THANK YOU KOHEN FOR TAKING THE SHAVE
It is so pleasing to read of Kohen White (Kohen’s Brave Shave, Illawarra Mercury, March 9, 2017 ) who is thinking of others by shaving his head to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
He is a great credit to his family and school and most of all to himself.
We lost our beautiful 16-year-old granddaughter to it three years ago and it is people like Kohen who care who will make a difference by helping fund research into this insidious disease and perhaps in the not too distant future find a cure.
Thank you Kohen and all who are taking part in this fundraiser.
It would be wonderful if other families did not have to suffer the loss of a beloved family member from it as we did.
Well done Kohen.
Margaret Wolfe, Thirroul
A PARKING ALTERNATIVE
There has to be a better way to manage parking in the Gong.
The Brown Bombers, with their yellow chalk, were replaced long ago with Rangers with camera’s and later with the dreaded parking meters but the parking problem is now just as bad, if not worse.
Trying to find a parking spot near Wollongong Harbour for lunch is like winning the lottery.
Most of the cars parked around the harbour and Flagstaff Hill belong to young ladies attending the college nearby.
On a rainy day there is not a soul on City beach, but there is no room for tourist and visitors to park anywhere near the harbour.
With the Entertainment Centre hosting major events, the council rangers are usually on overtime with their cameras and sticking brown envelopes on windscreens.
It would be better to employ these rangers to guide people to park in places not normally used for parking and these people will then go home with happy memories of our city, rather than find an envelope with a $240 fine.
John Pronk, Wollongong
GOVERNMENT’S FISHING REFORMS UNDERWAY
The NSW Government is moving ahead with reforms to commercial fishing, supported by the primary recommendation from a recent Parliamentary inquiry and I want to remind fishers of some important dates.
A succession of Governments has failed to act, and we need to make these adjustments to ensure that fourth and fifth generation fishing families become ninth and tenth generation families.
From December this year, the key reform links shares with catch and effort to prepare for that, the NSW Government has chipped in $16 million and is overseeing a subsidised share trading market.
That commences on May 1 2017, but registration forms must be submitted by March 27.
There are further Government grants available to help fishers with independent financial and legal advice.
I want to ensure anyone who plans to remain actively involved in commercial fishing can do so, with generous Government subsidies available to help fund the purchase of additional shares.
Equally, those with excess shares are able to sell, but you must register by March 27.
All fishers stand to benefit from this market. It costs nothing to register and fishers are strongly encouraged to participate.
There’s the opportunity for industry to have a greater say through Commfish NSW – an independent commercial fisheries advisory council. Expressions of interest for Commfish close on March 24.
You’ll find all the important detail at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/commfish
The Hon Niall Blair, MLC Minister for Primary Industries
Minister for Regional Water, Minister for Trade and Industry