EDITORIAL: Not numbers, its about real people

EACH weekend, I read a variety of papers that fill me in with a list of statistics - it goes something like this: one in five will (suffer from this health problem), one in three (will divorce/separate), one in four (will not complete this education qualification), one in two ( does not do required weekly exercise) and on it goes - a vast list of numbers that at best elicits an involuntary sigh from me. (all numbers quoted are fictictious).

You see, it’s the stories of real people rather than numbers that prompts me to think about things beyond myself. It’s the actions of real people that enables me to feel gratitude, to realise the definition of a role model, to understand the meaning of community spirit, that gives me answers to the questions of o why we live where we live.

So in this edition, I’m happy to bring you the the story of Pottsville resident Marily Cameron-Dow who is overseeing the innovative and sensitive storydog program in seven school with 12 teams of dogs (page 3).

On pages 6 & 7 we bring you the story of of a ‘wreckspotter’ a man who has spent 18 years seeking skeletons beneath the sea, so far he reports on four cane barges and two wrecks at mouth of the Tweed River. This knowledge brings with it an extraordinary history of our area. Accordingly, indigenous woman Dale Roberts has recorded the stories of Northern Rivers Elders. We are fortunate that these stories can now be appreciated by a wider audience.

The date of the federal election has just been announced and we will be hearing from a lot of people who will never know us, who have to make decisions based on numbers.

I’m so glad we can talk about real people.

Trust you enjoy the read.

Gail


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