Not happy with camping plan
You have got to be kidding. Kicking out campers, for one night a week is pure madness. If someone comes down for nine nights for example they have to vacate and then return for two nights. Surely the grass does not have to be sanitised and the facilities should be kept clean all the time.
If a deep clean is required you could shut one lot of amenities at a time and clean overnight when most people are asleep. I am sure if it was explained why this was happening, the people who have to answer the call of nature during the nocturnal hours would rather go a few extra steps than pack up. The revenue lost from all the sites would far exceed any associated costs involved. Come on new council people, stand up and think outside the norm and let everybody enjoy our great region in a safe and healthy way.
Peter Brown, Warrnambool
Quarry fight not race-based
Unfortunately the journalist gets it wrong in the opening paragraph of the article 'Quarry referred to VCAT' on November 30.
By stating that tensions are heating up between traditional owners and the community, she implies that this is solely a race driven issue, which it most certainly is not.
This is an argument between the local community (both black and white) and a private enterprise that is determined to put an environmental nightmare within thirty metres of the banks of the Hopkins River, opposite Framlingham forest.
This quarry will operate six days a week, constantly grinding the blue-stone it blasts from the river valley on bi-monthly basis. Both grinding and blasting will emit silicates into the air to be carried by the wind, affecting animals and people alike. It is also likely to drop the water table in the area, as previous quarries have done. During flooding, the whole quarry is vulnerable to discharge into the river.
And all this is proposed in order to create five jobs and some road metal. How short sighted!
Fiona Stewart-Murray, Mortlake
Have a happy Christmas
This year has brought with it some of the greatest challenges we have faced in Australia. From drought, to devastating bushfires and a global pandemic, it would be fair to say that we are all looking forward to a fresh new year.
But as we look forward to Christmas and the New Year, it is important to note that in every situation that comes our way, there is always good to be found.
The Salvos also know that Christmas can be a time of stress, financial pressure and loneliness for some Aussies doing it tough. New research conducted for The Salvation Armys Christmas Appeal showed that 74% of Aussies didnt know where to go for financial support this Christmas. The Salvos want you to know that we are here this Christmas; if you need financial support, presents for the kids, food for Christmas Day or just a community to belong to, please reach out to your local Salvos.
From The Salvation Army, we wish you, your family and friends a very Happy Christmas.
Major Bruce Harmer, The Salvation Armys National Public Relations Secretary
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