While there’s plenty of criticism flying around about the slow response to the Rena disaster, it is properly directed high up the decision making chain. As usual the people in the front lines are working hard. And as is too often the case, some of them are doing so in dangerous circumstances, and at personal risk. Our thanks should go out to them.
Thanks also to the volunteers who are turning up in their hundreds for the cleanup effort. It’s great that the rules (which they were previously breaking) have been stretched to accommodate them, and there is now a training program in place (photo pinched from that 3News story). What a heart breaking job these good people face. But it’s inspiring to see them rally round.
In fact, while we’re on the subject – thank you to volunteers everywhere. We’re lucky to live in a country with such a generous and active volunteer tradition. Give me community over the invisible hand any day. Let’s hear it for the volunteers.