Letters to the editor for Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

Letters to the editor should be no more than 300 words and can be emailed to kaitlyn.fasso-opie@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Letters to the editor should be no more than 300 words and can be emailed to kaitlyn.fasso-opie@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Cemetery needs work

I WRITE in relation to the current state of the Poonindie Cemetery owned by the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula. 

The cemetery came into existence in the early says of colonisation as a burial ground for Aboriginal people on the Poonindie Mission. 

Later, early settlers were interred in a separate portion of the cemetery.

The Poonindie Cemetery is state heritage listed. I became involved in the mid 1970s as a councillor.

To fully reinstate the cemetery a plan of individual sites and the deceased who occupied those sites was needed but non has been found. However, in the last few days a copy of the list of those buried in Poonindie Cemetery has come into my possession. 

One hundred and twenty persons are listed in chronological order from 1856 to 1927. 

At least one headstone indicates an unlisted burial in 1934. There may be more unlisted. 

The Poonindie Cemetery is in a parlous state of disrepair and should be upgraded immediately. 

The first move would be to get a small band of people from within this community together to take a deputation to the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula to have this property repaired, upgraded and brought back to a state of dignity which other sacred grounds enjoy. 

A memorial to those buried there is a must. I seek support and suggest that any persons wishing to motivate this project contact me so that a suitable deputation may be made by the community to the council. 

LEON MURRAY, North Shields

Television pages

I AM writing this letter in regards to how you print the TV programs programs. Would it be too much trouble to set it all out on the one page (front and back) instead of spreading it over two pages or better still a separate page only, saving having to cut it out every week, making things easier for a 90-year-old pensioner?

ETHEL HILL, Port Lincoln

  • Editor’s note: Thanks for the feedback. Every effort will be made in future editions to publish the television pages back to back for readers’ convenience.

Stroke Week success

THANK you to all our supporters who helped make this National Stroke Week such a huge success.

On behalf of the Stroke Foundation I would like to thank the thousands of Australians who helped us educate the community about the importance of knowing the signs of stroke this National Stroke Week.

Stroke Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about stroke and how they can reduce their own risk. I am confident there are thousands of people in the community who now know about the FAST message thanks to the more than 2500 activities that were held across the country.

With Stroke Week now wrapped up for 2016, it is vital we remember strokes don’t just happen one week of the year. Every 10 minutes an Australian has a stroke. Every 10 minutes someone’s life changes forever.

Stroke strikes suddenly and often without any warning and every minute counts. For every minute that parts of the brain are left without oxygen, brain cells are dying. A speedy reaction can mean the difference between life and death or permanent disability. Stroke doesn’t have to be a death sentence, it is treatable but people need to know the signs of stroke and get to hospital fast.

Thanks to our incredible supporters we were able to spread this message far and wide this Stroke Week, reaching a record number of Australians. But our work doesn’t stop here – it is our mission to stop stroke, save lives and end the suffering caused by this devastating disease.

SHARON McGOWAN, Stroke Foundation chief executive 

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