Mildura Weekly : Friday June 3 Vol 10 No 30
12 OPINION MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016 • From Page 11 So, what can we do about what I have called this ‘damaging predictability’? How can we become a mar- ginal electorate that at- tracts significant fund- ing – from both sides of politics – in order for them to either win or keep our seat? First, people need to understand and widely discuss the benefits, to look at marginal electorates and the funding they receive and how their communi- ties thrive from the significant fis- cal windfalls. Secondly, they need to become adventurous, to experiment with their vote – and to be prepared to do it more than once – in order to expe- rience the results. This is not an entirely novel idea as school teacher Alan Lind, PICTURED, represented the urban seat of Mildura (not Federal Mallee) for the Labour Party in the State Legislative As- sembly between the years 1952-1955. He was a gunner in the 2/12 Australian Field Artillery, Australian Imperial Force 1942- 1944, Middle East, New Guinea.) This will prove ex- tremely difficult, if not impossible, for some ‘rusted on’ voters to achieve. However, as the Alan Lind example indicates, the more urbanised people are, the more they tend to swing their vote and, in a technologically globalised world ur- banisation can hap- pen – even on farms. Of course, if, by some benevolent twist of fate, this happens and we attain the sta- tus of a swinging seat, we need to be well prepared – to have publicly debated and agreed upon strategic plans, backed up by detailed and priori- tised proposals – to be in a position to take immediate advantage of the pork-barrelling that is sure to come our way. COMMUNITY COMMENT Don’t take our library LAST week at the Irymple Progress Association meeting I was told that the Irymple Library was going to close. The report went to Council last week. When you add the train, Grey- hound Adelaide bus service and beds closing at Mildura Base Hos- pital, what else can the district lose? The Irymple Library was built in 1948. They shared the build- ing with the Health Service for many years, until the Health Ser- vice moved to Mildura, when the library took over the whole build- ing. I started going when I was about seven-years-old, we even had a librarian come to the Irym- ple Primary School and read to the class once a week. The Irymple Library over the years for me has been a great re- source – I have enjoyed reading many books borrowed from the library, and now they have a com- puter, newspapers and magazines. Irymple has a population of 6000, now overtaking Red Cliffs – what are the aged and young school children going to use? I think Council should have a long think about it. Figures can be manipulated to prove a point. We pay our rates every year to the Mildura Rural City Council to provide a service, not to take our library from us. Councillors, give Irymple citi- zens and ratepayers a fair go. Paul Nicolias Irymple LETTER THIS year’s hugely successful Mildura Field Days had something for everyone, whether it was children, farmers, or the whole family, everyone took something away from the event. But field days attendee Hans Schulz got much more than he bargained for after finding out this week he was the winner of the event’s major prize, a John Deere ride-on lawnmower. Mildura Field Days co-ordinator, Jo Clutterbuck, drew Hans’ name from more than 7000 entries. Catching a ride at the Mildura Field Days • RIDE ON: Mildura Field Days major prize winner Hans Schulz on his new ride-on lawnmower with event co-ordinator, Jo Clutterbuck, and Mildura Haeusler’s Alf Davis. need to make a deposit? pop into your local post Office* Withdraw and deposit cash and cheques#, and check your account balance with Australia Post’s Bank@Post service. With the Big 4 Banks and many more financial institutions you can get even more done at your local Post Office. *3,500 participating Post Offices in the Australia Post network. # Limits apply. Contact your financial institution for more information and check the account terms and conditions to see if charges apply.
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