Ease the squeeze on land
In 2014, the City of Bendigo prepared a residential strategy that wanted to maintain Greater Bendigo's level of housing affordability compared to other regional cities.
This same report concluded as follows: "The evaluation of land supply using vacant residential land (zoned and identified for future residential) undertaken by Council indicates that there is approximately a 24-year supply of developable land".
It assumed that 80 per cent of this supply of land will be developed and that the actual level of supply is 19 years.
How is Bendigo doing compared to our neighbouring regional cities in terms of affordability for our young people?
I would presume not too well as development and the opening up of new areas has to a certain extent been stifled by the residential strategy of 2014 missing the mark completely on future available land supply.
You cannot buy a titled block of land in Bendigo at the present time.
So the affordability for our young people wishing to get in to the market is simply not there.
In the current property market there have been thousands of people wishing to take up land in the Bendigo region and it is simply not available.
This must have a detrimental impact on the Bendigo economy and rate base.
The City of Greater Bendigo needs to extend the current urban growth boundary as the decision not to some five years ago has certainly missed the mark.
Gavin Butler, Eaglehawk
Not happy Dan
To say I am unhappy about this year's Anzac Day restrictions would be a massive understatement.
My father and uncles all served in our Armed Forces during World War 2.
They spent years away from their homes and families being shot at and bombed in the deserts of Africa and the jungles of New Guinea.
These men gave up all they had to keep Australia safe and free for their generation and the ones to come.
Two days per year out of 365 have been set aside to remember what the men and women of our armed forces have done and are still now doing to preserve freedom for us. Last year I stood at our gate during the coronavirus lockdown we all had to contend with, listened to the dawn service on the radio and said "thank you".
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This year the Andrews Labor government has decided that along with tens of thousands of others, I can go to the football.
However, I can only go to an Anzac Day service if I am one of a select few and even then I have to pre-register.
Well sorry Mr Andrews and your Victorian Labor party, but I place respecting and acknowledging the men and women who sacrificed their youth, health and even their lives for me and my family above being entertained at the footy.
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I will be at the Cenotaph in Bendigo on Sunday morning.
I will show respect and say "thank you" to those who have kept Nazism, Communism and other Godless ideologies from controlling me, and my family's lives.
Harold Hall, Huntly
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