Lello enjoying Yackandandah life
in Yackandandah CHRIS Lello was for born 33 years. in Melbourne and has lived What is your occupation? I am a retired secondary teacher. What brought you to this role?
With my wife being a teacher, it made possible a great family lifestyle and we could move to Yackandandah. What did you love about your job?
Teaching the great ideas behind physics. If all politicians were required to have an understanding of the logic underpinning Year 12 Physics, Australia would be a better governed place. What do you do in the community?
I am treasurer of Arts Yackandandah and treasurer for the Yackandandah Public Hall and Courthouse. I am also the president of the Rowdy Flat Track Association and a long term member of the “Yobbos” – Yackandandah Old Blokes Biking On Sundays. What’s the most important current community issue for you?
Having in place appropriate planning rules for new housing estate developments in Yackandandah. These should not be replicas of the “White Box Rise” model of planning but in 100 years’ time seen as an historical example of exceptional town planning. What would you do to solve, change or improve that situation?
Expert planners addressing a public meeting last year emphasised other development models are possible which can meet the requirements of all stakeholders, including the developers if everyone has an input at the beginning of the planning process. I would put in place a consultative planning process actively led by the Shire planning professionals before the next large-scale development starts. What’s the most important current world issue for you?
Climate Change. The lack of political leadership in Australia in this area of policy has been disastrous and depressing. We should be exporting sunshine not coal. (for example using solar power to produce hydrogen).
If the person you would most like to meet came to Indigo, or was already here, who would that be and what would you show them?
An Australian I would like to meet is Andrew Locke who has climbed all fourteen peaks over 8,000 metres in the world. He was only the eighteenth person to achieve this feat and the only Australian to do so. This is an activity where you really are “putting your life on the line” as attested by the death rate on two of these peaks being about one to three. That is one person dies for every three successful ascents. (Everest has the fourth lowest death rate at 1 to 25). I expect he rides a mountain bike and I would take him on the “Yellow Loop” Yack Track. Why would you show him that?
It is good fun to ride, shows off some of the gold mining history of the area and includes some prime examples of dry sclerophyll forest. It also involves about a third of the 60 km of the cycling and walking track that has been constructed by the “Yobbos”. What book are you reading?
Our Blokes Book Club is currently reading “The Feather Thief” by Kirk Johnson. A true story about a flute player who broke into the British Natural History Museum to steal feathers to use in fly tying for fishing. It is also a story about extinction caused by human activity.
COMMUNITY PASSIONATE: Yackandandah’s Chris Lello enjoys his voluntary roles in the community and loves cycling.