The Cessnock Advertiser's Letters to the Editor: May 23, 2018

SALVOS CALLING: Salvation Army volunteers will be out and about around the nation this weekend for the organisation's annual Red Shield Appeal.
SALVOS CALLING: Salvation Army volunteers will be out and about around the nation this weekend for the organisation's annual Red Shield Appeal.

A small contribution can make a big difference

For over 50 years, The Salvation Army and the Australian community have united to bring hope where it’s needed most through the annual Red Shield Appeal.

The Red Shield Appeal is the lifeblood of The Salvation Army. It ensures that we can continue to support the women and children who are fleeing domestic violence, the people trapped in drug and alcohol addiction, the youth who are sleeping on our streets, and so much more. 

It is the Salvos’ main fundraiser, helping keep the doors open to our many support services. But with more and more people from all walks of life turning to us for assistance, this year we will need as much help as we can get. 

So we are calling on community groups, sporting clubs, workplaces, families and individuals to get on board and volunteer for the Red Shield Appeal during the month of May. And we are asking people across the country to please donate to this year’s doorknock appeal (which will take place this weekend). Even just a small contribution can make an immeasurable difference in someone’s life. 

Every day, the Salvos live, love and fight for the needs of our community. We can only do this because, year after year, Australians come together to give hope where it's needed most. So please, get involved in this year’s Red Shield Appeal by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or by visiting, because no one should have to go it alone.

Lt-Col Neil Venables, National Secretary for Communications, The Salvation Army

Safe seat woes

I read with interest the letter from councillor Rod Doherty in last week’s Letters to the Editor. I agree with him and all reasonable people would also if they thought about his comments.

This town is one of the biggest tourist attractions in NSW behind Sydney. We have roads in terrible need of repair, no decent infrastructure, our needs for more police as mentioned is paramount to our community safety, the list can go on. With the vineyards on our doorstep we can only imagine what this great town could be like if it was a marginal seat.

The historic mining foundation of Cessnock used to define us as a strong Labor town and I respect that immensely. Times have changed and we need to start sending stronger messages to the politicians by making this a marginal seat. Joel Fitzgibbon and Clayton Barr do a great job but both are in a position that stops them getting us all this town deserves. 

If you have a Labor government in power they don’t have to put any more into Cessnock as they know it’s a safe seat. If you have the LNP in power they won’t spend money because they know they’ll never win this seat. Make this seat marginal and watch the changes that occur. 

Ian Parkinson, Bellbird

Housing development takes animals’ homes

Many, many houses are built in Nulkaba a year. Seriously, hundreds of animals’ homes have been taken.

Animals have lived all around Nulkaba and next to me in the paddock for a long time. Birds, kangaroos, snakes, cows and many more. If they build over them they will not have a place to live.

The paddock is great to look at in the summer so it’s great for personal space. Sometimes people play sport and their ball goes in someone’s back yard. Plus my dog would be overwhelmed with the houses. Like me at my first concert!

Noise would be an astronomical problem. If houses come there will definitely be dogs and other animals so that will make lots of noise. The traffic would make lots of noise to because cars would be beeping.

Personal space, animals, and noise are three things that do not want when living in a house.

Ash Petrysen, Year 5, Nulkaba Public School