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It’s time to draw a line in the sand

VIC­TO­RIA’S state bor­ders with South Aus­tralia and New South Wales are more than just lines on a map for the com­mu­ni­ties that live there.

It means an­other set of rules, added cost and more red tape to busi­ness and ev­ery­day life.

Our trades­peo­ple need two sep­a­rate li­cences to work on both sides of the bor­der, while our trans­port op­er­a­tors and farm­ers need two dif­fer­ent per­mits if they want to cross the state line.

Emer­gency ser­vices also strug­gle to share in­for­ma­tion, mak­ing it harder than it should be for them to help our family and friends in times of need.

De­spite a clear need to solve these prob­lems, all Daniel An­drews has done is an­nounce a busi­ness case to tell him whether or not the prob­lems are real.

Un­like Daniel An­drews, the Lib­eral Na­tion­als have lis­tened to our bor­der com­mu­ni­ties and we’ve made a solid com­mit­ment to es­tab­lish a Cross Bor­der Com­mis­sioner.

The Lib­eral Na­tion­als will also en­sure the com­mis­sioner is based in re­gional Vic­to­ria, again in con­trast to city-cen­tric La­bor who strug­gle to see past Melbourne’s tram tracks.

It’s time for ac­tion to re­solve our cross bor­der is­sues with South Aus­tralia and New South Wales, and the Lib­eral Na­tion­als are com­mit­ted to work­ing with bor­der com­mu­ni­ties to find and fix the prob­lems. Peter Walsh, Mem­ber for Mur­ray Plains and leader of The Na­tion­als.

Re­lief that park is not un­der threat

AN AD­VERT pub­lished in the Shep­par­ton News gave a jus­ti­fied ap­pre­hen­sion that Kyabram’s Edis Park has been the sub­ject of a build­ing per­mit and build­ings will be erected. Our thanks to An­drew Fletcher, plan­ning and build­ing man­ager, for the fol­low­ing: “As out­lined, a plan­ning per­mit has been is­sued for a sub­di­vi­sion on res­i­den­tial land which is pri­vately owned. The de­vel­oper has cre­ated the name of the es­tate, as out­lined pre­vi­ously,’’ he said.

‘‘I can con­firm the sub­di­vi­sion is all on pri­vately owned land and is not part of Edis Park (which is ac­tu­ally zoned Pub­lic Park and Re­cre­ation Zone).”

It was good to see the quick re­sponse to the per­ceived threat from many in the com­mu­nity. In a state that has cho­sen to carve up its parks for the ben­e­fit of a cho­sen few we do need to be on the alert. Ger­ald Bleas­dale, Kyabram.

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