Councillors out of touch with priorities
THE contrast could not have been greater between the two photos opposite each other in the Chronicle on Friday, September 22.
On page four we have Terry Kirby pointing out the deplorable condition of some Wangaratta city roads.
These holes in the road surface are brutal to vehicle suspensions and public safety.
On page five we have a photo of Ovens Street and King George Gardens with 37 cars sensibly and safely angle-parked, making best use of the available space.
Five councillors, including the mayor, voted to rip up the existing parking spaces at great cost to the community leaving only 20 parallel parks.
I and many others are rapidly becoming very disappointed with this council’s sense of priorities such as destroying 17 most popular car spaces.
For what benefit to the traders opposite or more importantly their customers?
A picture is worth more than a thousand words and these two photos could not be more apt to prove these five councillors including the mayor are way out of touch with those who pay their salaries – the ratepayers.
Finally, I must thank Mr Kirby for his efforts bringing to notice plain commonsense where council’s monies should be channelled.
Repair what is truly broken before even contemplating destroying public assets.
John Frame, Springhurst
Wangaratta Magpies fans certainly dominated the crowd last Saturday at the Ovens and Murray grand final including (from left) Emma Arnol, Kaz Hayes, Josh Gibbons and Eben Hayes who set up their camp early to take up a position on the fence. the right policy settings and investment conditions to support building a High Efficiency, Low Emissions (HELE) power plant in the Latrobe Valley.
An elected Liberal-Nationals government has committed to securing baseload power at Yallourn and Loy Yang power stations, keeping the lights on and securing local jobs.
Labor’s go-it-alone VRET would be scrapped and instead we would support a national transition to cleaner energy.
And we won’t put ideology ahead of energy affordability and security.
Peter Walsh, Victorian Nationals leader