Still yet to see a solid plan

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

I AM writ­ing to ex­press my dis­ap­point­ment in the re­sponse by lo­cal mem­ber Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa) in your paper on Au­gust 30 to my let­ter pub­lished the pre­vi­ous week.

All it con­tained was a re­hash of the crit­i­cism of the cur­rent gov­ern­ment’s per­for­mance in re­la­tion to the train and the $140 mil­lion in­vest­ment by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in the train line as stated in the ar­ti­cle.

I must say well done to Steph for hav­ing an in­flu­ence on at­tract­ing fed­eral fund­ing for the line, although I won­der if the fact that a sig­nif­i­cant part of the North East line is in the fed­eral elec­torate of Indi, a former Lib­eral seat now held by an in­de­pen­dent that the Lib­er­als would love to win back, had a big­ger in­flu­ence on the de­ci­sion. Or am I just be­ing “cyn­i­cal”. As for the An­drews gov­ern­ment pro­vid­ing new trains, let’s hope it does be­cause if a Na­tional/ Lib­eral gov­ern­ment gets in and fol­lows their ex­ist­ing plan, then we would still be us­ing our cur­rent old trains.

Which leads me to the point of my orig­i­nal let­ter and that is, I am yet to see a solid plan of what a Na­tional/Lib­eral gov­ern­ment would do for our train com­plete with prom­ises it will be im­ple­mented if and when you “con­trol the purse strings”.

Your let­ter would have been the per­fect place to make this plan pub­lic and as it wasn’t in­cluded, I can only as­sume that you don’t have one.

Un­til I see that plan, your crit­i­cism of the cur­rent gov­ern­ment in re­la­tion to our train will only con­tinue to feed my “cyn­i­cism”. David Baker Euroa

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