JB’S WORLD: Let’s Keep Oz Day On January 26!

TWT readers have had YOUR Say! and the overwhelming majority have voted to keep Australia Day on January 26.

And the last word goes to the following TWT readers…..

More important priorities

Dear Sir,

Thank you for providing this opportunity to express my views on the issue of the Australia Day issue.

As an elected Councillor, I am here to reflect the wishes of the local residents and I have received no requests to alter the current form of festivities on Australia Day from my local constituents.

However, many residents have contacted me expressing concerns of massive over-development, the loss of their parks, their deep concern at the number of trees to be felled and requests to protect heritage and to establish an early history of the area including a monument to the Aboriginal leaders.

These are issues that I have, or am currently, seeking to action. I would welcome meeting with the local Aboriginal community.

I believe in Ryde there is a solid base of respect, understanding and empathy for the Aboriginal peoples and I would like to discuss what can be achieved at Council level to further assist, including creating roles for local cultural officers, Indigenous rangers and educators of Aboriginal history.

In my experience, open and frank communication in situations where people are free to express their grievances, and the difficulties and complexities of a situation can be addressed, can result in long-lasting solutions.

I would be working towards building a cohesive, inclusive Ryde that celebrates the many different cultures and histories that make it is such a rich and diverse area to live.

EDWINA CLIFTON
Councillor, City of Ryde

We can celebrate and acknowledge loss

Dear Sir,

It’s great that TWT is hosting a discussion about Australia Day.

I agree with Anthony Roberts MP (TWT 24 Jan) that we are a mature nation that can both celebrate the arrival of Europeans in 1788 and acknowledge the loss suffered by Aboriginal people.

When I did Australian history at school, ages ago, we learned a lot about the hardship and isolation faced by the European settlers and the great achievements that they made.

But it is only fairly recently that I’ve learned more about the downside of that success. After careful research one historian has conservatively estimated that between 1790 and 1928 deaths across Australia numbered 2,000 – 2,500 for Europeans and 20,000 for Aborigines.

I believe this requires acknowledgement, while we also celebrate Australia’s multicultural achievements.

Can we do both on Australia Day?

PAT TURNER
Macquarie Park

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NORMA NOTLEY of East Ryde heads This Week’s Birthday Honours List with the stalwart North Ryde Scout Group leader celebrating 97 golden years today withfamily and friends and members of Sydney St George’s Guild of former scouts and guides.

She shares today with Doris Rose Carrall who is Chancellor of Sydney St George’s Guild and they will be toasted at next Tuesday’s Guild meeting at historic “Addington” Ryde.

Margaret Lee right hand of Ryde MP Victor Dominello also celebrates today with hubby Mark and family and friends while Siddharth Maheshwari faces 37 candles on his birthday cake.

Jack and Phyllis Waller celebrate 65 years while it’s the 71st anniversary for Joe Vos and Doreen at Wentworth Point and 55 years wedding anniversary for Bob and Maureen Burke.

JB Godson in the Philippines Rye Rye Pedrosa turns forty one tomorrow while Carol Leach better half of Dennis Leach celebrates 75 on Friday.

Wallaby John Bosler hubby of Balmain Tiger Lady Gwennie Bosler celebrates Sunday with daughters Vicki and Sue and families same day as Stefan Sojka turns 55 and will celebrate Monday at Ryde Business Chamber’s first meeting of the new year.

John Hanson celebrates in Adelaide with better half Maxine and daughter Melanie while Joseph and Valerie Samuels celebrates 65 years wedded bliss at Ryde.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark turns 46 on Tuesday same day as Milton Bartlett of West Ryde Chamber of Commerce and Meadowbank West Ryde Progress Association fame celebrates tomorrow at West Ryde Easter Parade Fair committee meeting at Denistone Sports Club.

Morgen Maree Wearne turns 25 Tuesday celebrating with brother Lawsen and ma and pa Lynne Wearne who readers may remember her as the blonde bombshell owner of Michael’s Hair’M beauty salon at Top Ryde shopping centre in “the good old days” and hubby Bruce.

Artin Etmekdjian, hubby of West Ryde Chamber of Commerce president Nora Etmekdjian, celebrates 56 next Wednesday. Happy daze all.

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BUMPER STICKER: The secret of our long marriage is we take time to go to a restaurant two times a week, a little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays I go Fridays.