It’s not complicated
As I returned to Corowa the other day from the swimming pool complex in Wangaratta, up the Three-Chain Road, I determined to write again to The Border Mail to express my disappointment and frustration at the lack of common sense that is being displayed by the Federation Council with respect to Corowa’s pool plans.
For two years, twice a week at 7.30am, a car-load of Corowa residents including myself, have driven to the Wangaratta pools.
While some of us swim laps in the heated indoor 25 metre pool, others undertake an exercise program in the hydrotherapy pool to ease their joint problems and strengthen their ageing muscles.
We enter the pools as school children leave and up to 50 elderly folk gather for a water aerobics session. We leave the pools as swimming lessons commence for little people. We buy a coffee for the trip home, sometimes shop in the local stores.
What a wonderful opportunity Corowa and other Federation Shire residents would have if similar facilities were available here, all year round.
Not only would it benefit older citizens, but school children and little people could learn to swim and train as they developed.
Younger adults could enjoy year-round healthy times with their friends and families.
Residents from nearby towns in the shire and also visitors would be able to swim, shop, and enjoy all that Corowa has to offer, rather than spending their time and money elsewhere.
As I understand, more than 1000 signatures in just two weeks were put to a petition earlier this year, asking the council to not waste money on a 50 metre, outdoor unheated pool that would be usable for 15 weeks of the year, and to actively pursue a plan to build an indoor, 25 metre heated pool together with a heated program pool to cater for the needs of all Corowa residents and the wider shire community all year round.
This is not rocket science. It is common sense.
Gwynneth Handberg, Corowa
The beer stops here
As coal mining dramatically contributes to global warming, I can’t help wondering: how many annual beer festivals, not to mention barley and hop farmers, will there be left if Adani and his equally rapacious mining cohorts are not stopped?
Aprile Alexander, Albury
Over to you, Greg
Daniel Andrews and Bill Shorten must be over the moon to have another Mirabella, Greg in this instance, advising the Liberals on what they should do to restore public confidence in the party.
As Sophie's right-hand man, so to speak, his advice and support was so successful in keeping her in Parliament. And he has the gall to suggest that Cathy McGowan is playing queen because she wants to encourage someone of her high standards and principles to step up when she calls it a day.
Come on Greg, stand yourself. Put up or shut up.