Cafe com­men­tary was ‘‘un­in­formed’’

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

As a cafe/restau­rant owner in Sey­mour I would like to re­spond to the re­cent ar­ti­cles in your ‘Let­ter to the Ed­i­tor’ sec­tion of the SEY­MOUR TELE­GRAPH.

I find it hard to sit on the side line bit­ting my lip while un­in­formed peo­ple com­ment about the open­ing times of cafes and restau­rants in Sey­mour and the ef­fect this has on tourism and vi­a­bil­ity of our town.

As own­ers of a fam­ily run cafe in Sey­mour my wife and I open seven days a week. Last year we closed for a week over Christ­mas.

This year we did the same but also stayed closed for an ex­tra week to carry out ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion work to our kitchen and gen­eral main­te­nance that can­not be car­ried out un­less we are closed. I’m dis­ap­pointed that we need to jus­tify this.

We are sad that a few in­di­vid­u­als find it in­ap­pro­pri­ate that our five and eight-year-old chil­dren should not have both their par­ents around for one week out of 52, dur­ing Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties, con­sid­er­ing the sac­ri­fices they make the rest of the year be­ing part of a fam­ily owned and run coun­try busi­ness.

I’m also sure it is easy to com­ment on busi­ness own­ers clos­ing for hol­i­day pe­ri­ods while en­joy­ing your four weeks a year paid leave or re­tire­ment. When a small busi­ness closes it’s do­ing so at a fi­nan­cial cost to it­self.

In the month-and-a-half lead­ing up to Christ­mas our team of lo­cal em­ploy­ees work tire­lessly through ex­tended open­ing hours to cater for all the Christ­mas par­ties, lunches and cel­e­bra­tions. But they too need time to spend with their fam­i­lies in our com­mu­nity and to re­store their men­tal and phys­i­cal well­be­ing.

With re­gard to tourism and the eco­nomic im­pact on our town, my wife and I spend 52 weeks of the year with Sey­mour’s tourism at the fore­front in our thoughts, work­ing ex­ten­sively with Sey­mour busi­ness and tourism to im­prove our town’s ap­peal.

We pride our­selves on a key busi­ness goal to work with lo­cal pro­duc­ers, wine mak­ers, brew­eries, artists, crafts­peo­ple and pho­tog­ra­phers to put Sey­mour on the map.

I would ask these peo­ple who have pre­vi­ously writ­ten such neg­a­tive let­ters to the ed­i­tor but seem to por­tray such an in­vest­ment in Sey­mour’s tourism, how much have you done to im­prove our town’s ap­peal?

Maybe your seem­ingly end­less spare time could be bet­ter put to use in a pos­i­tive man­ner. For ex­am­ple writing let­ters to the Shire and your po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives to find bet­ter fund­ing for Sey­mour like our close neigh­bour­ing towns get.

I am re­as­sured by the huge num­ber of our loyal cus­tomers that un­der­stand and have shown us great sup­port with re­gard to the small amount of time we close our busi­ness each year.

We con­tinue to push to make peo­ple out­side our com­mu­nity aware how great, vi­brant and di­verse Sey­mour is and thank our cus­tomers for help­ing us do so. — Rob Fi­field,

Sey­mour

Road money re­quired

theI was Hume in­ter­est­edFwy be­tweento read Sey­mour that and Euroa is among the 10 worst sec­tions of na­tional high­way in Vic­to­ria and over­all the Hume Hwy/Fwy ac­counted for 24 per cent of crash ca­su­al­ties and 25 per cent of crash fa­tal­i­ties.

Per­haps some of the mil­lions of dol­lars be­ing spent by the State Gov­ern­ment on re­mov­ing level cross­ings in Mel­bourne in or­der to re­duce de­lays for com­muters and at­tract votes could be di­verted to im­prov­ing the safety of the Hume. — Tony Wat­son,

Sey­mour

Cel­e­brate with pride

As we wel­come an­other Aus­tralia Day, we should re­mem­ber to cel­e­brate openly and with pride.

Aus­tralia Day is all about en­joy­ing the com­pany of fam­ily and friends and cel­e­brat­ing this fan­tas­tic place that we call home.

Af­ter all, we live in the lucky coun­try. coun­try.

Aus­tralia Aus­tralia has has one one of of the the most most beau­ti­ful beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral nat­u­ral land­scapes land­scapes in in the the world, world, fea­tur­ing fea­tur­ing moun­tain moun­tain ranges, ranges, rivers rivers and and colour­ful colour­ful na­tive na­tive flora. flora. We We are are home home to to sport­ing sport­ing le­gends, le­gends, aca­demics, aca­demics, cre­atives cre­atives and and in­no­va­tors. in­no­va­tors.

Peo­ple Peo­ple of of all all cul­tures cul­tures and and back­grounds, back­grounds, with with warm warm and and wel­com­ing spir­its call Aus­tralia home.

It is with great pride that I call my­self Aus­tralian.

As well as our land­scape and our peo­ple, we are also home to some amaz­ing lo­cal pro­duce.

This Aus­tralia Day, I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to get into the spirit and cel­e­brate with a bar­be­cue.

Throw some prime Mallee lamb from Ouyen on the bar­bie. Lamb goes best with a nice salad, so toss a salad with some beau­ti­ful, fresh let­tuce, car­rots, tomato and cheese from a range of ar­eas right across north­ern Vic­to­ria.Don’t for­get to get your Vi­ta­min C from some juicy Mil­dura or­anges, too.

I urge ev­ery­one to em­brace all that it means to be Aus­tralian and to have a fan­tas­tic day. Among all the cel­e­brat­ing, we should also be sure to take care of one an­other, re­mem­ber­ing to be sun safe and road safe this Aus­tralia Day.

We have so much to be thank­ful for and so much to cel­e­brate.

Have a happy and safe Aus­tralia Day.

— Luke O’Sul­li­van, Mem­ber for North­ern

Vic­to­ria

Can you Help?

Over the past three weeks we have had the need to take two in­jured birds to The Haven, a not-for-profit wildlife shel­ter for in­jured na­tive an­i­mals about 20 km out­side of Sey­mour go­ing to­wards Yea.

Luck­ily the first bird was able to be saved and freed.

At this shel­ter An­drew and his helpers look af­ter wom­bats, emus, baby kan­ga­roos/wal­la­bies and a mul­ti­tude of na­tive and ex­otic birds of all sizes.

They do an amaz­ing job and ev­ery an­i­mal that finds its way to this shel­ter has a home for the rest of its life if it can’t be re­ha­bil­i­tated and freed.

This or­gan­i­sa­tion op­er­ates on a shoe­string but An­drew, his wife and vol­un­teers have hearts as big as moun­tains and a will to do the best they can for each and ev­ery an­i­mal that ar­rives at their shel­ter and they never say no.

They have a small trust that helps them fi­nan­cially but they are still do­ing it tough.

I want to ask if any­one in the com­mu­nity can do­nate any wild bird mix, sun­flower seeds, cat­tle or sheep pel­lets to help them feed their ever-grow­ing brood of de­pen­dants.

If you can, please drop any of these items in at the Sey­mour Youth & Fit­ness Cen­tre at 29 Al­fred St, Sey­mour.

We are open ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day from 3 pm to 7 pm and on Satur­days from 2.30 pm un­til 6 pm. We will take all do­na­tions to An­drew at The Haven.

Any help you can give will be ap­pre­ci­ated. — Carol Tul­lett,

Sey­mour

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