Letters to the Editor – September 9 2023

More donations needed

AFTER spending the last four months at Royal Children’s Hospital, never more emphasis could be for organ donations.

The hundreds of children and obviously adults waiting for donors is beyond words. Children are waiting and waiting, then dying without these organs.

My question is simply this. Do not be buried with your organs when the potential to save multiple people is real, but nobody wants to think about it.

Why isn’t the law changed to be everyone is a donor unless you opt out?

Traci Grogan



Cause for celebration

THE Airly Clydebank Hall is approaching its 120-year celebration in 2024.

The hall has a long and active history within the Wellington area, originally located in Clydebank and moved to Airly. While it is a bit quieter these days than in its heyday, it is still a wonderful community asset, located halfway between Sale and Stratford, and this is a call for helpers to assist with the ongoing running and upkeep of the hall.

The hall underwent major renovations in 2019-20, with a few delays due to the big C! We now have a fully accessible large community space available for hire to the community. The hall has been home to the local Akaido group for the last three years, but sadly we will farewell them as they are relocating to Sale. We are grateful that David (Akaido Instructor) has agreed to stay on as our Treasurer (yay!).

So now we are calling out for groups to express interest in a regular hiring of the hall, to make it your groups’ home, and for new committee members to support the ongoing management.

It is not a very large or heavy responsibility to be on our committee, but many hands make light work, and most of us could use a helping hand, not to mention a little community connection.

We are currently a very small committee and we’d love to see a few more people jump on board, to assist in the maintenance and booking responsibilities.

So, if you feel like you’ve got a little something to give, we would so love to hear from you.

Send us an email to airlycbhall@gmail.com or phone Beth on 0427 456 094.

We’d love to meet you.

Andrea Hall

Airly Clydebank Hall secretary


Political position

MR Chester,

I’ve pondered your open letter of April 13 last (upon your website), in which you accept everything about The Voice except the current referendum proposal.

Clearly, you’re a man who knows that you should vote YES, but that you intend to vote NO out of a misdirected loyalty to a party that would perpetuate disadvantage and division.

That is a very uncomfortable fence you’ve stranded yourself upon!

Please reconsider you position.

Brian Burleigh



Community support

THE work of local charity A Better Life for Foster Kids and its founder, Heather Baird is well known around Gippsland.

Every year, in addition to the year-round care packages they supply Gippsland foster and kinship carers, A Better Life for Foster Kids arrange a local toy drive to ensure no child is left behind on Christmas day.

My office is one of many across Gippsland that host a giving tree and serve as drop off points for this wonderful initiative.

While September might seem a little early to be talking about Christmas, the growing number of children in out-of-home care across Gippsland has meant Ms Baird has had to put the call out for donations early so that her and her wonderful volunteers can meet with growing demand. I personally won’t be putting the Christmas tree up yet, my office is open as a collection point for donations.

Some suggestions for gifts include gift cards, toys and beach towels. Unfortunately, books are discouraged due to high postage costs.

Gifts should be under $40 in value and gift cards must be from major outlets such as Big W, Target and Kmart to ensure they can be utilised by children in more remote areas. Gifts can also be posted direct to the charity at PO Box 1138 Sale Vic, 3850.

Business owners who are also interested in hosting a giving tree should visit abetterlifeforfosterkids.org.au/ to register.

Danny O’Brien

Member for Gippsland South


Soil testing

AS the state’s environmental authority, EPA Victoria recently offered home gardeners a free soil testing service as part of a research project designed to map soil conditions across the state.

More than 2000 gardeners have taken up the offer but most are in Melbourne, so I’m encouraging everyone who enjoys gardening in the Sale area to consider sending in soil samples from their garden.

They’ll be helping EPA’s science-based work and getting the soil from their garden scientifically assessed for trace elements and quality indicators, including soil texture, composition, nutrients and organic carbon. The only cost to the gardener is the postage. Anyone growing their own fruit or vegetables can find GardenSafe on the EPA website at epa.vic.gov.au/for-community/get-involved/citizen-science-program/gardensafe

Prof Mark Patrick Taylor

EPA Victoria