Letters to the Editor

On the bottom rungNOTHING epitomises the failure of the economic rules to cope with the needs of modern society than the plight of local government over the past two to three decades.

The Kennett government in 1996 took action which purported to relieve the pressure on smaller councils by amalgamating them into larger units delivering ‘economies of scale’.

It was nothing more than a re-work of the disastrous advice to farmers, ‘get big or get out’.

This slogan has produced nothing but a procession of farmers falling off the bottom rung of the viability ladder.

In the case of municipalities, it is impossible to place boundaries so that every one of 79 councils will be equally viable.

Thus there will always be the council on the bottom rung that will sooner if not later be grossly unable to service itself.

You could divide Victoria into three with a containment line around Melbourne and a line from Taylors Lakes to Echuca creating three mega-cities and one would be unviable. Guess which one?

So the Andrews Labor government proposes a pseudo amalgamation through its Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford in the formation of a Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership(Mail-Times, December 4)

No doubt some 20 other regional partnerships will spring up to waste more of the scant money that is the core of the original problem.

Until the flaw in the finance-economic system that does not accommodate the increment that machinery and technology offer us is neutralised, all such activity is futile.



Be generousSOmany people give the Salvos a hand and in the lead up to Christmas we ask people to please be generous, because there are so many Aussies doing it tough – we believe no one should go it alone.

Disturbing research that Roy Morgan has just undertaken for the Salvos reveals more than18 per centof people (equivalent to 2.7 million people aged 18 to 64) say they know at least fivefamilies who will experience financial hardship and poverty this Christmas.

Just under 25 per centof people in our survey (equivalent to 3.7 million) say they are worried about how they will pay for Christmas this year.More than71 per centof people in the research (equivalent to 10.6 million) say the gap between rich and poor has been getting bigger.

It has never been a more critical time to donate to the Salvos to help Aussies in need.

This Christmas we expect to help 300,000 Australians needing a hand.Australiais a nation of people that stands by those in need.

By donating $29 to the Salvos’ Christmas Appeal, people can help put a present under the tree and food on the table for a family that would go without.

For those facing poverty, Christmas is a deeply isolating time. Look around for people who might need help or to reach out to the Salvos if they or a loved one need support.

To donate to TheSalvationArmy’s Christmas Appeal, visitsalvos.org419论坛or call 137 258.

You can bring hope where it’s needed most this Christmas, so no one has to go it alone.

TheSalvationArmywould like to wish everyone a happy and holy Christmas and a great 2016.



Why the difference?I LEFTHorsham at 6pm last Saturdayand unleaded petrol was selling at 134c per litre.

An hour later, passing through Edenhope, petrol was selling at 127c per litre.

The next day in Robe, petrol was 131c perlitre. At Stawell, petrol is selling for 126c perlitre.

Why the difference between a large regional centre, presumably with larger sales volumes and smaller towns?

Obviously the trucking companies are charging the Horsham outlets much more for their fuel cartage.



Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad.

Not up to the NutbushTHEREwere many people in Parliament House last weekbreathing a sigh of relief when I refrained from giving a dancing demonstration on the completion of a speech praisingHorsham’s recent Nutbush dance world record attempt.

Despite putting in at least 30 seconds of high intensity training, I felt Iwasn’t up to the task and left the record attempt to the professionals.

Professionals like 90-year-old Claire McKenry, the oldest participant ofthe attempt.

Claire went five minutes and 15 seconds doing the Nutbush andI challenged anyone in thechamber to beat her.

The world record attempt at Horsham City Oval saw 256 dancers turnup to help try and get Horsham into the record books.

The ‘Nutbushers’ are now eagerly awaiting the verdict from the Guinness World Records in London, on whether their attempt will officially become a world record, but in my eyes, the people of Horsham are already winners.

This record breaking event just demonstrates that even in a tough season, the people of the Wimmera know how to have fun and how to embrace the true meaning of community spirit.

IofferHorsham mycongratulations and promisenot to attempt any further public dancing of myown.


Member for Mallee

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