Miss­ing bus stop

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

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

Less blackspots

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...

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