Letter to the Editor 24.03.23

An accident waiting to happen

I HAVE just read your front page story in the Gippsland Times (March 14) regarding vehicles and trucks speeding on Gibney St in Maffra.

The issue of speeding vehicles in towns is widespread. Your recent article regarding speeding through Rosedale, with townspeople requesting fixed speed cameras or average point-to-point speed cameras to be installed, is being requested by many towns within the Gippsland region.

There isn’t enough traffic policing, and this issue will not go away, as the police force doesn’t have the personnel and resources to cope with our expanding growth in regional areas.

I live in Toongabbie, and the speeding through town is no different to Maffra, Rosedale, Heyfield, Glengarry, Cowwarr, Tyres, Stratford … any town that has no permanent police presence or limited traffic policing is open to speeding vehicles and trucks. This is an accident waiting to happen.

Having lost one family member to someone else disobeying road rules in the region, it’s a major discussion in our community. The local recreation reserve in town often has kids playing there, it’s a miracle that the unthinkable hasn’t happened.

Fixed speed cameras, point-to-point cameras appears to be a good solution to this issue.

Graeme Little



Promote the RAAF

The RAAF in Sale has never received the recognition they deserve, and it’s the same with most other military establishments.

Most locals now take the base for granted. They seem to forget the jobs, salaries and benefits which flow through to their communities.

But it’s a ‘two sided’ affair and I don’t think the base is doing enough to promote and profile themselves.

A Gippsland Times roundup and the odd open day is fine – but it’s not enough.

RAAF staff need to be pushing the boundaries to open up literally hundreds of profiling opportunities.

Once a month I’d be holding a formal flag raising ceremony in Sale or a surrounding town like Heyfield. I’d profile graduates on every course; drop a hint to the Mayor that ‘keys to the city’ would be welcomed; profile key staff and those posted overseas. I’d send a stack of ‘first class’ file photos to every Gippsland newspaper; target overseas flight magazines, give approval for staff to participate in radio interviews on specific topics and make sure stations knew those interview opportunities were available.

To come up with 100 ideas in a morning would be a simple process

Sure, some would be ‘duds’ but there’d also be some sure ‘winners’ that would bring recognition at almost no cost to the base.

So how does the base benefit from this extra effort?

In every workplace, recognition is one of the prime staff motivators. Give staff the recognition they deserve and they don’t drag their feet and walk about town with a ‘hang dog’ look on their face. They ‘strut’ and grow at least four centimetres.

I’ve seen it, done it and know it works that way.

Bob Hammill



Victorians need energy assistance

THE numbers are in, with reports Victorians will now be slapped with annual energy bills of up to $4000, mounting more stress on families in the midst of a cost of living crisis.

This is nothing groundbreaking, as many have been experiencing this increasing financial pressure for months.

Despite struggling now, Victorians are being told to wait in the hope some assistance may be made available when state and federal budgets are announced in the middle of the year.

One-off payments to Victorians will offer some relief for household bills, but it is just a band-aid solution, buying time between bill cycles as costs continue to skyrocket.

Victorians are being strung along by a Labor party that is more focused on spin than substance, touting the return of the SEC and a hurried transition to renewable energy that threatens the reliability of our grid while crushing Victorians’ household budgets.

Families need financial relief through policies that will drive down and keep down energy bills, not handouts to cover up poor policy decisions.

Peter Walsh

Leader of The Nationals


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