Letters to the editor

TOP EVENT: The Bidgee Masters at the recent MS Mega Swim in Leeton, which has been declared a success by organisers.
TOP EVENT: The Bidgee Masters at the recent MS Mega Swim in Leeton, which has been declared a success by organisers.

Community spirit on show 

I AM writing to thank you for your coverage of the Leeton 24-hour MS Mega swim in 2017.

As you know we have raised in excess of $26,000, which will be available through MS Australia for financial assistance and Go For Gold Scholarship to clients of the MIA Branch of MS Australia.

Our original target was $20,000.

Through the wonderful support of the sponsors and the 102 plus competitors and their amazing fundraising efforts we exceeded our target.

Thank you to the members of the five teams who each managed to keep a team member in the water for the full 24 hours.

Thank you to the MIA Branch of MS Australia for their turn out of volunteers and particularly the Inner Wheel Club who registered the arrival of participants in a timely manner.

Also a big thanks goes to the members of the Rotary Club of Leeton as the host of the swim meet and who staffed the 24 hour barbecue to provide hot food at any time for participants and supporters.

Congratulations must go to the individuals who braved the water at all hours and their equally band of supporters and cheer squads.

The event was sponsored heavily by the Leeton Shire Council providing the fantastic facility of a heated, eight-lane Olympic sized flood lit pool with grounds for camping and the venue for a carnival of this type. How good is our pool? A sterling effort was also made by the lifeguards and their families.

Not only did they provide 24 hours of lifeguarding, but they also swam more than 62 kilometres. We would like to thank our many sponsors who will be thanked by letter and with advertising to that effect in the near future.

Our major sponsors were SunRice for the swim caps, Pacific Fresh for the drink bottles and Rival Swimwear/Running Bare for some amazing spot prizes and two  !00-metre dash Prizes.

Thanks go to The Irrigator for some great ads and write ups before the event.

Brian Munro

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Leeton and the MIA Branch of MS Australia

Overhaul is required 

QUAD bike safety information needs an urgent overhaul with escalating on-farm deaths as a result of quad bike accidents.

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) supports the National Farming Federation’s (NFF) call for a five star safety rating system.

Quad bikes are one of the leading causes of on-farm fatalities in Australia. NFF president Fiona Simson said there is an estimated 200,000 quad bikes on rural properties in Australia.

In both 2015 and 2016 quad bikes accounted for the highest number of farm deaths and injuries overall. Currently, there is conflicting information available to farmers when purchasing their quad bikes.

Much of this information is provided by the manufacturers, and there is currently no independent information provided on safety when buying a quad bike.

We whole heartedly support the NFF’s call for a safety rating system, to allow consumers to make informed buying decisions and to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Dr Ewen McPhee

President

RDAA

Yay or Nay 

Nay: To the Leeton post office for your rude, misinformed staff. After attending the post office in excess of 9 times for a passport renewal I took my business to the Narrandera post office.

They were most helpful, they accepted my application without the expensive documents you said I needed. I now have my passport no thanks to the Leeton Post Office, a very expensive, inconvenient and frustrating exercise, as a result I will take all of my further business to Narrandera.