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Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

It is hoped that who­ever won the elec­tion takes note of the fol­low­ing:

1. De­vel­op­ment and sup­port of in­fra­struc­ture in ru­ral Vic­to­rian com­mu­ni­ties in health, ed­u­ca­tion, trans­port and so­cial ser­vices.

While the Fed­eral Coali­tion gov­ern­ment is be­ing crit­i­cised by the ALP's Bill Shorten for cut­ting back on im­mi­grant in­take and he talks on about de­vel­op­ing in­fra­struc­ture in the big­ger cities, the real prob­lems are be­ing ig­nored.

Aus­tralia's pop­u­la­tion is con­cen­trated on the east­ern coastal strip and es­sen­tial de­vel­op­ment of the vast in­land ar­eas is ig­nored; along with sup­port for and the de­vel­op­ment of smaller cities and towns' in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices.

We need to de­velop larger in­land cities and pro­vide fast in­ter­state rail trans­port be­tween ma­jor coastal pop­u­la­tions’ cen­tres from Perth to Dar­win to Mount Isa, down through Charleville, Bourke and Co­bar to large pop­u­la­tion cen­tres like Ade­laide, Syd­ney and Mel­bourne.

At present the largest in­land city is Wagga Wagga NSW with a pop­u­la­tion of 65,000. We need to look at ma­jor devel­op­ments in­land as a na­tion for many rea­sons. Plus it does not make sense to have the ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion crowded onto a nar­row coastal strip which puts pres­sure on pri­mary pro­duc­ers and there is a fail­ure to de­velop the needed in­fra­struc­ture in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

2. Ed­u­ca­tion has been vic­timised by all state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments’ fail­ure to in­vest more heav­ily in our youth learn­ing ba­sic es­sen­tials. It is not enough to fund mickey mouse pro­grams for spe­cial­ist schools to take stu­dents fish­ing ev­ery week all day or to get them to “gar­den “the whole day and try and pass it off as ed­u­ca­tion.

We need to get back to real time ed­u­ca­tion and teach ba­sic skills of read­ing, writ­ing and math­e­mat­ics along with a bit of sciences, his­tory, hu­man­i­ties and arts like draw­ing, drama and some life skills sub­jects like cook­ing, clean­ing and in­de­pen­dent liv­ing skills for those that can cope with it.

Real achieve­ment comes from be­ing tested and chal­lenged by tasks. If a stu­dent is slightly out of the “nor­mal” range, he or she is put into the too hard bas­ket. We need to work at cre­at­ing re­silient youth who are not afraid of chal­lenges.

That means as a na­tion in­vest­ing more heav­ily in our youth and their fu­ture and help­ing them to cre­ate a fu­ture in­land and in ru­ral Aus­tralia. They are the builders of our fu­ture as a na­tion and they de­serve to be chal­lenged and pushed to suc­ceed by us be­liev­ing they can do so.

I hope what­ever gov­ern­ment we end up with it will in­vest in ru­ral Aus­tralia and the youth of Aus­tralia. Ilana Leeds, Drouin East

Re­cently I was at Wool­worths and I didn’t have enough money to pay for all of my items. I took some out and then a very kind woman of­fered to pay for them. That left me with a good feel­ing for the rest of the day.

A huge brick to the peo­ple or per­sons who steal from own­ers be­fore pub­lic auc­tions and do­ing the same to hon­est peo­ple who pur­chase items place them on their ve­hi­cles only to find some­one has re­moved them. There is a strong bond built within the reg­u­lar sale go­ers so it is sad­den­ing that there are oth­ers who are dis­heart­en­ing us

Bricks to the driver of the grey hatchback that nearly col­lected me on Lard­ner Road on Thurs­day morn­ing at 7.15am. You were go­ing way too fast. The speed limit is 80 km/h but you were do­ing well above that. I had looked right, then left and right again be­fore I pulled out of my drive­way. It was clear. Then, you hurled past nar­rowly miss­ing me. I know you were go­ing way too fast as by the time I reached the down­ward drive to the hair­pin bend, you were al­ready nearly out of sight turn­ing up to­wards Larder Track. You must have taken those cor­ners at over 100 km. Not ad­vis­able in dry weather, let alone the wet weather.

A big bunch of bou­quets to the TIMP group for their fundraiser aware­ness night held last Thurs­day night. It was a great in­sight to the pro­gram and the fan­tas­tic work that the vol­un­teers do. Also, con­grat­u­la­tions to those that spoke about their jour­neys com­ing clean and turn­ing your lives around, amaz­ing ef­forts.

Trailer-load of bricks to the lowlife who dumped their trail­er­load of rub­bish on the side of Al­lam­bee Es­tate Road last week. You've ru­ined a lovely drive down to the pic­nic area all be­cause you're too self­ish to take it to the Trans­fer Sta­tion.

A bou­quet of thanks to the War­ragul Ceme­tery Trust; when it was drawn to their at­ten­tion that a shrub was ob­scur­ing the vi­sion of a rel­a­tive’s plaque from view, they very promptly pruned the shrub and ti­died the sur­round­ing area. Many thanks to all con­cerned.

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