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An inconvenient move

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July 08, 2017

Not everyone would be happy with Strathbogie Shire Council’s most recent proposed idea of changing the parking in High St, Nagambie, especially the removal of V/Line bus stops back to the now disused train station.

It’s quite a distance away and not a good walk, especially if you’re disabled and/or elderly, as I am.

I was hoping to travel to Nagambie by bus, knowing that I would be dropped off in High St and could enjoy a late breakfast near the lake, but should this proposal go ahead, I for one won’t be going there — it will be too hard to manage.

Re-think this, please.

— Bronwyn Henry,

Seymour

It’s a crazy world

I would hope the following happenings do not occur in Seymour.

The well-known fact is figures can be juggled.

For an example, an employee can have their eight hours a day cut to four hours and another person employed for four hours; therefore two people are working the same amount of hours and unemployment figures drop.

Some people are renting accommodation and when some items need fixing, they are afraid to complain to the vendor in case they raise the rent.

Ensure you locked into a contract so your rent won’t be raised.

There are many cases in companies and clubs where a member or an employee suggests an idea to improve issues but those in charge do not agree because they did not think of it and dismiss it and the paperwork goes into a shredder.

It would be a shock if you went to check on your superannuation fund and nothing was paid in.

— Graham Palmer,

Seymour

An ill wind blows no good

What a truly appalling response to the news of hundreds of thousands of birds being killed by wind turbines in Canada and United States, by someone purporting to be a representative of an environment group (‘Some birds will be killed’, The Telegraph, June 28).

The correspondent may well have added ‘‘so who cares’’, such was the nature of the sentiments expressed in the letter.

Presumably his attitude is the same with respect to potential job losses in Gippsland.

One wonders how many hundreds of millions of bird deaths would be acceptable to the BEAM environment group.

There can be no more damming revelation than that from Infigen Energy regarding the efficiency and reliability of wind power generation; its own production figures for a quarter year show a decrease in energy output of 40 per cent due to lack of wind.

This is clear, unambiguous evidence that wind power generation is totally unreliable.

It also highlights the absurdity of expecting to rely upon such a renewable energy source, emphasised by the state-wide blackout in South Australia recently.

— James Matters,

Seymour

Community grants

I am proud to have been able to support so many excellent projects across our region in Rounds One and Two of the Stronger Communities Grants Program, with investments in our community of more than $250000.

This program was established to allow Members of Parliament to work with their communities to recommend important local capital investment projects.

Round Three of the program is now open and I am asking community organisations to let me know about projects that are important to them.

Up to a total of $150000 of funding will be available in the electorate of McEwen in the next financial year for small capital projects that improve participation and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of our communities.

Individual grants of between $2500 and $20000 are available for capital projects but to be eligible the program requires matched contributions in cash or in kind on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.

The program is open to community based not-for-profit organisations that are not owned by a state or territory government.

All applicants must operate as a legal entity with a current ABN.

Unfortunately the Turnbull Government’s guidelines specifically state that applications from schools, hospitals and technical colleges will not be accepted.

Expressions of interest forms can be obtained by emailing me on [email protected] or by phoning my office on 93330440.

— Rob Mitchell,

Member for McEwen

Developing regional Victoria

Victoria is the fastest growing state in Australia.

In 2016, our state grew by 146000 people — the highest growth rate of any state in living memory.

In the past month alone, an additional 10500 people have become residents — equivalent to the population of Swan Hill moving to Victoria every month.

But our country communities take in less than 10 per cent of this growth and in some regions the population is in decline.

Despite this, the Labor Premier for Melbourne has no vision and no plan for regional Victoria.

The Liberal-Nationals have taken a completely different approach.

We established the Population Policy Taskforce to plan to decentralise Melbourne’s population and develop job opportunities, infrastructure and services in regional Victoria.

It’s the first holistic approach to planning for Victoria’s burgeoning population growth.

Chaired by Kew MP Tim Smith and deputy chair Danny O’Brien, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, the taskforce has travelled across Victoria to consult with communities.

The feedback was overwhelming.

Country people are frustrated by the lack of population, a poor transport network and unreliable energy, while a deteriorating regional rail network and country roads make it hard to get from A to B.

For some businesses, energy costs have increased so much it’s impacting their ability to retain and hire staff, while the rapidly changing policy and regulatory environment is affecting business ability to invest.

It comes at a time when job losses are at the front of people’s minds.

Jobs are seen as the key piece of the puzzle in attracting and retaining people in regional Victoria.

We’ve heard many suggestions on creating opportunities for businesses to move to the regions, including around state taxes and special economic zones.

Our agricultural communities are the backbone of our state’s economy, and we want to make sure they are recognised in plans for our future population.

Victorians can still be part of the Liberal-Nationals policy process, as we continue our work ahead of the 2018 election.

With the interim report now out, we welcome submissions from anyone who wants to have their say and help shape the future of our state.

— Peter Walsh,

Regional Development

Shadow Minister

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