? ‘Good ship Labor’ was shanghaied with fraudulent assurances that she would sail high on the seas, denying the anchor was still dragging under the weight of cyclone GFC and “no cuts” was a promise to all. Blackabbott’s fi rst acts were to hoist the Skull and Crossbones, rename our seaworthy vessel ‘Debt and Defi cit Disaster’ and break every one of his “no cuts” promises. And like all brigands, mendaciously stating he knew nothing about Treasury fi gures, blaming all his detestable actions on Vice Admiral Swan. Our fl agship is now burdened with two quarters of negative income. In the old language, that’s recession. Midshipman Hockey has doubled the ballast. Unemployed numbers have grown, as have underemployed. Competent tradies have been put to the sword and thrown to the sharks. Aged, sick and young ostracised and humiliated while future captains and crew of the good ship Enterprise worry that their treasure troves are plundered before they receive their fi rst pieces of eight. Much has been made of newly signed Free Trade Agreements as the answer to our sinking ship, but at what cost to our sovereignty? How is supplying China with cattle we can’t produce for ourselves because of global warming going to plug the ever increasing hole in the hull? But all is not lost me hearty’s. Captain Curly and his spirited crew are circling, keeping a watchful eye on Blackabbott’s calamitous actions. They engage his rabble on the decks curtailing any contemptible uprisings when necessary.They’re focused on when Blackabbott limps to dry dock, knowing his actions have severely damaged the structure of our fl agship. Their course is being meticulously plotted to rebuild our good ship Australia with the same economically sound approach that saved her from being scuttled by cyclone GFC. Only time will tell just how momentous an undertaking that will be. James Clarey Toogoom Clearing the cotton woods Why worry about those cottonwoods... just because they are called “native hibiscus”? They are; rat invaded, snake inviting, mosquito breeding, allergy creating and horrible looking. I would not take my grandchildren near them to play in THAT park. Good for you Council, get it cleared out! There are many other ways against erosion. Grandma Pride Hervey Bay GET YOUR FULL DIGITAL EDITION Download the App today! BOOK NOW FOR CHRISTMAS!
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