Letters to the Port Stephens Examiner: June 14

Town missing the beat

I could not believe that the main town (which benefits) and the council had failed to support the country music festival held [on the Tomaree Peninsula] over the long weekend.

I was told it was due to lack of funding. I think there must have been more underlying issues to it than that.

I also understand that country music is not for everyone and some even hate it but we need to look at what this event means to our local tourism and what this passes onto all our businesses and community.

Cafés full, food outlets busy and local accommodation almost at capacity.

Money into our community in winter means jobs.

Sure, it is only a weekend but some people stay for the week.

Whale watching gets more business as well, mostly from country folk that can get some quality time away from their farms.

If it was not for the clubs and venues that bothered to entertain the people that travelled from all over our state and many interstate, they would have been left with very little, if any, entertainment.

Clubs such as Wests, Soldiers Point Bowling Club, Nelson Bay Bowling Club and a few other venues have kept the country theme alive.

The music festival attracts many people to our fantastic coastal region.

LACKING: The country music festival in 2017 had organised stalls, street activities and performances. Picture: Henk Tobbe

LACKING: The country music festival in 2017 had organised stalls, street activities and performances. Picture: Henk Tobbe

To think that what I saw over the long weekend was lots of visitors expecting the town to be alive with buskers, street performances and entertainment, was such a shame.

Nelson Bay’s business chamber needs to be careful not to let this event fall or fail any further back.

You have grown it to an event that is well known in the country music calendar as an event well worth supporting. Other coastal towns could easily pick the ball up and Port Stephens will miss out.

Wayne Parkinson, Raymond Terrace

Care shown with hair

On behalf of the Leukaemia Foundation, I would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to Port Stephens Examiner readers for their incredible support of this years’ 20th World’s Greatest Shave.

The extraordinary people who shaved, cut or coloured their hair plus all their generous sponsors have now raised close to an incredible $5 million in NSW alone.

This will help the Leukaemia Foundation continue to provide its vital services that will make a genuine difference to local families facing blood cancer.

These services include free accommodation, transport, emotional support and disease specific education to Australians and their families as they find their way through some of the darkest days of their lives.

Plus, funds raised also contributes to Australian researchers who are working tirelessly to discover safer and more effective treatments.

Although their critical research is improving survival rates, sadly 35 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer every single day.

Approximately 20,000 people have taken part in this year’s milestone campaign and have shaved or cut away an estimated 7,000 kilograms of hair, helping to create wigs for cancer patients.

Thanks to our partners at Sustainable Salons Australia, for the first time shorter hair will now also be used to create ‘hair booms’ which will be used to soak up potential oil spills at sea.

Thank you for your support. We are well on our way to reaching our goal of $5,250,000 in NSW.

There is still time for people to sign up or make a donation at www.worldsgreatestshave.com.au.

Thanks to you, the Leukaemia Foundation will be able to help more Australians with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders survive and live a better quality of life.

Bill Petch, CEO- Leukaemia Foundation