Your Say

Business awards made a community proud

The Camden Wollondilly Business Awards were held at the Camden Civic Centre on June 10 and attending were councillors Lou Amato and Michael Banasik.

Wollondilly Council is proud to be a supporting sponsor for this event again this year.

I would like to congratulate the winners of these awards, particularly those from Wollondilly.

They include Armour Collectables,

JJ Performance Smash Repairs, Jewellery on Argyle, Zuki's Gifts, Thirlmere Health and Savings Pharmacy, Susan's Photography, LJ Hooker - Picton, Vaby's Restaurant, Tahmoor Licensed Post Office and Belgenny Farm. Well done to JJ Performance Smash Repairs, who won the Business of the Year award.

Congratulations also to Wollondilly businesses that were nominated, it was a great effort.

Small business is high on the agenda at Wollondilly Council.

We have recently employed economic development manager Tate Ryan to contribute to strategic planning, facilitate investors and engage local business in our shire.

We were also fortunate with a presentation by Small Business Minister Bruce Billson last week.

There were many small businesses represented at the forum and we look forward to working closely with the business community as we grow as a region.

I would like to thank Hume MP Angus Taylor and Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell, who were instrumental in bringing Mr Billson to Wollondilly.

Mr Taylor and Mr Rowell were both in attendance at our community forum also.

Wollondilly Council is working closely with local business and chambers to assist small business with information sessions, training and advice, so feel free to contact Tate on 4677 9740 or email tate.ryan@wollondilly.nsw.gov.au.

Wollondilly mayor Col Mitchell

Gay marriage

I read your paper every week.

I felt really proud when I saw my local paper had published stories of gay marriage. I really enjoyed reading each article.

I myself am married (to a man, just to clarify) and we have many friends who are straight and also gay.

We treat all of our friends the same and, to be honest, they are all very similar to each other.

They are all fun and love their partner and children unconditionally.

I agree that everyone is definitely entitled to have an opinion but I strongly disagree that we are not letting people make their own life decision.

My wedding day was one of the best days of my life and it is a shame that not everyone can experience that.

I really do hope this goes to vote and everyone is an equal and entitled to the same thing.

Michelle Singleton, Appin

Rate rise a strain

Wollondilly Council has not chosen "the only road" (in regards to the rate rise).

Council has chosen their road, turning their backs on the opinions and concerns of ratepayers.

The enormous rate hike is appalling, putting extra financial pressure on local residents, many with young families and many older people who are already struggling to make ends meet.

I made a written submission to council but my concerns were pushed aside.

This rate hike should be fought.

How can we fight it?

I will certainly join any action group — just show me the way.

Kaye Stevens, The Oaks