Thursday, February 22, 2018

GIRGARRE’S HEARTACHE

sadviser June 30, 2011

Dear Editor,
Last week the little town of Girgarre received two kicks in the ‘guts’.  One, the announcement of the closure of the Heinz Factory and its tomato growing industry which has supported and helped grow the local tomato growing industry over the last twenty five or so years; the other blow is the apparent silence from the Campaspe Shire representative councillors.
When Heinz was established in Girgarre this little town had its own resident Councillor [Cr. Ted Flanagan] from the Shire of Deakin. Cr.Ted, and with support from the Deakin Shire, worked tirelessly for his community in getting Heinz to take over the old disused Girgarre Cheese Factory [GCF] and so Girgarre Country Foods [GCF] was born, giving the town a new lease of life.
Cr. Ted has now long passed on, but until this week his legacy has lived on as a success story of what being a councillor should be all about – working for your community that you represent. What are our three apparently silent current Deakin Ward representatives on the Campaspe Shire doing for this town? Two live in the Tongala District and the other focuses on the Town of Kyabram in which she lives and seems to promote little else. Come on councillors now is your chance to publicise the virtues of small town living and employment.
Over the years, since the establishment of Girgarre Country Foods, Girgarre has thrived and grown into a vibrant, successful community with a great heart.  It has so many pluses it is hard to list them all but for a quick synopsis, there are at least two wonderful musical groups which regularly promote their craft, a successful monthly ‘Farmers’ Market’, a ‘Community House’ which is filling an educational, training and social need, two restored and well used halls, the smallest RSL Sub-branch in the state which is so enterprising that they have established an imposing Cenotaph in black granite, restored the old 25 pounder, commissioned an applicable mural next to their clubrooms, using a local artist, and painted the community hall into a moving memorial to those local men who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their wonderful little town and country.
Further to the recent Heinz decision the company also made the comment that they have arranged that some extra job opportunities will be available at Cedenco.  This factory of course is in Echuca and can I make a cynical comment by saying that our ‘esteemed’ council will no doubt be supportive of this move as it will be more growth in Echuca. But remember Deakin Ward councillors, this will do little to support the little town that you represent.
Yours sincerely,
Neil Grummitt
Concerned lover of this little town.

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