Letters to the editor

March 08, 2018

Samantha Ferrier and Samantha Gugliotti are ready for the launch of Boomerang Bags. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Don purple and raise awareness

For Purple Day 2018, coming up on March 26, Australians with epilepsy are encouraging friends, family members, colleagues and the wider community to become better informed about epilepsy to reduce the fear and misconceptions often associated with the condition.

About 250000 Australians are diagnosed with epilepsy, and more than 65 million people worldwide, making it the world’s most common serious brain disorder.

More people have epilepsy than have Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy combined, however, epilepsy remains poorly understood — and often feared — by much of the community.

That’s why we’re using the tagline ‘‘Know epilepsy. No fear’’ this year, to promote the idea that knowledge is power when it comes to understanding and assisting someone with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Action Australia has developed an extensive suite of online resources designed to increase understanding and awareness of epilepsy in the community, including seizure first-aid advice, with most material available free of charge on our website

Ideas and suggestions for ways to get involved in Purple Day this year can also be found on the website.

On behalf of all Australians living with epilepsy, thank you in advance to the people in your region for supporting Epilepsy Action Australia.

Your support helps to ensure people living with the condition can lead optimal lives.

— Carol Ireland, chief executive officer, Epilepsy Action Australia

Wall to Wall looming

Once again this great Benalla Event is upon us.

Let us hope for fine weather and I am sure the town will be alive and buzzing.

This year we have a new committee and we wish them well.

It would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention the huge impact of two former members Jim Myconos and Danny Claridge, for without them there would be no Wall to Wall Festival.

Jim came up with the idea and Danny backed him 100 per cent.

These gentlemen are true community citizens.

Thanks also to Jaclyn Symes for her effort in once again organising funding from the Victorian Government. Well done.

—BP (Paddy) O’Brien

Bag effort recognised

I was delighted to acknowledge in Parliament the work of Indi’s community groups, schools and individuals who are using recycled materials to make more than 6100 Boomerang Bags in the past year and create a sustainable alternative to plastic bags.

Congratulations, to the team at Plastic Wise Benalla and all those involved in Boomerang Bags Benalla and surrounds, for a great effort in creating 80 of these bags.

Thank you for your energy, and working together to make your contribution towards a sustainable future for Indi.

— Cathy McGowan AO MP, Independent Member for Indi

Industry’s future uncertain

Country jobs hang in the balance because Daniel Andrews refuses to support Victoria’s kangaroo pet food industry.

The current trial ends in March but, despite it proving outstanding success, the Andrews Labor Government remains silent as to the industry’s future.

The Liberal Nationals have committed to making the industry permanent if we are elected in November.

But Daniel Andrews is trying to get cosy with The Greens and putting inner-city votes ahead of common sense and jobs in regional and rural Victoria.

A permanent program would not change the requirement for Authority to Control Wildlife permits to be issued for any kangaroos used as pet food.

The former Liberal Nationals government introduced the program to make use of carcasses that were otherwise being left to rot in paddocks.

Instead, the trial turned this waste into a high-protein, popular and affordable pet food product and at the same time created jobs and business expansion in regional Victoria.

If Daniel Andrews refuses to make the program permanent before the current trial ends in March, country jobs will be lost and lawfully culled kangaroo carcasses will once again be left to waste.

Daniel Andrews must follow the Liberal Nationals’ lead and stand up for common sense and country jobs by making the kangaroo pet food program permanent.

— Peter Walsh, Leader of The Nationals, Shadow Minister for Agriculture

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