Let the model of bigger cities show us how
Having worked in the inner city of Ballarat for several employers, I know how hard it is to find a car park that allows one to be able to 'stress free' for the working day. Practically impossible!
For those that live or have a business around or near the CBD, the added stress of commuters taking car parks near their residence or business only adds to everyone's stress levels!
A possible solution, without having to build multi story car park monstrosities? Park and ride! It seems to work in the UK.
There are plenty of areas close to the CBD that could be utilised for this on every side. People drive and park in a designated and secure area outside of the CBD, buses pick commuters up and take them into the CBD every 10 mins or so.
Regulars pay a weekly price for the service; cheaper than paying for parking or parking fines, and visitors pay as they go.
One possible solution that just may ease the inner city parking dilemma!
Judith Szalontai, Ballarat
Kangaroo a sustainable food source for humans and pets
Country jobs hang in the balance because Daniel Andrews refuses to support Victoria’s kangaroo pet food industry.
The current trial ends in March but, despite it proving outstanding success, the Andrews Labor Government remains silent as to the industry’s future.
The Liberal Nationals have committed to making the industry permanent if we are elected in November.
But Daniel Andrews is trying to get cosy with The Greens and putting inner-city votes ahead of common sense and jobs in regional and rural Victoria.
A permanent program would not change the requirement for Authority to Control Wildlife permits to be issued for any kangaroos used as pet food.
The former Liberal Nationals government introduced the program to make use of carcasses that were otherwise being left to rot in paddocks.
Instead, the trial turned this waste into a high protein, popular and affordable pet food product and at the same time created jobs and business expansion in regional Victoria.
If Daniel Andrews refuses to make the program permanent before the current trial ends in March, country jobs will be lost and lawfully culled kangaroo carcasses will once again be left to waste.
Daniel Andrews must follow the Liberal Nationals’ lead and stand up for common sense and country jobs by making the kangaroo pet food program permanent.
Peter Walsh, Leader of The Nationals