Outrage over car park
I would like to extend an invitation to Woolworths’ management to address the concerns of the many residents who remain shocked and disheartened at the recent removal of established trees from their car park.
In particular, it has had a devastating impact on Ferguson Plarre’s shop, which now feels the full brunt of the sun, and has furthermore been afforded an unimpeded view of the adjacent toilet block.
While Woolworths may well have plans to upgrade the area, and replace the trees, it would be in their interest to make such plans known, and allay public outrage. — Merrilyn Sanderson,
Railing about trains again
The Labor Government’s continual rhetoric on the Coalition doing nothing for trains is a hard pill to swallow, especially since for 15 of the last 19 years Victoria has had a Labor Government.
So if Labor want to point to anyone for doing nothing for regional rail, they only have themselves to blame. — James Brook,
Rubbish new service
Our new red-lid waste bins are smaller. There are many people who cannot fit all their rubbish in it and therefore the lids are sitting up and black rubbish bags appear on the side of the road, with some people having to go to the tip.
Mitchell Shire gave the contract to Cleanaway.
One wonders if the waste trucks are weighed by how much they carry when finishing the run — it would be less than when the old bigger bins were in use.
If the above was the case, council would not have to pay Cleanaway as much.
Let us hope this is not true, as the bins we had previously had nothing wrong with them.
Regarding our roads: there are many that need fixing with potholes galore.
Some have been repaired but when it rains it’s back to normal.
Take a walk along the path from Ferguson Plarre to Woolworths and be careful of the patch-up of concrete that is without doubt an accident waiting to happen.
Turn over not loss
Mr Thompson’s letter (‘Millions lost on Seymour pokies’, The Telegraph, October 31) suggesting that $3 985 739 was lost at the Seymour Club is not correct.
The correct statement is that $3 985 739 was turned over at the club.
One can put $10 in to a machine and play for some time and at the end of that time, take out their original stake.
The machine records all the amounts won and lost during the playing period, thus creating the turn-over figure.
In this case the player could have turned over $30, but in fact has lost $0.
I am not saying that people do not lose money on poker machines, just that the turnover figure is not a true figure of money lost. — Rex Harris,
Great Armistice show
What a wonderful night of entertainment for those who attended the Armistice Centenary Show on Saturday night in Seymour.
The Mitchell Shire Concert Band planned this show with support from many, including playwright Sean McKenna, the Seymour Performers Workshop, Broadford Amateur Theatrical, Dept of Defence, RSL and volunteers.
The story of families whose members served in the First World War was told with great feeling and the music covered it all.
For those who missed this performance, there will be two more, on Saturday in Wallan at 7.30 pm and Sunday in Broadford at 2.30 pm. — Faye Ure,
For more than 35 years I have been covering the performing arts in the Mitchell and Strathbogie Shires.
In 2015 I saw the ANZAC Centenary Concert in Seymour and it was fabulous.
On Saturday, I was able to see the sequel, if you call it that, the Armistice Centenary show in the Seymour Performing Arts centre.
It was another must see. It honoured the men and women who fought in World War I and who created our ANZAC tradition.
The Armistice Concert was presented by Eric Andersen and his Mitchell Shire Concert Band, once again, with the cast drawn from the Broadford Amateur Theatrical Society, (BATS) members of the Seymour Performers Workshop Group, who led the 2018 cast in a memorable performance.
The show made you proud to be an Aussie.
Archival footage of WWI photos from the war memorial depicted on a screen showed the camaraderie, sombreness, and pain of war.
They enhanced the songs and music in the show.
The simple but clever stage props, sound and lighting gave the feeling of being there or waiting at home.
The concert gave an understanding of what our young men and women went through 100 years ago, as they went to fight for Britain and Australia.
That’s why we have the freedom we have today.
Eric Andersen wove his musical magic around playwright Sean McKenna’s script.
The show also launched the Unbroken Spirit composed especially by Graham Lloyd for the show.
The blend of music, prose, poetry, songs, heritage photos, poignant messages, the Ode, Last Post and Remembrance Day prayers embraced and honoured in such a concert was special.
It evoked such emotion in the hearts of the audience.
Our diggers would have been proud of the patriotic performances given in the show. I know I was. — Diane Grant,
Record doesn’t float
They say you get out what you put in, but that hasn’t been the case for recreational fishers and boaters under Daniel Andrews and Labor.
Victorian boat users pay significant fees, but for four years Daniel Andrews only invested a tiny amount of those fees back into boating infrastructure.
A Liberal Nationals Government will put all proceeds from boating licence fees back into enhancing boating experiences through our new Blue Infrastructure Fund.
We will make sure boating fees are invested back into infrastructure like more boat ramps, jetties, navigational lighting and onshore facilities that improves access, enjoyment and protection to Victoria’s waterways.
In addition, a Liberal Nationals Government will abolish boat ramp parking and launching fees.
In 2016-17 the Andrews Labor Government collected more than $27 million from boat users but only spent 11 per cent of that on boating infrastructure.
Daniel Andrews might be fishing for votes as the election approaches, but his track record over the past four years proves he and his dodgy government can’t be trusted.
Only a Liberal Nationals Government will deliver 100 per cent of licence fees back into better infrastructure for recreational fishers and boaters to use.
— Peter Walsh, The Nationals’ Leader