My past is of renown where I have been successful in attaining several positive outcomes for the community’s gain which included the Community Health Centre, an ambulance station and the widening of the Oyster Channel Bridge in Yamba.
I also include the ramp and extended car park at Maclean District Hospital with the great help from Rotary; therefore, I am not a person who lies down when I am told it can’t be done. I will find a way to do it with the help of others along the way.
My first consideration is for those who are aged and disabled because they have a hard time doing things and going places and I have a great deal of respect for the older generation; not because I am a member, but because I know how hard it is to go to places easily.
I was raised by older people during the Great Depression and understand how hard it was for them, and they earned my undying respect for that.
This letter is to let you know that I have written to some organisations for support and suggestions on how to tackle the problem of funding for the new access to the Maclean District Hospital. To date, I have not heard from any of those organisations, but am still very hopeful.
My experience as a shire councillor at Warren, a truck transporter, as well as a motor dealer and other fields of knowledge have served me well along the road of this much travelled life.
On the whole, I have a great deal of respect for the medical profession and the Local Area Health Board, but there is a problem dealing with them as it becomes a travesty when I need to improve something in this area for the good of the community.
I have to attain the approval from Area Health for the new access, but to get the funding I also need to get 10,000 signatures from the public and table it in parliament. But before I can do that, I need the approval.
With Area Health’s Mr Chris Crawford retiring, for whom I had a great deal of respect, and the new executive officer not yet appointed, it will take even longer to approach the Area Health board.
By the way, Mr Crawford wrote me thanking me for my work for the community, including the hospital improvements, and I feel pleased that I was acknowledged in that way.
If there are any suggestions to assist me please contact me on my mobile 0419 193 525.
Jim Agnew OAM, Yamba