Help needed for Mount Isa Meals on Wheels
On Tuesday October 8 I chaired the annual general meeting of the Mount Isa Meals on Wheels, something which I have been doing for years.
This dedicated group of men and women do so much to improve the quality of life for the elderly and those with disabilities in our community.
These are truly caring people and you see the same faces in many of the voluntary organisations around our city.
In her report the president Sue McGregor informed the meeting that the local Meals on Wheels provided over 14,500 meals in our community last year but the amazing figure was a 30% increase in the number of meals served.
Any organisation which has an increase in the provision of a service of 30% over the previous year must be doing something right.
Let me assure your readers that our Meals on Wheels certainly fits into that category.
The concern is that this extra service means that there is a problem in getting volunteers to perform this service.
Can I appeal to any member of the community who has a little bit of time on their hands to assist this group of dedicated citizens to continue to provide this excellent service to our community members who need it.
Just call into their kitchen at Brilliant St anytime between 9am and noon and join with those volunteers who do such an excellent job.
People had plenty to say about the return of the flying foxes to the Mount Isa Cemetery
Emma Harman Since they are natives and can't be destroyed, it is best that the roost there than in people's actual back yards. Once my mango tree fruits I'll.have them.visiting me but for now we are bat free. I am glad I don't live near the cemetery. No where in town is ideal for them. Far better that the roost f a r away and never come back. However, perhaps allowing them to set up camp where people aren't living is a lesser evil than moving them on to live in our yards.
Loretta Thomson It's all well and good for all the people who don't have a tree in their yard. Last time the invaded Sunset We got our large tree cut down and it cost $400.00 . So do we do this every couple of years to save the ecosystem and let the Bats pollinate GET REAL.
Marlene Zvaigzne We can't even visit our family in the cemetery because unfortunately they are right under the trees....so wrong!
Rose Varley Keep a eye on your Horses out there we have been lucky so far
Sophie Walker Living in Sunset I can say they are definitely not contained to the cemetery and are taking up residence in my neighbours trees
Sarah Swan Is there a place a little bit out of town that we can start planting a bunch of trees/mango trees, in anticipation for future years?
MJ Biondi It is especially tough for families who have relatives buried in that section of the lawn cemetery; there should be some more done to move the bats on, they desecrate what is a sacred location; lets face it there would be more done if they arrived at a 'more' significant place like for instance the council yards.
Lynne Lukac I live in Sunset and am woken up every morning around 4am to screeching and carrying on as they try to land in my trees on their way back to the cemetery. Like others the driveway, stairs, hand rails and clothes line are all covered in bat poo the stench and noise is unbelievable... I believe the "bat tree farm" has been established out of town but may not be able to support the bats yet... I'm wondering who our Dept of Ennvironment person is ... I have a few thousand bats that need looking after