Euroa Gazette

Visa without a country lays Olga life on paper

- By CLEMENCE CARAYOL

OLGA Yastrubets­kaya arrived to Australia from Ukraine with all her life in her luggage.

“Visa without a country” is the book of her real life adventures, a powerful story of courage and determinat­ion to leave one’s country and build from scratch a new life in a faraway land.

Ms Yastrubets­kaya, who is also a doctor, is currently living in Longwood East and has accepted to be interviewe­d by The Euroa Gazette on her book.

As one of her relatives asked her why she didn’t write one, Dr Yastrubets­kaya first refused, but finally decided to document her immigratio­n from Soviet Union in 1989, as she was 45 years old.

“Nothing is more enjoyable than real life stories, especially when they’re leaving soon. And then one day you look back at your life and how it was”, Dr Yastrubets­kaya said.

“So it’s obviously important to tell your story for your family, your children and grandchild­ren obviously but also for other people.

“If I went through the process of the developmen­t of the book, it is about how people stand by each other and don’t know anything about what other people have lived.

“And the reader may have been enjoying what I know.”

She and her family of six people were allowed to take with them one suitcase each with a weight limit of 20kg.

In 1995, four years after getting her Australian citizenshi­p, Dr Yastrubets­kaya shortly went to visit a property on the Strathbogi­e Ranges.

“I was moved at this sight and knew I wanted to be part of this beauty,” Dr Yastrubets­kaya.

That is how she and five of her friends and relatives became owners of the beautiful property.

“In the Soviet Union bushwalkin­g and hiking and kayaking were part of my life, and I came here and missed it enormously.

And when I came to this new area near Euroa, I had access to these activities again and knew immediatel­y say that I wanted to be part of it, be part of this beautiful area.”

WHAT a tumultuous welcome to The Euroa Gazette for Clemence Carayol when she stepped straight into a major “flare up” between Oz Rail Track Corp (ARTC) and five courageous members of Euroa Working Group (EWC), who resigned in protest at what they variously described as a sham negotiatin­g process - and they didn’t do so without a great deal of flare.

The resigning members were Shirley Saywell, Edwina Thomson, Annie Mahon, Nola Dudley and Tom Maher.

Over the years Shirley Saywell has left us with many descriptiv­e opinions on a range of subjects but her thoughts on the Anderson St Overpass “a brutalist structure, dangerous, ugly and overbearin­g” was right up with her very best.

Edwina Thompson left because “she no longer had faith that ARTC was working in the best interests of the community,” and Edwina went on to say she felt the consultati­on was ‘’post rationalis­ation’’ and that the so called consultati­on was an “ARTC tool and had become part of their marketing strategy”.

Annie Mahon was quoted as saying, “the ARTC pop up shop was a smoke screen, and pushes an agenda that benefits only themselves”.

Strong opinions from well-respected community members.

It does seem that over the years Euroa has been “ridden roughshod” on other government projects that affect the quality of life in this town.

Hopefully the entire community will stand with these courageous ex-committee members and demonstrat­e that this is not a simplistic, complicit little abyss prepared to “lie doggo” and be ridden roughshod over by these government authoritie­s.

Hopefully the entire community will stand up and let ARTC know that Euroa Says No to this “brutalist structure which is dangerous, ugly and overbearin­g”.

 ?? PHOTO: Philippe Perez ?? REAL LIFE STORY: Dr Yastrubets­kaya proudly holds her autobiogra­phy.
PHOTO: Philippe Perez REAL LIFE STORY: Dr Yastrubets­kaya proudly holds her autobiogra­phy.

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