The danger of elected representatives of lacking sufficient self-reflection and insight to overcome their own biases and prejudices was on full display when Mount Alexander Shire Council voted not to display the rainbow flag in support of its LGBTIQ community.
Despite a range of articulate, rational and logical arguments from speakers from the packed public gallery in support of the motion to display the flag, and against the expert advice of its own officers advising that the motion was consistent with the council’s Strategic Plan — too many councillors chose to succumb to their own views and vote against it.
In the face of clear community need, in the face of other precedent-setting public stances on important community issues (climate change, domestic violence, respect for our indigenous culture etc), in the face of the leadership vacuum on the federal level, it was a shameful show.
Isabella Shaw, Castlemaine
I would like to thank the Bendigo council for being non-divisive and showing genuine respect for all views in taking a non-partisan position regarding the postal survey.
Chris McLean, Kangaroo Flat
You mean the Bendigo Bank Fun Run expects me to run *up* View Street this year?? That does it, I'm taking a taxi. Good cause though. Let's all support our local hospital.
Peter Beaton, Kangaroo Flat.
Cover your mouth
If people with the symptoms covered their mouths when sneezing or coughing in public, fewer people would suffer.
A simple nasal spray, such as Fess, would protect the vulnerable and help the victim.
People need to be aware of their impact on others. Even yawning in public sprays everybody around.
Cover your mouth, stay at home if ill, use a nasal spray to protect and prevent. Consider others.
Kate Olliver, Spring Gully
A week to reflect on the sufferers amongst us
A survey released by Alzheimer's Australia, "Dementia and the Impact of Stigma", has found people living with dementia and their carers often experience embarrassing situations, feel socially disconnected and less competent.
The same survey also found one in two members of the public is frustrated by their lack of understanding about dementia and want to know more.
During Dementia Awareness Month this September, Alzheimer's Australia is raising awareness and understanding of dementia so people living with the condition can be better supported to feel less isolated and alone.
There are more than 413,000 Australians living with dementia and an estimated 1.2 million people involved in their care.
To find out more about dementia through our website or call our National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
Maree McCabe, CEO, Alzheimer's Australia
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