Fuel prices consistently high in Sale – Letters April 16 2024

Amber Lawrence at the Sale Music Festival last month. Photo: Stefan Bradley

Fuel prices consistently high

I invite all local petrol station managers to please offer an explanation as to why the price of fuel around the township of Sale has for quite some time been 10 cents more per litre than at Traralgon and Bairnsdale.

Andrew Jones



Thanks for the festivities

On behalf of the Sale Music Festival held at the Port of Sale on March 10, I’d like to thank the community and that assisted in so many ways to once again make this free community event for the whole family a great success.

Without the financial sponsorship of the Wellington Shire, the John Leslie Foundation, Exxon Mobil, Graeme Dyer and Bond Street Event Centre, this event would not be possible.

Many thanks also for the support of the Sale Girl Guides, Rotary Club of Sale, the staff at the Sale Library, and Bug Blitz Trust environmental education group. The 10th Sale Music Festival would not have been the great day out for the whole family without their participation.

Much appreciation goes to both the Sale Greyhound Club and the Sale Turf Club for providing fabulous shade umbrellas for public use due to the very hot weather that was forecast for the day of the festival.

Huge thanks to TRFM and Gippsland’s Gold General Manager, Mat Cummins, for his fine skill as Master of Ceremonies for the day. Mat is certainly a great contributor to his local community.

And what a fine cross section of musical talent was enjoyed on the day! From wonderful local Gippsland artists to the incredibly talented and entertaining Amber Lawrence, who performed two sets for the day, one for children and later in the day for the general audience.

May I also thank most sincerely the wider Gippsland community for its support for the event and I certainly hope this will continue for the 11th event to be held on the Sunday of the long weekend, March, 2025.

Finally, I would like to most sincerely thank the Sale Music Festival Committee that has voluntarily committed so much time, effort and enthusiasm into the planning, organisation and implementation of this much loved event.

Twelve months of work goes into the planning by: Kerry McMillan, Heather Harrington, Mike Smith, Ross Jackson, Colin Adams and Rowan Churchill.

We are already looking forward to the 2025 Sale Music Festival.

David Harrington

Chairman, Sale Music Festival Inc


Struggling hospitality venues closing

The closure of cherished regional pubs, bars, restaurants, and cafés in regional Victoria reflects the daunting economic challenges faced by hospitality business owners and their staff.

Rising costs, higher energy costs, increased land tax, soaring rents and mounting WorkCover premiums threaten their survival, including taxes on liquor licences, power hikes and dwindling revenue threatening businesses’ survival.

Immediate action is crucial to protect these cultural landmarks and support the dedicated family businesses and the employees behind them, ensuring the prosperity of regional Victoria.

These closures are felt in areas such as Premier Jacinta Allan’s home seat of Bendigo, where the Kangaroo Flat Hotel has sadly closed.

The Forge, a prominent pizzeria in Ballarat, recently went into administration due to mounting cost pressures, including increased taxes and interest rates.

Frank and Connie’s Kitchen, a much-loved venue in Hepburn Springs, has closed its doors. Labor’s financial mismanagement has led to higher taxes and is now forcing many of our favourite hospitality venues to sadly close.

Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath (left) and Peter Walsh (right) from the Victorian Nationals. Photo: Contributed

But it doesn’t stop there. The Labor government’s restriction on gas supply has pushed prices up and now they’re proposing to ban new gas connections, forcing restaurants to use more expensive options to cook and heat their venues.

Under a Liberals and Nationals government, we will not ban gas. Labor can’t manage money and Victorians are paying the price.

Peter Walsh

Leader of the Nationals


Unsociable behaviour

It would appear we have chronic, unacceptable social behaviour issues throughout our country … perpetrated by ‘children’ under 18 years of age.

Regrettably, we can attribute a large amount of that behaviour to boredom, resulting from unemployment and loss of workplace opportunity.

However, perhaps it’s time for our federal government to seriously consider re-introducing National Service as a practical means of simultaneously solving the problems of diminished numbers of ADF personnel, out of control social disorder and how to equip our youth with meaningful, employable life skills.

Given these current issues, perhaps it’s also worth investing in an altered recruitment model, designed to welcome ‘persistent offenders’ from age 16.

No exemptions for any person (regardless of gender) born in Australia, or for any immigrant, under the age of 16 who has resided in Australia for at least the past five years.

Trevor Tucker



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