How many new jobs will really be created by the Bendigo GovHub?
Adding to the considerable concerns expressed over the GovHub by Alec Sandner (“Crazy to sell council land to fund GovHub”, Bendigo Advertiser, Letters to the Editor, August 11) and Max Turner (“What is the council’s secret plan for Gov Hub”, Bendigo Advertiser, Letters to the Editor, August 2), I'd like to raise further objections.
Firstly how many new jobs will really be created? Won't most of the departments just be relocated from other Bendigo region locations, such as the Environment Department at Epsom?
Secondly, how can this be consistent with the Integrated Transport and Land Use policy of Bendigo Council? (The 10 minute neighborhood principle).
And, as there is a virtual car park waiver, there’ll be no car spaces for these 1000 occupants.
Are we really expected to believe that all these extra people will travel by public transport or cycle to get to Lyttleton Terrace each working day?
There's already a parking dilemma adding to the crisis of confidence in the Bendigo CBD. I don't see how this could help the situation.
Helen Leach, Bendigo
‘Big brother’ move with cashless option
The government wants to further their grip on society by extending the cashless card to people under the age of 35 who are on the dole throughout Australia.
At present, the cashless card is specifically for remote Aboriginal communities in certain parts of Australia (this is discrimination against our First Nations people).
Implementing the card will cost millions and is a way for the Federal Government to be like “big brother” controlling the people of Australia.
If you’re worried about the way people control their money, people will find a way of obtaining cash by other ways through selling their groceries for cash to buy alcohol or drugs.
Once it comes in for a wider group of people – who will be next? Which group of people will be targeted next? Older Australians? Single mothers? Soon it will be a completely cashless society like on the Handmaid’s Tale where Offred is sent to purchase groceries with different cards for meat, eggs and so forth. The Handmaid’s Tale is a fine example of speculative fiction but some of the themes running through the Trying to control people does not work because people will find a way to cheat the system. novel and TV series are happening already.
Trying to control people does not work because people will find a way to cheat the systemAngela Morrisey, Eaglehawk
Trying to control people does not work because people will find a way to cheat the system.
Plus, controlling what people buy isn’t fair – they should be educated on how to manage their money properly. When I went to school we did a subject called money management and it taught us how to use our money wisely.
Soon, cash will be abolished and you won’t be able to buy or sell without a special card in which what you buy will be strictly controlled by the Government. These little changes are a sign of the greater woes of what’s to come.
Angela Morrissey, Eaglehawk
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