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Letters to the Editor

THE ART OF HOSPITALITY
Dear Editor,
In Shepparton and gasping for a coffee late on a Friday afternoon recently, I slipped into a little coffee shop near SPC. I was pleasantly surprised to be asked if I would prefer my coffee with one shot or two and would I like my slice of date and honey loaf lightly toasted with a little butter as it is better served that way on a cool day. The coffee was served with a cute heart in its centre and my warmed slice arrived on a warmed plate with a warmed knife. The art of hospitality is to provide personalised service, workers in this particular coffee shop understand a little bit of care goes a long way, I wonder why real hospitality is so rare these days and why we settle for less.
Yours sincerely,
Mary Delson
Shepparton

WELL DONE MAYOR
Dear Editor,
Shepparton Mayor, Jenny Houlihan should be congratulated for attempting to counter some of the spin from Victorian Transport Minister, Terry Mulder on the lack of action for improved rail services for the Shepparton region.
It is good to see Jenny pushing the issue of speed of trains as well as frequency of service. 2 hours and 30 minutes for a 170km journey is a steam-age journey time. And that is on a good day providing there have been no cancellations/breakdowns or other delays. Simply providing more frequent, slow rail for Shepparton commuters, as some are advocating, will not fix the problem.
Mayor Houlihan rightly points out the comparison of our rail services with that of other comparable regional centres such as Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong. The obvious difference of our region is that they are all marginal State electorates, while Shepparton is safe. Regardless of who is in government, there is simply no incentive for any investment in this region for limited government funds.
Until Terry Mulder and the Victorian government invest in upgraded rail infrastructure and new rolling stock and locomotives to replace some of the museum pieces currently servicing the region, Shepparton will be forever hamstrung in encouraging new investment of industry and people to the region.
Yours sincerely,
Nick Roberts
Shepparton

SMALL COMMUNITY FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUBS
Dear Editor,
I wish to address what I see as the unfair situation currently affecting all small community football and netball clubs in the Picola Leagues.
Tocumwal has applied and been accepted by the league executive to join the Picola North West division because of poor on field performance and lack of community support both on and off the field, all of which is sad for Tocumwal, but what about other Picola League clubs that have suffered the same plight.
Where do they go?
The answer is nowhere!
The Picola League was made up of small communities (except for Deni Rovers, which is a two team town and still has not won a senior football premiership in 36 years), that now has been broken up to accommodate other clubs from larger leagues that either the league has folded or the clubs were struggling.
Is it fair that small community clubs have to compete week after week against clubs that have large towns and much more resources behind them?
I believe unless the VCFL or Picola League acts to address the unfair situation that now exists where the leagues are now dominated by ex major league clubs, the loss of small viable community clubs is a real threat. I hope that the Picola League executive and the VCFL is not deliberately allowing towns like Tocumwal into the league so as to put that much pressure on smaller clubs that they have to eventually fold and therefore releasing football and netball players for other clubs to pick up. If that is the case their maths doesn't add up, because there would be around 100 footballers and 70 netballers per club looking for a game of sport, many of which may just give sport away in frustration.
These small clubs are often the lifeblood of the community and we must do everything in our power to see that they survive
Yours sincerely,
B Murray
Strathmerton

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