Thanks for your help

May 26, 2016

I WOULD like to thank all of the staff at the Riverine Herald for coming so quickly to my aid upon my recent discovery of my missing jewellery on Monday night last week.

Everyone I spoke with was so caring, compassionate and professional.

My grandparents Billie and Les Mitchell were very well known in the Echuca region – I am fifth generation Echuca born and bred.

My grandma was always appearing in your newspaper.

In fact she was quite the regular, being on the Campaspe council for some time, and I just know the first response she would have taken (if she was still with us) would be to get the story into the Riverine Herald.

Making the front page, right, and having a write up inside, well I’m sure she would be quite pleased, given the circumstances.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving my plight the exposure in such a big way.

I honestly feel I will not see my beloved grandma’s jewellery, and other treasured items, again but you have given me some hope.

In a final desperate plea, I just want my jewellery back, no questions asked.

Thank you so very much

Submitted by - Jaime stringer, Echuca

Happy helpers

I WISH to thank all who helped me after a fall outside Aldi’s store on Saturday afternoon.

The site manager of the roadworks that were ongoing, the ambulance men who were there in just minutes, the nurses and doctors and radiologists at the Echuca Hospital and the lady motorist who kindly rang the Ambulance.

I must apologise for not knowing their names to thank them personally, but having had numerous doses of morphine everything was a little hazy.

Probably just being clumsy but hurrying at the temporary crossing in Anstruther St with cars everywhere I got my foot hooked up in the road sign and down I went, hammering the road with my nose, eye, forehead and hand – certainly a sport I would definitely not advise for any youngsters to take up as the results are not very good.

Again I would like to thank all those people that helped me, especially my wife of 56 years, Dorothy. Upon reflection having endured all this and the tremendous help I received, you realise what a fantastic place Echuca is to live.

Thank you everyone.

Submitted by - Murray Roberts, Echuca

Well done Waleed

THE Project, Waleed Aly and Tom Whitty have provided a wonderful service to the dairy industry with their reporting of its present crisis.

Well done The Project, the report presented this week was well researched and factual.

One area I would love to see just as accurately researched and reported is the Federal Government’s role in this crisis.

Government water policy has seen many changes in availability of affordable water which farmers must have to grow our everyday foods.

This has severely impacted on water availability for dairy and other farmers who put our daily staples on the table.

Speaking to numerous dairy farmers their biggest concern is the lack of affordable water.

If dairy farmers did not have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on water as a result of government policy then the extra kick in the guts from the present crisis, due to poor management decisions, may not have been the straw that has broken so many backs.

I think the Federal Government needs to put up its hand and admit it has played a significant part in the serious predicament our dairy farmers are in.

We also need journalists like those from The Project to help educate everyday Aussies on the real facts.

If this does not occur to help facilitate better water policy the dairy industry won’t be the only one in crisis.

Submitted by - Shelley Scoullar, Spokesperson Speak Up

It’s Anything but ordinary

SO BRILLIANT, professional and a magical theatrical performance are the words that come to mind after seeing Anything Goes.

Congratulations to all.

The set and props were astounding (designed and made locally) and the costumes amazing.

The cast – each and every one of you – were brilliant, from your vocals to your accents.

And the dancing was entertaining, so well done choreographers.

The best part was that each and every one of the cast was clearly having such a great time.

The disappointing part was the seats weren’t full, so come on people of all ages in Echuca-Moama get behind it, buy a ticket and go.

You will think you’re on Broadway.

I can’t wait for the junior production of The Little Mermaid in November.

Hopefully Mark Thomson will have another go at directing.

Submitted by - Glynis Kelly, Echuca

Road campaign reaches its limit

I WRITE to address recent commentary that the Towards Zero Action Plan 2016-2020 means drastic speed limit changes on country roads.

A key part of the strategy is fixing high speed rural roads, where 44 per cent of deaths and 20 per cent of serious injuries happen.

We cannot accept this as our price for getting around.

As humans, we do make mistakes from time to time – the Towards Zero approach will create an environment where drivers and riders’ mistakes aren’t fatal.

On country roads, this means looking at innovative, comprehensive solutions to build the safest roads possible.

It also means driving the safest cars we can afford and taking on our shared responsibility to be safe road users.

Contrary to what some have said in recent days, sweeping speed limit changes are not planned. Infrastructure changes are the priority, and speed limit changes would only be considered where there is a strong evidence base to support doing so, including crash histories and other local factors.

The Goulburn Valley Highway is a case in point where the speed limit was reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h, following a tragic loss of five lives in five months.

Once centreline barriers have been installed and other improvements made, the limit will return to 100km/h.

More information about the Towards Zero Action Plan can be found at towardszero.vic.gov.au.

Submitted by - Joe Calafiore, Transport Accident Commission chief executive.

Reconciliation week

National Reconciliation Week runs from Friday until Friday next week.

This year’s theme – Our History, Our Story, Our Future – focuses on historical acceptance and reflects on the fact the journey to reconciliation forms a significant part of Australia’s history so it is important we keep reconciliation in our thoughts as we move forward as a nation.

Youth Off The Streets has continually taken an active approach when responding to the needs of our Aboriginal communities, particularly the young people.

Our approach has always been about identifying gaps in services available to Aboriginal youth, and establishing the support services that fulfil their needs so we can build a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Unfortunately, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population still suffer from a lower life expectancy, lower rates of literacy and general health and are over-represented in the justice system when compared to the non-indigenous population.

We are trying to close this gap by working in partnership with Aboriginal Elders, local service providers, government departments and community members with the aim of continual and lasting improvement in outcomes for the young people, families and communities involved.

This holistic approach ensures that we equip members of the community with the tools to create positive change.

Our vision is for all communities to work within a spirit of co-operation; accepting diversity, acknowledging strengths and supporting each other.

It’s now up to everyone to come together and continue to work for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander equality.

Committing extra resources to closing the gap as well as coming together as a nation to recognise a group of people is an achievable goal for next year’s National Reconciliation Week.

Submitted by - Father Chris Riley, Youth Off The Streets chief executive.

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