Letters to the editor

WELLNESS WEEKEND APPRECIATION

Thanks very much for the sponsorship of the Kimba Wellness weekend, in particular the 10km run.

I think this initiative has been very well received and appreciated amongst the local community.

Being a small rural township brings challenges to both a person’s mental and physical health.

Obviously a lot of bonding is done over alcohol, this is okay in moderation but can be damaging in the long run if abused.

Having this run has gave me a goal and something to train for post football season.

Originally I was very daunted by the prospect of having to run 21 kilometres but I gained insight and put together a training program which prepared me for the run.

I wasn’t sad to hear the run got reduced to 10kms though, but I was disappointed at the lack of entries for the longer event.

I found the social aspect before and after the run very therapeutic.

Everyone was nervous beforehand yet still friendly and sociable.

Afterwards everyone seemed very happy, I think the positive endorphins from the long run had kicked in and there was a very happy and friendly vibe throughout the oval/wellness weekend precinct.

It was great fun competing and I was very happy to be able to come first over the line.

It was great having Brook Seal and John Read pushing me right through to the end.

And the cash bonus was also kindly appreciated.

I hope more of these events are implemented through this townships and others across the EP and outer regions in the future.

They are a very motivational means to personal and group fitness and create a higher more meaningful level of connection amongst community members.

Through forming relationships through group fitness, people are engaging through activities which increase physical health through exercise and reduce tension and stress through the forming of friendships.

There is also a friendly level of competition which is important in getting the best out of yourself and others around you.

SIMON BATES

Kimba

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Upcoming council elections are a pivotal example of a community members democratic right to have a say in the governance of their local area.

Candidates who chose to offer themselves, to represent and serve their community, provide ratepayers and residents with a voice on their district's council.

Once elected, these councillors will rely heavily on the concerns and needs of both individuals and groups, which are brought to their attention, to fulfill the role they have accepted.

Decisions made by councils should then reflect the expressed desires and viewpoints of the people they represent, rather than resolutions to matters undertaken, which only reflect the individual stance or preference of a duly elected member or a group of members.

All ratepayers, beyond just electing a council, need to be active and ongoing regular contributors to the functioning and operation of their district council, so that decisions are made with an awareness of all necessary facts and considerations.

It is easy to criticise councils for actions they have taken, and we have all done it, but if we have not made our feelings known, we abrogate our right to question and condemn their final determinations.

I urge all ratepayers and residents to contribute to their local democracy, by informing elected representatives of any issues or concerns they may have, prior to decisions being made.

IAN MACGOWAN

10 Nicholas Street

Ceduna