Thank you to Albury City for recently allocating $20,000 to help develop a master plan for the Albury Wodonga Equestrian Centre.
As someone who has lobbied council for the past year to become more closely involved with its operations, it is very welcome news.
Twenty years ago the Commonwealth government generously allocated 230 acres to help set-up the multi-million dollar Thurgoona facility.
The volunteer management committee has a healthy income stream from property rental, horse agistment, stabling, camping, facility hire and major events.
They have also been strongly supported over time by federal, state and local government funding. In return, the Equestrian Centre has generated considerable event tourism revenue for the local region. Unfortunately, the centre is now ageing and could benefit from a more commercial mindset moving forward.
Once fundamentals are strengthened, however, big-ticket projects like an indoor arena and stadium lighting are more likely to become a reality.
Sally Harding, Wodonga
It was a curious contradiction to read that standards would lift if they carried on like Cathy (The Border Mail, October 31) by letter writer Mark Eltringham who, in the same breath went on to say that we would all love to see her hold the government to ransom.
The last time we had Parliamentarians Tony Windsor and Rob Oakshotte holding the balance of power, they certainly held the country to ransom. They helped give us one of the worst governments in history and ran up a debt which doesn't look like ever being repaid.
Is this what the letter writer had in mind? We have the mafia causing trouble in countries like Italy and Russia and militant unions in Australia telling the politicians how to vote.
Do we really want to go down this path or are we already travelling down it?
Perhaps it is time we should all sit up and take notice.
Stewart Ross, Corryong
More trucks the merrier
Food trucks are a great part of many events and festivals and markets worldwide, and they showcase cultures and regional produce.
Many cafes and restaurants have food trucks and use them to promote their venues.
Local markets could do well to embrace the food truck direction and get away from the standard Rotary sausage sizzle that fills the air with an aroma that is not all that appetising at times.
Walk around a food truck market in Darwin and the atmosphere is a amazing, with people out in droves to explore great food from many nationalities .
Our region can make food trucks a big part of tourism if minds opened up and new modern ideas were embraced. Locals could learn so much about food and cultures and have taste buds broadened.
Local markets like Corowa could do well to encourage some food trucks and even back some local eateries.
It would certainly help the markets become more exciting around food other than a sausage in bread.
Food trucks can be a great thing if embraced.