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June 15, 2017

I am certain at Railway Place in Seymour there is a sign that states ‘‘wrong way go back’’, but there are many that arrive home on late trains and take the risk that the police are not in attendance there.

It only takes one accident. If another vehicle came around the corner from Anzac Ave, someone could be a statistic.

The same goes for those who exit Woolworths into Wallis St.

The sign shows no right-hand turn with a pedestrian crossing there. Perhaps a flashing light could be the answer?

There are power lines that could be linked to lights warning vehicles.

The fact is we don’t want to wait until after an accident that affects a person’s life before taking action.

— Graham Palmer,

Seymour

More money than sense

It seems like Mitchell Shire Council’s money worries are over, as contractors have been seen mowing council land in Seymour and Pyalong instead of parks and gardens staff.

Or am I mistaken, and it is simply a case that those making decisions on spending our money simply do not care or cannot be bothered to ensure our money is spent wisely?

— Moira Waye,

Pyalong

The Nationals — a policy-free zone on renewable energy

I can’t believe how out of touch the Nationals are.

With jobs disappearing in the coal industry, and the La Trobe Valley under stress from Hazelwood’s closure and a timber industry in pain — both arguably due to climate change impacts — I look on their website for a response, but there are no policies on climate change, no policy on energy, and a wishy-washy policy on jobs and technology.

This is pathetic.

The Nationals’ response to job losses in the La Trobe Valley?

Crank up the remaining two coal power stations to shore up 500 jobs and continue creating dangerous carbon emissions. I don’t believe it.

This is a temporary measure if ever there was one. This is 19th-century thinking.

In the same week, we had an announcement about an ambitious large Gippsland off-shore wind farm that will create clean energy and 300 permanent maintenance jobs (plus construction jobs).

This gets me excited — jobs for the future, jobs for the transition economy, jobs where investment is pouring in.

The response from the Nationals? Silence.

The Nationals have an enormous opportunity to provide positive new world policies for rural communities in Victoria, but first they need to observe and accept our world has moved on from just old farms and coal.

Now it’s about dispersed power generation netting farmers and small communities control of their power, through their local investment and making money.

It’s about niche industries responding to climate change with creative investment strategies.

This is our rural future, and it’s now. The Nationals need to turn the faded page.

Maybe that’s why the Nationals are in opposition.

— Peter Lockyer,

Tallarook

Dizzy with gratitude

I am writing on behalf of Dizzy Productions, Seymour to express our appreciation for the support we have received for our upcoming tours.

Firstly, thanks to the Telegraph for promoting us.

Sincere thanks to Regional Arts Victoria and to Seymour Rotary for their encouragement for our theatre performances.

With community support, our passion for performing one-act plays is possible.

We intend to represent Seymour with our best efforts, while including diversity, multiculturalism and all abilities within our small group.

Our play’s central themes are thought provoking and entertaining.

Thanks to the Seymour Baptist Church for the venue, Don Simpson for enduring technical support, and all other assistance given to us, including local radio.

Our dress rehearsal audience was positively dedicated to supporting local entertainment too.

We express our gratitude to you all.

— Gerard Dwyer,

Dizzy Productions

CFA assurance

I would like to clarify my comments regarding fire services reform.

Let me make clear that while we continue to work through the detail of the Victorian Government’s announcement, some facts are already clear and indisputable.

Firstly, no volunteer brigade will be worse off when it comes to equipment and assets.

In addition, the State Government has allocated more than $100million in extra funding to further support CFA volunteers so the suggestion that volunteer brigades will be short changed is nonsense.

Secondly, when it comes to employment arrangements for Fire Rescue Victoria — these will be decisions made by the FRV Commissioner in consultation with CFA. The legislation places an obligation on FRV to support CFA.

My message has been clear that volunteers at both CFA integrated stations and brigades will continue to play an essential role in responding to and managing incidents.

The government’s legislation protects the powers of the Chief Officer as per Section 27 of the CFA Act.

I also want to point out underpinning the establishment of FRV will be a Heads of Agreement between the Chief and the FRV Commissioner.

Under these reforms, we will have a new, collaborative framework to work together, as one — in and around FRV areas.

My priority remains clear, providing an assurance to the Victorian community that they will continue to remain in safe hands with our fire services and providing certainty for our people at CFA that their critical role is highly valued.

— Steve Warrington,

CFA chief officer

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