Coun­cil­lors out of touch with pri­or­i­ties

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - MAG­PIES FOR­EVER:

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

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