Letters to the editor - 27.7

Dear editor, 

I know the Collie River better than most for many years. 

The South Branch was my backyard and play ground.

There has not been much success over many years of promises and a lot of money spent. 

Mick Murray’s suggestion to upgrade the river stop below Venn Street should be supported by the Shire and Water Regulators. 

There would be many benefits if this was to happen. 

We would eventually see the Collie River back to where it was many years ago. 

South Brancher - Jeff Crowe 

Praise for Collie PCYC

What a great result for a lot of hard work and perseverance. 

Well Done Linda, Ren, Trizzy Lawrence, staff and all the volunteers for their contribution to making it all work. 

Thank you also to the gymnastics and air rifle clubs for their contribution in getting the children into PCYC where they learn skills and also self esteem and manners. 

When they walk in the doors of PCYC, what happens at home and on the street come to an end. 

Since I have been associated with the PCYC I have seen a huge shift in learning to say please and thank you, which is all part of PCYC and and the Safe Sanctuary programmes we hold. 

Trust between the children and the staff at PCYC is a major factor in the development of the programme’s success. 

Also, very successful are the school holiday trips that are arranged. 

We have been feeding an average of 45 to 60 children on Friday nights and we know some food goes outside to feed others. 

Thus we are always looking for support and food to make sure the youth in need are looked after. 

I would like to say thank you to Collie Police, Bendigo bank, Second Bite and the Collie Shire Council for their support and belief in the Collie PCYC. Watch this space. 

Geoff Wilks – Chair Advisory Committee 

Premier moves to instate July 23 as Pozieres Day 

Premier Mark McGowan has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull requesting that from next year, July 23 will be known across the nation as Pozieres Day, to commemorate one of the nation’s most tragic battles.

The Battle of Pozieres commenced on July 23, 1916 at the French village of Pozieres during the First World War, as part of the Battle of Somme.

It recorded an enormous loss of Australian lives in a single military battle, with 23,000 Australian casualties, including nearly 7,000 young soldiers killed over a seven-week period.