So much to see
Recently I and a group of elderly friends from Melbourne, who met through Eastern Palliative Care, joined a tour organised by Tallangatta Motel Tours. We all have lost wives, husbands and partners, generally, through cancer and have continued as a group meeting regularly for meals, outings, films and theatre after their deaths.
So with a two smaller groups from Probus clubs in Melbourne we had 38 people who enjoyed a Snowy Mountain tour organised by Tallangatta Motel, which we all enjoyed very much.
We were met at Albury station by one of their drivers and taken straight to the motel where we had our accommodation and the very hospitable owners. During the course of the next week we saw so many interesting things and places. We visited Cooma, Tumut, the highest town in Australia, Cabramurra, Thredbo and rode the chairlift, the Hume Weir and picnicked by the Murray River twice and so much more.
I think the two standouts for me were the Boggy Creek Show where with us safe and warm in the shed, Tim O’Brien performed his amazingly skilled and entertaining show with his horses, dogs, goats, sheep, etc in pouring rain. Outstanding. The second highlight was a run through Albury culminating in a trip to Jindera, possibly Albury’s best kept secret. A jewel of a town with its wonderful theme park complete with forge, iconic house and fittings and a wonderful collection of the biggest farm wagons and machinery I’ve ever seen all finished off with tea and scones.
We were returned to Albury where we had time to visit the memorial to VC winner Albert Chalmers Borella and the elegant Borella’s Cafe where we had more tea and scones and bought gifts at the excellent Peard’s Nursery, finishing with a wander around the beautiful station master’s house and the longest railway platform in the country. A memorable visit indeed.
Dennis Whelan, Balwyn
Kids show leadership
Congratulations to students on the Border leading a big school walk out for climate action.
The Prime Minister should be rattled to be so shown up by people who don’t even have a vote but who are taking science seriously. It is a measure of the success of our education system that students are stepping forward in the absence of political leadership.
Students on the Border and across the country have “skin in the game and a dog in the fight” because it is their future that is being sold-out by political inaction. Activism is the rent we pay for living on the planet and we should be supporting local students and schools in the urgency of their message.
Sussan Ley has her back against the wall, obviously aware of the issues but captive in a political vehicle that seems stuck in reverse. It is an important message in the community where Robert Menzies started the Liberal Party to see how far its policies have drifted to the right. Robert Menzies intended a socially progressive political engine, not the climate change-denying museum which seems destined for the political scrap heap.
Real Liberals have been betrayed by the current government inaction and it might take a yell from the school yard to wake them up. Many thanks to the youth from the Border and the schools that support them.