President’s Column – 20 December 2019

Image shows President David O'Loughlin smiling in front of a black background

It’s almost the end of the year, and with it the chance for most of us to gather with family and friends to celebrate.

Those of us fortunate to be having a break over Christmas and the New Year are thinking of farmers and communities struggling amid the ongoing drought, and also of firefighters across the continent who are battling blazes.

Many councils are adapting to this week’s heatwave as best they can, for example by starting Christmas carols later, or delaying to next week their pageants or other festive celebrations.

Please follow your local health authority’s guidelines about best protecting yourself against the heat, avoid going out in the hottest part of the day, and drink plenty of water.

Part of the Christmas season includes helping people in need.

It’s very pleasing to read about numerous efforts by councils around the country such as this by Shoalhaven City Council (NSW) and this by Cairns Regional Council (QLD).

Thanks to everyone who’s spread the Christmas cheer wherever they are, whether that’s through donations of goods, toys or cash, and demonstrated kindness in their community.

It’s all very appreciated.

I wish you all a merry Christmas and happy new year, and hope you can return to work refreshed and ready for whatever 2020 brings.

David O’Loughlin

ALGA President