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It’s a big at­trac­tion

A LONG time Kyabram res­i­dent had rea­son to be proud of Kyabram’s lat­est tourist at­trac­tion re­cently when school bud­dies put their van into West­ern Gum Car­a­van Park.

These much trav­elled grey no­mads rated it 10 out of 10 with ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties and lay­out, stat­ing they would highly rec­om­mend it to any­one want­ing a clean and peace­ful place to stay in their own van.

Marg Bow­ers, Kyabram

Toi­lets are cop­ping abuse

ON­GO­ING dam­age to pub­lic prop­erty un­for­tu­nately seems to be a warped chal­lenge to a so­cially in­ept group of young peo­ple. Your re­cent lead ar­ti­cles la­bel them ‘mo­rons’ and ‘van­dals’ for dam­ag­ing ‘all things good’ in Kyabram, that should give them a real buzz.

Un­for­tu­nately one of the least glam­orous on­go­ing tar­gets is that of the toi­lets, yet no-one seems to see who does the dam­age or to care. Most towns seem to be plagued by the de­struc­tion and on­go­ing prob­lems and lo­cally be­cause of the fi­nan­cial bur­den. Cam­paspe Shire needs vol­un­teers to man­age and main­tain these ameni­ties or they will be shut. (It is not com­pul­sory for lo­cal gov­ern­ment to pro­vide pub­lic toi­lets).

Bush Mar­ket day was a good ex­am­ple of what could have been a dis­as­ter if not for the RV fes­ti­val vol­un­teers. Sev­eral peo­ple set­ting up for the mar­ket couldn’t find any toi­lets open. How­ever know­ing that the RV vol­un­teers would be clean­ing and get­ting ready for the day there was a steady pro­ces­sion out to that site.

And it was these vol­un­teers, who didn’t even rate a men­tion in your Bush Mar­ket wrap of Novem­ber 9, who can ac­count for at least $17,000 (through their vouch­ers) be­ing pumped into the lo­cal econ­omy with not one peep from any­one.

It’s not just the dam­age to the fountain that ‘de­tracts’ from our great town – it’s tak­ing ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­one for granted and not giv­ing credit where it is due. No won­der it’s get­ting harder to find vol­un­teers and if the ex­ist­ing vol­un­teers were to all pull out, this town would cease to func­tion.

Mean­while some­one has to know who puts the key in the lock to en­ter their house af­ter a night out. And who sup­plies the cars, fuel, bikes etc.? If ‘they’ con­tinue to keep quiet about these things they’re just as guilty as the per­pe­tra­tors.

De­spite all that KDRRADG ex­tends our best wishes for the fes­tive sea­son and the New Year – es­pe­cially to the hard work­ing vol­un­teers.

Mary Bow­man - Kyabram Deakin Res­i­dents Ratepay­ers and De­vel­op­ment Group Inc

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