Step into the light
Recently driving on Hurley St at night, I noticed that eight street lights were out, between Parker Street and Dickson Street. I know there are other streets with similar problems and wondered if this was not a contributing factor in the crime spree currently rampaging in Cootamundra.
'Our Glad' made mention in the lead up to the last election, that the government would replace all street lighting with LED lights, no cost to council.
Maybe council could follow this up.
Cootamundra was renowned for its famous 'WHITE WAY', which has also fallen into disrepair since the demolition of the verandah's and other changes to the CBD over the years. The original infrastructure is still in place and a project for council with 'our Glads' assistance would really brighten Cootamundra's main. If someone in town has photos of the white way, it may help council planning.
Return to Cootamundra
This weekend marks the return for me after 42 years to Cootamundra. I am coming for my school reunion this weekend (June 15 at Sacred Heart) with classmates I left in 1976 to start a new life with my family on the Central Coast.
My dad Otto Van Gestel had been working as a signalman on the railway as well as a shearer on Millers farm, mum Sue Van Gestel worked at the Fong Fong cafe.
I delivered the Cootamundra Herald on my pushbike after school, from memory it was a couple of afternoons a week.
I am looking forward to returning after all these years.
I lost my youngest brother, Mark, on Christmas Day to cancer, so its with a heavy heart that I am going to remember some of our young years here together, starting with mum bringing him home to our house in Francis Street.
If any of his friends are still in Cootamundra and would like to raise a glass for Mark, I will be at the Central Hotel on Friday night, June 14.
Shane Van Gestel
Roll up your sleeves
It takes 18 people donating blood monthly to treat just one person living with blood cancer.
That is why this National Blood Donor Week (June 9-15), the Leukaemia Foundation is challenging more Australians to step up and become a regular blood donor.
More than 100,000 Australians are currently affected by blood cancer, including people in your local community, and many of these people require regular donated blood products to manage their cancer.
What many people don't realise is the sheer volume of blood needed to support blood cancer patients.
More than a third of all blood donations (34 per cent) collected by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service go towards supporting cancer patients and people living with blood diseases - and with good reason.
One 470ml blood donation unit includes red cells, plasma and platelets. On average, one acute leukaemia patient will need nine units - or 2.25 litres - of red blood cells each month, or just over 1 litre (36 units) of platelets each month during treatment.
This means for every blood cancer patient in your community, we need 18 Australians to roll up their sleeves every month - not just once, but for every month of that person's treatment time, which can be anything from eight months on average through to a number of years.
With 35 people every day diagnosed with a blood cancer in Australia and this number expected to increase to close to 50 people per day by 2025, we know more Australians will become critically reliant on blood products into the future.
The need for blood products to support blood cancer patients doesn't stop, so neither should blood donations, and that is why we are calling on more Australians to make blood donation part of a regular routine rather than a once-off exercise.
Take the leap and become a donor legend today. Find out more about how you can support people living with blood cancer in your community at www.leukaemia.org.au or to join fight against blood cancer by making a blood donation, visit www.donateblood.com.au.