Albury Mayor Kevin Mack once said that blowing $250,000 on JetGo was just part of doing business.
Wouldn’t it then follow that a bit of a back track on pool fees would be part of doing business? They are there to look after the community. Wodonga is the same – they pay for expert opinion and then ignore it . Maybe it’s time for an administrator on both sides of the Border as they couldn’t do any worse.
Maybe we could get a bit of sealing done on the dirt roads and if the mayor wants to save money, he could put a time clock on the coffee pod. Big savings to be made there.
John Nightingale, Wodonga
Punished twice over
How unfair is the car insurance in Australia? Recently, a car, through inattention by the driver, ran into the back of our car. Even though our little Getz was in mint condition (only 59,000 kilometres), had just been re-registered and had four new tyres, his insurance company wrote it off and all we get is $3500.
These days you can't even buy a Getz that's not in as good condition as ours for less $5000. So the driver of the other car (hardly a mark on it from the accident) gets off with only paying his excess while we lose our car and have to be satisfied with a cheap replacement vehicle that's nowhere as good as our car was.
How is this fair? If the other driver is at fault, shouldn't our car be fixed even if it costs more than their so-called market value?
Steven Taylor, North Albury
Sad state of affairs
Local voluntary effort, community-based clubs and community involvement are a significant part of the heart of regional and local communities.
Melbourne-based Richmond Football club is a multi-million-dollar enterprise of which their subsidiary Aligned Leisure has become responsible for the management of our local pools.
It seems a sad state of affairs that a city-based sporting club is seeking to make money out of our local sporting clubs and community possibly to their detriment and to generate funds that will leave our area to support their well-resourced club.
If anything, it should be the other way around
Jim Saleeba, Albury
True colours on show
The ‘true colours’ of the Prime Minister and the NSW Premier have been displayed in the stoush between broadcaster Alan Jones and Sydney Opera house chief Louise Herron and the message should inspire all Australians to action. The blindness of Scott Morrison, oblivious to the bullying endemic in his own party and the weakness of Gladys Berejiklian is an appalling commentary on governments ‘driving under the influence’.
The availability of politicians to their puppeteer raises a real question about buying in and being bought. Gaming revenue addicted governments supporting the disgraced broadcaster should be held to account. The Wentworth byelection and signing an online petition may be just the start.
Thanks to the iconic building on Bennelong point ordinary Australians who for so long have been paying the piper may finally demand to call the tune.