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Grief and anger as thieves steal war medals

I was very distressed to read newspapers and see television news segments regarding a war veteran who had the horrific experience of having his war medals stolen.

After a couple of weeks the conscience of the low-life that stole the medals got the better of him and the veteran's medals were returned.

Again on the television news, I saw another veteran also had his medals stolen.

I, along with all other ex-servicemen, women and current personnel will be praying for the return of his medals also.

I am also a victim of this despicable act with a person entering my home, stealing my war medals and other war-related awards.

I was a career infantry soldier serving over 20 years in the service of this wonderful country we are blessed to live in, including many combat operations in Vietnam.

All my medals, awards, citations, etcetera, have been willed to my grandchild on my demise.

Unfortunately now they will only receive the replicas, not the originals which of course are engraved with my service number and name.

The theft was reported to Campbelltown police who made every attempt to locate and have my medals returned.

All members of our family are aware who stole my medals, both persons being well-known to police, but unfortunately the hands of police are tied unless one of the parties makes an admission to police, which is highly unlikely, nor do these total low-lifes have a conscience.

There is not a day goes by that I do not grieve for the return of my medals.

As all service personnel will agree, to steal war medals is akin to stealing from the grave.

Ken Wright, Appin

Development has merit

In response to the article "Paddock under threat", Wollondilly Advertiser, July 23.

I believe the proposed housing development in Station Street, Menangle, has a lot going for it.

It will be within easy walking distance to Menangle railway station, and less than 10 minutes by train to one of the largest shopping centres in the southern hemisphere.

It will bring the sewerage to Menangle, which is badly needed.

This talk about heritage was never mentioned until the Menangle Pastoral Company submitted its planning proposal to Wollondilly Council in October 2012 for 450 homes in Station Street.

The question should be asked, is this about heritage or is it about stopping the housing development?

I note the proponents of the development, if approved, will restore the creamery building to be utilised as a possible boutique brewery and the rotolactor building as a conference centre and restaurant, creating employment.

But apparently this is not good enough for Maurice Blackwood and company.

They want the whole nine hectares of the housing development to be heritage listed, which will suppress the development.

If no housing development takes place on the western side of the railway station, then the developers have no obligation to restore the creamery and rotolactor buildings.

This would be a great shame as these buildings are in total disrepair.

If Mr Blackwood and company are serious about heritage then they should accept the housing in the so-called Menangle paddock, so as to ensure that these two unique buildings — the rotolactor and the creamery — are not left in a state of total disrepair.

Brian Redmond, Menangle

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