Lello en­joy­ing Yackan­dan­dah life

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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.

PHOTO: Coral Cook­sley

COM­MU­NITY PAS­SION­ATE: Yackan­dan­dah’s Chris Lello en­joys his vol­un­tary roles in the com­mu­nity and loves cy­cling.

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