LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Thanks for feeding families

Picture: Pixabay
Picture: Pixabay

Fairfield and Liverpool residents helped provide 762,948 meals to Aussies in need for Woolworths’ Foodbank winter appeal. A big thank-you for your incredible support. With demand for food relief outstripping supply, you’ve significantly helped warm up winter for some of the most vulnerable in our community.

Foodbank and Woolies have been working together for 16 years with 16 million kilos of food donated – the equivalent of more than 30 million meals donated to Foodbank by Woolies since our partnership began in 2002. This winter that number is even bigger, providing much-needed help to some of the 3.2 million Australians who need food help each year.

By adding so many $2 Foodbank tokens to shopping trolleys, you helped us reach our national goal of providing 762,948 meals to Australian families in need. Each $2 token enabled Foodbank to give four warming meals – NSW contributed 177,884 meals all up. With 40 per cent of needy families having dependent children, the funds raised during the appeal helped struggling families make ends meet.

Thanks for your generosity at a time when families most desperately need it. Our aim of supporting the growing need for hunger relief and helping feed millions of Australians in need wouldn’t be possible without you.


Group Manager, Woolworths Bonnyrigg, Cabramatta, Fairfield, Fairfield Heights and Wetherill Park

Misplaced generosity

National online non-profit GivIt has been asked by the NSW Government to manage offers of help for farmers, their families and rural communities experiencing hardship in the drought. GivIt is connecting those who are in need in a safe and private way with those who are willing to give.

But charities working on the ground in drought-affected communities say carloads of food hampers and tin cans arriving in towns is not the help they need and is detrimental to the financial viability of already struggling local businesses. GivIt promises 100 per cent of donations will go directly to those affected by the drought. Pledges: givit.org.au/drought. 


Chief Executive Officer, GivIt

Have yourself a piece of peace

World Peace Day, September 21, is the chance to do something kind. I dream of seeing our world become a more peaceable, more gentle, kinder and better place for us all to live, experience and enjoy together. I hope individuals and businesses share this dream with me because kindness is to peace like money is to a purse or icing to a cake. Kindness is as essential to peace as flavour is to coffee, beer to a pub and air is to breathing.   

I am administrator of the community Facebook page SayPeace17, assistant group advocate for citizensofpeace.org and I’m involved in the United Nations’ Community Project. September 21 is celebrated annually by the UN as our International Day of Peace – World Peace Day. 

I’m writing to encourage everyone to celebrate World Peace Day along with the UN and so many other people, clubs, organisations, businesses, churches, mosques, temples, small groups and schools. Together we can work to full community involvement on a day devoted to doing something kind to help make our world a better space for us all. Let’s promote random acts of kindness especially on this day.


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Our transport-efficiency record

The Climate Council launched its first groundbreaking national report on transport on an electric bus on September 13, showing Australia is taking a back seat on transport efficiency – lagging behind even Russia, Mexico and Indonesia.

The report showed that NSW:

  • Creates 27.4 million tonnes in transport emissions annually;
  • Generates the equivalent annual transport emissions of three times the Liddell coal power stations; and
  • Generates 3.5 tonnes of carbon-dioxide per person/per capita.

The report also highlighted the fact that Australia is stuck in the slow lane on transport pollution as one of just a handful of OECD countries without greenhouse-gas-emission standards for vehicles, while transport is Australia’s second largest source of greenhouse-gas pollution, after electricity.

The report found:

  • Australia’s transport-related greenhouse-gas pollution levels rose 3.4 per cent in the year to December 2017;
  • Australia’s transport is responsible for 100 million tonnes of greenhouse pollution each year, our second highest polluter after electricity;
  • Some Australian cities, including Adelaide, Canberra and Melbourne, are taking steps towards renewable powered public transport, such as Melbourne’s solar-powered tram network;
  • Global transport pollution levels are rising by about 2.5 per cent a year; without action they will double by 2050; and
  • Congestion is costing our economy more than $16 billion each year.


Senior Communications Advisor, Climate Council