Rehabilitation discussion welcomed
Interesting to note Bendigo is now looking at doing something about drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
Bendigo did have a great service offering this very thing in the 1980s, known as Bendigo Region Alcohol and Drug Services, BRADS.
I was chair of that service and it was wonderful for the people it was set for.
Quarter-way, half-way and three-quarter-way houses accommodated residents and carers throughout transition of rehabilitation, and training for when residents were ready for mainstream society.
Sadly, the Liberal Government decided they knew better and sold the houses, which I had purchased via local benefactors and closed a successful service.
There is still a wonderful service running in Bendigo that receives special court-ordered "offenders" to attend rehabilitation there.
It is wonderful, as are those attending and those assisting addicts to have a positive outlook on their future.
I won't name the place for confidentiality reasons, but I have seen and met those who run the course and some attendees.
Well done to them.
Michael English, Bendigo
Playground plans raise questions
The Bendigo Advertiser (18/11) article regarding removal of up to seven play spaces in Kennington and Strathdale leaves more questions than answers.
Where did the 20-year plan come from which was adopted by the City of Greater Bendigo last year?
Are there any reasons provided as to why any of these playgrounds would be removed?
The plan also includes development, renewal and upgrade of play spaces. Which ones or where are they?
Although council have stated they have no immediate plans to go ahead with any removals, this story does not make much sense.
Why on earth would any parks be removed and what at would they do with these spaces if they were?
Forbes Klemm, Strathdale
Rate review worries
Once again, decisions and comments made by the Mayor and the City of Greater Bendigo are quite astonishing to say the least.
The latest being of the Rating Review on land and properties, saying that they are unclear as to who should and shouldn't pay.
They have been like this for some period of time I suspect.
Why all of a sudden now are we looking to scrounge more money to be wasted on this GovHub fiasco, selling a building that belongs to the community?
You have failed to get full agreement from the community to pursue this project.
The other distasteful comment was to single out the RSL because they have Poker machines - so do the Bendigo Stadium, Borough Club and other clubs around.
The reason I say this is the RSL gives back to the community, provide support and assistance to the soldiers who have been to war and families that have supported our nation's prosperity, which is slowly being eroded by comments and decisions of the powers-that-be such as this.