Letters to the editor

Volunteer concerns

Re: The article 'Policy change creates concern' in last week's Sentinel about threats to volunteer numbers due to continuing directives and added imposts being thrust upon them.

At a meeting at Ceduna recently, attended by Minister Ken Wyatt in his role as Minister for the Ageing at that time, he expressed the absolute necessity for volunteer support in coming years in all areas but especially in the area of ageing.

It was said then, "well good luck" as the imposts for many of us to volunteer have become too onerous, eg the endless police checks for a person to help or support in many areas. Some people had to have as many as four or five.

He turned to our politicos and asked why, in WA there is a green card similar to your licence. Surely this should be looked into. Then word came out that the government or organisations will pay. Not the point surely, as we went into these roles to save the government and these organisations money.

As volunteers we are wanting to give back to our communities and support the organisations involved.

Now we see even more loony ideas and imposts being thrust upon us. I ask, are these people just trying to justify their bum on a seat or do they genuinely believe this is the way to go?

Small communities have a heavy reliance on volunteers, unlike our city counterparts where a lot of these rules and regulations come from. You only have to look at Transforming Health and the mess that has created for country people.

I believe many of us have had a gutful and will be opting out of the roles we have been proud to help in over many, many years. The losers will be the communities and the people we serve.


Streaky Bay

Tafe is needed

It is heartening to see Prime Minister Morrison is pushing for TAFE to be put on an equal footing with university at the premiers conference.

For too long there has been a growing social trend that students need to undertake a tertiary education in order to be deemed successful.

Vocational training and apprenticeships have been shunned, seen to be menial areas of employment and a sign of low achievement. However, during this over zealous pursuit of a university degree, the full-time employment rate for graduates from tertiary courses has shown a declining trend.

The Australia Jobs 2015 report indicated that 85.5 per cent of apprentices and trainees were employed six months after completion and 77.6 per cent for VET graduates.

Training opportunities for future employees need to reflect the skills are required and the jobs in growing industries where employment opportunities exist.



Meals on Wheels roster


Friday, Aug 16: G. Cooke, W. Dodd; Aug 19: C. Stott, J. Chandler; Aug 20: M. Walker, S. Woods; Aug 21: D. Walker, R. Skinner; Aug 22: L. Davis, K. Hammat.