Accentuate the positive
OKAY, I think that pedestal you’ve put me is so high that I’m above K2 and I need oxygen. Ha ha ha ha. Yes, I loved working in the gardens and being part of the gardening crew for the Isis Shire Council but I was just that, part of a crew. I just made the most noise ha ha. M Lazarus of Buxton, I love Childers and its surrounding areas just as much as you do and if you asked, there’s probably a lot of other people who do as well, so rather than hark back to the past and call for my return, (don’t forget I am older and slightly more physically enhanced!), let’s go out on a limb and be really positive about our town. Yes, amalgamation wasn’t the best thing that could have happened to our town but what’s done is done, so let’s pick ourselves up and move on. For better representation at council, our local representative should be approached to put forward any concerns that you may have about our little town. That’s what he’s there for. “Rubbish is left to be swept in the winds” sounds like it may actually be from Gone with the Wind but I think the time you may be referring to is when the street sweeper may have broken down and, yes the streets did look rather shabby, but rather than discourage our local workforce, let’s perhaps ask our local councillor for assistance to make representation on Childers’ behalf and ask if in the future the local street sweeping machine is unavailable for an excessive length of time, could the street sweeper from Bundy be used in its place. It has been used in Childers before and that way our little town will always be at her best. And whilst we’re on the subject of rubbish swept by the wind, have you seen how much rubbish is on Buxton Rd? Let’s start respecting where we live. As for the flower gardens you mentioned, I think as a water-conscious rural community we have to be bigger than those around us and work with what we have. Variegated varieties of plants, different types of leaf shapes can all be very appealing without the need for high-maintenance seedlings. So let’s perhaps applaud our boys on that one. So like the song says, lets accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and get on with making and keeping our great little town positive. Just say hello to everyone, smile, laugh out loud, sing (even if it’s badly), help someone, tell the boys doing the main street upgrade how great it’s going to look. Encourage, not discourage. Be positive.