Don’t like the park? Walk on the track
KYLIE Hocking thinks ‘‘Edis Park should have dogs on leads at all times’’ -( Free Press 21/6)
Kylie has seen two dogs try to bite each other on two separate occasions and a friend's cat killed at the back of the park.
I have walked around Edis Park almost daily for forty years.
In that time I have seen two dog spats with no injuries and only friendly comments among their owners.
I have seen groups of off leash dogs playing together.
I have seen their owners meeting, forming friendships and coalescing into regular get togethers.
I have seen parents genuinely interested in teaching their young children how to approach and how not to approach a strange off leash dog.
Finally snakes — off leash dogs are more likely to discover them before children will.
For those wishing to avoid off leash dogs huge amounts of money has been spent on a walking track around the town.
Gerald Bleasdale - Kyabram
Foxes and wild dogs are a ‘massive blight’
THE Andrew Labor Government’s lack of interest in the wild dog control program looks to have extended to the resoundingly successful Fox Bounty.
Foxes and wild dogs are a massive blight on Victoria’s landscape, wreaking havoc on livestock and our native fauna alike, yet Labor is turning a blind eye and failing to listen.
The Premier for Melbourne just doesn’t get it: the only good fox is a dead fox, and the only thing better is a dead wild dog.
Labor left high country landholders in limbo for two years after axing the Wild Dog Bounty and sacking the Wild Dog Advisory Committee.
While Minister Pulford has given in to pressure from farmers and finally replaced the committee, it’s disappointing that there are less landholder representatives, there are no women, and one of the members has previously criticised wild dog control measures and reportedly described farmers as “extremists”. Peter Walsh - Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Member for Murray Plains
Victoria misses out
Daniel Andrews has squandered a chance to add $60 million to our state’s infrastructure budget.
When Rural Finance Corporation was sold in 2014, Victoria became eligible for a $60 million bonus from the Commonwealth Government’s Asset Recycling Initiative (ARI).
This was to be a $60 million bonus on top of the sale proceeds of $400 million.
Shamefully, Daniel Andrews failed to finalise the deal with Canberra before the ARI’s June 30, 2016, deadline and it’s now confirmed that Victoria has missed out.
That’s $60 million that should have gone toward fixing our crumbling country roads or our ageing regional rail services.
It is outrageous that Daniel Andrews had 18 months to finish the paperwork and still failed to secure this substantial bonus funding.
But then, this is the same Premier who spent $1.2 billion not to build a road.
Regional Victoria deserves better. We need a state government that has a plan for all Victorians – not just those who live in Melbourne.
Peter Walsh - Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Member for Murray Plains