6,000 and counting
Wednesday, 15th June, 2011
By Darrin Manuel
The people of Broken Hill have thrown their support behind the fight for improved aged care and health services with thousands signing a petition.
The petition was started by Eve Misan and Poppy Garner in response to overcrowding at the hospital due to a lack of beds for the city's frail aged. It calls for immediate government funding to rectify the problem.
The mother and daughter began counting signatures today and were delighted to find that almost 6,000 people have already signed on for the cause.
There are numerous petition forms still circulating in Broken Hill, Ivanhoe, Wilcannia, White Cliffs and Wentworth, and Ms Misan said she hoped the final number would exceed 10,000.
"It's amazing, we're very pleased, and this is just day one," she said.
"There's a lot more to come in, and we're hoping to be overwhelmed by the result.
We'd just like to thank everyone for their support and help, including our visitors - we've had great support from them."
Ms Misan urged all locals that still have petition forms to return them to the BDT post-haste.
"It's going to be impossible to get around to every outlet where we placed petitions, so if people could drop them back in to the BDT as soon as possible that would be great, and then we can get started on a final count."
People are asked to return the original forms rather than faxing or e-mailing, because any signatures collected in this fashion will be inadmissable.
Anyone who is unable to return their forms to the BDT can contact Ms Misan on 0428 842 484 or Ms Garner on 8088 4593.
After all forms are collected they will be sent to Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon.
Should 10,000 signatures be collected, the city's health care situation will be classed as a "matter of urgency" if it is also lodged with the NSW Parliament.