letters to the editor December 22 2017

SUPPORT: Headspace and other organisations are offering help to those who need it during the Christmas period this year. Go to eheadspace成都模特佳丽招聘.au for help from 9am-1am. THISis a great time to reflect and express our gratitude for all the things that have happened this year. For many of us, it’s a time to finish work or school for the year, unwind and settle into holiday mode. Other people may find the festive season very difficult, particularly those experiencing isolation, loneliness or mental health issues.

These experiences can all be heightened as we are bombarded with messages of family celebrations, gifts and holidays. As well as this, thousands of young people may be facing big life changes over the coming monthssuch as starting a new school, awaiting exam results for higher education opportunities or beginning a job.

Losing the normal routine and structure of school, regular contact with friends or having to financially support themselves can make this time particularly challenging. Students in university or TAFE may also be facing stress at this time affecting their mental health and wellbeing. Some young people may have less parental contact, leaving them vulnerable and changes in their mental health going unnoticed.

Families and friends are key in helping a young person get support. Knowing the signs and symptoms that something might be wrong and then how to get help is important. For anyone supporting a young person, they don’t need to be able to solve everything. Noticing changes and signs that something isn’t right is a good first step. Being withdrawn, not wanting to be with friends, not doing the things they would normally enjoy, ongoing worry or irritability are just some of the things to look out for.

If you need support or advice,headspaceis here to help. No matter where you are, you can access help through one of our 100 centres in metro, regional and remote areas of , which you can locate on our websiteheadspace成都模特佳丽招聘.au.

Help can also be accessed viaeheadspace成都模特佳丽招聘.auproviding online and telephone support between 9am-1am, seven days a week, including Christmas Day.

From everyone atheadspacewe wish you and your family a safe, relaxing and enjoyable break over the holidays.

Jason Trethowan,headspacechief executiveCOUNSEL ON OUR COUNCILSONewcastle Council CEO Jeremy Bath believes that we should drop the word‘council’ from Newcastle City Council’s name(“Bath wants ‘council’ gone”, Herald 21/12).Will that make our council more efficient? Probably not. Different isn’t always better.So the cost of new signage, stationary, uniforms and more will be worth it,and we will see a more efficient council? I don’t believe so. A move to a new fancy building will have a spectacular effect on how our council is run? I don’t believe so. Will there be an upmarket coffee shop in the west end so that the lord mayor’s staff can enjoy their special treats?

I do hope so.

Denise Lindus Trummel,MayfieldFIRED UP ON COAL NUMBERSI WOULD support ProfessorRoy Green’s call for Newcastle’s port to diversify (“Fortunes of city and its port are intertwined”, Opinion 19/12) but I don’t believe his comments on coal and energy are completely factual. While the world coal market has been flat for three years, Newcastle has still been exporting record tonnages.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) are predicting growth in the coal market until at least 2022. His comment about some coal-fired power stations being built in parts of Asia is a gross understatement. Some 1600 new coal-fired generators are under construction or planned across 62 countries, not just Asia.Againfrom the December IEA report, renewable wind and solar power accounts for only 1.5% of world energy use.

Contrary to ProfessorGreen’s opinion, I believe it’s likely that coal demand will remain strong for the rest of the century. That is, if you like, dependent on nations wanting a reliable 24/7 electricity supply. I think most people do.What do you think?

Peter Devey,MerewetherNO NEED TO BOX US OUTIT appears the state Liberal government has not got anyone with any courage to defend its decision to effectively put a ban on a container wharf at Newcastle, so the reliable Mike Sargent has stepped up to the plate (Letters 20/12).

It appears Mr Sargentbelieves that the port of Newcastle, which already handles a large proportion of the state’s wealth, should be denied the right to expand as a container port to service the growing manufacturing base of northern NSW and the Hunter region.It is a reflection of the Berejiklian Sydney-centric government that the Newcastle port was devalued so the statecould get a bigger price for Botany, denying Newcastle funds to spend on local infrastructure. Our Gladys had to spend over $25 billion on the Westconnex to satisfy the Sydney port buyers.

Our region has paid the usual Liberal penalty for voting Labor,seeing this government neglect our area as it pours billions into Sydney projects without any cost benefit analyses while the regions fall further behind.

If the Newcastle terminal is not allowed to go ahead it will only be another slam dunk in favour of Sydney.

Frank Ward,Shoal BayREMEMBER ALL THE HEROESJUNE Porter quite rightly lauds Joanne McCarthy and Julia Gillard for their roles in bringing about the royal commission (Letters, 19/12). But, like many others, she fails to recognise the efforts, commitment and dedication of the police officers around , and particularly in the Hunter region, who have diligently and methodically gathered the evidence, counselled and supported traumatised victims and their families, and assembled briefs of evidence that have led to many, many members of religious institutions being charged and convicted of sexual abuse of children. Perhaps the most telling example is the current proceedings against Archbishop Philip Wilson, the most senior Catholic cleric in the world to be charged with concealing a crime. Yes, it is important that we acknowledge Joanne McCarthy, who has shown exceptional courage and commitment in exposing the level of sexual abuse by members and associates of the clergy, and it is important that we recognise Julia Gillard for her decision to hold the royal commission, but we must not forget the police officers who, on a daily basis, go about bringing these deviantsto justice, at times in the face of vociferous and unjustified criticism.

John Ure,Mount Hutton