Sincere thank you
ON ANZAC Day we commemorate the anniversary of Australian and New Zealand soldiers landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, 1915, during the First World War.
It was the start of an eight-month campaign where more than 50,000 Australians are estimated to have fought, some 8700 lost their lives and almost 18,000 were wounded.
It was the birthplace of the Anzac legend, where Australians forged a reputation for bravery, ingenuity and mateship that has become central to our national character.
These are the traits we respect and honour in every man and woman who has served in defence of our nation.
This year we also continue to commemorate the role of the Australian troops on the Western Front with the Centenary of the Battle of Bullecourt in France and the Battle of Messines in Belgium.
At Polygon Wood, near Ypres in Belgium, there will be a service commemorating the centenary of Australian involvement in the Third Battle of Ypres.
We must never forget that more Australians lost their lives in 1917 due to war than in any other year of our history.
Later this year we will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba in Israel.
This year also marks significant anniversaries from the Second World War.
We have already commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore and the Bombing of Darwin, and later this year we honour the Battle of the Coral Sea, Battle of Milne Bay, Australia's involvement at El Alamein and the end of the Kokoda campaign.
On Anzac Day we also pay tribute to those members of the Australian Defence Force currently on active service overseas, including in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
So when you see someone wearing medals on the left-hand side of their chest, please shake their hand and say, 'thank you for your service'.
We owe our service personnel an immeasurable debt of gratitude.
I encourage everyone to participate in their local Anzac Day commemorations and to say 'thank you' to those who have served our country.
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Protect our heritage
IT WAS gratifying to hear that Noosa Council unanimously rejected the application by Mr Wade Batty of the Discovery Group for the downgrade of a vital fish habitat to allow the construction of a private jetty at Elanda Point.
As Mayor Tony Wellington commented, such a move would present a very risky precedent for further intrusion into our precious heritage.
The Protect Elanda working group encourages those who share this point of view to check our data on Facebook and other social media, then lobby Steven Miles, the Minister for the Environment in the Queensland government, as well as other key Ministers such as Kate Jones, to reject Mr Batty's application in its entirety, including the associated EcoCamp development.
Elanda Point was host to many families and individuals over the recent holiday, all of whom I'm quite sure would be appalled at this potential 'yuppification' of what is now a quiet and affordable nature retreat for everyone, at an affordable price.
We have very few such gems which remain relatively unspoilt - let's keep it that way.
TO THE lowlife scum that stole my wallet and sunnies out of my car on Gumboil, Tinbeerwah - I don't care about the money or cards or my sunnies.
In my wallet was my son's wrist band from hospital when he was born.
An irreplaceable memory that I cherished dearly.
No doubt someone looking for a quick buck instead of getting out in the real world and earning it.
TRY to imagine how the skills and knowledge of the unemployed people from defunct Australian car and mining industries could be employed in the renewable energies industries.
Could Jobson Groethe lead Australia into an innovative new age of manufacturing for the 21st century?
IF AMERICA and North Korea can't come to a peaceful agreement the safest place on Earth would be that 205km long by 4km wide place they call the Demilitarised Zone between North and South Korea.
Then again I could be wrong as maybe North Korea might not have a missile with the legs to clear it.
To be young again
ONE thing Ann Rickard didn't mention about 'The Good Old Days' was that we were younger then.
I'd gladly have them back for that reason alone.