While at Wednesday night’s Bendigo council meeting a unanimous decision by councilors was to keep the pool open but for only two years depending on the outcome of a study on the use of the pool and the new indoor pool when it is opened.
Once again a loaded shot gun is being held at the heads of the committee of management and community with not a definitive answer.
Where did this push come from in the first place to close the pool seemingly that the councilors have voted to keep it open, and what other outdoor pools are on the hit list?
And who or where did this clause come from it will only be for two years pending on the performance based on it's patronage against the new pool?
This reeks of the same scenario back in the 1990's by the Kennett Government when they privatised Public Transport in Victoria and the demise of the Bendigo North Railway workshops.
No matter how many times employees voted no they didn't want privatisation, they rail roaded their way through, employees and public opininion amounted to nothing in which the Council was in cohoots with this outcome, and sadly I see the same behavior being put in place here – divide and conquer to get what they want.
Ivan Kitt, Bendigo
Is incineration the answer?
China’s recent decision to not accept much of Australia’s recycled rubbish for conversion to useful products is alarming.
So it is now essential that the City of Greater Bendigo and other regional towns gain the support of Victorian and Australian governments to undertake a practical and economic study to establish a regional incinerator to deal with our recycled and landfill rubbish.
An important by-product for this project would be the potential for a steam-driven electric generation plant - feeding much needed electric power into Victoria’s grid. Sure - the emission of extra CO2 and other gases could be seen as a negative, but we must think of the greater public good. Modern chimney stacks can now be designed to intercept particulate matter, preventing it from entering the atmosphere or causing fires.
My suggestion would be to locate this incinerator just north of the Kamarooka Forest, with access via pipeline to the nearby Waranga-Western Channel for water to steam-power the electric generator. Municipalities across the riverine plain from Shepparton to Swan Hill and southern towns like Castlemaine and Maryborough could co-operate in the funding and use of this exciting new project - after all rubbish is even now being carted huge distances.
Incineration of municipal and industrial waste is not new. There are many such plants in America and Europe - Google it to confirm! Again Bendigo could lead the way for Australia with this pilot plant.
David Elvery, Flora Hill
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