Merimbula Letters to the Editor, October 13

Having fun in the sun at Merimbula Wharf. Photo: Ellouise Bailey
Having fun in the sun at Merimbula Wharf. Photo: Ellouise Bailey

Gambling advertising harmful

The appearance of a constant barrage of gambling advertising during commercial news bulletins should be a concern for us all. Added to their existing strategies found in sport broadcasts, online viewing and in the sponsorship of football teams it appears a concerted attempt is being made to win the hearts and minds of our youth. The exposure of families to a flood of gambling apps normalises the idea that gambling is part of the Australian way of life.

Such products are targeting young men with the promise of a collective experience shared with mates offering fun, fantastical experiences and riches - the very things taken from them by the pandemic. Are we prepared to surrender their generation and those to follow to a lifelong gambling addiction, personal debt, depression and possibly suicide?

Greg Bartlett, Tura Beach

Leaving with head held high

Local Liberal supporters place on the public record their sincere appreciation of the leadership and dedicated Parliamentary, ministerial and public service of the outgoing Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian. Residents of Bega Valley Shire will not forget how Gladys was here with us in day-by-day support during both the Tathra and Black Summer bushfires. Gladys has set a standard of dedication and service to the people of regional NSW with her government.

Her greatest achievement has been in leading NSW combatting the COVID outbreaks in 2020 and 2021. With Gladys at the helm, NSW has better than any state balanced suppression of the virus with respect for personal and business freedom. NSW now leads the country getting the jab. Gladys leaves office with her head held high. We will miss her strength, intelligence and dedication.

Scott Kennedy, President, Merimbula-Eden Liberals