Out­rage over car park

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Pop­u­lar: Mitchell Shire Con­cert Bands Ar­mistice Cen­te­nary show re­ceived rave re­views on its open­ing night. — Graham Palmer, Sey­mour

I would like to ex­tend an in­vi­ta­tion to Wool­worths’ man­age­ment to ad­dress the con­cerns of the many res­i­dents who re­main shocked and dis­heart­ened at the re­cent re­moval of es­tab­lished trees from their car park.

In par­tic­u­lar, it has had a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on Fer­gu­son Plarre’s shop, which now feels the full brunt of the sun, and has fur­ther­more been af­forded an unim­peded view of the ad­ja­cent toi­let block.

While Wool­worths may well have plans to up­grade the area, and re­place the trees, it would be in their in­ter­est to make such plans known, and al­lay pub­lic out­rage. — Mer­ri­lyn San­der­son,


Rail­ing about trains again

The La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s con­tin­ual rhetoric on the Coali­tion do­ing noth­ing for trains is a hard pill to swal­low, es­pe­cially since for 15 of the last 19 years Vic­to­ria has had a La­bor Gov­ern­ment.

So if La­bor want to point to any­one for do­ing noth­ing for re­gional rail, they only have them­selves to blame. — James Brook,


Rub­bish new ser­vice

Our new red-lid waste bins are smaller. There are many peo­ple who can­not fit all their rub­bish in it and there­fore the lids are sit­ting up and black rub­bish bags ap­pear on the side of the road, with some peo­ple hav­ing to go to the tip.

Mitchell Shire gave the con­tract to Clean­away.

One won­ders if the waste trucks are weighed by how much they carry when fin­ish­ing the run — it would be less than when the old big­ger bins were in use.

If the above was the case, coun­cil would not have to pay Clean­away as much.

Let us hope this is not true, as the bins we had pre­vi­ously had noth­ing wrong with them.

Re­gard­ing our roads: there are many that need fix­ing with pot­holes ga­lore.

Some have been re­paired but when it rains it’s back to nor­mal.

Take a walk along the path from Fer­gu­son Plarre to Wool­worths and be care­ful of the patch-up of con­crete that is with­out doubt an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.

Turn over not loss

Mr Thomp­son’s let­ter (‘Mil­lions lost on Sey­mour pok­ies’, The Tele­graph, Oc­to­ber 31) sug­gest­ing that $3 985 739 was lost at the Sey­mour Club is not cor­rect.

The cor­rect state­ment is that $3 985 739 was turned over at the club.

One can put $10 in to a ma­chine and play for some time and at the end of that time, take out their orig­i­nal stake.

The ma­chine records all the amounts won and lost dur­ing the play­ing pe­riod, thus cre­at­ing the turn-over fig­ure.

In this case the player could have turned over $30, but in fact has lost $0.

I am not say­ing that peo­ple do not lose money on poker ma­chines, just that the turnover fig­ure is not a true fig­ure of money lost. — Rex Har­ris,


Great Ar­mistice show

What a won­der­ful night of en­ter­tain­ment for those who at­tended the Ar­mistice Cen­te­nary Show on Satur­day night in Sey­mour.

The Mitchell Shire Con­cert Band planned this show with sup­port from many, in­clud­ing play­wright Sean McKenna, the Sey­mour Per­form­ers Work­shop, Broad­ford Am­a­teur The­atri­cal, Dept of De­fence, RSL and vol­un­teers.

The story of fam­i­lies whose mem­bers served in the First World War was told with great feel­ing and the mu­sic cov­ered it all.

For those who missed this per­for­mance, there will be two more, on Satur­day in Wal­lan at 7.30 pm and Sun­day in Broad­ford at 2.30 pm. — Faye Ure,


Fab­u­lous per­for­mance

For more than 35 years I have been cov­er­ing the per­form­ing arts in the Mitchell and Strath­bo­gie Shires.

In 2015 I saw the ANZAC Cen­te­nary Con­cert in Sey­mour and it was fab­u­lous.

On Satur­day, I was able to see the se­quel, if you call it that, the Ar­mistice Cen­te­nary show in the Sey­mour Per­form­ing Arts cen­tre.

It was an­other must see. It hon­oured the men and women who fought in World War I and who cre­ated our ANZAC tra­di­tion.

The Ar­mistice Con­cert was pre­sented by Eric An­der­sen and his Mitchell Shire Con­cert Band, once again, with the cast drawn from the Broad­ford Am­a­teur The­atri­cal So­ci­ety, (BATS) mem­bers of the Sey­mour Per­form­ers Work­shop Group, who led the 2018 cast in a mem­o­rable per­for­mance.

The show made you proud to be an Aussie.

Archival footage of WWI pho­tos from the war memo­rial de­picted on a screen showed the ca­ma­raderie, som­bre­ness, and pain of war.

They en­hanced the songs and mu­sic in the show.

The sim­ple but clever stage props, sound and light­ing gave the feel­ing of be­ing there or wait­ing at home.

The con­cert gave an un­der­stand­ing of what our young men and women went through 100 years ago, as they went to fight for Bri­tain and Aus­tralia.

That’s why we have the free­dom we have to­day.

Eric An­der­sen wove his mu­si­cal magic around play­wright Sean McKenna’s script.

The show also launched the Un­bro­ken Spirit com­posed es­pe­cially by Graham Lloyd for the show.

The blend of mu­sic, prose, po­etry, songs, her­itage pho­tos, poignant mes­sages, the Ode, Last Post and Re­mem­brance Day prayers em­braced and hon­oured in such a con­cert was spe­cial.

It evoked such emo­tion in the hearts of the au­di­ence.

Our dig­gers would have been proud of the pa­tri­otic per­for­mances given in the show. I know I was. — Di­ane Grant,


Record doesn’t float

They say you get out what you put in, but that hasn’t been the case for recre­ational fish­ers and boaters un­der Daniel An­drews and La­bor.

Vic­to­rian boat users pay sig­nif­i­cant fees, but for four years Daniel An­drews only in­vested a tiny amount of those fees back into boat­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

A Lib­eral Na­tion­als Gov­ern­ment will put all pro­ceeds from boat­ing li­cence fees back into en­hanc­ing boat­ing ex­pe­ri­ences through our new Blue In­fra­struc­ture Fund.

We will make sure boat­ing fees are in­vested back into in­fra­struc­ture like more boat ramps, jet­ties, nav­i­ga­tional light­ing and on­shore fa­cil­i­ties that im­proves ac­cess, en­joy­ment and pro­tec­tion to Vic­to­ria’s wa­ter­ways.

In ad­di­tion, a Lib­eral Na­tion­als Gov­ern­ment will abol­ish boat ramp park­ing and launch­ing fees.

In 2016-17 the An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment col­lected more than $27 mil­lion from boat users but only spent 11 per cent of that on boat­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

Daniel An­drews might be fish­ing for votes as the elec­tion ap­proaches, but his track record over the past four years proves he and his dodgy gov­ern­ment can’t be trusted.

Only a Lib­eral Na­tion­als Gov­ern­ment will de­liver 100 per cent of li­cence fees back into bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture for recre­ational fish­ers and boaters to use.

— Peter Walsh, The Na­tion­als’ Leader

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