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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

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