Thanks for helping cancer victims

June 09, 2018

(biggestmorningtea) Two Cancer Council members, Margaret and Rosie Sheppard, delivering morning teas in Seymour.

I am writing to thank all the local businesses and residents who supported Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea last week. By having your morning tea and making a donation to the Cancer Council Victoria, the Seymour community raised a total of $4500.

Seymour Bowling Club, the Line Dancers and Centrelink joined in the efforts to raise funds for cancer research, prevention and support. New treatments which result from cancer research will benefit our family and friends who are affected by cancer in the future.

Anyone interested in the Seymour volunteer group of the Cancer Council can phone the secretary on 57991970.

We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm at Seymour Health Cancer Services Unit and welcome new members.

— Carol Smith, Seymour

Volunteer Group secretary

Grave error of judgement

My great-grandparents Daniel and Johanna Maher were as worthy as any other Seymour pioneers.

Although in the early 1980s I strongly objected to the Crawford St cemetery being changed to a pioneer park, and despite my stipulation that my family’s gravestones were not to be moved, my great-grandparents’ gravestone was nevertheless purposely moved, under a landscape architect’s direction, to make way for a new path.

The chosen gravestones of certain other pioneers were not moved.

The black gravestone near Stan Butt’s garage of my great-uncle John Maher and his wife Margaret, which once stood tall and majestic, being protected by the high boundary fence, was made vulnerable when that fence was purposely removed in accordance with the architect’s plan, and consequently the exposed monument was smashed into pieces by vandals.

That broken gravestone now lays flat, a pitiful memorial to a man who, together with his parents Daniel and Sarah Maher and other family members, drove a herd of cattle overland from Sydney in 1844; and to a strong, courageous woman who for almost 30 years after her husband’s death in 1862, being known as ‘‘widow Maher’’, farmed the land, milked 30 cows and operated a butter factory at School House Lane, Tallarook Flats. She supplied milk and butter to the railway construction gangs and their families in the late 1860s.

— John J. Maher,


Government inquiry

The parliamentary inquiry into Labor’s ‘‘rorts for votes’’ scheme starts in the next few weeks.

Our Northern Victoria parliamentary representative, Labor’s Jaclyn Symes, has been on the accountability and oversight committee since April, 2015. She was once an adviser to Daniel Andrews.

Labor attempted to block an Ombudsman’s report on the ‘‘rorts for votes’’ in three successive courts, costing taxpayers more than $1million in legal fees.

Recently, Ms Symes attempted to block independent MP James Powell from chairing the inquiry, which, fortunately, he has secured.

Are we confident of transparency in our parliament?

— Dr Rob Peterson,


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