We're all in this together
An open letter to the City of Greater Bendigo was recently published in this paper, regarding formalising a walking trail to access One Tree Hill National Park.
The city is a big advocate of encouraging our community to safely enjoy our great walking and cycling network of shared paths and trails across Greater Bendigo.
Council recently adopted the Walk, Cycle Greater Bendigo Strategy, which identifies key opportunities to enhance this network and will guide future investment over many budget cycles.
Council is also in the process of developing its council plan and key priorities include supporting the health and wellbeing of our community by enhancing walking and cycling infrastructure, although in some cases this will require support from the state government.
In this instance, there are a few complications, particularly the existing native vegetation and that part of the informal track is located on private land.
I appreciate the community's enthusiasm for accessing the park, and encourage the letter-writer to speak with council to see what support can be provided to make crossing Guys Hill Road safer.
Jennifer Alden, Mayor, City of Greater Bendigo
So, the Australian government flip-flops yet again on their rollout priorities of COVID-19 vaccines.
Now, just the over 60s have to be deprived of the most effective (Pfizer) vaccine, and have to 'take the hit' for younger healthy people (who do not need any vaccination whatsoever since they are at virtually zero risk of dying from COVID-19).
Whatever happened to categories 1a and 1b announced in the government's rollout priorities?
It's a disgrace the elderly - the most at risk of dying from COVID-19 - are not being protected with the most effective vaccine as a matter of urgency.
Are Australians over 60 just expendable, second-class citizens?
Gregory Boyle, Jamboree Heights
Further to the letters to the editor regarding Peta Credlin being an honour in the Queen's Birthday awards, it might do well to remember awards tend to be given for high achievement in whatever area the recipient specialises in.
Over the years we have seen gongs dished out for what, to us, might seem an obscure activity. Services to sport, the arts, business, the community etc are often complimented by awards for things which are not mainstream. To qualify, the person has simply been excellent at what they do. That's the whole point of it.
Peta Credlin has forged an impressive career for herself. It's what she does. That's why she got an AO.
Not being of a certain political view should not disqualify anyone from being recognised for their achievements, as some people are trying to do.
It's about acknowledging people for excellence in the community. Let's just leave it at that.
Murray McPhie, Epsom
Letter of the Week
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