NO one should be surprised that the Colong Foundation is again heading the charge against the revival and extension of Angus Place Colliery.
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City based Colong has long made opposition to just about anything related to the coal industry its mission in life.
Along the way the Colong campaigns in our part of the world have been littered with half truths and even outright lies (think that memorable occasion at Hassans Walls when something of a shirt fronting episode erupted between the then council general manager Paul Anderson and the Colong spokesman after a false claim that council was supporting a bid to expand a conservation area from Mt York, across Hartley to the Newnes Plateau) .
As the Mercury reported in Friday's edition the all too familiar old arguments about frogs and swamps are being trotted out.
Angus Place is a vital component in the stability of the State's power supply into the future and on that basis alone can't be sacrificed to opposing ideology, at least for now.
IT'S no secret the medical profession in Lithgow as elsewhere is alarmed at the potential for long term collateral damage in terms of mental health from the combinations of anxiety and home isolation in the wake of the current plague.
But regulations dictating our new normal seem to change daily - no golf/golf, no fishing/fishing, no hairdressers/hairdressers etc etc.
In the interest of mental wellbeing long after Covid has moved on there is surely an argument for another 'modification' that is even more important, easing of restrictions on 'taking a drive' to simply experience the outside world for a short time.
There can be no safer place on the planet than when cocooned in your own car on a quiet country road. No problem social distancing there.
In the interests of sanity or a quiet coastal motorway. In the interests of community wellbeing our local Member and Roads Minister Paul Toole might think it worthy or running the issue past whoever has the unenviable task of lining up the ducks.
THERE are times when some things are best left unsaid.
In the letters page of the Sydney Morning Herald the other day a correspondent advised city dwellers against going bush over the 'sandstone curtain' to escape the virus.
Except for major centres ' like Dubbo, Orange and Wagga' the local hospitals lack ''..pathology laboratories, medical imaging facilities, ICU units, staff or equipment''.
As the writer was from Kanimbla by inference we assume he included his local Lithgow Hospital in the 'have nots''.
Nothing wrong with keeping the city mob in the city but any such claims about Lithgow were fake news.
Lithgow Hospital and associated medical services are the envy of most regional towns.
Pathology services 24/7, an around the clock imaging provider who also supplies imaging for leading medical specialists in the respected Royal Prince Alfred precinct, top line staff and equipment and an ICU. And we're a teaching hospital for the University of Notre Dame. Just don't tell that lot the other side of the 'curtain'.
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