Hervey Bay Independent : 25th December 2014
OurView Journalist Lee Gailer May you be happy On behalf of the Indy team, Lauren and I would like to wish you all a very merry and safe Christmas and a wonderful New Year. While thinking about the true meaning of Christmas I have come to realise its main purpose is to give us something which we can look forward to - a unifi ed goal of happiness and togetherness that humans crave is on the horizon every year. I know many of you will say, the day is about the birth of Jesus, or simply a special day for family and children and yes, that is true. Having been raised a Catholic who sat through hours of church services, never missing a Sunday or a Christmas mass, and now an empty nester who enjoyed every minute of the joy Christmas brings a child, it is now time for me to refl ect what the time means to me. So I sat pondering about the birth and death of Jesus and realised Christmas was closely linked to the pursuit of happiness. Regardless of our beliefs, it brings us together as a community, unites family and friends and gives us a reason to meet our neighbours. So when the childhood thrill of Christmas wears off as the years go by, many get their joy by helping others at this time of year. Volunteers serve the lonely at Picnic in the Gardens on Christmas Day and charity organisations around the region have put food on the table and gifts under the tree for families doing it tough. It made me ask, what do I do to make people happy? Every week the lovely Lauren and I work hard and take great pride in delivering a range of interesting stories to Indy readers. It’s our job to keep everyone happy - the people whose stories we tell, you the readers, the advertisers and our boss. But ultimately we do it because we fi nd happiness in making others happy. So this Christmas, think about some of the things that make you happy and promise yourself to actively pursue them from now, because these are what will keep you going in life. Merry Christmas! Join the conversation on Facebook /herveybayindy Council leaves locals behind The Fraser Coast Regional Council is suffering from a misconception of its true responsibilities and functions. Is it interested in spending money in the areas traditionally those of a local council? The roads, infrastructure, libraries, street lighting, storm water and sewerage systems? Even a few lights for Xmas in a tree near a park? The things which the majority of ratepayers expect to be looked after. No, they are only interested in expenditure to “attract tourists”, “create employment”, and “benefi t local businesses.” In other words, to benefi t their business mates. The common householder will derive no benefi t whatever from huge liners bringing tourists to Hervey Bay, necessitating dredging or from trying to “engage in relations with China” - a function perhaps of Federal Governments. But a splendid opportunity for an expenses paid jaunt for some councillors to China! Development is another activity which we ratepayers are YOURSAY Malaysian Airlines tragedy In a blaze of jingoism and unsubstantiated charges, our PM Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, projected unequivocally through the media that Russian-backed, Ukrainian separatists shot down Malaysian Airlines’ MH17. A piece of political posturing that delayed and frustrated any diplomatic and early recovery of the victims of that tragic fl ight. For this alone they should be condemned by all Australians. Now the victims are slowly being returned to their homes with a disturbing military appropriation of the genuine solemnity. Now the wreckage of the Malaysian aircraft is being gathered in Holland for forensic examinations of the cause of damage that bought down the aircraft and to create a report on their fi ndings. This report (sic.) has a condition attached to it though, that says that if any of the triumvirate, Holland, Ukraine or Australia, decides to not have the report published, then it can’t be published. Some of the victims’ families have made formal requests to the Dutch to have the investigation carried out under the auspices of the United Nations. Holland though, which seems to have precedence by numbers of victims, has denied the requests of these families. The questionably legitimate Ukrainian President has just had a two day meet with Tony Abbott and others, spruiking trade deals and thanking Australia for its $100million to the “Ukrainian Economic Reform Fund” and another $1 million for humanitarian aid. Strangely the Dutch, the Ukrainians and the Australians have kicked the Malaysians out of the tent that contains what the Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak calls, “those behind this geopolitical chess game.” So do we wait now to see what our honourable leader and the mainstream media present to the trusting Australian public and the families of the Australians so tragically killed as, the facts of the matter? Steve Briskey Burrum Heads. expected to subsidise. Why? To increase the rates base and thereby make our local politicians feel more important. They should run for State or Federal Parliaments if their egos need stroking. Colin Burt Hervey Bay Spirit of the bail laws I watched the events of Sydney with a heavy heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those directly affected by the choices of one man, in particular the hostages and their loved ones. So proud to be part of the #illridewithyou hashtag that amassed almost 120,000 tweets in one night, as Australians took a stand against anti-Muslim sentiment in the wake of the Martin Place siege. With 1,570,000,000 Muslims in the World; 500,000 Muslims in Australia - one terrorist in a #SydneyCafe places a bit more perspective on the situation. Those tense 24 hours brought a number of questions to my mind. Why was Man Monis out on bail? Do the Magistrates and Judges act in the spirit of the bail laws? Is the court system doing the job properly? Why aren’t the proper protocols in place? If the conditions are not applied strictly, bail will not work. We need an inquiry into this to protect the community from tragedies like this in the future. May the beautiful souls who lost their lives RIP and the injured recover quickly and all affected be surrounded by love so the healing can begin. Jannean E Dean Independent for Hervey Bay Return the Bay to serenity I wish that the beautiful Hervey Bay with its wide sandy beach embraced and protected by a living wall of trees could be restored. How lovely it was to wander along the beach, unaware of the city traffi c as we watched shimmering throngs of rainbow lorikeets fl ashing through the canopy. How relaxing to read for hours in the shade of the dense cottonwood hibiscus to the soothing sound of the sea. We came to Hervey Bay three times to make sure it was the place for us. On the beach I met tourists from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy, France and Japan. They were all here because of the serenity and the connection with the wildlife. How I yearn for that magic Australian beach to be restored to me. Why has it dwindled into just one more windy coastal resort? I wish that the dunes might be replanted again by people who understand this place. That is my New Year’s wish for 2015. 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