Premier's visit has good news for some

THE Premier of NSW, Barry O'Farrell, and his cabinet were certainly welcome guests at Dubbo yesterday.

Also welcome was the news of the Tomingley gold project getting the green light.

But we know some who went along to see what the process was about will continued to be frustrated by the way government works.

Certainly there are no quick fixes for some of our social problems, especially in the area of social housing.

A large percentage of readers express frustration at how a minority of people who have access to public housing seem to have no regard to the support shown to them or no regard for caring for the property.

An attitude of zero tolerance, demanded by some, is not the complete answer.

But we must urge those who manage and maintain our government's assets to strive harder for answers and if a crackdown is needed then we should push harder for resolution.

Yesterday an extraordinary re-enactment journey was finalised in conditions almost all of us would find far too demanding and prohibitive.

A party of adventurers from Australia and Britain completed the almost 1200-kilometre journey from the icebound Elephant Island in the Antarctic Southern Oceon to the old whaling station of Stromness on the island of South Georgia.

The re-enactment was led by Tim Jarvis AM, who reminded the waiting media Sir Ernest Shackleton's motto was "by endurance we conquer".

Perhaps we should consider this motto when we think of those who show little regard for public and private property.

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