Letters to the Port Stephens Examiner: December 24

Medowie flooding a draining issue

I was a little alarmed reading the news item 'Calls for flooding to be resolved' by Charlie Elias (Examiner, December 17).

IMPACTED: Russel Lunney with his mother Dr Ruth Lunney at the Medowie property. Mr Lunney raised concerns about Campvale Drain.

IMPACTED: Russel Lunney with his mother Dr Ruth Lunney at the Medowie property. Mr Lunney raised concerns about Campvale Drain.

In my opinion the Campvale Drain is, and will continue to be a problem, if development in Medowie continues unchecked, possibly due to poor planning and excessive housing subdivisions.

The problem is worst during heavy rain.

The fact, in my opinion, is that clearing of land for housing and ground improvements has increased rainwater surface runoffs into the Campvale Drain.

To resolve the problem of flooding of the neighbouring properties, may well be to stop further development in Medowie at least for the time being, if that's possible with the present council.

Then further work needs to be done for longer-term solutions.

The question is who will be accountable?

Ernest To, Medowie

Shared path a good start

Many thanks go to Port Stephens Council for the construction of a shared pathway from the eastern end of Nelson Bay Beach to Little Beach.

It is now so much safer for all those who like to walk in this area.

The narrowing of the roadway at the eastern end of Nelson Bay Beach slows the traffic down to a much safer speed, and the additional parking allows more people to enjoy our beautiful area.

However, I would also like to see a pathway from the Bill Strong Oval on Dixon Drive, Nelson Bay, down to Little Beach.

At present, pedestrians must walk on the road between these two points.

Dixon Drive is a very busy road, with many vehicles pulling either boats or caravans.

Seniors and young families are particularly at risk.

Please consider a shared pathway in any future works program, for the safety of everyone who uses this access.

Graham Miller, Nelson Bay

Stride4stroke success

I am thrilled to announce Stroke Foundation's annual physical activity fundraiser Stride4stroke has well and truly exceeded expectations this year.

A record 1,484 people took part in the campaign. Stroke4Stroke encouraged participants to set an activity goal for the month of November, get moving to reduce their own stroke risk and raise funds in support of Stroke Foundation.

I have been astounded by the extraordinary generosity people have displayed especially as we navigate life during a pandemic. This year has been a challenge for all of us, and it has been wonderful to see people connect virtually and creatively throughout this campaign. Stroke Foundation had hoped to raise $180,000 through Stride4Stroke, but that target has been broken. Our inspiring community of supporters raised an amazing $420,000.

Every dollar raised will have an enormous impact. It will go towards supporting vital Stroke Foundation programs like our free telephone advice service StrokeLine (1800 787 653) and EnableMe, online support services which help survivors and their families transition to life back home after stroke.

I wish to thank and congratulate everyone in the community who signed up for Stride4Stroke, put on their runners, swim suits or cycle gear and encouraged their friends and family to join them. I know many of you are survivors of stroke yourself or have a loved one who has had a stroke. More than 27,400 people have experienced a stroke for the first time in their lives in 2020, while more than 445,000 survivors are living in the community. I am grateful we have so many people looking out for the survivors of stroke in our community. I hope all our wonderful "striders" are feeling the physical and mental benefits from their activity boost in November.

Sharon McGowan Chief Executive Officer, Stroke Foundation