LET­TERS TO THE ED­I­TOR

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - On The Land -

Fuel price

Brian Keenan is quite right to call out the ser­vice sta­tions for their sus­pected price goug­ing of Yar­ra­wonga mo­torists. There is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for them to charge more, ap­pre­cia­bly more at times, than prices in neigh­bour­ing towns.

I be­lieve the ser­vice sta­tions charge more be­cause they want to earn ex­cess prof­its, but this may come at our ex­pense.

Gov­ern­ments, un­for­tu­nately, can’t stop this, un­less they leg­is­late to fix prices and that won’t hap­pen. There are laws against price col­lu­sion, but this is dif­fi­cult to prove.

One so­lu­tion for some is to fill up away from Yar­ra­wonga. I buy fuel in Co­bram on my weekly trips to swim in Ba­rooga (be­cause we don’t have a heated pool).

But, as Mr Keenan points out, such trips can lead to shop­ping in those towns at the ex­pense of Yar­ra­wonga re­tail­ers.

Maybe the re­tail­ers and other lo­cal busi­nesses could bring pres­sure to bear on the ser­vice sta­tions to charge rea­son­able prices.

Mick Shad­wick, Bur­ramine

Christ­mas lunch a treat

I had the ab­so­lute plea­sure of shar­ing Christ­mas lunch with my 85 year old frail mum in 2018 at the Mul­wala Foot­ball Net­ball Club.

I had never heard of such a lunch in all mum’s life in Yar­ra­wonga and was so pleas­antly sur­prised to ar­rive in high 30 de­gree heat and be so warmly wel­comed into the air con­di­tioned room set up ex­clu­sively for lo­cal el­derly cit­i­zens who may not have any­body to share the day with.

To see my mum’s happy face as she was vis­ited by her many life-long friends to our ta­ble was sheer joy for my­self and my sis­ter and brother in law.

The roast meal was spec­tac­u­lar and the dessert and fresh fruit plat­ter su­perb. A nice cold bev­er­age to wash it down and the vol­un­teer staff who served ev­ery per­son to the ta­ble, took away dishes al­ways smil­ing and help­ful with our pre­cious el­ders on such a won­der­ful day was heart­warm­ing and made me proud of my roots.

Such a shame the Yar­ra­wonga footy club couldn’t pro­vide such a beau­ti­ful com­mu­nity Christ­mas lun­cheon for our el­ders. My mum spent 40 years serv­ing hot chips at the Yar­ra­wonga home games with pride, al­ways made the af­ter­noon tea’s for our Yar­ra­wonga cricket team and learnt how to score as well, she is a lit­tle dy­namo.

Well done Mul­wala Foot­ball Net­ball Club for this amaz­ing com­mu­nity ef­fort. You made your town stand tall and with such grace and hu­mil­ity to boot.

The car­ols sin­ga­long at the end was ab­so­lutely de­light­ful, watch­ing our pre­cious el­ders en­joy a sing a long capped the lun­cheon off su­perbly.

Neville Smith, Yar­ra­wonga

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