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September 14, 2017

Will history be repeated with cricket practice nets?

Will history of the 1980s be repeated about 35 years later in Moira Shire with the construction of cricket practice nets?

The 1980s saw the placement of cricket nets at Scott Reserve in the corner adjacent to residential homes and, due to the noise and danger problem and public protest to the shire, the practice nets were relocated to another area, eliminating the noise and danger problem.

The new cricket practice nets now being constructed in the north-west corner of the Cobram Showgrounds at the Bank St entrance and less than 10m from residential homes is certainly on a collision course in the future.

The shadow problem of the house on the west side could also be a problem if when the ball is bowled or played through the shadow and played either to batman or bowler, then who would be responsible for any injury or liability that could occur.

The construction of the nets did not require a permit from Moira Shire due to the design of of the nets and cage and therefore there was no need to advise the public of construction.

This area on the Cobram Showgrounds and stadium complex plan produced by Moira Shire several years earlier was the area allocated for the Meichel/Ritchie art and craft pavilion which has now passed its use-by date and needs to be replaced.

The construction should be halted and these issues be fronted by the Moira Shire councillors and the public who use the Cobram Showgrounds and removed to another area in the complex.

—Adrian Bennett, Barooga

Writer’s battle to be heard has reached Cobram

My four-year battle with Barnaby Joyce and with Sussan Ley and others who have protected him is probably about to be resolved in a politically positive way.

For three days I have been putting Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Australia’s historical recognition of free speech to the test.

I sent a letter to the editor of the Tamworth newspaper, the Northern Daily Leader. The heading is ‘Open Letter to Barnaby Joyce’. Editors of two newspaper are involved and neither of them will communicate with me.

This morning I sent a letter to the editor of the newspaper in Cobram because I am devastated about what the National Party is doing to the Victorian electorate of Murray.

Four years ago a professor from Monash University in Churchill said:

1.Australia has no future in fruit growing.

2.The reduction in tariffs since 1970 has been good for Australian manufacturing.

This has minimised traditional manufacturing to provide a transition to capital-based activities.

The only examples he could give were niche aircraft manufacturing (two weeks later the company which he referred to was in the newspaper as being in free fall) and innovative design of animation.

We are still waiting on examples from Sophie Mirabella.

One of Barnaby’s minders referred me to Barnaby’s economics experts for discussion and debate.

I am still waiting for any response.

With nothing from Matt Canavan, how does Barnaby respond to Australia has no future in fruit growing?

When there was a crisis in stone fruits, Joe Hockey insisted that it was up to Coca Cola to invest and save what remained of the industry.

Where was Barnaby?

Meanwhile the Coalition has legislated free trade agreements where the small print advises that if multi-nationals cannot get profits that they can expect worldwide, then they can sue the Australian Government.

Recently Coca Cola experienced a drop in profit.

What are the implications for Cobram and the stone fruits industry?

Would it be appropriate for me to call for a five-way debate involving Barnaby, Matt Canavan, Sussan Ley and Damian Drum (the member for Murray, Victoria including Cobram) and me?

It will be of interest to see how many editors respect my rights of freedom of speech.

—Brian Mills, Griffith

Heartfelt thank you to our good Samaritan

We would like to publicly acknowledge the above and beyond care of David Fisher who stopped and backed his truck up to assist us on the side of the road between Yarrawonga and Cobram on Thursday, September 7 at about 4.30pm.

We had just hit an extremely broken section on the edge of the road and sustained a blown tyre.

We didn’t flag him down and he did not know us.

What a wonderful act of kindness — thank you, David.

—Andy and Margaret Wallace, Cobram

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