Alpine council needs to listen
THERE are just a few items to clarify after reading Will Jeremy’s response to Justin Jenvey’s questions re the redevelopment of Nicholson Street in Porepunkah (Times Observer, September 20).
First, although the community was engaged during redevelopment meetings, Alpine Shire Council did not take on board the majority’s wishes and keep two roads.
So, what does that tell you about the process of community engagement?
Second, the safety issue is paramount now, where it was not before the development.
And if this is ‘Better Places’, why would the council not do more to ensure business would thrive?
The overly wide road helped to provide tradie parking with their utes and tool trailers, for caravans and motor homes and expanded parking significantly on what we have now, let alone bus access and egress.
Last, ratepayers have been notifying the council of irregularities and issues from the beginning.
These have gone unanswered during the very long time that business and locals had to endure the actual work on Nicholson Street.
If the council had taken the time to respond and to change, we would not be in the position we are now in.
It is up to the council to allocate funds to upgrade this development so we can all be proud and, most importantly, safe. Paula Hall, Bright and District Ratepayers’ Association president work together, to develop new skills and to grow naturally, and to harvest and share fresh produce for health and well-being.
We are a very committed group that wants to continue to evolve and expand the community garden and would welcome any new input from other individuals or groups.
If Myrtleford was to become involved in the Cittaslow network we feel that our garden is already offering many of the principles and values needed for this.
If you want to find out more, please contact us via our Myrtleford Community Garden page on Facebook or email myrtlefordcommunitygarden@ gmail.com. there’s someone burning off,
Who loves the chance to burn pyres of waste instead of taking to the tip and making us cough?
So it is back indoors and close the place up while our valley is gorged in white, smelly smoke.
One day perhaps the bonfire lighter will want to sit outside and enjoy fresh air and not be engulfed in bonfire smoke. John Hart Bright
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