Bet­ter life for Kan­coona

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.myrtle­ford­ 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.

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