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Local News Briefs Warwick Leeson
Flowerdale’s bus arrives
● Presentation of the keys to ■ There is a fine line between construc-
Flowerdale’s community bus tive criticism and personal sniping.
The former is validated by an opinion
■ Flowerdale’s new community bus has that differs with that of another person
arrived, and will be available to be used or group; the latter is a general whinge
by groups and individuals. disguised as a fair comment which, in
Thanks have been extended to the Sal-
vation Army for their assistance and do- fact, it is not.
nation. The current leader and deputy leader
The bus can be hired to go to events, of the Federal Opposition, and the
locally and beyond. ousted former MP, Wilson Tuckey, seem
intent on personal attacks on the new
Rob Gordon at K’lake government and the independents, with-
out any real basis for such complaints.
■ Clinical psychologist Rob Gordon They are perfectly entitled to indicate
will conduct another of his valuable eve- (as they have done) that they will hold
nings, tonoght (Wed., Sept. 22) at the government accountable, but to at-
Kinglake West Hall, from 7.30pm. tack for the sake of attacking, before any
Rob Gordon has more than 30 years legislation has come before the Parlia-
experience treating individuals and fami- ment, places them in the category of se-
lies affected by some of Australia's most rial complainants.
In Tuckey's case, it is probably more
By Naomi Zandt-Mazzone an extreme example of sour grapes from
Pipeline shut down Whittlesea Community Garden
a defeated candidate, but the principle
remains the same.
■ Melbourne Water shut down the An elected government, be it Federal,
North-South Pipeline after it discovered State or local, is entitled to pursue its
that flows were adding to flood pressures ■ A community garden is being established
in country Victoria. The Age reported in Whittlesea, on the grounds of Whittlesea policy agenda and, if of the view that
that Melbourne Water has to order flows Secondary College, to be a space shared by those policies are inadequate or mis-
in advance, and the newspaper believed the community and the school. guided, dissenters are quite within their
that about 430 million litres was deliber- The idea behind the garden is to create a rights to criticise or oppose such policies,
ately released from Eildon into the river shared and welcoming community space but any government ought to be granted
each day, and about 300 million litres of that offers a range of ways for people to the freedom to present their program for
that was bound for the pipe. come together to share, learn and grow. debate prior to any blanket criticism.
“It shows the Victorian Government Community garden spaces can offer op- I find baseless, suppositional criti-
has no sense of the pipe’s impact on lo- portunities for ornamental gardening, veg- cism, seemingly for the sake of gaining
cal communities,” said Sharman Stone, etable gardening, remembrance and reflec- column inches, extremely off-putting,
Liberal Parliamentarian. tion, community activities, promoting ● Whittlesea students participate in and decreases my respect for the indi-
health, sharing art, meeting new people and building the new community garden viduals concerned.
Networking at W’sea lots more.
To ensure the community space (garden) Local News Briefs
is not until proposed legislation has
been presented for debate, or until (if it
■ The Whittlesea and Plenty Valley meets the needs of the community we would actually happens) that an elected person
Tourist Association is holding a net-
working event at Whitehaven Recep-
love all interested community members and
groups to get involved. For the bereaved stuffs up, that any criticism can be
deemed to be based on hard evidence.
tions, Whittlesea, at 6.30pm on Wednes- The garden is in its initial stages of plan- ■ A gathering for people who have lost some- If and when that happens, any criti-
day, September 29. ning which means there is lots to be done in one close to them in the 2009 Victorian cism, preferably with some constructive
Speaker will be Dr. Gwynedd Hunter- the lead up to the design and building of Bushfires will be held from 12 Noon-3pm in suggestion(s) included, is warranted,
Payne of Merri Merri Olive Estate. This the community space. Melbourne on Sunday, October 24.
is an opportunity for tourism businesses since it might result either in an improved
This includes holding a range of activi- The Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction legislative outcome or in highlighting an
to display their brochures/product and to ties on the garden site to promote the space and Recovery Authority has organised an in-
meet other tourism people in the area. formal lunch allowing people to come together individual's shortcomings.
Drinks and finger food will be pro- and find out the communities ideas for the My preference is always to allow any
community garden space. and catch up for a chat.
vided. There is no cost for the evening. It will be held at the Treetops Room, newly elected government time to
The event is being sponsored by the City We are establishing a 'Friends of the Melbourne Museum, Level 1, 11 Nicholson present its policy agenda, to carefully
of Whittlesea. Garden' community group which is open Street, Carlton analyse that agenda and then to form a
Acceptances should be communicated to anyone who is interested in getting in- For catering and seating purposes, partici- view and, maybe, comment, one way or
to Leila Leaford, phone 9716 2518. volved and keeping up to date about what's pants are asked to register by Friday, October the other.
happening. 15, with Veronica Jenkins on 9092 5891 or Similarly, scrutiny of the performance
The group meets on the second Wednes- email email@example.com of elected members should be encour-
$360 fines for fires day of the month 10.30am at Plenty Valley aged; are they adhering to their pre-elec-
Community Health in Walnut St,
■ The Victorian Government has intro-
duced new on-the-spot fines for campfire Whittlesea. Rotary at Kinglake tion promises, are they committing them-
selves to the discharge of their responsi-
offences including leaving fires unat- At a recent working bee, we worked with ■ We hear that a Rotary Club is being formed bilities; do they fully understand the role
tended or having over-sized campfires in the students and teachers from Whittlesea at Kinglake. More details to come. to which they were elected?
Victoria’s parks, forests and reserves. Secondary to re-plant garden beds and mea- If enough of the boxes have been
The new strict liability offences have sure up for the arrival of new garden beds. ticked, then criticism may well be seen
been inserted into the Forests Act 1958
and penalties of approximately $360 will
apply to campfire offences in parks, for-
There are lots of ways people can get in-
volved in the garden both now and in the
Mayor’s to be personal sniping as distinct from
an objective or constructive commentary.
ests and most other reserves managed by
DSE or Parks Victoria in rural Victoria.
This includes joining the 'Friends of the
Garden' group, helping to organise events,
Diary Any criticism needs, or ought, to be
couched in a manner so that a reader or
listener can understand the validity of an
input into the design and building of the By Cr Peter alternative viewpoint, whether in rela-
Special meeting garden, using the garden space, sharing your
skills or learning new ones, come along to
tion to a policy position or a personal ap-
■ A special meeting of the Mitchell activities, have your own garden plot or Shire Council That way, the emphases will be on
Shire Council was held on Monday last share with others, join our contact list and constructive, positive suggestions, rather
week (Sept. 13) at the Broadford cham- keep up to date about what's happening. Monday ,September 13. Ministerial Task than personal sniping attacks.
bers. If you would like to become involved in Force meeting over floods in Euroa
The major item of business for the spe- the Whittlesea Community Garden or to Tuesday, September 14. Community Ra-
cial meeting was to discuss a rteport on find out more please contact 0407 699 775 dio
the procedures to be used at Council or either naomi.zandt-mazzone@pvch. Wednesday ,September 15. Council
meetings. org.au or firstname.lastname@example.org Meeting at Briefings at Alexandra. - Warwick Leeson