What do we get out of it?
Is there really a parking drama in the CBD of
the 'bool? I live four minutes from Liebig Street. It appears to me
parking is difficult to find in the main CBD - even before COVID struck. The CellOPark app is so simple, quick and easy. How does the loss of
$5k a month in revenue assist voters and ratepayers in the remaining 119sqkm
area that the WCC is responsible to and for? Who is this decision really
benefiting? Where does the lost revenue come from?
Stephen John Lamborn, Warrnambool
As part of his election campaign platform, I recall councillor Otha Akoch express the view "if elected I would like to see the local sporting facilities fully funded to maximise youth engagement and community involvement". I wonder how his recent vote at council (The Standard, March 2) in support of the decision to render invoices to the various volunteer-run cricket clubs within the Warrnambool district, sits with that election promise? How does Cr Akoch say his decision (carried by a margin of one) align with his claim during the election to want to enhance sporting facilities?
Lynn Hudson, Warrnambool
I saw this written large on the glass-front of the South West Health Care entrance: "I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women, this is my oath, swear the oath, wear the ribbon, be the change" for White Ribbon. I will ask Dan Tehan to pass it on to his tone deaf leader.
Nicholas O'Callaghan, Warrnambool
Where's the transparency?
I seem to recall during the election campaign every current Warrnambool councillor trumpeted the importance of transparency in council decisions to rebuild trust. Yet it seems we already have 'Confidential Motions - Closed to the Public' regarding the newly chosen Independent CEO Employment Matters Advisory Committee. Why the secrecy? How does this measure up to the promises about the imperative importance of transparency of council decisions during their respective election campaigns?
Lynn Hudson, Warrnambool
Recycle and reduce waste
Funding is available to help community groups and councils find smarter ways to reduce waste and increase the volume of material reused, repaired, repurposed or recycled.
Projects might include a bike repair enterprise, a shop to collect and sell materials discarded by local manufacturers or the setting up of a tool library.
The smart and sustainable use of resources in our own backyard will help us move towards a truly circular economy, create new jobs and build a better future for our communities.
I encourage local organisations to visit sustainability.vic.gov.au/Grants-and-funding. Grant applications close on March 19.
Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria
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