Wrong choice made

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

I am writ­ing to express my dis­gust at the CFA’s board on giv­ing $150 000 to sports.

We have hard­work­ing vol­un­teers out hold­ing money rais­ing events to buy es­sen­tial equip­ment such as hoses etc.

Both my hus­band and my­self are life mem­bers of CFA and feel this do­na­tion down­grades the value of our won­der­ful vol­un­teers and would urge the board to re­think its de­ci­sion. — Mar­got Green, Hilldene brigade,


Thanks for as­sis­tance

On De­cem­ber 31, in Tal­la­rook St, my hus­band and I had a flat tyre.

We were chang­ing it on a very busy street in the blaz­ing sun.

A gen­tle­man stopped, got out of his car and of­fered us each a bot­tle of cold wa­ter.

It was a to­tally sur­pris­ing ran­dom act of kind­ness and re­ally im­pressed us.

We’re both from Mel­bourne and know that this would not have hap­pened there.

This per­son knows who he is and we hope he sees this let­ter of thanks.

He was driv­ing a white four-door Com­modore ute of which there can­not be many in Sey­mour.

It was a fan­tas­tic feel­ing to be touched by kind­ness via a com­plete stranger.

Af­ter putting the spare wheel back on our car we drove to Tyre­power to see if there was any chance that they could re­place the valve, which had sud­denly given way.

Amaz­ingly it was done on the spot (late af­ter­noon).

When my hus­band went to pay the owner for his help, he said: ‘‘Don’t worry about it, have a happy New Year’’. And so we did. — Julie and Alan


Waste of money

I saw our new and im­proved car park at Sey­mour sta­tion. What a waste of money. We’re sup­posed to have all these peo­ple from over­pop­u­lated Mel­bourne com­ing to live here and the new car park looks like it has less park­ing than it did be­fore.

Then I saw the new bi­cy­cle shed and the penny dropped I re­alised that in fu­ture the coun­cil is go­ing to ban bring­ing of cars when they come to live in Sey­mour.

Bikes take up less room — so there will be more room in the car parks. The roads will fit more bikes so less need to pull down houses to build more roads and high­ways.

Bikes are kinder to roads — less main­te­nance.

Bikes are qui­eter — less noise pol­lu­tion and bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment.

Bikes do not kill peo­ple — so po­lice will spend less time go­ing to peo­ple’s homes and telling them that their loved ones have died. They can then go back to solv­ing crimes.

Health will im­prove — par­ents and obese chil­dren will be­come fit­ter and health­ier rid­ing bikes.

When other towns and cities are cry­ing out for more po­lice, more am­bu­lances and big­ger hos­pi­tals to cope with obe­sity health re­lated ill­nesses, Sey­mour will be us­ing the money saved, on im­prov­ing our parks, sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties and his­toric sites.

In fu­ture, gov­ern­ments will be look­ing at Sey­mour. They will send their ex­perts to find out why we are liv­ing health­ier and longer lives and why we have less deaths on the road and they will be shown the hum­ble bi­cy­cle shed. — San­dra Mor­ris,


Shire wast­ing money

I was dis­ap­pointed to read in last week’s Sey­mour Tele­graph that Mitchell Shire is still de­ter­mined to waste even more ratepay­ers money on an­other study to build a rail trail to Sey­mour which never ex­isted.

Coun­cil­lors should be made to sit at the side of the ex­ist­ing Mans­field trail and count the users.

The money would be bet­ter spent fix­ing the Sey­mour end of North­wood Rd prop­erly.

Mil­lions of dol­lars of prop­er­ties ac­cessed by a dan­ger­ous, nar­row, goat track. Wake up to your­selves. — Ian Carey


Tough times for party

It’s been a dif­fi­cult year for the Na­tion­als.

First the Barn­aby Joyce saga, then hav­ing to en­dure an­other change of prime min­is­ter and now deal­ing with the fall­out of the An­drew Broad scan­dal.

I gen­uinely hope the Na­tion­als can get some clear air in the new year.

Vot­ers de­serve to be able to choose the in­au­gu­ral Mem­ber for Ni­cholls based on each can­di­date’s vi­sion for our col­lec­tive fu­ture, with­out the dis­trac­tion of yet an­other scan­dal. — An­drew Bock In­de­pen­dent can­di­date for Ni­cholls

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