Monday, March 19, 2018

Letters to the Editor

Editor March 23, 2016


Dear Editor,

Families have a right to bury their loved ones and they should decide the resting place – not convicted killers.

The Victorian Coalition has unveiled proposed new laws that would prevent convicted killers from receiving parole if they refuse to reveal the location of the body of the victims.

Shadow Minister for Community Safety, Corrections and Police, Edward O’Donohue has introduced a Private Member’s Bill into the Legislative Council on behalf of the coalition to implement the change.

Under the Corrections Amendment (No body, no parole) Bill 2016, a person convicted of murder who refuses to provide police with the location of the body of their victim will be unable to qualify for early parole.

The coalition believes that the rights of victims and their loved ones should be at the heart of the justice system and that criminals should be held to account for their crimes.

Yours sincerely,

Wendy Lovell

Member for Northern Victoria




Dear Editor,

A lot of expensive infrastructure, which should be utilised, is already in place to create the “Shepparton Hanging Gardens International Food and Shopping Plaza.” If the mall is dressed up to be a place of innovation and beauty, people will want to visit and see. People will come, vendors will come.

In Europe and the UK, the villages I’ve seen with startlingly colourful hanging baskets bedecking the length of streets are a mood changing delight, a place one likes to be. Together with a locally inspired theme of international food outlets, music and all weather protected areas for seating to double as demonstration and entertainment areas, the mall would be a multipurpose precinct.

A directory to the various food outlets and shops at all mall entrances, and more if not all Fraser Street could be for disabled parking.

Early photos of Maude Street before closure show how unattractive it was with cars compared to how it is today. One lane of cars achieves nothing other than to destruct the ambient, safe environment that has cost a lot to create. Another supermarket can’t be considered so the mall has to have something unique to offer, it can’t be only a trading place. How about a big screen and sound and light shows once a week coinciding with markets.

Let’s get moving on this and create an interesting botanical green and colour theme for a fresh air people precinct and not car chaos.

Yours sincerely,

Derek Edge

Arcadia Downs



Dear Editor,

Keith, thanks for the information regarding the ins and outs of the road taxes. I personally am not privy to the balance sheet, but what I have noticed is much resource is spent allowing for careless and zombie-like drivers with the building of safety barriers, medium strips, lowering speed limits and now to chop down the hit trees. I hope these are replaced with some non-hit trees, or at least rubber trees.

Shepparton holds a very good example of wasting millions of dollars with its famous roundabout currently being demolished only to be re-constructed for the compassion of unalert drivers who arrive at the roundabout and stop, then engage some left over brain and make half a move only to stop again, then they realise they missed a good opportunity and start to stress. And 80 percent of them are behind the wheel of a luxurious smart car.

It only takes one paranoid, inconsiderate driver to hold up half a kilometre in half a minute, and you guessed it, what if two or more arrived in sequence?

These types have a smorgasbord of distraction at the roundabouts and crossroads in their heads, then have to deal with the outside world, and this is the reason why our compassion taxes are ridiculously high.

So back to your letter to the editor titled ‘We pay enough for our roads’ in The Adviser on Wednesday, March 9, I did not claim to dislike whingers. In fact, on two accounts it is the opposite, as whingers tend to dislike me, plus whingers actually make me feel better about myself.

Yours sincerely,

Terry Ashdown