As a member of a family with long time ties to the district which have benefited from the diverse range of industries in the area, I find it necessary to write this letter in support of the proposed development.
I find it hard to believe that in this day and age we are still arguing about agriculture ventures being expanded and built in country areas. It’s just another indictment of how gutless our politicians are and how the squeaky "green" wheel receives the oil.
The proposed development would be an amazing addition to the already diverse range of agriculture industries supporting our communities in the Hilltops, using world best systems and processes to control odor and eliminate impacts on the environment, offering jobs and creating opportunities for all the community to prosper.
The business proposing the development have been huge supporters of the local community over many years, offering jobs and contracts to local people.
I believe it’s time to cut the crap and call this relentless campaign for what it is, BS. We need to support businesses who want to invest and grow in our local areas, this investment not only directly creates wealth and prosperity but ensures ongoing government services in education, health and business are maintained by bolstering our populations.
Congratulations to Blantyre in having the business courage and confidence in the local area and its people, its time we support them with their endeavor.
The University of the Third Age can keep you socially involved and mentally stimulated and, really, ‘age’ is not the issue. The issues are remaining intellectually active, being interested in all manner of topics and keeping physically fit.
These are some of the messages Ainslie Lamb AM, President of the U3A Network of NSW Inc., had for the large number who attended the meeting in the Young Library on Monday 26th September, when approximately forty residents gathered to discuss the formation of a branch in the Hilltops region. As she explained, each branch of U3A is autonomous. Members set the agenda for meetings, decide on topics to be addressed and what is to be learned.
“You may have a hobby or interest you would like to share – or learn more about. It could be astronomy, architecture or art, bonsai or bushwalking, or learning a new language,” Ms Lamb said. ”The organisation provides opportunities for those in the third age of life – or those who are retired or semi-retired – to do just that. But, unlike other institutions, there are no exams, no formal qualifications and tutors give their time and expertise voluntarily.”
Research has shown that as you age it’s important to maintain physical and mental health to stave off the side effects of senior years. Education plays a role by fostering self-reliance and independence. It also strengthens your ability to contribute to society by keeping you stimulated and focussed.
As Dr Barry Jones AO, Patron of the U3A Alliance Australia says, “U3A is a movement that allows people in their ‘third age’ to continue to share the journey of life-long learning”. Establishing a branch in Young will make a valuable contribution to the lives of those who want to remain active. Residents who were unable to attend the meeting are welcome to register their contact details and interest at the Library, so that further information can be distributed as the branch becomes viable.
Janice Ottey – Library Manager, Young
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