LETTERS TO EDITOR, FEB 6: Burnt-out car welcomes visitors

OPINION: Poor welcome

A BURNT-OUT old Toyota has been the welcoming image to motorists entering Grafton on the Summerland Way, about 400metres north of the Gateway Lifestyle Residential Park, near the 50km/h sign.

This burnt-out vehicle has been sitting very close, even dangerously close, to the edge of the Summerland Way, the first greeting sight to motorists, many of them tourists, for at least 12 days.

Grafton has many attractive parks, quaint shops, the mighty Clarence River, lovely homes with manicured gardens and house-proud citizens.

Our beautiful city and its residents have had quite a few blows over the past few years and need as much assistance as possible to welcome, not alarm, every visitor to Grafton from the moment they enter the city.

A burnt-out wreck is not, in my opinion, the way to encourage any visitor to stay.

Visitors spend money on accommodation and food and other dollars in the city.

We need visitors!

On contacting the Grafton Police Station last Friday I was advised that they had no reason for it to stay where it is for so long.

I am not sure which authority holds the responsibility to remove this vehicle; however, if this continues to occur - and I believe there was another on Bent St leading up to the bridge over the Christmas period - then we will not have visitors.

Such sights scare the public.

I had the vehicle removed at my own cost.

If anyone has a problem with that, come and see me.

The wreck is secured for the unfortunate owner, free of charge, at the Grafton Industrial Village.

If the owner contacts me, we can sell the wreck for scrap.

The Grafton Industrial Village will double the payment and donate the funds to the U3A Men's Shed for their charities.

Les McGill, Grafton


OPINION: Guiding celebration

JOIN us to celebrate 90 years of continuous Girl Guiding in the Grafton District.

On Saturday, February 21, starting at 11am, a church service will be held at the Christ Church Cathedral, Duke St, Grafton.

A light luncheon will follow at the conclusion of the service at a cost of $10 per person, to be held at the Cathedral Parish Centre, Duke St. RSVP by February 7 to PO Box 295, Grafton, NSW, 2460 or email to wilgralor1@bigpond.com.

For further inquiries, phone 66493999.

Were you ever involved in Guiding in the Grafton District? Were you a leader, a Girl Guide, a patron, a member of the support group or Trefoil, a volunteer or supporter of Grafton Girl Guides in some other capacity?

If so, we are collecting information for our Centenary Celebration in 2024 and would appreciate any photos, anecdotes or memorabilia that could be borrowed or provided.

Any items of interest can be sent to the Grafton Girl Guides Support Group at the above-mentioned PO Box or email address.

Christine Eastment, South Grafton

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