Sunday, February 18, 2018

Letters to the Editor

Editor February 18, 2016

Dear Editor,
There has been quite a lot of debate surrounding the Maude Street Mall since it was first opened in 1989 and yet we still seem to be no closer to a solution that will suit everyone. Of course I understand that not everybody will be happy with one solution, but from what I have been hearing, the people of Shepparton want it re-opened to traffic, or at least partly.
The story that appeared on the front page in The Adviser (“CBD through the eyes of a student” on Wednesday, February 3) was an interesting insight into what an outsider thinks should be done. There was no mention of re-opening it, simply ideas that could be introduced that might help to liven up the area. Personally, I think we need more ideas like these thrown into the mix instead of staring blankly at the only two options being floated, re-open it to traffic or leave it as is.
What the council need to do is actually carry out a proper community consultation over a few months and give everyone the opportunity to speak their mind. At the end of the day, they need to listen to what the local community and business owners want and as with everything else they vote on, majority rules…and if this were to take place, I have a feeling the mall would be re-opened.
Perhaps council should have considered the offer that was put on the table in the 90s where business owners were offering to contribute to the cost of re-opening the mall to traffic, especially if their view is that it would not be cost effective for them to spend $4M to do it.
It really is quite simple…this debate will never end until the majority get what they want.
Yours sincerely,
David James

Dear Editor,
It would be remiss of me not to make comment on figures released this week (Wednesday, February 10) by Alzheimers Australia Victoria highlighting the projected increases in the number of people living with dementia.
Shepparton was reported as having 1,700 people living with dementia with that figure tipped to increase to more than 5,000 by 2050.
Shepparton Retirement Villages is well aware of the figures and has been proactive in preparing for the future. Our current dementia services provided across our three sites keep pace with research and best practice developments. Dementia is everyone’s business and our Goulburn Valley community can be assured that we are delivering quality care with our current services, and plans for a new state of the art aged care facility (revealed December 2015) are being designed to meet the increasing demands for high level care and to support those people and their families living with dementia.
We look forward to sharing more of these plans with the community very soon.
Yours sincerely,
Kerri Rivett
Chief Executive
Shepparton Retirement Villages

Dear Editor,
I have often wondered which country has the most whingers per capita.
The article in The Adviser on February 10 had grumblings of crumblings of the roads in the district.
To me, a catastrophe waiting to happen is the mentality of the types who do the complaining and if it weren’t the roads, then stereotypically, there would be something else to complain about.
How about employing some lateral thinking and take the other road. I can only imagine that it would be a little too disharmonious for one’s lifestyle, and possibly ruin one’s make-up.
My suggestion for these types is to stop the whinging and appreciate what you do have including the roads that just lay there for your luxurious convenience.
For those that choose to whinge in this country, there are plenty of DIY stores where one can purchase building materials. Buy the appropriate bits and pieces, build a bridge, get over it and stay there.
This may improve the percentage of the satisfied types.
Yours sincerely,
Terence Ashdown