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LETTER: Where I stand

SIR, – I refer to a letter published in The Weekly Advertiser on June 6 called ‘No Justification’ and signed by 12 out of 25 members of a Citizens Jury that considered recommendations of an Ararat Rural City Council Rating Strategy Advisory Group. As a member of that jury I feel compelled to make it […]

LETTER: Calling all farmers

SIR, – Farmers, you must not let Horsham Rural City Council shift more than half a million dollars in rates from the residential sector to the farm sector. The council proposes to give the residential sector a $540,000 rate reduction and expects farmers to pay $646,000 to cover this shortfall. Once the rate base is […]

LETTER: Unfair rates proposal

SIR, – As a landowner in the Bulgana area, I write in regards to the inequitable and unfair proposal of the rate increase for our shire’s farmers. This increase will affect my livelihood in unimaginable ways. I formally object to the exorbitant proposed increases in rates for farming properties. According to budget documents, Northern Grampians […]

LETTER | Make Time

SIR, – We are all guilty of it, neglecting our health, but statistically it seems that more often than not it is us blokes who do it the most. We’ve got jobs to do, we’re out seeding until 3am or we’re working through the to-do list from last month – we don’t have time to […]

LETTER | Reef is Dying

SIR, – The Great Barrier Reef is an icon of the world’s biodiversity. It is a rainforest of the sea. It is the largest reef structure and marine park in the world. It is not one continuous reef, but is made up of more than 2900 reefs and 900 islands. It runs from Fraser Island […]

LETTER | No justification in Ararat rates strategy

SIR, – We are members of the group who were privileged to recently serve on Ararat Rural City Council’s Citizen’s Jury that considered recommendations of the Rating Strategy Advisory Group, RSAG, on which rating option was fair and equitable for the community. In the briefing provided to us, as a precursor to two days of […]

LETTER: Hidden rates

SIR, – When Gary Bird was mayor he said: “If you want to live in the wonderful city of Horsham then you must pay for the privilege.” The current council has changed his saying to: “Come live in Horsham and we will get the farmers to pay your rates for you.” Under a 2.2 percent […]

Horsham resident Bob McIlvena calls for activity centre for aged

Long-time Horsham resident and regional water-supply-history expert Bob McIlvena believes Horsham needs a new dedicated activities centre for the municipality’s elderly residents. Mr McIlvena has been in touch with regional media outlets, including The Weekly Advertiser, putting forward his case. Here is a letter outlining his point of view – SIR, – I am 83, […]

LETTER: Future alternatives

SIR, – I read with interest your editorial, March 28, 2018,‘The Wimmera, yes we exist!’ In regards to Melbourne I agree that it is a ‘glaring red flag for a state that has a capital city slowly choking itself with a seemingly uncontrolled and costly urban sprawl’. And I as many other people living in […]

LETTER: Rail services are holding back development

SIR, – The Age newspaper on March 5 reported that ‘Victoria’s regional rail service will receive a $633-million injection to replace older trains if the Victorian coalition wins the state election’. The story continued… ‘The Opposition has promised to ‘revolutionise’ regional rail services with new models to create a more reliable service. The fleet will […]


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