Farewell and good riddance to Peter Hulin. His negativity has held the WCC back for 11 years. Hopefully he will find something positive to do in the next phase of his life.
Gavin Arnott, Warrnambool
Time to rebuild trust
Can this term of councillors now rebuild the trust between Warrnambool City Council and the residents of Warrnambool? I think Thursday's resignation by Peter Hulin should be concerning to all voters. Peter was elected by the residents of Warrnambool to represent the people but due to those working around him at city hall has been forced to resign because of the work environment.
On top of all of this we have outside bodies investigating a corporate spending issue which has been going on for five months. I hope that the current council can try to fix these workplace and operational issues to try and rebuild the trust of ratepayers before the next election. It's not fair a new council will be forced to deal with the issues left behind from the old.
Ben Blain, Warrnambool
I recently applied to be a 'Member' at Lyndoch. The application form itself is a curiosity. It seeks no information re educational or professional qualifications or work or life experience. The form doesn't require a witness. My application was peremptorily and summarily dismissed in what appears as one liner pro forma rejection letter.
I am a recently retired lawyer of nearly 40 years experience, previous AHPRA Board Member, previous Veterans Board Member, Supreme Court Registrar, Legal Consultant at a Royal Commission and so on.
Similarly my husband, a recently retired AFP Officer after 38 years of service including in Afghanistan was also rejected with the same wording from Lyndoch.
Has any member of the public not directly associated with Lyndoch been accepted as a member?
Is Lyndoch's approach to bona fide member applications consistent with the requirements and expectations of the broader community whom Lyndoch purports to serve?
Lynn Hudson, Warrnambool
Why the chop?
It seems a shame that all the healthy, mature Drooping Sheoak trees in Norfolk Place Port Fairy are being removed for a "tidy town" reason. Why couldn't the 21 per cent of the residents keep their trees and the 42 cent who wanted theirs replaced by Apple Myrtle trees have their wishes met?
Don Stewart, Port Fairy
Wake up call
NSW farmers are painting their gates yellow to declare they believe Climate Change is real so when their local politicion goes past they get the message.
I also see our politicians need a wake up call like the Wiggles WAKE UP JEFF; but I believe purple may be a more appropriate colour then yellow as we are going purple in the face yelling for better roads hospitals etc and to wake them up what is happening in our climate.
We are missing out on the gravy grants as our votes are taken for granted in this safe seat, and yes we all know we still have time to burn till May in this crazy weather patterns we are seeing.
Why purple; the skies from the fires the other morning sunrise was purple, is this an omen for the future of our children.
Robert Rowley, Illowa
Thanks for efforts
On behalf of Cancer Council Victoria, I would like to sincerely thank the City of Warrnambool community for supporting the recent Warrnambool Relay For Life. More than 560 Relayers in 36 teams united on February 7-8, walking for hours to celebrate cancer survivors, recognize those undergoing treatment as well as those who care for them and remember loved ones lost.
In doing so, our dedicated supporters spread a resounding message of hope, strength and support for the 212 Warrnambool locals diagnosed with cancer each year.
So far this year, nearly $44,000 has been raised by Warrnambool Relayers to fund Cancer Council Victoria's cancer research, prevention programs and support services.
Right now, you're funding researchers working in Victorian hospitals and universities to identify new treatments and supporting epidemiologists to work out the causes of cancer
Todd Harper, CEO, Cancer Council Victoria
Fuel loads a factor in fires
Tony Delaney seems a bit selective in his evidence regarding attributing climate change as most material to the recent bushfires in Queensland, NSW, East Gippsland as well as SA.
While some seem to put 'climate change' foremost as the apparent most significant cause, even Michael Mann included fuel loads in his list of material considerations on Q&A last week and since then I read Alan Finkel has too. Professor Andy Pitman from UNSW stated that 'climate change' had "no direct link" to the fires.
Omitting relative fuel loads as a major factor is to equate a campfire sufficient to boil the billy and cook some damper with a bonfire intended to burn a witch or cremate a body.
'Climate change' may well have augmented the Indian Ocean Dipole in generating extreme dryness across the continent augmented by El Nino effects but my B Eng fluid dynamics suggests they are natural phenomena driven by Earth's rotation and consequent large scale temperature differential related, oscillating fluid movements in the oceans.
The relentless and selective repetition of 'climate change' being the prime factor is erroneous and downright misleading regarding materially improving preparation for near future fire seasons.
That some pundits and even some scientists may chant climate change, climate change probably just means they have a politically influenced agenda, typically nothing more than they vote Green/ALP and hate the LNP. Hardly an indicator of objective, 'expert' advice.
Hello!? Like some lawyers and doctors etc, some scientists have subjective agendas including self promotion.
Mike Seward, Port Fairy
Mobile phones banned in schools
This is implemented by the Victorian Government. Ridiculous, as the legislation has room for the exceptions, which may then be accepted by the principal. I do not agree with this ridiculous policy. All the children attending school in 2020 have been subjected to the internet and computers from approximately two-years-old. The kinders had desktops before our family did. This must be bordering on the privacy act. If a student is caught with their mobile the teacher may take it off the student.
1. Most students are under 18 so technically it is not their phone by law.
2. Phone gets misplaced by teacher.... who is than responsible?
3. Privacy, are we able to entrust each student is treated exactly the same?? how can they be, teachers are people and react differently.
4. From grade 4 iPads were introduced. To afford one I took a plan which means the iPad has a sim which in turn can be used as a phone. IPads are mandatory. If a teacher has taken possession how does the child use it for class?
5. Teachers teach, not policing.
6. Bullying. My girls are both in secondary. Both are shy and have anxiety, both have been severely bullied in the past.
7. Dictatorship. The role model teachers all have their phones on them.
8. No contact to home.
9 Children will now become more accustomed to deceiving authority. I have many more arguments but cannot fit in this letter.
Esther Graham, Warrnambool