More social housing needed
The latest data on homelessness and social housing need in the Gilmore electorate shows there are 3300 social housing dwellings needed and there are 400 homeless people.
The NSW Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, Gareth Ward announced on Monday the NSW Government has the largest building program in the country and highlighted a development in Corrimal but, sadly, it seems our area is being ignored.
We have repeatly requested from his department, for an update on projects for our area but have not been given any details on how or where these projects may or will occur.
It's also sad the Homelessness Taskforce at Shoalhaven Council has been deemed no longer required and will no longer meet. It was recommended to establish an annual Shoalhaven Homelessness Forum to discuss the issue.
As a member of the original taskforce we voted against this proposal as this taskforce, as agreed to at a meeting in December 2019 clearly stated in the Minutes that the Taskforce is to be retained until the new incoming council, after Local Government elections, and will determine the committee structure.
More action is required in our area and we call on all levels of government to show they seriously take action to reduce our numbers of homeless people and ensure we get the social housing required. There is no better time to rebuild and invest.
P. David, Unions Shoalhaven
New hospital site makes sense
The Shoalhaven Street hospital site was first selected in 1919. Access and development then was far different to what we have today. To save lives, 80 per cent of the population should be within 20km of a hospital. They say each human life to be worth $10 million to the economy. Only two extra lives need to be saved by a better located and accessible hospital to pay for that new multi-storey car-park. Community health services now scattered around the CBD need merging, recycle the existing hospital infrastructure into a new super community health centre on the Shoalhaven Street site.
B. Hancock, Nowra
Renovations cost more
I would love to see a new hospital built. It's not rocket science that renovating always costs more than estimated. As well the massive inconvenience to staff, patients and visitors while renovating was a nightmare whilst Wollongong Hospital was being ugraded. It was confusing for everyone.
J. Christmas, Ulladulla
Motion had no place in meeting
The Shoalhaven Greens were incorrectly blamed, in a motion put up at Council's Strategy and Assets Committee meeting, July 21, by Cr Mitchell Pakes, accusing the local Greens group of encouraging boycotting of Shoalhaven businesses.
M. Cox (MUT Letters, July 28) described the lack of evidence perfectly. This begs the question: How did the general manager allow the motion to be put on the agenda?
Requests by Greens councillors, in the meeting, for the accuser to prove the authenticity of the text message and show they had the author's permission to use it, were ignored.
Some political parties think they are born to rule, and this is fully visible via the disgraceful and disrespectful behaviour regularly seen in the Shoalhaven City Council chamber. It would not be acceptable in any workplace, let alone in one which should be exemplary to the community it represents.
No councillors should be treated with such disrespect by other councillors. This kind of behaviour demonstrates that your arguments or ideas are not going to win on their merits.
I, as a member of Shoalhaven Greens, feel defamed and vilified by the motion.