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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.