Free parking push
With all the businesses in the CBD struggling and vacancies at record high and a pandemic the Council decides to install new parking meters to track, spy and monitor the customers.
I can't believe that this has not been slammed by every business and business group in Bendigo!
The Council does not even care about the CBD.
Check the street on Saturday, people want to come shop but don't want to pay parking during the week.
The machines are not even multi-lingual and the list goes on and on...what a joke!
Give the traders free parking for two hours for their customers and bring some life back to the CBD.
Jared Marwood, Bendigo
Truth will be revealed
As the inquiry into the government's responsibility for the second wave of Covid in Victoria progresses, an unfortunate trend is appearing.
Health Minister Jenny Mikakos fell on her sword to take responsibility for the disaster.
When that did not close the issue, Chris Eccles, the premier's right hand man, took a fall.
Still, the questions remain.
Now the Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton is to be offered as a sacrifice, to appease the people.
I am not alone in saying that I don't want people's careers sacrificed.
I want the government to stop the evasion and deflection.
I want the government to be candid, lay the cards on the table, and tell us what went wrong.
As it stands, the truth will come out.
It wouldn't be very good, but it will be very much worse for trying to deceive us.
Sadly for the government, you can't fool all the people, all the time.
Murray McPhie, Epsom
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Refugees deserve better
Ken Rookes rightly draws attention to the dire situation for refugees in this country.
After too many years of cruel government policy the amazingly resilient have survived, only now to be dealt the most callous blow, having accommodation support removed.
The Coalition Government may see this heartless move as a cheap fix for them, forcing people to be entirely dependent on charity in Australia, when this sector is stretched to the limit by community need across the board, taking the load from a government retreating from services rightly theirs.
The government, otherwise, is goading these most unfortunate people back to the countries they fled when facing imminent threats to their lives; an inhumane and more dangerous outcome.
Will these innocent and much maligned folk join the already too many homeless and destitute on Australian city streets?
Or will Bendigo, and other Welcome cities, reach out to these most exiled of people with kindness, a quality all too quickly vanishing in our ever more precarious world?