Making the switch from the city to country
I welcome the current debate around Australia’s population in terms of immigration. This debate has highlighted the need to focus on efficient and reliable infrastructure.
Australians understand the practical reality of the current situation in terms of our population. Our capital cities (particularly Melbourne and Sydney) are growing at a rapid rate, placing roads, schools and hospitals under enormous pressure.
Decentralising our population to regional communities (especially Bendigo) has been the most prominent of the proposed solutions to deal with the rate of population growth. Even I have just made the switch from the city suburbs in Bayside to Bendigo.
Bendigo would be a great place for anyone to consider as their new home. It has great schools, a great hospital, great community organisations, great history and culture. Bendigo is a community of whom all walks of life can create opportunities.
Moving news immigrants and other Australians to regional communities absolutely requires more jobs and employment opportunities and to develop and improve local infrastructure. This is another point upon which people agree.
It is quite timely that we are having this debate whilst we are discussing infrastructure prior to the upcoming Victorian state election.
These are two key aspects of the broader principle of how we want our society to function. It is important that governments at all levels make the appropriate investment in our regional communities. It is a two-way street. Decentralisation should not only be about reducing the burden on our capital cities and surrounding suburbs, but equally, should be about providing our regional communities to sustainably grow.
Matthew Evans, Strathdale
Thank you, Ward 5B team.
Having spent the last five months as a patient at Bendigo Health, I find it difficult to describe the amazing and dedicated care I received whilst a patient there.
A very big thank you to all the staff in intensive care, 5B surgical, theatre staff and wound nurses. The professional attention given to me was exceptional. A very big thank you to my surgeon and his team for their expertise on each and every trip to theatre. Big shout out for the music played by the recovery team, what a great vibe to wake up to. Cannot forget to mention the wonderful auxiliary staff who always had time for a chat. Ward 5B you are truly the best group of individuals. I was so fortunate to be in your care.
Frank Tout, Ascot
Knowledge and politics
Knowledge is not just a private matter. When you have knowledge, you have a public responsibility. You can't let people walk into traps, or be taken advantage of, without sounding a warning.
There is a lot of misleading information, as well as hollow promises, in politics. Like for example child, old age and health care, education, wages and work conditions, ethnic, sexual and religious discrimination, NDIS, climate change, carbon buildup and so on.
But in the end it boils down to what can be achieved realistically. Economy is not everything, but regardless of which political party is in, it is playing an important role.
Jiri Koenaty, Rushworth
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