Mildura Weekly : Friday July 25 Vol 8 No 38
www.milduraweekly.com.au 10 Mildura Weekly – 25/07/14 The soapbox Tell us what’s on your mind 1010 Mildura Weekly – 25/07/14 Mildura Weekly – 25/07/14 Mildura Weekly The editor’s pick of comments made on the Mildura Weekly’s Facebook page this week... Facebook feedback Hidden treasure on the Darling Sir, Last December it was neces- sary for my husband to travel to Adelaide for major ankle surgery. A previous surgery had broken down, and an ar- throdesis was performed by a foot and ankle surgeon. As supervised rehabilita- tion was necessary the Wen- tworth Hospital was contact- ed to see if this was available. I cannot speak too highly of this wonderful hospital, from the administration, the nursing staff, to the very im- portant kitchen personnel. The nursing staff com- prises mainly ladies who trained when nursing was a respected ‘hands on’ profes- sion without the masses of paper work as it is today. We had been to this hospital to have dressings changed and sutures removed and had been attended to in a very professional manner. lt’s a shame the services available aren’t more widely known or advertised to make the hospital more financial- ly secure as I believe there is talk of a serious change of direction to this facility. Wentworth, as a small com- munity, still needs to have the assurance of being able to source these services when needed. We had imported a knee scooter for lan which proved to be a godsend as not only was he independently mo- bile, but more importantly exercising many muscles. I cannot understand why the knee scooter is not promoted more in the Sunraysia area for below the knee injuries. In conclusion may I say this little country hospi- tal, which has been likened to the one in the “Country Practice”TV series, has earned our sincere gratitude for the help and care given to lan in the three months he was in residence,and in our opinion is certainly a ‘Hidden trea- sure on the Darling.’ lan is walking so well now to the amazement to those who had seen him be- fore this surgery. Thank you, thank you once again Wentworth Hos- pital! Rhonda Tunkin Wentworth Good on Sue for speaking out Sir, I first would like to commend Sue Watson for speaking out (The Soapbox, Friday, June 20, entitled ‘Commonsense a council requirement’). I would have to agree with Councillor Milne that some of Sue’s facts were in- correct. She put the words ‘commonsense’ and ‘council’ in the same phrase. This was an obvious oversight and ob- viously incorrect. Apart from this minor oversight, I could not disagree with what Sue wrote. Glenn you were so much more believable as an actor in Harry and the Hen- dersons (Google it!). You and council think by throwing a few jumbled up figures to the community that we must accept it! The bottom line is that we’ve had a rate increase. It’s obvious maths was not your best sub- ject at school. You disputed Sue’s article regarding Mil- dura having the highest rates in the State. If this isn’t the case, name the Councils with higher rates. My rates went up $300 last year because of the fire levy! You remember the advertising: ‘It’s not a new levy, it’s a fairer levy.’ Fact! My rates increased $300, and my house insur- ance dropped by zero. The reason my home insurance did not go down was because this is not a high risk area for bushfire according to insur- ance companies, so I was not charged that in my home in- surance, but there will always be a fire component in your insurance due to house fires being from other than bush- fire . The chance of a firestorm in Mildura, and surround- ing towns is practically zero. Yes we do have forested areas such as Lindsay and Wallpo- lla Islands, the Sunset Coun- try etc. but the amount of cleared farmland and vine- yards as well as the river at our boundary makes this un- likely. With this knowledge of being a low risk fire area, you’d think council would have gone into bat for our community and have tried to appeal the ‘It’s not a new levy but a fairer levy.’ The ad- vertising wasted by govern- ment would damn near have paid for the fire levy itself. I do not claim to speak for all ratepayers, only those I have spoken to, and all are furious at another rate rise by coun- cil. You quoted: “Ms Watson may believe a cut-price coun- cil is all that is needed. The resultant cut-price services may not be well received by the community. “ I pay $3000 a year to have my bin emptied. This is the only household service I re- ceive. Hmmmmm you can’t get much more cut price than that! You also claim, Council- lor Milne, to have a dedicated team of sensible staff. I don’t refute, that you all have good intentions for our communi- ty. But good intentions don’t always get the right outcome for our community. The mall, what is it, three times its been revamped? Millions wasted to keep a dead zone. We just had the Hattah race here, a great event for the town, the mall wasn’t used for obvious reasons, and Langtree Avenue was blocked between 7th and 8th Streets because all the res- taurants and clubs are there. The mall you can fire cannon down there most days and not hit anybody, except per- haps a skateboarder or two. Oh, that’s right, they are not allowed in the mall in case they run over one of those invisible shoppers. • Continued Page 12 With five rounds left in the Sunraysia Football Netball League season, who is your favourite to take out both the senior football and A-Grade netball premierships? Chris Brown: Irymple in the football, and Mildura in the netball. Sam Smythe: Imperials will take out both the football and netball titles. Should Mildura host more youth-inspired events? What sort of event would you like to see become a regular fixture on the region’s calendar? Kath: Yes we should. More importantly, I’d like to see more community and media support for existing events, particularly the local gigs that are put on by hard-working volunteers. Mildura has developed a reputation in alternative music circles that continues to attract more bands here to play, including international acts; but there’s next to no community support for these events. Why is this? These shows are most heavily attended by youths and provide some great social benefits to people who may be otherwise withdrawn and isolated from their peers. One of the biggest hurdles faced by organisers is sound hire and security costs, which often mean these shows run at a loss that is worn by both bands and organisers, and harms the reputation that has been built for Mildura’s music scene. I’d like to see a specific gig guide included in sections of the local media. It would be incredible to one day see some real community support for younger music in the region, with maybe some funding for the purchase of sound equipment available for cheap hire (enough to cover insurance) for such events. 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