August 2019 Editorial

Overheard:
‘Ferntree Gully News?
Oh it’s that green paper that’s full of positive stories and some a bit sad’.

So welcome to this winter issue of your community newspaper and to another bundle of positive stories, with some a bit sad.

The saddest part is perhaps the article about homelessness, always more acute in winter and a problem that’s worldwide. Read about Knox City Council’s renewed policy (page 18) and the related efforts of many community groups who are providing meals for people who are doing it hard (page 8).

The front cover draws attention to another vital element of caring, the emergency services who depend on their teams of volunteers. As one of our writers says, ‘if you are looking to volunteer, Gully News is full of suggestions’.

Please support our advertisers. Especially Schroeders who have come on board with
generous support (see page 28) at a time when we had a dip in advertising income.

And finally thanks to all the many helpers who produce this paper and bring it to you.

Anne Boyd, Editor