Walking path aliabilityI write in regard to works carried out at Russell Square, Brown Hill. Council has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to upgrade facilities. New Soccer rooms used 6 months a year at most, new Netball court used infrequently, new cricket pitches again occasional use and now I see $250,000 to be spent on training lights.The Council can mow the ovals weekly and sometimes twice weekly for these activities to occur.
But despite frequent contact with Council about the state of the walking track that runs around Russell Square and the dangerous situation, I can get no response. The track is used daily by dozens of people but Council has allowed it to deteriorate to a narrow excuse of a path.
Inaddition the above mentioned works have taken their toll with heavy machinery chewing it up continually. It is now a sunken walking trap. Recently a lady was badly injured when trying to step aside to allow runners to go past and tripped on the raised edges. She suffered substantial injuries including massive facial contusions, broken facial bones and cracked ribs, and she is not the only casualty. Still Council have not even the courtesy to reply and arrogantly do nothing about the danger. Wash-aways, exposed rocks and overgrown edges show Councils lack of maintenance, and all together make a recipe for disaster. Come on Council, do your job.
NEGLECT: Despite a small fortune poured into the upgrade of Russell Square, the walking track continues to deteriorate.
Kevin Holloway,Brown Hill.
We pay taxes for a reasonI don’t mind paying tax. Part of a civilised society is the community at large contributing to governments carrying out projects and providing services for that community. Generally, the prevailing attitude is to denigrate governments and the fact that we are required to pay taxes to those governments – this is a very dangerous and damaging attitude to adopt in a society that regards itself as democratic. Much of our financial advice is based on how to minimise tax payments; e.g.: witness the current debate on reducing the tax minimisation approach to the use of superannuation – clearly an unintended consequence behind the whole concept of superannuation. The tax avoidance ‘industry’ is a very pointed example of people’s and companies’ disdain for meeting their obligations to contribute to the welfare of and provision of services to the broader community. The real issue about paying taxes is whether or not the revenue is being well used; this is where people can use their influence: letting parliamentarians and governments know how they would like their money used.
Hedley Thomson, Canadian
Tourist centre needs accessI do agree wholeheartedly with the expressions of Gerald Jenzen and Lorraine Collishaw with comments on 12/11/2015 with the idea the Civic Hall is ideal central place for this facility to be situated. We all know this, so why not let it happen. We have other venues for major events, as we know, sport, conferences, conventions and business major facilities available.Please let this facility be adapted for use of our minor needs but let it it be our hub for ‘Tourist Ballarat’ and our most accessible tourist friendly centre for visitors.
Anne Smail. Alfredton
Halting radicalisation through workA key tool could be more job opportunities for the unskilled and the poorly educated. Regrettably, the minds in treasury, conservative think tanks and government extend no further than Classical Free Market Economics 101, and have driven the shutdown of nearly all our manufacturing industry. With that shutdown, opportunities for meaningful work for thousands also went out the door. The government now needs a”knowledge economy” bolstered with more jobs for those with limited skills and education. .
Colin Simmons, Woodend
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