Thanks to our community
Thank you to all the caring people who helped my friend when she fell face-first on a raised footpath.
A kind lady removed her jumper and made a cushion for her bleeding face. A retired paramedic man stayed until the ambulance came. Others kept her warm with their coats.
So many others offered help.
Thank you to all who offered help. Also to the lady who stopped and rang for the ambulance. God bless you all.
Name withheld, Warrnambool
One official app, thanks
There seems to be differing QR barcode scanners throughout Warrnambool businesses. The recently introduced government scanner should be the one and only. Customers should not have to download numerous apps to do the right thing.
In these serious COVID times, this is not acceptable. It's not that hard. If the non-government QR barcodes are not registered, how on earth do the contact tracers contact us?
Vicki Walters, Warrnambool
Climate change concern
Prime Minister Scott Morrison first raised the idea of a gas-led recovery in September 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic.
At a time when efforts, of considerable magnitude, are being made by scientists in an attempt to find ways to reduce green house gas emissions which are the prime cause of man-induced climate change, a gas-led recovery is, in actual fact, encouraging the production of the very emissions scientists are trying to reduce.
I liken a gas-led recovery to a person trying to put out a fire by throwing petrol on the flames.
Many scientists are warning that a gas-led recovery is, and will continue to, hasten the advance of climate change.
Brian Measday, Warrnambool
Give us vaccines close to home
Recently in Parliament, I called on Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley to ensure that more doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are sent to Warrnambool and Portland.
The federal government has confirmed it is sending 100,000 extra doses of the vaccine to Victoria over the coming weeks.
It's then up to the Andrews Labor Government to distribute those vaccines to state-run vaccination clinics around the state and I'm calling for a large number of those extra doses to be sent to our region.
I have been contacted by the CEO of a local disability service provider who says upon speaking with his colleagues across the sector, they estimated only 10 per cent of the workforce across the region has received a COVID-19 vaccination.
I have also had calls from other people eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, many of whom work in the aged-care sector, who have been told to travel to Geelong or Ballarat to get their shot.
Travel, especially those distances, can be a big disincentive for many people who are juggling work and family commitments, so we need to ensure vaccines are available close to home and the Andrews government, which is responsible for distribution of doses around the state, must ensure a steady supply to the region so we can get more people protected against the virus.
Roma Britnell MP, Member for South West Coast
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