Missing bus stop
I received a letter from the Public Transport Victoria’s (PTV) franchise operator management executive director Alan Fedda, on behalf of Transport Minister Jacinta Allen on November 1 about the V/Line bus stop in Nagambie.
I tried to contact him by phone, but going through the V/Line/PTV phone network was useless.
In his letter he stated the following:
V/Line advised that it worked with Strathbogie Shire Council and was advised that Council undertook consultation about the coach stop and a V/Line rep attended these meetings.
Community members on this small working group supported the coach stop relocation at the Nagambie Station and raised no concerns.
V/Line regrets that I was not involved in this process. As many others were not.
PTV will work with V/line to monitor the coach service and consider options to improve services for Nagambie residents, including upgrading facilities at the station. Future service reviews may investigate the provision of an additional stop.
V/Line will consider community feedback on their ongoing review and planning process.
It is time those concerned about the relocation of this essential stop, especially for many older coach users, called a public meeting with Strathbogie Shire councillors, and members of the streetscape working committee on angle parking, to talk about this issue.
To many who drive it is not a problem, but to those who don’t it is, because it means walking an extra 1 km to the station and back. I heard a local business woman say recently that they were not going to do angle parking near the old bus stops now, just near the shopping area.
Let’s face those who made this decision without consultation to coach users, from the shire and working committee, and let them know our needs.
Let’s see if they listen and respond to the needs of their locals not just tourists.
— Di Grant, Nagambie
Show not to be missed
Congratulations to Seymour Performers Workshop for an excellent production of Chicago and the full house on opening night.
The lead actors did a great job, the dancing was energetic and well choreographed, and the musicians were excellent.
Well done to Geraldine and Paul, the directors and to the whole cast and crew. It’s a show not to be missed.
— Sandy Sexton, Seymour
A clear energy choice
Victorians are asking why we are in the middle of an energy crisis.
Being a state rich in coal and domestic reserves of conventional gas, we’ve long been the envy of other states as Australia’s low-cost energy power house.
But across the state, energy prices are skyrocketing, and that means running cooling systems, irrigation and processing machinery is costing more than ever before.
At the same time as costs are increasing, Victorians are facing a higher risk of blackouts.
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) predicts that declining gas production may begin to affect electricity supply in Victoria, South Australia and NSW as early as summer next year.
And the Andrews Labor Government’s failure to stop the closure of Hazelwood Power Station cut 22 per cent of the state’s base load power, with nothing to fill the gap.
It’s time to take a different approach.
The Liberal Nationals recently announced an onshore gas policy, giving Victorians a clear choice at the next election.
The policy will provide cheaper gas and create more jobs while protecting the environment and farmland.
The policy keeps Victoria’s fracking ban while securing the gas resources we need.
A Liberal Nationals government will legislate to allow onshore conventional gas exploration and production in Victoria on a caseby-case basis.
We would introduce Victoria’s first royalty sharing scheme for landowners, with landholders entitled to a 10 per cent share of the royalties paid to government.
But, we also recognise there are many farmers who don’t want to see gas exploration or production on their farm and we will make sure landholders have the right to veto gas development on their land.
Daniel Andrews needs to stop playing politics with Victoria’s gas supply and energy affordability.
Only the Liberal Nationals have put forward a plan for cheaper gas, no fracking and making sure our farmers have the rights they deserve.
— Peter Walsh, Leader of the Nationals
I write to correct Labor MP Rob Mitchell’s falsehoods about the Coalition Government’s Mobile Blackspot Program.
His claim that 27 towers were built in Barnaby Joyce’s electorate ‘‘in the last round’’ is completely false.
New England received five towers under Round 2. Lingiari, a Labor seat, received 15 new mobile phone towers.
By the time Round 2 of the program is complete we will have addressed 6000 blackspots through 765 new and improved mobile phone towers.
That gives handheld coverage to an area bigger than Tasmania and another 7600 km of regional highway.
Labor in Government never delivered a mobile phone tower and never attempted to.
Even now, Labor has no policy to improve mobile coverage and if Labor won Government in the next election, it would not deliver new mobile coverage to regional Australia at all.
— Senator Mitch Fifield, Communications Minister
A Remembrance Day service will be hosted by the Seymour RSL on Saturday. It will be held outside the gates of the Seymour District Memorial Hospital at 10.45 am. For more information, phone Tony Lee on 0418 865 893. Pictured at right: Remembrance Day wreaths at the entrance gates to Seymour Hospital.