I am glad to see some thought is being put into the transport situation before the proposed AFL match at Eureka Stadium in 2017. It is a matter which needs very careful planning, not only to get the patrons to Ballarat, but also to get them home again. There are only four scheduled train services to Melbourne after 4.00pm on a Saturday, less on a Sunday. There is an urgent need to landscape, level and seal the roadside area in Creswick Road between Howitt Street and Norman Street on the southern side, so cars can park safely while using the space economically.
On Trash and Trivia mornings, this area is chaotic and quite unsafe. Perhaps some thought could be given to marking angle parking spaces on both sides in Norman Street so people use this area safely while achieving a good density of parking. It is important people attending these AFL matches have a good experience, including getting here and getting away, otherwise they will be loathe to return.
I suspect the planners should not be relying on a railway platform being built opposite the Eureka Stadium, but they do need to ensure VLine have sufficient six-carriage trains to transport people to and from Ballarat/Wendouree on the day.
Joyce Currie, Wendouree
I take offence at being phoned by political parties, especially when a paid political message is left on my phone. Media advertising is all that is needed. There is no need to invade private people's phones. Today, l received a paid, political advertisement/message left on our home phone by the ALP.
Kerry Albins, Invermay
Both the Liberal and Labor parties seem to have forgotten that single people, both working and on a pension vote at elections. Funding announcements are made on a daily basis for families and businesses, but never is there a funding announcement to help single working people or pensioners. Single working people pay taxes and most pensioners have paid taxes. It does not encourage you to vote for either Liberal or Labor at this election on 2nd July, 2016.
Marilyn Watts, Sebastopol
It is not surprising the major parties, especially the Labor party, have ignored the Ballarat electorate this election. This reflects my own experience with our federal and state sitting members. This past year, I have written twice to Catherine King and Sharon Knight regarding an important local issue, and have not received a response from either member of parliament. That's four letters totally ignored. They have become so complacent in their safe seats they think even important issues raised by local citizens can be utterly ignored.
David Peasley, Wendouree
Mr Turnbull demands to be re-elected to government, being the most stable, experienced and reliable team to handle possible volatile events in Europe, should they have an adverse effect on the Australian economy. Mr Turnbull and treasurer Morrison claim Labor lacks experience and integrity to manage such volatile events. His selective memory forgot who saved Australia from the GFC, when, confirmed by treasury, they would have done nothing, leading Australia into a depression.Turnbull also claims Labor is unreliable by having three prime ministers in 6 years, when in turn they have recycled three leaders in 3 years.
Mr Turnbull made many promises, some of which were balancing the budget and reducing debt. Under Liberal, debt has increased 300% with further increases imminent and broken most other promises. It also intends borrowing $50 billion to give to big business, and waste a further $160 million on a marriage equality plebiscite.
Re-elected, Liberal again have an excuse, a saviour, to blame for their inadequacies; the EU volatility. This will become the new reason for reneging on their promises.
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