Mildura Weekly : Friday November 22 2013 Vol 8 No 4
Mildura Weekly – 22/11/13 17 www.milduraphonebook.com.au • From Page 8 Toula, 39, is Mildura-born and raised, works in the family business Mil- dura One-Stop Wholesaler in Madden Avenue, where she is now office manager. She said she enters a variety of com- petitions, but the Green and Gold ‘Keys to the City’ is the first time she has won anything. “I only entered about half-way into the competition,” she said. “Naturally we advertise the business in the Green and Gold Mildura Phonebook, and Fiona from the Green and Gold encour- aged us to enter, but it wasn’t until my sister-in-law Belinda Gemits reminded me about the promotion that I decided to download the App and put my name down. The Milcura and Gold Phonebook ‘Keys to the City’ promotion attracted more than 600 entries, and heaps of Facebook likes, from the Mildura Weekly readership area. Mildura Weekly manager Stuart Mensch congratulated Toula on her win, and had special thanks for all the spon- sors who contributed to, and supported, the unique ‘Keys to the City’ experience. The Mildura Green and Gold Phone- book will be printed just after Christmas, with distribution planned for early in the New Year. Details on downloading the free Green and Gold App, which gives 24-hour access to around 10,000 servic- es, are available from Mariah or Fiona on 5021 1777. By GRANT MAYNARD OUR regular readers will recall that nearly 12 months ago we ran a story about the frustra- tions of a Mildura widower who was receiving mail from an energy supplier addressed to his deceased wife. It was upsetting, as most thinking people would realise, but obviously not the power company! The letters kept coming, despite our man writing to the company several times to explain that his wife had been gone a decade! For those who came in late a short recap is in order. The first letter of offer to change electricity supplier arrived June 2011. Not unusual in these days of letterbox ‘cold call’ selling. It caused some distress, and as our man put it: “It was not a good way to start the day!” Dutifully he wrote off to the author of the letter, advising them that his wife was deceased, and that he would appreciate her name being removed from the company’s database. The date on the return letter was June 29. On July 25 a second offer from the same company arrived. That letter compounded the distress caused by the first. And so it went. The letters from the energy supplier kept coming, and our man kept writing back, the tone of his letters reflecting his grow- ing annoyance. The ‘cake taker’ was a reply from the com- pany in question that apologised for ‘any incon- venience.’ However, there was more. The letter went on to say: “We are unable to find any account details and therefore are unable to make any changes to the account.” Our correspondent saw red at this. “So if they have no account details for my deceased wife, why are they sending her letters offering a change of supplier?” he fumed. It was a good question... and it should have ended there, but it didn’t and the to and fro let- ters continued throughout most of 2012. In the end, our frustrated correspondent told the company to address the letters to his wife, care of “Murray Pines.” Now, at last, it appears the company has got the message, and he has not received a letter in 2013, and neither has his late wife! For that, he says, he is very thankful. “I am hoping that is the end of it,” he told the Mildura Weekly this week. And we hope so too. The power struggle is over...we hope! • A tearsheet of our story from December last year. Highway safety upgrades at Mourquong SAFETY at the intersection of the Silver City Highway and Mourquong Road, at Mour- quong, will be improved with works soon to get under way. Nationals Member for Murray-Darling, John Williams, PIC- TURED, said the New South Wales Government had allocated $200,000 to widen lanes and install safety bar- riers as part of the project. “The works aim to improve safety for turning traffic in and out of Mour- quong Road, with barriers to be put in place to reduce the crash risk of motorists hitting a nearby power pole,” he said. “Roads and Maritime will carry out works from Monday, November 25, until mid-December on weekdays from 7am to 6pm, and on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm. “The work is part of a NSW Government rural intersection strategy to improve safety for turning vehicles at minor intersections,” Mr Williams said. “Traffic will be reduced to one lane dur- ing the work, with alternating traffic control to be in place to help motorists navigate around the work site safely. “Motorists are reminded to slow down – with a reduced speed limit of 40km/h to be in place during the work.” Mr Williams also advised motorists to plan their journey, and allow for extra travel time. 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