Mildura Weekly : Friday March 28 2014 Vol 8 No 21
www.milduraweekly.com.au 10 Mildura Weekly – 28/03/14 Town takes offence Sir, We have had an overwhelm- ing response to your article Huge RV ‘roadshow’ comes to Robinvale (21/3/14). The majority of residents in Merbein and surrounding district have taken offence that you have put in print that Merbein is a non-RV friendly town. Some time back resi- dents of Merbein pushed to make Merbein a RV friendly town, but council cowered to the whims of the minor- ity who opposed it. It was made apparent that the ones who were against it did not want RV’s in sight of their property. It was also said they didn’t want strangers lurking near children. Do they ever con- sider the so called strangers lurking, as they put it, at the local cricket games. They never once consid- ered the benefits Merbein would have gained bringing RV’s to Merbein. Although we are not an official RV friendly town, Merbein extends a warm welcome to all the members of the CMCA to spend time in and around Merbein. It is a friendly place and there is a lot to offer. Mickey Bottrell, for Committee and Mem- bers Merbein Progressive Group Inc. & Merbein Mar- kets. • EDITOR’S NOTE: The idea to make Merbein an RV friendly town came a few years ago from Alan ‘Sandy’ Cameron, supported by the Mildura Weekly, as indi- cated by full-page editorial pieces (ABOVE). It was almost a done deal, but sadly (and strangely), a vocal minor- ity, including a former councillor, had enough ‘clout’ to force council to reverse its decision. No-one pushed hard enough to re- verse the reversal. The end result is that Merbein doesn’t get to dis- play signs that says it is ‘RV friendly.’ You can’t have it both ways. CMCA welcome Sir, A huge welcome to the CMCA 2014 rally at Robinva- le. At the time of writing there was a registration of 850 mo- tor homes, with an estimated economic return to the local community of approximately $2 million. This rally gives the Chaffey Trail the opportunity to reach 1500-plus camper- van and motorhome own- ers. It is generally accepted that these visitors stay in the region for an average of six weeks. In partnership with Went- worth and Mildura Visitor In- formation Centre, a brochure has been designed to assist rally participants in visiting Mildura during and after the event. Council staff will be on duty at the event throughout the week for sales, informa- tion and bookings. Mildura Rural City Coun- cil project officer Julie Jewell has developed a very infor- mative brochure, with a map detailing ‘Long Vehicle Park- ing’ requirements, dump points, emergency numbers, gas bottle re-fills, banking and ATM needs etc. She will also be present- ing a one hour segment at the Rally seminar on touring the Chaffey Trail to a possible au- dience of 1500 CMCA mem- bers. A special rate has been arranged for city car parking at the corner of Langtree Av- enue and 7th Street, at a flat rate of $8 a day (as some use up to four spaces) 9am to 6pm. Signage will be devel- oped to guide motorhome and campervan travellers to this car parking facility. Ad- equate parking will also be made available at Chaffey Trail sites, including Psyche Pumps. There are reports that CMCA visitors are already spending, and Buronga Cara- van Park is reporting book- ings. Cr Mark Eckel Chairman, Chaffey Trail Reference Group Leave the park alone Sir, I was reading in a recent is- sue, a letter about Henderson Park, Mildura, and trees. It was only a few months ago that council removed a number of big trees from the park. It would be a disaster to remove the path through the park. It is very difficult to wheel a pram or a wheelchair, walk with a walking stick, or just walk on green lawn, more so when the grass is wet. Henderson Park is well used, and an asset to Mildura. Leave it as it is. Pat Carson Irymple. The soapbox Tell us what’s on your mind 10 Mildura Weekly – 28/03/14 Mildura Weekly – 28/03/14 Mildura Weekly THE bloke on television was beside him- self with delight, sprouting an exciting new discovery that had obviously turned him – and fellow researchers – into over- night international celebrities. No, he hadn’t developed a cure for AIDS – not even the common flu for that matter. He reported that scientists had discovered a chicken. Not just any chook, mind you. They called this one ‘The Chicken from Hell.’ Part chook, part lizard. Its official name is a Oviraptorosaur, part of the Dinosaur family. The palaeontologists (people who study fossils), had apparently stumbled upon a few isolated bone fragments. Amazingly, they were able to re-con- struct the chook, AND let us know that it roamed the earth around 68 million years ago...give or take a few million, of course. More amazingly still, from these few bone fragments, they were able to tell us that this chook was more than three me- tres long, weighed 227 kilograms, had a beak but no teeth, sported a bony crest on top of its head, had what they de- scribed as ‘murderous claws’ and ‘prize-fight- er arms,’ thin chicken- like legs, a long thin tail and lots of feathers. Absolutely mind-boggling stuff. And it got better. Despite having only a few bone fragments to work with, and despite the fact they had narrowed its age down to 68 million (or so) years, university researchers were able to illus- trate exactly what this chook looked like (PICTURED) The bone fragments were apparently found during excavation work in 1999, but were kept under wraps, top-secret, until now. Now the Paleontologists who discov- ered the fossils in North and South Da- kota, USA, have the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Uni- versity of Utah eating out of the palm of their hand. Various news reports appear to have scientists trying to outdo each other with descriptions of this creature. But most agree it could stomp its prey to death, rip things to pieces, or even peck you to death (despite having no teeth). One scientist was quoted as saying the chook had “more accessories than a Swiss Army knife.” You had to be on the ground though, because this thing couldn’t fly. Amazing what they can do, really, with a few bone fragments and a vivid imagination. In recent decades (nowhere near 68 million years), governments, universi- ties, philanthrophic groups and individ- uals have handed over multi, multi-mil- lions of dollars to scientists undertaking such gripping fossil research as this. It doesn’t do much to solve current world problems - wars, civil unrest, re- search to stop air disasters, world pover- ty, child abuse, slavery, drug epidemics, persecuted asylum-seekers and refugees, the sex trade or a hundred other world problems - but hey, reading about ‘The Chicken from Hell’ probably takes your mind off more important issues for a while. The world’s top fossil-hunting sci- entists are no doubt falling over them- selves to come up with a new discovery to beat this headline-making chook. We can’t wait! – ALAN ERSKINE EDITORIAL We welcome letters from our readers. These can be submitted by email to lettersdesk@ milduraweekly.com.au or addressed to the Mildura Weekly at 424 San Mateo Avenue, Mildura, Victoria, 3500. They can also be hand delivered to the same address. 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