Letters to the editor

December 13, 2017

High Street danger

I AM writing this to bring to the attention of VicRoads that Heathcote’s main CBD street and highway through town — ‘‘High St” — is currently a very busy road with “accidents in waiting”.

Having been a resident for the last five-and-a-half years, I have seen many a close accident outside the IGA at the start of the divided road Bendigo end (currently 60km/h), also near the Commercial Hotel and busy main shopping centre and at the other Melbourne end of 70km/h near Last St (Lions Retirement Village). With the new United Service Station soon to be operating we will see more activity on that part of High St, which includes two V-Line bus stops on both sides of the highway.

With increased road traffic and the size of B-double transports may I suggest to VicRoads we have a 50km/h zone starting Melbourne end where the divided road starts at Last St/High St (not halfway between Last St and the new United Service Station), continuing all the way to IGA and Chauncey St/High St, finishing where the High St divided road ends.

With many more people coming to live in town and visiting people travelling through/shopping on every day of the week (especially weekends), let’s protect not only the town people and businesses but elderly residents living and doing their daily routine in Heathcote. I believe this needs urgent attention.

- Wayne Launer, Heathcote

Think before you buy

I DON’T understand why people don’t have checks completed before they buy a home/property for hundreds of thousands of dollars. They don’t seem to check with local authorities, state and federal governments or law enforcement as to whether they can run an outside business on their land in a residential area on a 1000 square metre block. They make it hard for themselves/government/law enforcement and others by not doing the checks. Check with authorities before you buy. Don’t make fast decisions. The City of Greater Bendigo should update bylaws in the local newspaper.

Also when buying cars/trucks/boats/caravans, check for crash repairs, repairable damage, write-off/clear title/stolen. Many have been caught losing a lot of money – young and old. Check with state government authorities before you buy. Don’t make hasty decisions.

When making a purchase, you and you alone will walk the road if the purchase is incorrect.

Have a happy Christmas. If you drink and drive you will go to court. 2018 will bring big changes for Australia and the rest of the world.

- Brian Dillon, Heathcote

Dig deep for others

WITH all of life’s distractions, we sometimes forget the true meaning of Christmas.

When we are caught up buying presents and over-indulging in food, Christmas can be a time when we often forget what really matters.

But bad experiences and misfortunes can culminate at Christmas time, which means for vulnerable and marginalised Australians, Christmas can be the hardest time of the year.

For the Salvos it’s our busiest period, with more than 300,000 families and individuals seeking assistance. We give out more than 500,000 gifts and toys, and serve over 10,000 meals to those who don’t have the means to celebrate Christmas.

We can only meet this need because year after year Australians come together and stand by those doing it tough. This, I believe, is the true meaning of Christmas.

So this holiday season let’s remember those going it alone. By donating $29 to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal, you can help put a present under the tree and food on the table, bringing hope where it’s needed most.

Neil Venables, national secretary for communications, the Salvation Army.

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