Mayor Marg At­t­ley chats with res­i­dents in cafe

Mansfield Courier - - News - By PAM ZIERK-MA­HONEY

GET­TING to know the res­i­dents of Mans­field a lit­tle bet­ter, Mans­field Shire mayor Marg At­t­ley holds reg­u­lar ‘Café Con­ver­sa­tions’ at var­i­ous venues around town – and this week it was held at the Witches Brew.

The con­ver­sa­tions around a café ta­ble are open and hon­est with a full range of top­ics be­ing brought up.

Cr At­t­ley said this was a chance for her to get to know res­i­dents, many of who are new to the dis­trict, and to hear con­cerns.

At last Thurs­day’s Café Con­ver­sa­tion some nine peo­ple at­tended a morn­ing tea and although many of the top­ics have been dis­cussed be­fore res­i­dents were brought up on de­vel­op­ments.

The Great Vic­to­rian Rail Trail kicked off the talks with sug­ges­tions on how to at­tract more peo­ple to use it and a few mi­nor changes that could be in­tro­duced.

Cross­ings at ma­jor roads was one point of con­cern with cy­clists cross­ing with­out look­ing prop­erly.

The rules are that cy­clists must give way to mo­torists and should en­ter the cross­ings care­fully.

That con­ver­sa­tion ended with an in­vite for the mayor to at­tend the next meet­ing of the Friends of the Great Vic­to­rian Rail Trail on Thurs­day, March 13, where rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Vic­to­rian Rail Trails As­so­ci­a­tion and the ‘Friends’ group from Heathcote will be at­tend­ing.

Ri­fle Butts Road came un­der dis­cus­sion in re­gards to the ex­treme build-up of fire fuel and the dan­gers dur­ing this cur­rent fire sea­son.

Cr At­t­ley ex­plained that no clear­ing of this road­side would be pos­si­ble but a ‘clean up’ may be, as this par­tic­u­lar road is gov­erned by State Gov­ern­ment laws.

She ad­vised that if a bush­fire in­quiry was called fol­low­ing this sum­mer’s dev­as­tat­ing fires then res­i­dents could make a sub­mis­sion in re­gards to re­moval of haz­ardous fuel from road­sides.

De­spite Mans­field Shire hav­ing its full quota of mo­bile tow­ers, com­plaints were heard from Bar­jarg res­i­dents re­gard­ing the lack of in­ter­net and phone ser­vices, and the strength of the ser­vice when avail­able.

One res­i­dent said she was try­ing to op­er­ate sev­eral busi­nesses from her home but was frus­trated with the in­ter­net cov­er­age to the ex­tent she of­ten trav­elled to a friend’s home to carry out her work.

And af­ter the re­cent ma­jor power out­age, Cr At­t­ley said the mo­bile tow­ers only worked for some 12 hours af­ter which the backup power goes out.

She ad­vised the res­i­dent to con­tact mem­ber for Indi He­len Haines as the in­ter­net ser­vice was an is­sue she might be able to help with.

Other is­sues to be raised in­cluded the re­nam­ing of Mt Bat­tery to Be­o­lite, to which Cr At­t­ley said a full re­port would be tabled and dis­cussed at the coun­cil meet­ing on Fe­bru­ary 18.

The other con­tentious is­sue was that of a con­ve­nience restau­rant pro­posed for town to which the res­i­dent was in full favour say­ing it will give young kids em­ploy­ment, train­ing and ‘if peo­ple don’t like it then they don’t have to eat at it’.

Again Cr At­t­ley said she ex­pected a full dis­cus­sion to take place on this mat­ter at the March meet­ing of coun­cil.

And lastly sev­eral peo­ple spoke on the park­ing of a car­a­van in Col­lopy Street which had been partly ob­scur­ing the road for more than five months.

Two of the women said coun­cil of­fi­cers had replied to com­plaints say­ing they had looked into the mat­ter but could do noth­ing – de­spite the fact that these res­i­dents be­lieve it will cause an ac­ci­dent one day be­cause of the po­si­tion it is parked in.

Cr At­t­ley made the prom­ise to look into the mat­ter fur­ther.

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