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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 23rd 2009
22 INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 23, 2009 MB ' ' Opinion innerwestcourier.com.au YOUR SAY Send letters to: Letters, Inner West Courier, 181 First Avenue, Five Dock 2046 OR fax 9018 3511 OR email to email@example.com I realise that homebirth is not everybody s choice, but formeitwastheonlywayI felt happy and confident to birth my children. Chloe Stanford Iron-clad guarantee I WANT to set the record straight and reassure school communities across NSW that the State Government has no plans to sell off large quantities of school land. Let me be clear, there is no plan by this government to sell off hundreds of school playgrounds to developers. I give an iron-clad guarantee that on my watch no operational school in NSW will be required to sell any of their land. The case of Hurlstone Agricultural High School is an exception, being the subject of an independent inquiry. Every year the Department of Edu- cation and Training sells land deemed not needed for educational use, but no school land can be sold without extensive community consultation. Community consultation includes cases where schools approach the Department to sell vacant land they consider surplus. Thirteen operational schools have nominated to sell some land this year and each of these schools will pocket up to 90 per cent of the proceeds. In 2007/08, the Department sold 23 sites totalling $24.7 million and pur- chased $31 million of land, including sites for new schools in Rouse Hill, Tullimbar and Elderslie. When land is sold, the decision is not made based on the size of the school, but on whether the school needs the land for educational purposes. That includes a space for kids to do physical education, play sport or just run around. This is an important part of every child s school experience and I can assure parents it will remain that way. Verity Firth MP NSW Minister for Education and Training Fish bite at dawn RE the article Canada Bay Council fishes for extra revenue (Courier, July 14). Fisherman need to be out at dawn. So there needs to be some change to gate opening time on the bay (at Bayview Park). Ron Alim Online reader Support the midwives RE homebirths story (Courier, July 14). I HAD my third baby at home. It was just the most wonderful experience. Midwives need to be given the sup- port they need to practise so women have an option. Carolyn Watts Drummoyne Tebbutt scorns us I NOTE Ms Tebbutt s angry response to protesters (Inner West Courier, July 14) displaying their posters around a Newtown public school. In case you haven t noticed Ms Tebbutt: education is a political Issue. These posters highlighted the pro- testers endeavours to awaken the community to the fate of the old Enmore Boys High School building in Metropolitan Rd; this building was sold to a developer last week for approximately $2.9m. This building has been left to decay for the past 10 years or so; the doorways filled with rubbish and the fenced yard used as a dumping ground for passers by to throw their unwanted goods. The fact that a group of local people and supporting Greens politicians have been so maligned because they feel strongly that this Enmore Boys High School building would have been far better utilised by local community groups or as a much-needed childcare facility is glossed over by Ms Tebbutt s annoyance. She is a public servant. How many other public buildings in NSW and Sydney in particular have been vacated by State Government entities and left to fall into disrepair, turning them effectively into dumpsters? Her reaction shows the disdain this State Government has for its con- stituents. It s a government that has no idea how to manage a trip to the zoo, let alone the finances of NSW and our very limited educational resources. Penny Whitfeld Bundanoon LETTER OF THE WEEK We want the homebirth option I am a mother of two children both born at home, in Balmain, with the support of my husband and my truly wonderful midwife Betty Vella. I realise that homebirth is not everybody s choice, but for me it was the only way I felt happy and confident to birth my children. The Government is in the process of effectively banning homebirths. Up until now, homebirth midwives have been unable to get insurance but have still been allowed to be registered. The proposed legislation expands the role of midwives in the provision of maternity services, but excludes midwives who attend homebirths (Courier, July 14). By excluding these midwives, the Government is effectively making attended homebirth illegal by stating that any midwife who cannot obtain insurance cannot be registered, therefore cannot practise legally. This is all due to happen in July 2010. Why expand the role of midwives in the hospitals when hospitals already have too many patients to cope with? For some reason people are under the impression that homebirth mothers are irresponsible or possibly that they are way-out hippies that just want to buck against the system. I am an average mum living in Balmain, who has never been anti the medical system. By choosing homebirth I am by no means shunning it, just choosing to only use it when there is a medical problem. Pregnancy and birth are not medical problems. Both my children were born at 43 weeks, several weeks past term -- something that would not have been allowed in hospital -- and were perfectly healthy. Thanks to my midwife s knowledge and skill both my children were allowed to come into the world naturally and peacefully. I hope very much to have more children and strongly believe it is a crime to take the opportunity of birthing at home away from me and from the women and girls of our future. 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