Alpine coun­cil needs to lis­ten

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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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