Na­tional Party mem­bers hear from com­mu­nity on lo­cal is­sues

Alpine Observer - - News - BY TATE SPI­TERI

TELECOM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS and trans­port re­main key is­sues for Alpine Shire res­i­dents.

The two were of­ten brought up when Deputy Op­po­si­tion leader Peter Walsh and Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Val­ley) held a com­mu­nity ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion at Myrtle­ford’s Buf­falo Ho­tel last Mon­day night.

“Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions (is­sues) also comes up in a lot of dif­fer­ent places, but it’s the trans­port where we re­ally need to have these ser­vices,” Mr Walsh said.

“Par­tic­u­larly for the peo­ple that want to travel for med­i­cal ser­vices or for younger peo­ple who don’t have a li­cence, or older peo­ple that don’t want to drive long dis­tances.

“It just doesn’t work at the mo­ment, buses need to run more fre­quently from this area or at least co­in­cide with the XPT.”

Ex­trac­tion of bot­tled water for drink­ing within the re­gion was also dis­cussed at the com­mu­nity din­ner while the is­sue of con­nec­tiv­ity was raised by the Bright Cham­ber of Com­merce, with the lack of in­ter­net ser­vice in ar­eas prob­lem­atic.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion, or the lack there of for all in­dus­try mem­bers and staff is an­other area where it’s thought im­prove­ments can be made.

Mr McCurdy said a num­ber of cur­rent is­sues that had been brought to his re­cent at­ten­tion were also in­for­mally dis­cussed with Alpine Shire coun­cil­lors at the Happy Val­ley Hall on Tues­day.

“Bright’s go­ing ahead lovely but it’s about mak­ing sure that those other ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties like ac­com­mo­da­tion are avail­able for peo­ple work­ing in town,” he said.

The Na­tion­als have com­mit­ted to the re­turn of the Ru­ral Plan­ner Fly­ing squad, a pro­gram where coun­cil can ac­cess ex­ter­nal plan­ners to as­sist with large strate­gic plan­ning is­sues such as ac­com­mo­da­tion schemes.

“Bright would prob­a­bly be a real clas­sic ex­am­ple of where some out­side as­sis­tance with the coun­cil could do the strate­gic plan­ning frame­work for the fu­ture some good, so we talked about that,” Mr Walsh said.

De­cen­tral­i­sa­tion, and how to bet­ter at­tract city liv­ers to the re­gion was hot on the politi­cians’ agenda with hous­ing of course re­main­ing a per­sis­tent is­sue for po­ten­tial new­com­ers to the re­gion.

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