Plan aims to transform a city to be cycle friendly

Transforming a city to be cycle friendly

Thank you to Alan of VicRoads for describing the whole scheme to me at the presentation. These proposals would transform cycling around the city into an encouraging means of access and through routes to the suburbs. Bicycles and motor vehicles would be separated as much as practically possible. As a driver, the system seems fine for me and requires only a few minor changes to habits. As a recreational cyclist, cruising dedicated bike lanes is a dream coming true. Just imagine rolling along the Sturt Street boulevarde beneath shady trees from Victoria Park right into the CBD, with no direct traffic and just a few road crossings, marvellous. Motorists will hardly see us. No more parked cars to avoid. No more car doors swinging open. A rail trail avoiding Howitt Street, and swanning along Grenville Street, great. I have requested VicRoads to make the link in Creswick Road to the bike path at Howitt Street with the Old Cemetery in connection with the Creswick road duplication. I do hope at least some of it comes true. In my lifetime.

David Chadderton, Wendouree

Gardens of delight a wonder to behold

It was a pleasure to visit the Scott property, Mount Buninyong at Scotsburn on the 11th as part of the Open Garden Scheme. This family was established at Mount Buninyong well before the discovery of gold in Ballarat, and the second generation went on to pioneer Warracknabeal in the Wimmera, and at Rich Avon West nearby. These three stations shore 240,000 sheep a year. It was Andrew Scott from the Wimmera who built the present homestead in 1884 with its 14 foot high ceilings; he not wanting to ever again experience the heat of the Wimmera. It is a credit to the present custodians of Mount Buninyong the way they have maintained the house and garden. Well done Celia and Graeme Burnham.

Oliver Guthrie, Alfredton

concessions needed for the disabled

I ask the Ballarat Agricultural Society why they discriminate against people on a disability pension charging them full admission price to enter the show. Aged pensioners get a discount ticket price. Most other places such as the Ballarat City Council and VLine treat all pensioners the same and give discounts on property rates and V Line rail travel tickets. Disability pension is paid at the same rate of the aged pension and people on the disability pension have the same amount of money coming in each fortnight. If you are not willing to charge all pensioners the same cost of an admission ticket, would you consider a cheaper ticket price for disability pensioner? Please consider how much these people would spend at the show buying such things as food.

Marilyn Watts, Sebastopol

Ma’am might fall foul of the citizenship shambles

If it is such a bad thing for MPs to be dual citizens of Australia and the UK, shouldn't the Head of State investigate? She is after all 100%...erm...British…

Steve Else, Alfredton

Time to stop obfustcating and bring them here

When will our Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, listen to our message? Many Australians are not interested in hearing about centres in New Guinea being safe for the men he has dumped in that country for four years. We just want those men to be brought here. It is our responsibility to repair all the damage that has been done to them. Stop criticizing us, as we fight for a fair Australia.

Diane Collacott, Ballarat

New network:  There are hopes new pathways through Ballarat will encourage more people to consider bicycles as a from of transport

New network: There are hopes new pathways through Ballarat will encourage more people to consider bicycles as a from of transport