Letters to the Editor: January 13

FAIR GO: Richard Casey from Corlette says Bay petrol stations are gouging residents.
FAIR GO: Richard Casey from Corlette says Bay petrol stations are gouging residents.

Petrol price differences

I notice that our local petrol stations are back to gouging Bay residents again. Before COVID, I wrote about the stations having prices well above what was available at Bobs Farm and Williamtown, only a few kilometres out of Nelson Bay.

I checked this weekend, and the stations at Salamander Bay, Nelson Bay, and Anna Bay were charging between 9 cents and 15 cents per litre more than the stations at the other two locations.

Clearly, the operators of our local servos think that local motorists are fair game for gouging, despite them being victims of the COVID pandemic? Shame on these operators.

Richard Casey, Corlette

More parking needed

It would be lovely to have more parking near Tomaree Head. Maybe move the gate 200 metres towards Tomaree Lodge. Every little bit helps.

Judy Archer, Nelson Bay

Support for men 

Many local men with prostate cancer are struggling to ride the wave of the Omicron variant. Their treatment has been upturned by a health system under strain, and they face increasing uncertainty about the future.

Local men and families who need information, advice, and support are urged to call Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia's Telenursing Service. The service is staffed by expert nurses who are specially trained in all aspects of prostate cancer care.

Whether you have questions about your treatment, or concerns about COVID's impact on cancer patients, we are here to help. For men who are struggling with the psychological and emotional impacts of their diagnosis, our team is available to talk. We can also help connect you to support groups and assistance in your local area.

This year, while the pandemic continues to bluster around us, over 18,000 Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. As Australia's number one prostate cancer charity, PCFA is here to ensure no man walks alone when a diagnosis strikes.

Anne Savage, CEO, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Aged care rights

In Port Stephens we are seeing the importance of the aged care industry to our aged and frail residents of our community. The lack of funding by conservative governments, which was highlighted in the Royal Commission report, is now showing during this latest crisis.

The not-for-profit providers in Port Stephens are in crisis whilst this Federal Government ignores funding for additional staff, training and the basic right of every Australian to receive care in their later years. The money being spent on the defence industry is a disgrace whilst older Australians suffer due to the lack of of experienced staff. Older people vote, so do their families.

Gerry Mohan, Shoal Bay

Anonymous keyboard warriors

Recently I received an anonymous typed note in my mailbox stating that I repeatedly (obviously need English lessons) fail to pick up my paper and each week they either throw it down my driveway or put it in my bin. They do this to avoid it being scattered along the road and becoming general litter.

The problem is that no-one has ever had to pick up my paper. If people want to pick up other people's papers that's all well and good, but they should not put notes into letterboxes that are clearly inaccurate.

If the letter writer had the gumption to put his/her name to the note I would be more than happy to tell them face to face that I always bring my paper in, and that if I am ever away I have someone else to bring it in for me.

More than anything, I cannot stand people who hide anonymously behind a keyboard, especially when they don't have their facts correct.

Colleen Ferguson, Salamander Bay