Mildura Weekly : Friday March 21 2014 Vol 8 No 20
www.milduraweekly.com.au 10 Mildura Weekly – 21/03/14 The soapbox Tell us what’s on your mind 10 Mildura Weekly – 21/03/14 Mildura Weekly – 21/03/14 Mildura Weekly WORK on Mildura City’s newest roundabout at the intersection of 8th Street and Madden Avenue continues. In fact, that is the problem. It is continuing! We can fully understand if businesses in the area are beginning to wonder just when it will be completed. For the record, we’re wondering the same thing. Obviously the lessons learned during, and after the protracted mall revamp, and the impact that has had on shopping in the City’s CBD, have not been learned. These major projects must be completed in a more timely fash- ion, otherwise, people – sick of trying to dodge the disruptive works – form new habits that are hard to break. In the case of the mall, they learn to shop elsewhere, and may never return. We sincerely hope that is not the case for the 8th Street and Mad- den Avenue businesses affected by the ongoing roundabout works. MILDURA is losing the litter battle, and unfortunately it shows! Despite the best efforts of the City to provide staff to clean-up, and numerous public receptacles for our rubbish, as well as a kerb- side waste pick-up and recycling service, a lot of people obviously have no qualms about tossing their litter whenever and wherever they feel like it. Some of our most beautiful public areas are being marred by this blight. C’mon Mildura, let’s lift our game. EDITORIAL The editor’s pick of comments made on the Mildura Weekly’s Facebook page this week... Facebook feedback We give a damn about Australia Sir, I would like to say how hearten- ing it is to see that all the letters (14/03) were from people of this area, and how fantastic all of them were about politics! As part of the Mallee GetUp team, we presented the top issues that had been surveyed from the 1662 GetUp members living in the Mallee, and there was certainly no demand that anything be “tabled” in Parliament, (I do note that ar- ticle 28/02 has reported, incorrectly that to be the case). The meeting was a sharing of views, from both sides, and I felt Mr Broad listened to us. These meetings are taking place in every electorate across Australia (regardless of Party) and perhaps as a result, decisions made in the fu- ture by our Governments, will take into account more than just the well funded lobby groups of big business. I agree with Lynette Simmons. There are issues that need to be addressed as suggested in her let- ter(14/03), and would highly rec- ommend that she meet with Mr Broad, and get some answers too. And may I suggest that to clarify the misconception that GetUp is in some way a ‘front’ for The Labour Party, please refer to the Getup web site. We really are ordinary Austra- lians who “give a damn” about this wonderful country! Samantha Cherry Mildura Congrats to MBH staff Sir, Congratulations to the hardwork- ing staff from Mildura Base Hospi- tal who were recognised at the re- cent Employee of the Year Awards. It was also fantastic to read in local media that stroke patients “are assessed by a speech therapist and a physiotherapist within 24 hours and assessed and managed by all Allied Health team members within 48 hours.” Reclaim Mildura Base Hospital hope this statement indicates that this fantastic initiative will contin- ue over the upcoming busy Easter period, and that the closure of the Allied Health Department and the closure of theatres, as was the case last Easter, will not be repeated in 2014. With the influx of visitors to our region and the associated sporting pursuits during this busy period, our community should be confident that medical treatment will be available if required. RMBH continue to work hard to have Mildura Base Hospital re- turn to public management, with this issue to be front and centre at the upcoming 2014 Victorian Elec- tion. Jo Clutterbuck Chair Reclaim Mildura Base Hospital Editor’s note: See story Page 13. Leave it to the Russians to sort out Sir, DEMOCRACY! We’re told it is the best political system. The Crimea has had its refer- endum, but American President Obama doesn’t want to accept the result. More than 95 percent of Crimeans voted YES. I thought that this would have been accepted as democracy, but I guess not. The sanctions will now be ratcheted up; much more chin wag- ging, and voting, will take place at the UN. How should the West deal with Russia over this issue? Will there be war? At a time when the USA, UK and other EU nations have cut back, and are cutting back on their military; have they the means, let alone the will, to do anything more than verbally abuse Russia for its incursion into Crimea? The area has always been under the influence of Russia, and they have no intention of letting it drift west- ward. What if California, fast filling up with Mexicans, and outnumber- ing Americans, were to vote to be annexed to Mexico, would the USA sit idly by and let it happen? I think it is best to let the Rus- sians run the show in their own backyard, and the West stop med- dling. The results might be too cat- astrophic to contemplate. Jay Nauss Glen Aplin Will you be attending Triple J’s One Night Stand concert in Mildura? Will the concert be a tourism win for the region? Helen Jack: I won’t be, but my youngest daughter has already rung to ‘book’ her room here for the concert. She is also bringing a few carloads of friends, she lives in Loxton. Susan Tozeland: No, not for me. Suzie Que: More to the point what kind of music is on offer? Head banging noise, or actual music? Andrew Mathieson: Yes on both points. Jack Dodds: No, I would like to see Leonard Cohen or Hoodoo Gurus. Someone who I can understand when they sing rather than rap which I cannot understand half the time. I have not heard of any of the bands playing here so they don’t interest my music taste. However, I do think it will be a big drawcard for tourists and locals alike, so I support the concept depsite not knowing anything about the bands and singers playing. F. 5027 6241 E. firstname.lastname@example.org www.frankstockmanplumbing.com.au VIC & NSW LIC. NO. 32486 CALL NOW 0419 276 220 FREE QUOTES EXCAVATION HIRE PENSIONER DISCOUNTS • Commercial Plumbing • Roofing & Guttering • Plumbing Maintenance • Blocked Drains & Replacement • Gas Fitting Qualified and experienced staff at Frank Stockman plumbing specialise in all aspects of plumbing adopting the motto “no job too big or too small”. No obligation free quotes and pension discounts available for the Sunraysia District. • Hot Water Service & Replacement • Rain Water Tanks • Grey Water • Plus much, much more....
Friday March 14 2014 VOL 8 No 19
Friday March 28 2014 Vol 8 No 21