An in­con­ve­nient move

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - — Peter Walsh, Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Shadow Min­is­ter

Not ev­ery­one would be happy with Strath­bo­gie Shire Council’s most re­cent pro­posed idea of chang­ing the park­ing in High St, Nagam­bie, es­pe­cially the re­moval of V/Line bus stops back to the now dis­used train sta­tion.

It’s quite a dis­tance away and not a good walk, es­pe­cially if you’re dis­abled and/or el­derly, as I am.

I was hop­ing to travel to Nagam­bie by bus, know­ing that I would be dropped off in High St and could en­joy a late break­fast near the lake, but should this pro­posal go ahead, I for one won’t be go­ing there — it will be too hard to man­age. Re-think this, please. — Bron­wyn Henry,


It’s a crazy world

I would hope the fol­low­ing hap­pen­ings do not oc­cur in Sey­mour.

The well-known fact is fig­ures can be jug­gled.

For an ex­am­ple, an em­ployee can have their eight hours a day cut to four hours and an­other per­son em­ployed for four hours; there­fore two people are work­ing the same amount of hours and un­em­ploy­ment fig­ures drop.

Some people are rent­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion and when some items need fix­ing, they are afraid to com­plain to the vendor in case they raise the rent.

En­sure you locked into a con­tract so your rent won’t be raised.

There are many cases in com­pa­nies and clubs where a mem­ber or an em­ployee sug­gests an idea to im­prove is­sues but those in charge do not agree be­cause they did not think of it and dis­miss it and the pa­per­work goes into a shred­der.

It would be a shock if you went to check on your su­per­an­nu­a­tion fund and noth­ing was paid in. — Gra­ham Palmer,


An ill wind blows no good

What a truly ap­palling re­sponse to the news of hun­dreds of thou­sands of birds be­ing killed by wind tur­bines in Canada and United States, by some­one pur­port­ing to be a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of an en­vi­ron­ment group (‘Some birds will be killed’, THE TELE­GRAPH, June 28).

The cor­re­spon­dent may well have added ‘‘so who cares’’, such was the na­ture of the sen­ti­ments ex­pressed in the let­ter.

Pre­sum­ably his at­ti­tude is the same with re­spect to po­ten­tial job losses in Gipp­s­land.

One won­ders how many hun­dreds of mil­lions of bird deaths would be ac­cept­able to the BEAM en­vi­ron­ment group.

There can be no more damming rev­e­la­tion than that from In­fi­gen En­ergy re­gard­ing the ef­fi­ciency and re­li­a­bil­ity of wind power gen­er­a­tion; its own pro­duc­tion fig­ures for a quar­ter year show a de­crease in en­ergy out­put of 40 per cent due to lack of wind.

This is clear, un­am­bigu­ous ev­i­dence that wind power gen­er­a­tion is totally un­re­li­able.

It also high­lights the ab­sur­dity of ex­pect­ing to rely upon such a re­new­able en­ergy source, em­pha­sised by the state-wide black­out in South Aus­tralia re­cently. — James Mat­ters,


Com­mu­nity grants

I am proud to have been able to sup­port so many ex­cel­lent projects across our re­gion in Rounds One and Two of the Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Grants Pro­gram, with in­vest­ments in our com­mu­nity of more than $250 000.

This pro­gram was es­tab­lished to al­low Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment to work with their com­mu­ni­ties to rec­om­mend im­por­tant lo­cal cap­i­tal in­vest­ment projects.

Round Three of the pro­gram is now open and I am ask­ing com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to let me know about projects that are im­por­tant to them.

Up to a to­tal of $150 000 of fund­ing will be avail­able in the elec­torate of McEwen in the next fi­nan­cial year for small cap­i­tal projects that im­prove par­tic­i­pa­tion and con­trib­ute to the vi­brancy and vi­a­bil­ity of our com­mu­ni­ties.

In­di­vid­ual grants of be­tween $2500 and $20 000 are avail­able for cap­i­tal projects but to be el­i­gi­ble the pro­gram re­quires matched con­tri­bu­tions in cash or in kind on at least a dol­lar­for-dol­lar ba­sis.

The pro­gram is open to com­mu­nity based not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions that are not owned by a state or ter­ri­tory govern­ment.

All ap­pli­cants must op­er­ate as a le­gal en­tity with a cur­rent ABN.

Un­for­tu­nately the Turn­bull Govern­ment’s guide­lines specif­i­cally state that ap­pli­ca­tions from schools, hospi­tals and tech­ni­cal col­leges will not be ac­cepted.

Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est forms can be ob­tained by email­ing me on or by phon­ing my of­fice on 9333 0440.

— Rob Mitchell, Mem­ber for McEwen

De­vel­op­ing re­gional Vic­to­ria

Vic­to­ria is the fastest grow­ing state in Aus­tralia.

In 2016, our state grew by 146 000 people — the high­est growth rate of any state in liv­ing mem­ory.

In the past month alone, an ad­di­tional 10 500 people have be­come res­i­dents — equiv­a­lent to the pop­u­la­tion of Swan Hill mov­ing to Vic­to­ria ev­ery month.

But our coun­try com­mu­ni­ties take in less than 10 per cent of this growth and in some re­gions the pop­u­la­tion is in de­cline.

De­spite this, the La­bor Premier for Mel­bourne has no vi­sion and no plan for re­gional Vic­to­ria.

The Lib­eral-Na­tion­als have taken a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ap­proach.

We es­tab­lished the Pop­u­la­tion Pol­icy Task­force to plan to de­cen­tralise Mel­bourne’s pop­u­la­tion and de­velop job op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices in re­gional Vic­to­ria.

It’s the first holis­tic ap­proach to plan­ning for Vic­to­ria’s bur­geon­ing pop­u­la­tion growth.

Chaired by Kew MP Tim Smith and deputy chair Danny O’Brien, The Na­tion­als Mem­ber for Gipp­s­land South, the task­force has trav­elled across Vic­to­ria to con­sult with com­mu­ni­ties.

The feed­back was over­whelm­ing.

Coun­try people are frus­trated by the lack of pop­u­la­tion, a poor trans­port net­work and un­re­li­able en­ergy, while a de­te­ri­o­rat­ing re­gional rail net­work and coun­try roads make it hard to get from A to B.

For some busi­nesses, en­ergy costs have in­creased so much it’s im­pact­ing their abil­ity to re­tain and hire staff, while the rapidly chang­ing pol­icy and reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment is af­fect­ing busi­ness abil­ity to in­vest.

It comes at a time when job losses are at the front of people’s minds.

Jobs are seen as the key piece of the puz­zle in at­tract­ing and re­tain­ing people in re­gional Vic­to­ria.

We’ve heard many sug­ges­tions on cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­nesses to move to the re­gions, in­clud­ing around state taxes and spe­cial eco­nomic zones.

Our agri­cul­tural com­mu­ni­ties are the back­bone of our state’s econ­omy, and we want to make sure they are recog­nised in plans for our fu­ture pop­u­la­tion.

Vic­to­ri­ans can still be part of the Lib­eral-Na­tion­als pol­icy process, as we con­tinue our work ahead of the 2018 elec­tion.

With the in­terim re­port now out, we wel­come sub­mis­sions from any­one who wants to have their say and help shape the fu­ture of our state.

Chang­ing signs: Pro­posed park­ing changes to High St, Nagam­bie and the re­lo­ca­tion of V/Line bus stops to the now dis­used train sta­tion could dis­ad­van­tage the dis­abled or the el­derly.

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