LETTERS: Leukaemia Foundation thanks Orange for its generosity

On behalf of the Leukaemia Foundation, I would like to say a big thank you the Central Western Daily’s readers for their incredible support of World’s Greatest Shave this year.

BIG CROWD: Onlookers watch on as Kerry Taberner's hair gets shaved in the middle of the Orange City Centre in March. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA 0318drshave10

BIG CROWD: Onlookers watch on as Kerry Taberner's hair gets shaved in the middle of the Orange City Centre in March. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA 0318drshave10

The extraordinary people who shaved or coloured and their generous sponsors have now raised an incredible $4,920,000 in NSW alone, helping to fund projects that will make a genuine difference to local families facing blood cancer.

The money will now be used to provide safe and comfortable accommodation in the city for families living in regional NSW so they can more easily access life-saving treatment.

It also means we can offer free transport, counselling, information and practical support to the 60,000 Australians living with a blood cancer.

Meanwhile, researchers funded by our supporters are working tirelessly to discover safer and more effective treatments.

Although their critical research is improving survival rates, sadly an Australian still loses their life to blood cancer every two hours.

But thanks to those taking part in World’s Greatest Shave, we are well on our way to reaching our goal of $5.6 million in NSW.

There is still time for people to sign up or make a donation at www.worldsgreatestshave.com.au.

Thanks to you, the Leukaemia Foundation will be able to help more Australians with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related disorders survive and live a better quality of life.

Yours sincerely,

Bill Petch, Chief Executive Officer of Leukaemia Foundation

UNHEARD AT BYNG STREET DEVELOPMENT HEARING

THE court hearing on site at 62 Byng Street concerning the development application for a motel on the site on Tuesday, May 9 restricted the number of speakers to six.

They were all adjoining owners who presented their concerns on privacy, noise and traffic and a number of technical items.

But no allowance was made for any other resident who will be affected by this huge development to speak to the commissioner on site.

There are already a number of problems caused by some work that did not have council’s approval: heritage tourism and the movement of school buses at the roundabout adjacent to the proposed motel, to name just two.

Speaking on site is far superior to a letter read in a court room among so-called experts.

I feel Orange residents have been let down by this restricted on-site court hearing.

Charles Everett

NICE TO SEE OLD-FASHIONED TOUCHES AT THE POST OFFICE

“IT’S good to see that you still sell stamps among all this other rubbish.”

When I said this recently at Orange Post Office, it raised a smile to the lips of counter staff.

I once described the Post Office as reminding me of the Reject Shop and that description still applies.

I noticed that a large, self-serve machine has been installed inside near the Post Office entrance. Is this to reduce the number of staff or to help pay for the millions of dollars paid to the CEO of Australia Post?

If that machine is the future, then heaven help us!

Keith Curry