The ARTC is a public company wholly owned by the federal government.
The Melbourne to Albury line is leased to the ARTC, therefore the ARTC is responsible for the maintenance of this line.
The condition of the track, apparently, is a bone of contention between the ARTC and the state government, yet delays to train services have been predominantly due to track maintenance, some due to rolling stock.
While it is pointless putting decent rolling stock on a second-rate track, it is also pointless for state and federal governments to be blaming each other for the lousy train services.
It's long overdue for both parties to get together and upgrade the track and the rolling stock and give commuters what they want.
It would be wonderful if these petty politicians stopped the finger pointing and got together and did what the electorate expects them to do – Govern with responsibility!
That hasn't apparently been seen for a long long time.
If basic infrastructure is too hard an ask for our politicians I can't see them achieving much else worthwhile and that goes for local government as well.
Derek Robinson, Wodonga
Our sincere thanks
The Thomas Family of “Lambruk” Mulwala would like to sincerely thank those who attended to the fire last Wednesday.
Under extreme weather conditions the fire front was contained in an efficient manner.
In particular we would like to pass on our thanks to neighbours, friends and NSW Rural Fire/Rescue Service Brigades, VIC Country Fire Authority and those who travelled to be here – these volunteers are a credit to our communities.
Special thanks also to Excell Gray Bruni Earthmoving, Federation Council, Chris Wilson Farming, the NSW RFS air services and Ricky D’s, Mulwala Foodworks, Mulwala Ski Club and La Porchetta for their thoughtfulness in regards to food and refreshments for fire crews.
The Thomas family, Mulwala
High tea to help
Everyday people who are homeless, many with mental health issues come to St Matthews for breakfast and coffee and a chat. But we want to do more to break the cycle and give them their lives back.
A pop-up clinic for mental health, Hep C and welfare and counselling is in the pipeline in partnership with Carevan and Community Health.
This supplements the existing shower and clothing facilities as well as emergency food relief and regular evening meals from Carevan, in a program that engages local schools and service clubs and volunteers.
The op shop currently across the road also helps to fund tea and coffee and light meals. Hundreds of hampers are distributed each year and rising power costs will no doubt see a rise in the call for assistance.
This Saturday at 2pm Adamshurst will be hosting a High Tea, at a cost of $75, to help raise money for St Matthews Crisis Care to help the homeless. Please book a table or a seat at what promises to be a memorable afternoon that will assist the daily living of some of our most vulnerable community members.
Bookings essential, and very much appreciated.