Letters to the editor December 21, 2017

Loosing faith in flood engineers

I find it astounding that WCC would reject an offer of the developer to build a debris control structures (DCS) as part of his subdivision that would reduce the flooding impact not only for his development but for the broader community.

Not only is WCC not allowing the DCS to be built, they announce they are considering doing the same - after doing more flood studies.

Where is common sense? WCC could request the DCS be gifted to WCC and the development to include a "right of way" for WCC to access the DCS to clear it after storm events. The whole process could be installed at no cost to the ratepayers.

When I first saw the development application I was in praise of the developer providing such significant community benefit by reducing the risk of flooding in the area with what I considered a good engineering solution.

Why does WCC reject any suggestion of improvements to flood mitigation by the other than their own staff.

Similarly a request to have WCC review the impact of the detention basin, built across the major flood route in the Golf Course, on flooding of South Wollongong, was denied.

Observations of the flooding in March 2017 from level 10 of WCC building clearly showed the impact with the whole of the northern section of the Golf Course a sheet of water spreading out through South Wollongong.

The community is right to lose faith in WCC flood Engineers with decisions like these.

Ian Young, East Corrimal

Stressful time but there’s help for your head space

This is a great time to reflect and express our gratitude for all the things that have happened this year.

For many of us, it’s a time to finish work or school for the year, unwind and settle into holiday-mode.

Other people may find the festive season very difficult, particularly those experiencing isolation, loneliness or mental health issues.

These experiences can all be heightened as we are bombarded with messages of family celebrations, gifts and holidays.

As well as this, thousands of young people may be facing big life changes over the coming months, such as starting a new school, awaiting exam results for higher education opportunities or beginning a job.

Losing the normal routine and structure of school, regular contact with friends or having to financially support themselves can make this time particularly challenging.

Students in university or TAFE may also be facing stressors at this time affecting their mental health and wellbeing.

Some young people may have less parental contact leaving them vulnerable and changes in their mental health going unnoticed.

Families and friends are key in helping a young person get support. Knowing the signs and symptoms something might be wrong and then how to get help is important.

For anyone supporting a young person they don’t need to be able to solve everything. However, noticing changes and signs that something isn’t right is a good first step.

Being withdrawn, not wanting to be with friends, not doing the things they would normally enjoy, ongoing worry or irritability are just some of the things to look out for.

If you need support or advice, headspace is here to help. As the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, headspace provides support to young people aged 12-25 who are going through a tough time.

This can include support around mental health, physical health, work and study or alcohol and other drugs. Website headspace.org.au. 

Jason Trethowan, Headspace Ceo

Serenity: Australia's best kept secret, by Arthur Booth. Send us your photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post on our Facebook page.

Serenity: Australia's best kept secret, by Arthur Booth. Send us your photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post on our Facebook page.