Great community service
It was a great pleasure to nominate Tracey Baker, from Camperdown, to attend the International Women's Day event held in Parliament in honour of women who contribute to community sport in our state. At every level women make local sport happen, as players, coaches, organisers and parents, as well as fundraisers and volunteers. Tracey is a superb example of this.
She has inspired others through her performances on the netball pitch, but also in basketball, cricket, squash and tennis. She has been a tireless coach at Camperdown Netball Club, of teams of every age and level. As manager, co-ordinator, scorer, parent and much more, she is an indispensable part of the club. Beyond netball, she has coached junior basketball, and is actively involved in Bookaar Cricket Club. In short this accolade was a well-deserved recognition for her years of effort. It is typical of her dedication that before setting off to Parliament on the morning of the event, she was out with the Bookar u16 Cricket team at Cobden.
Sadly Mortlake denied them their third straight premiership, but at least the day ended with success - Tracey and other guests were invited to the final of the Women's T20 World Cup at the MCG, and saw the Australian team win the trophy. Congratulations Tracey, and thank you for everything you do.
Bev McArthur MP
Will petrol prices fall?
I have been in self isolation after returning from overseas and according to the Victorian fuel website I see petrol prices have not been this low for years. On scanning the net I see petrol prices in Melbourne and Geelong are about $1.00 to $1.10 a litre. Can someone please give me a reason why Warrnambool is so expensive.
In these times I would hope all savings would be passed on.
Peter Brown, Warrnambool
Climate change emergency
We are all faced with a dangerous viral health emergency. Government says it is following the advice of experts as to how it should deal with the health emergency. My question is this: due to the climate change emergency, we are facing the deaths of millions of people from climate change. Why is government not listening to the advice of the thousands of expert scientists on how we should act on climate change?
These scientists warn that we should not develop any more fossil fuel projects, and that we should immediately phase out coal, oil, gas and nuclear because of the dangers they pose for survival of life on earth.
Climate change will kill millions of people and destroy life on Earth. We must act now by investing in cleaner and cheaper renewable energy sources. Renewables can be built faster than fossil fuel developments and would help to ameliorate climate change. Bank interest rates are nearly zero, so investment in renewables would be virtually free.
Will state and federal governments choose life for the planet or will they go ahead with new fossil fuel development and condemn millions to death from the effects of a heating planet?It is immoral that the Victorian and New South Wales governments intend to "tick the boxes" for gas development at this time of climate emergency. Extraction of gas, coal, oil and uranium should cease immediately to prevent global warming and large-scale deaths.
Gillian Blair, Warrnambool
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