CBD ideas for law courts
It is with interest that I read David Elvery's submission (“Look for alternative site for Law Courts”, Bendigo Advertiser, Letters to the Editor, August 25) in regards to Bendigo Law Courts.
I agree with David that the School of Mines would not be the ideal placement for our Centre for Justice (law courts).
I considered the point about the “car city” as David referred to to be a mar on Bendigo’s streetscape.
I have been also considering ideal placement with an area big enough for the allocation of multi storey and parking. The current council offices would be perfect location.
Or an eyesore multi-storey building like the Bendigo Bank Precinct, which doesn't blend into Bendigo Heritage Pride very well but is still within CBD, which is preferable.
Something close to train station for those who wish or do not drive. Close to Centerlink, which successfully handles a large converging group on daily basis with no interruption to the CBD at all.
The current court facilities could then be the new shire offices. Which would be a suitable location and a lovely building for such.
It would also allow the car city to, at a later date, be enhanced with a better view to be enjoyed on entry to the town.
Donna-Anne Pollard, California Gully
IVF review call-out
For many Australians the joy of having a baby is one of life’s most precious moments.
A birth marks the beginning of a new life, and can bring with it great responsibility and many years of reward. But for some in our community, these life experiences never eventuate – despite a time consuming, often costly journey through assisted reproductive technology such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
So now, Victorian families with an experience of IVF are being urged to participate in a wide-ranging review of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act – the first conducted in 10 years.
This review is timely, with almost four per cent of all births in Victoria resulting from a variety of assisted reproductive treatments, including IVF. The aim of the review is to ensure the current legislation continues to provide adequate safeguards for people using these services.
A consultation paper and online survey allowing all Victorians to have their say has been released and can be found at https://engage.vic.gov.au/. This survey also includes an option to anonymously and confidentially tell personal stories about experiences with assisted reproductive treatment. And formal submissions addressing any or all of the questions posed in the consultation paper can be lodged via https://engage.vic.gov.au/ or by email to ART.Review@dhhs.vic.gov.au
The survey closes and all formal submissions must be received by September 21 for an interim report to be prepared in October. I want to hear from the community, those who have used assisted reproductive technology, and those with specialist knowledge, about their suggested changes and recommended improvements.
Michael Gorton, former Chairman of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority and Patient Review Panel.
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