Please take note
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.