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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
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Peter Walsh, Member for Murray Plains
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