En­gage with com­mu­nity

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

The old Yar­ragon Pri­mary School site re­mains va­cant, un­used but of im­mense in­ter­est to the Yar­ragon com­mu­nity.

The site is close to the town cen­tre and is seen as valu­able for fu­ture com­mu­nity use, rather than for pri­vate de­vel­oper gain which would be the out­come of the pro­posed sale of the site.

We’ve heard very sup­port­ive words from most of our lo­cal politi­cians in­clud­ing Gary Black­wood and Har­riet Shing, but what we re­ally need is for the Plan­ning Min­is­ter Richard Wynne, to put a stop to the fast track sale process which will give our com­mu­nity time to com­plete a town­ship strat­egy plan that will in­clude our wishes for the old school site.

We also need a com­mit­ment from the lo­cal coun­cil to buy the land and to en­gage with us in the strate­gic plan­ning process.

Mal­colm McKelvie, Yar­ragon out the mantra of equal­ity.

Do they know what they are re­ally chas­ing and why? By the way, I love my grand­chil­dren. SSM will not pro­duce bi­o­log­i­cal grand­chil­dren, how dis­crim­i­na­tory, no equal­ity there.

I have re­viewed the last month or so of let­ters in the Gazette and have not seen one rea­soned ar­gu­ment from the ‘yes’ sup­port­ers.

What about bring­ing to the ta­ble some sub­stance in the de­bate.

On the other hand, on Au­gust 29 I read some solid rea­soned ar­gu­ments for the ‘no’ case from He­len Neu­mann and Janet Cow­den.

For­get about dress­ing mail­boxes and rain­bows. So the ma­jor­ity of Aus­tralians are in sup­port of SSM – re­ally! Why should I be one of them and vote yes?

We can learn much from kids’ books. At the end of the story the chase re­v­erses and Ber­tie chases the bear – most con­fus­ing.

It’s a telling kids’ tale, high­light­ing the need for rea­son in this se­ri­ous is­sue for our na­tion.

Bruce Ron­alds, War­ragul

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