‘Rampant centralisation’ in Sale

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

I WOULD like to congratulate Sale on the headline “New $25M aged care facility”.

The article provided information about the 144-bed residential aged care facility, which will be built on a two hectare site in Surkitt Boulevard on the Glenhaven Park estate, with construction to begin early next year.

This estate had formerly been rich irrigated farm land.

At the same time I feel disgruntled by the announcement for several reasons.

Firstly, this is rampant centralisation, with Sale having so many other such facilities.

Secondly, several years ago, such a facility, not so large, was to be built in Rosedale.

I believe the contract had been let but at the last minute the contractors pulled out and sold the beds to Traralgon.

Are Rosedaleites to be discriminated against for financial reasons?

Since that time many have been forced to move elsewhere because of their infirmities Traralgon, Heyfield, Maffra, Sale, and so on.

Thirdly, I am not in favour of the subdivision of good farming land when the council won’t allow the subdivision of unproductive land because it is zoned good farming land.

When I questioned one councillor about the subdivision of this good, irrigable farming area, which includes the Glenhaven Estate, his response was that we (the council) only went as far as the channel.

Does this mean that you can only irrigate from one side of the channel?