Cafe commentary was ‘‘uninformed’’
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,
Road money required
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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,
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
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,