Bendigo Health says thanks
A month ago central Victoria faced dire circumstances with two very large organisations - KR Castlemaine and Hazeldene's - and a number of schools in the region impacted by coronavirus. Fortunately the rapid response to testing, contact tracing and the community's adherence to public health advice halted the virus in its tracks.
I write to thank the many people who work in the health system - doctors, nurses, contact tracers, assistants, cleaners and administrators - for all your work in an ever changing and evolving environment.
Central Victoria says thank you. And to central Victorians, thank you for supporting and helping each other by following the guidance to keep each other safe.
As we hopefully come to the end of the second wave let us all focus on the future and do what we can to help avoid any more significant outbreaks in central Victoria, so the community can get back to business.
Bob Cameron, Chair, Bendigo Health
Pension freeze anger
It's grossly unfair not to give pensioners their increase due this month. The federal government is talking about free childcare.
Why I ask. Why would you offer free childcare for people who are just greedy and can easily fully afford to pay for it. When my children were young we didn't have free childcare and minimal if any subsidy and we were able to deal with that.
People are just getting more and more greedy. It is not the federal government's job to subsidise childcare - it is their job to consider all Australians.
That money would be better spent looking out for the more vulnerable such as the pensioners. And perhaps better dental care for us.
Come on ScoMo consider the little people who are the most vulnerable in this society so they too can have some semblance of living instead of just surviving.
Eva Winter, Christie Downs
Pensioners left out
The government threw an extra $550 a fortnight at unemployed people who choose not to work well before any pandemic.
Those that lost jobs because of COVID-19 understand, but those that never worked before the pandemic, why were they rewarded for choosing not to work?
If you give them so much money they will never get a job. Make them do something for the dole. Why wasn't the extra $550 split between pensioners and unemployed?
Maree Toohey, Maroubra
Playground upgrade outrage
I am yet again left speechless by our City Council. This time it's their intention/ proposal to spend $1.85 million dollars on an upgrade of the playground at Lake Weeroona.
I agree it needs an upgrade, but $1.85 Million?
Surely a compromise could be found that would suit the needs of those using the facility and a much more acceptable figure to the ratepayers of this city.
I'm sure $1.85 million could be better utilised elsewhere on other more deserving projects.