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January 12, 2018

Painting a picture of a new tourist attraction

THERE is some interest in Kyabram for painting a mural on the water tower in Albion Street. Recently, some members of the Kyabram and District Ratepayers and Residents Development Group (KDRRADG) went to Benalla to research the experiences of the Benalla town mural project.

A very informative meeting with one of the project’s committee members has given us substantial guidelines on working out the possibilities and necessities as we assess our own situation. Feasibility issues to be considered include heritage issues, traffic impact on the immediate environment, the theme of the mural, finding the right professionals to execute the job, and of course funding.

Murals on silos, walls and other large public surfaces are proving an effective draw-card for tourists – a good reason for Kyabram to have an attraction of this nature to add to the Fauna Park, the Town Hall Gallery complex and other local interests. Benefits will inevitably extend to businesses, accommodation and eating places.

More information on progress will be shared at the next KDRRADG meeting on January 17, at 7.30pm in the Senior Citizens’ clubrooms on Lake Road.

Members of the public are welcome.

Mary Bowman, president of KDRRADG.

Nativity scene captures the true meaning of Christmas

RECENTLY I went with a group of people in a bus to tour the town and admire all the Christmas decorations.

We saw many and admired them greatly, marveling at the effort required to make them look attractive with Santas, reindeer elves and more.

However there was one house whose decorations stood out and were different – it really touched me – it was simply a picture of the nativity scene.

It was beautifully displayed up high and very well-lit with an angel flapping her wings and hovering nearby.

Now isn’t this what Christmas is all about?

God sending his son into a troubled world to save us from our wrongdoings and knocking on the doors of our hearts to let him in.

So that – with Him on our side – our journey through life will be better as we make our way towards heaven.

May God bless you all.

Hetty Hall-Poort, Girgarre.

It’s no wonder we’re turning away from major parties

HISTORY tells us that a young Robert Menzies, campaigning for the division of Corangamite stood on a platform by himself addressing a crowd, both friendly and hostile. A voice from the crowd said “come on Bob tell us all you know, it won’t take long.” Menzies is reported to have replied “I’ll do better than that, I’ll tell you all what we both know, it won’t take any longer.”

A Dorothy Dixer perhaps — but it tells us something about the one time vibrancy of elections. The crowd could see the man, they could judge his ability to think on his feet and form an impression of his ability to handle a hostile parliament.

Today, a political party gives us its candidate. We might catch a glimpse of him/her in a shopping mall flashing teeth and kissing babies.

We might even get to ask a question, aware of the scrutiny of his minders and seeing the nods of approval to his replies from his nodders. We might even troop into a hall and see all hopeful candidates in a line on a platform and be allowed, one by one, to ask a question. All overseen by a stuffed suit in a corner.

Perhaps this explains the rise of the Independents.

Gerald Bleasdale, Kyabram.

RSL seeks relatives of men who died in WWII

THE Cobram-Barooga RSL Sub-Branch is seeking assistance.

We have restored some plaques that originally formed part of a memorial to 21 young men from our district who made the supreme sacrifice during the Second World War.

These plaques have been placed on a new memorial in Cobram and it is the plan to re-dedicate the memorial in March 2018.

We are looking for relatives of those men in the hope that the families who endured their loss can be represented at the service so during the ceremony we can also honour them.

Our research leads us to believe that there may have been a family connection for four of the men in the Kyabram area.

■Eric Charles Young born 10/11/1917, son of Leslie Ernest and Estella Aminda Young of Ardmona.

■John Lawton (Jock) Christie born 16/10/1908, next of kin: Mary Christie.

■William Wallace (Bill) Collens born 12/5/1914, next of kin: R Collens; married to Annie Thelma

■John Hale Shepard born 30/7/1921, son of Mr and Mrs William Oliver Shepard. Brother of Ron, Trevor and David.

If anyone can provide details of a living relative of the following, please contact Glenda Mann, acting secretary, Cobram-Barooga RSL on 0407040208, or email cobrambarooga.rsl@gmail.com.

Glenda Mann, Cobram-Barooga RSL.

Labor’s neglect has country areas on road to ruin

COUNTRY Victorians don’t need a website to tell us regional and rural roads have been seriously neglected by the Andrews Government.

Labor recently announced a ‘bold plan’ for regional roads, but instead of spending money fixing country roads, Labor has spent money building a website and named it ‘country roads’.

The only ‘bold’ part of Labor’s plan is its absolute determination to ignore the needs of our country communities.

A website won’t fill a pothole.

And it doesn’t fix dangerous road edges.

Daniel Andrews is prepared to spend more than $1.3 billion not building a road in Melbourne, but he won’t invest in fixing our country roads.

Daniel Andrews is a Premier for Melbourne, not for all Victorians.

At the next election, country Victorians will have a choice. More of Labor’s neglect or a Liberal Nationals government that will bring spending back to country Victoria.

Peter Walsh MP,

Leader of the Nationals,

Member for Murray Plains.

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