PUBLIC EDUCATION IN GOOD HANDS
“The Lion King” came to town last week in a production by Cootamundra Primary School.
Not only did it involve the whole school and staff but it was also immensely enjoyable for those of us lucky enough to be the audience.
Teachers are well aware of the huge amount of effort that goes into successful events and this was very obvious.
The boys and girls were clearly skillfully rehearsed and prepared for this show and they, and the staff, should be well pleased with the result.
Congratulations to the children and staff of Cootamundra Primary. Public education is in firm hands in this town.
Terry Charleston, Cootamundra
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, PATIENCE AND HELP
This is my final edition of the Cootamundra Herald.
I’ve accepted a position as editor at The Area News in Griffith, as well as The Irrigator in Leeton and The Observer in Coleambally starting from Monday.
It’s been a little over nine months that I’ve been working in Cootamundra and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it.
While I’m excited for another new challenge, I feel like I’ve just started to get to know the many people who make up Cootamundra’s community.
Truly, this town and its community are one of the hidden gems of the Riverina and South West Slopes.
I’d like to thank anyone who’s answered the phone, email or taken the time to explain something, without your help, this newspaper and thus this community, would be poorer for it.
As the only journalist in Cootamundra, I appreciate the incredible dedication from our valued contributors, they’re far too many to list here, but whether it’s football, bowls, club news, photos or from the saleyards, it’s invaluable contribution that makes a difference for all of us. Thank you.
Declan Rurenga, Cootamundra Herald
DAY FOR VIETNAM VETERANS
Vietnam Veterans’ Day honours the service and sacrifice of those who served in Australia’s longest conflict of the 20th century. For Australia, the Vietnam War began in 1962 when 30 members of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) arrived in South Vietnam to provide military training to local units.
Over the next 10 years, Australian forces would fight in fierce battles with the enemy, most notably the Battle of Long Tan in 1966, the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral in 1967 and the Battle of Binh Ba in 1969.
While Australia’s participation in the war was formally declared over in January 1973, elements of the RAAF remained until 1975 assisting with evacuation operations. By the end of the war some 60,000 personnel from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) had served.
Tragically, 521 Australians died, and some 3,000 were wounded. We remember them on August 18. Many of those who returned from the war did so with physical and emotional scars, which remained long after the war and the effects of which often extended to their loved ones.
It was our Vietnam veterans who recognised the need for additional support, establishing a dedicated counselling service that provides specialised mental health and support services to all veterans and their families. This was known as the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service, but today known as the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service.
As a nation we owe you our thanks for this vital service that continues to support veterans and their families, and which will be an enduring legacy of our Vietnam veterans. Thank you for your service. Lest we forget.