Avon Valley Gazette - - OPINION -

QUITE of­ten one can sub­ti­tle the Let­ters to the Edi­tor page as “Whingers and Whin­ers Cor­ner”, so I’d like to of­fer a pos­i­tive com­ment.

Over five to six years our neigh­bours and we have been en­deav­our­ing to get some ac­tion over a press­ing con­cern.

Within our midst, there is an ab­sen­tee land­lord who has al­lowed his prop­erty to build up a danger­ous fuel load.

We have of­fered to clear the fo­liage, de­bris and so forth, but to no avail.

As our prop­er­ties are bor­dered on the eastern side by un­cleared land, we are at a high fire risk.

Ap­proaches, emails, let­ters and phone calls to the var­i­ous au­thor­i­ties have proved to be use­less.

As a fi­nal re­sort, we put our case to the MLA for Swan Hills, Frank Al­ban. As oth­ers had proved to be deaf to our pleas, we held lit­tle hope.

We couldn’t be­lieve it: he made a time and ar­rived early, armed with notes, pen and pa­per and a cam­era.

He im­me­di­ately ac­knowl­edged con­cern for our plight and out­lined an ap­proach of so­lu­tion rather than con­sul­ta­tion.

Frank Al­ban may not be a po­lit­i­cal me­dia star but he’s an MP who works hard to look af­ter his con­stituents.

Keep and eye out for Frank and his fam­ily al­ways at­tend­ing so many lo­cal events.

An A-pos­i­tive for this sup­port­ive politi­cian. BAR­BARA GOULDEN, Glen Forrest.

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