Ar­ti­cle would have been bet­ter placed in­side

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Kyabram Free Press - - WEDNESDAY EXTRA -

THANK you for print­ing Bill Pur­cell’s let­ter re­gard­ing the dan­ger­ous corner where Sco­bie Rd meets the Mur­ray Val­ley Hwy. Ed­i­to­rial com­ment was ap­pre­ci­ated also.

I write to sug­gest that your place­ment of the ar­ti­cle on the front page of the Oc­to­ber 4 Free Press with the head­ing let­ter­ing very large and very black was un­for­tu­nate and un­feel­ing to­wards the Pet­tifer fam­ily who had al­ready suf­fered greatly as a re­sult of this ac­ci­dent.

This is a small com­mu­nity – the ac­ci­dent was well-known about and talked over dur­ing the pre­vi­ous week with im­mense sym­pa­thy for the Pet­tifers.

In par­tic­u­lar for 90-year-old Doug – the fa­ther and fa­ther-in-law of those killed.

I sug­gest that this im­por­tant ar­ti­cle would have been bet­ter placed in­side the pa­per with a much less dra­matic head­ing.

It would have in­formed the pub­lic equally well without caus­ing fur­ther dis­tress to the Pet­tifer fam­ily – par­tic­u­larly 90-year-old Doug.

Pro­duc­ing weekly pa­pers is your task, not mine, but per­haps a lit­tle more care in this small com­mu­nity can be taken in fu­ture. Au­drey Rat­cliffe, Kyabram

Bills that might in­ter­est you

THIS week the fol­low­ing bills were in­tro­duced to the Vic­to­rian Par­lia­ment which may be of in­ter­est to read­ers: ■ Ser­vice Vic­to­ria Bill 2017 ■ State Tax­a­tion Acts Fur­ther Amend­ment Bill 2017

■ Wa­ter and Catch­ment Leg­is­la­tion Amend­ment Bill 2017

More in­for­ma­tion on the pro­posed bills can be found at www.par­lia­ment.vic.gov.au/leg­is­la­tion.

If you would like to pro­vide your views on any of th­ese bills, feel free to email me at pe­ter.ryan@par­lia­ment.vic.gov.au.

Pe­ter Walsh, Mem­ber for Mur­ray Plains

KDRRDG up­date

THE Kyabram Deakin Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers De­vel­op­ment Group is now be­gin­ning its 14th year of com­mu­nity mem­bers work­ing in and for the com­mu­nity, and as al­ways, there is plenty of work ahead of us.

A ma­jor is­sue at the mo­ment is the lack of 24-hour man­ning of the Kyabram po­lice sta­tion. A meet­ing be­tween KDRRDG mem­bers and Snr. Sgt. Pe­ter Wardell of Kyabram Po­lice Sta­tion has es­tab­lished that the best ac­tion for ANY prob­lem at any time is to call 000 first, not the lo­cal sta­tion.

The caller will be put in touch with the rel­e­vant help im­me­di­ately, whether it be for ac­ci­dent, fam­ily vi­o­lence, break-in, child wel­fare, sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour, etc.

Peo­ple should know that their call will be recorded, counted and any in­for­ma­tion given will be used in any fol­low-up.

An­other prob­lem is the lack of ad­min­is­tra­tive staff at the po­lice sta­tion pub­lic counter.

A use­ful so­lu­tion would be to have an au­to­mated touch screen fa­cil­ity - known as an “elec­tronic re­port­ing mon­i­tor” — out­side all sta­tions.

How­ever, both of th­ese im­por­tant is­sues go be­yond the lo­cal author­i­ties to the Po­lice Min­is­ter and need fol­low-up and sup­port from the com­mu­nity. They will be dis­cussed with coun­cil­lors at the next KDRRDG meet­ing.

Se­cu­rity cam­eras are le­gal but there are Pri­vacy Act rules to be aware of. Also, any cam­eras al­ready in place in busi­nesses can be listed with po­lice on the lo­cal CCTV reg­is­ter. The busi­ness sec­tor may be par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on this mat­ter.

Mean­while, still-un­fin­ished road­works around Lyn­ton Cres­cent, and the corner of Bradley and Union Streets, are caus­ing safety con­cerns to res­i­dents and road users alike. Big trans­port ve­hi­cles to Wool­worths and coaches on the bus­route are par­tic­u­larly ham­pered in the CBD.

Th­ese and other prob­lems af­fect ev­ery­one and are best dealt with when we have strong com­mu­nity sup­port. We in­vite the pub­lic to dis­cus­sions at the next KDRRDG meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 15, 7.30 pm at the Se­nior Cit­i­zens’ club rooms.

Any en­quiries to Mary Bow­man, 5852 2569. Mary Bow­man, Chair­per­son, KDRRDG

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