Better life for Kancoona
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 BY TATE SPITERI
DEDERANG CFA Captain and Kancoona resident, Doug Connors, says a breath of fresh air has been blown into Kancoona following the recent mobile phone tower announcement.
Much has been said about the of course paramount safety that improved telecommunications brings to the town but residents will now also be able to enjoy a “normal lifestyle” according to Mr Connors.
“You live on a mobile phone now really,” he said.
“There has been no reception at all in Kancoona- only in recent times you started to get a little bit on wifi but that was only when you were in the house and right next to the computer basically.
“People, especially young people have left the community because they couldn’t do their daily business or talk to their friends without a phone which is a shame but it’s going to be better in the future.”
Mr Connors said he did not believe it made any difference that the tower would be Optus rather than Telstra.
“To be honest we were mainly talking to Telstra but the fact that Optus has come on board is fantastic,” he said.
“Certainly it will make things easier in terms of day to day activity and business- it will free all our lives up considerably.”
Mr Connors said regardless of the lengthy timeframe to receive the tower announcement there was never any doubting the work Cathy McGowan was putting in.
“I can say from my involvement Cathy (McGowan) worked tirelessly to make this happen,” he said.
“And (Alpine Shire CEO) Charlie Bird, since he’s come on board it has been great to get the shire’s support.
“It’s a partnership, not just an individual thing.”
POLITICIANS who visited Myrtleford as part of a “Politics at the Pub” initative have spoken glowingly of the ‘energy and passion’ shown by locals.
THE Alpine Branch of the Australian Labor Party attended the night titled “Labor and the Environment - A Conversation” at the Myrtleford Hotel on Saturday October 13.
Around twenty five people, from Wodonga, Wangaratta, Mount Beauty, Bright and Myrtleford, came to discuss environmental issues with the two guest speakers, the Federal Member for Scullin, Andrew Giles, and Nick Withers, from Labor’s Environmental Action Network (LEAN).
Mr Giles outlined Labor’s historical achievements on environmental issues, while Mr Withers stressed the need for people on the ground to make their voice heard. Mr Giles also acknowledged the success of LEAN in harnessing the strength of local branches to determine Labor’s policy direction.
A lively discussion was had, covering a range of issues, including the impact of tourism on the local environment, the importance of action on climate change, the need to educate children to be good environmental stewards and local concerns about the extraction of water for the bottling industry.
All agreed that the local environment was essential for the economic wellbeing of the Alpine Shire and that its protection requires an www.myrtlefordtimes.com.au LUCKY DAY: Rizvic Rafiqa (right) and a number of other Myrtleford locals shopping at Coles last Friday were treated to free shopping bags from Nationals Member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy. Mr McCurdy mingled with locals and distributed the environmentally friendly bags that many people had forgot or left at home. The politician was in the Alpine Shire to check up on a number of projects that will be of benefit to the safety and practicality of the town. underlying framework.
Mr Giles also discussed Labor and schools, particularly stressing the importance of the recent announcement that Labor had committed to funding early education for three and four year olds.
The branch is already planning future forums of a similar nature and welcome suggestions from the community for possible topics.
“The Light on the hill clearly burns brightly in the Alpine region,” Mr Giles added.