How to make a difference
I would like to see a bit of beautification around town similar to what towns do in Europe.
Big pots of flowers / trees in wine barrels in front of shops, hanging baskets etc.
More seats, umbrellas etc to create a great atmosphere which I think the Mall lacks.
Piped music and bud lights in trees.
More coffee vans around town.
Another larger project- turn the old quarry in Junortoun into a great park, walking tracks, toilets, picnic areas, playground and fill the lake to make it a beautiful place for tourism and locals.
Nola Cowled, Junortoun
Take the Challenge
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world in significant and unforeseen ways, including for Australians who gamble.
While pokies venues are closed and opportunities to bet on sports are limited, online gambling is being promoted heavily.
This type of gambling is high risk because people can lose a lot of money very quickly, leading to financial hardship, stress and family conflict.
However, the current restrictions also present an opportunity for people to change their relationship with gambling, to take a break or cut down on the amount of time and money they spend.
The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation's 100 Day Challenge has become even more relevant in this time of "iso", offering participants 100 alternative activities to gambling over 100 days.
Rather than gamble online to alleviate anxiety or boredom, participants can stay active, find new interests, rediscover old hobbies and focus on self-care, share experiences and offer each other support and encouragement in the online forum.
We know that many Victorians are doing it tough right now.
If this is you and you're feeling the urge to gamble online, then the 100 Day Challenge may be your safest "bet".
Or if you, or someone you know, is struggling with a gambling issue, the Gambler's Helpline is available 24/7 for free, confidential support on 1800 858 858.
Shane Lucas, CEO, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Caution over China
According to our Labor leaders we should overlook thousands of deaths and sufferings, not to damage our trading relationship with China and maintain the easy way of life, we have become accustomed to.
Jiri Kolenaty, Rushworth
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