Thanks for the memories
It is with sadness that I say goodbye to The Loft. Warrnambool is poorer with its demise. It will no doubt take its rightful place in the Pantheon of great Warrny music venues that have vanished, the Lady Bay, The Cri, The Tatts. I am afraid the Paris end of Liebig Street will never be the same. Warrnambool, when it comes to original music has always punched above its weight. Airbourne, Shane Howard, Archie Roach, Marco Goldsmith, Tom Richardson, The Tank, Eddie Boyle, Flynn, Cooper, Nancy, Gabby, The 88Aces, Skye, Lee, Andy, the list goes on. What made the Loft so special was Lynny, Jed and Kielan. They live for music. We should all bow and thank them. Their reign at this venue has enriched this town and given performers the vital space to learn and develop. They love everything from metal to folk and they have taken on national acts on tour as well as local kids playing their first gig. I think they are irreplaceable. I hope they rise again in another venue, I don't want to contemplate Warrnambool without them. If not I hope another group of people and another venue step up to keep this town's rich music tradition going. Thanks Lynny Jed and Kielan, bloody legends.
Jimmy Cowabunga, Peterborough
New use for factory?
Can hemp give Warrnambool another answer to our Dennington factory closure and should council pursue the use of the Dennington factory conversion into the Western District Hemp processing plant? Hemp has 10,000 different uses including building materials for houses that are fire resistant, replacing plastic in throwaway food containers, in horticulture it breaks down to fertiliser, food for stock, its ability to store carbon in its root matter in the soil. The flow on effect to the local small industry to value add to the product has enormous potential in future jobs. How many farms will also benefit by growing hemp to strengthen the local economy diversification? Does council want another empty factory eyesore like Fletcher Jones was for years, pretty houses without jobs are just that.
Robert Rowley, Illowa
Human rights query
He retains his job as Australia's Prime Minister the one known as ScoMo
And as ever he remains the refugees foe
Has to punish the stateless and the homeless to many Australians become their idea for all a fair go
On their re-election of an anti poor government this well may be so
Even their basic human rights of refugees in offshore detention he promises to rescind
To humanity ScoMo is not a good friend
For to be a supposed devout church-going person his behaviour seems odd
Or is the religious faith he belongs to of an anti poor God
ScoMo who believes on punishing those who for themselves cannot speak
Only rules for those who believe on punishing the weak
But not every Australian lacks in empathy
ScoMo may rule for many but he does not rule for me
Another Federal Election his government may have won
But history judges every politician when all is said and done
ScoMo on his human rights record has performed very bad
And this to say the least is so very sad.
Francis Duggan, Illowa
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