COVID BORDER CLOSURES
MY family and I are waiting for government quarantine facilities to be made available for us.
We're returning Tasmanian residents and are stuck in NSW.
Whereas we understand the need for border protection, we've been playing by all the rules set out in front of us.
Both adults are double jabbed. We are self isolating in a low COVID area of NSW.
We are home schooling our kids, who should be enrolled in at Scotch Oakburn.
We are homeless. We feel stateless.
We've contacted our local and national representatives.
We are in a circular spiral being pushed from police to health to government and back round again.
The toll on our mental and physical health is becoming intolerable. Not knowing what to do or where to go is exacerbating our desperation.
We are losing all of our life savings while paying for accommodation in NSW while our home in Relbia sits empty.
Citizens from Victoria can come from a COVID hotspot and quarantine at home.
This is not a luxury for us in NSW.
We have been caught here because of my wife's job. Unable to return home since July, we feel abandoned by the state.
We fully understand the need to keep COVID off the island for as long as possible.
We are not willing to bring it over with us, hence our isolation here.
But this isolation has turned to desperation and we don't know what to do next.
Jay Cooper, Relbia.
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NATION VACCINE DEALS
ON Sunday, I watched yet another of the Prime Minister's press statements about the good old vaccine cherry where he stated that Australia had done yet another swap deal with the UK for four million doses of the vaccine.
Bearing in mind that Australia already owes Singapore 500,000 doses payable by October, one would assume that Singapore would be repaid from the UK consignment.
Classic rob Peter to pay Paul syndrome.
In addition to the foregoing, whatever happened to the Lt General in charge of all this shemozzle.
Have not heard from him for months. In conclusion, After spending 32 continuous years in the RAF/RAAF, it appears to me that any ADF officer qualified in land/sea and air movements as I was could have done the vaccine logistics job admirably.
But of course, the PM wanted a figurehead.
Gerry Kite, Legana.
CASSY O'CONNOR COMMENTS
AS a "Pentecostal" Christian myself, I was disgusted and took great offence at what Greens leader Cassy O'Connor had said in Parliament. And I can't believe that when Liberal MHA Felix Ellis spoke about this kind of hatred in defence of Pentecostal Christians, that Ms O'Connor dared to say that she was the offended one.
I have not ever bothered to find a way to write about things that are typically said and done in Parliament, but this was so rude that it has led me to search out ways to express my complete and utter disgust with Ms O'Connor's words and subsequent argumentative stance afterwards. I find it completely sickening and very discriminating.
Robert Ter Wee, Boronia.
HOW MANDATORY IS IT?
WILL healthcare workers who don't want vaccinations simply reschedule their bookings in perpetuity. Evidence for first booking is required by late October, but actual dates/jabs for the first and second vaccine may be somewhat into the future and may be a bit late to minimise the spread of Delta
Audrey Downing, Penguin.
VISION FOR LAKE DULVERTON
GIVEN the amount of economic development taking place in Oatlands, I can't understand the lack of vision in regards to Lake Dulverton, which sits in the heart of this township.
A former trophy trout fishing water, it remains little more than a puddle full of unfettered weed growth and is very uninviting for anglers both local and interstate.
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The problems that obviously exist in regards to its deteriorated state are not insurmountable, surely stakeholders and government bodies can see the economic advantage a bit of vision being applied here would bring.
The area boasts fantastic infrastructure such as toilets and camping facilities, perfect for tourists such as the grey nomads who no doubt would provide a significant economic boost to local businesses.
There are machines available that cut weeds without damaging the ecology and if purchased by the government, they could be utilised not just in this lake but all around our state to help open up other waters with similar potential.
Janet Lambert, Devon Hills.
TASMANIA needs to look into setting up clinics to dispense monoclonal antibody-based treatments for high-risk patients in the early stages of a COVID-19 infection.
The likelihood of breakthrough infections once our borders open is high especially for the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.
Studies in the US have shown that treatments developed by AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly and other pharmaceutical companies have reduced hospitalisation rates by up to 70 per cent. The TGA has recently approved one of these treatments that are manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.
The Tasmanian government needs to think carefully about how this approach to treatment can be delivered locally to help reduce the COVID load on hospitals.