Letters to the editor

October 18, 2017

NRMA haunting

Why do the NRMA keep sending stuff to the dead?

I moved into our Mulwala house some10 years ago. Then we received glossy magazines and newsletters on a regular basis for a person we didn’t know.

I would dutifully scribble, not at this address and post them back. Unfortunately this didn’t work and they kept on coming.

I asked my elderly neighbour if she could shed some light on this mystery person. She said sure, that was old Dick who had died and now resides in the Mulwala Cemetery.

So then the returned magazines had deceased – Mulwala Cemetery written on them. Well now they had what I thought was enough information, but no, they kept on coming.

It was annoying and a few years ago I got sick of going through the process and decided to contact their office directly and stop this ridiculous situation. After some false starts I finally got peace, so I I thought. However just recently it had started again. Will we ever get peace?

Normally you would say this is just a nuisance and if it happened once I would agree, but this has gone on for years. Over this time you question how well the NRMA runs its business, controls personal data and identifies waste.

If Dick was alive he would be 100 plus so perhaps the NRMA could send him an 100 plus award, their final respects at the Mulwala Cemetery and then leave him and me alone.

Name supplied.

Food trucks just the beginning

Belmore Street Traders have more to lose from competition than from the location of the new bridge.

Food Trucks are just the beginning of the new economy (e-commerce, disruptive innovation and block chain technology).

Belmore Street will look very different by 2025, as most businesses will not need a shop front .

Remember the new bridge will still be there long after the traders in Belmore Street.

Robert Cross.

Itinerant traders

The council must be receiving considerable recompense from the current permit application from the Food Truck Park for it to risk the ire of its local traders by allowing what is seen by some as unfair competition.

I assume the ‘Hey Mister’ group will in return charge a substantial amount to each mobile trader for the right to occupy a site at the venue, making some profit over their costs.

The food truck traders will be vying for a profit that will cover this and other expenses, from the Yarrawonga locals and tourists that patronise this set up.

A way around the cries of unfair competition from local businesses is to make a provision in granting of such permits that the organisers must provide a certain number of sites at their venue, free of charge, to local traders that are prepared to compete by taking their business to where they think the customers are being unfairly attracted.

I am sure this would result in lessening of tensions when these mobile traders arrive and perhaps even have the effect of local businesses looking forward to the increased trade these ideas bring.

Trevor Salmon.

Save the 1924 Traffic Bridge

There have been endless discussions on the location of the proposed bridge, causing confusion and frustrations.

If we return to a basic question, some options will be clarified; What is the future of our towns? Tourism

The late Alistair Wylie conducted a survey some years ago. After questioning many tourists, their response to ‘What is our main attraction?’ was not Lake Mulwala, but the bridge over it.

Visitors are fascinated by its bend and dip, its tall structure over the original river bed, the views from its length.

If this iconic structure was replaced by a straight modern bridge, devoid of character, tourists will head for historic Echuca.

The opinion of locals is well known, as exemplified by the Yarrawonga Mulwala Historical Society Facebook post on 13/5/17 which went viral, eliciting strong opinions for the bridge’s preservation.

Tim McCurdy MP has seen the result of the plebiscite, where the green route is highly favoured; hopefully he is telling his city-based colleagues.

To prevent the permanent loss of our 1924 bridge, the green route will offer traffic advantages and not threaten the current bridge, which should be listed by Victorian and NSW Heritage Councils under their Acts of 1977, for permanent protection.

Local Government heritage listings are ineffectual; state listing is stronger.

The bridge is seven years from its centenary. It would ‘pass the test’ for State Heritage Listing on many counts: unique story of its construction, aesthetics, historicity, rarity, and more.

Listing would qualify it for an interim heritage order over the structure, and grants such as maintenance costs.

Along the Murray there are State Heritage Listed bridges: Bethanga, Cobram, Barham, Tooleybuc, Albury railway bridge.

Moira and Federation Shires may have their own heritage processes, but for something so iconic, the influence of state governments is essential.

An individual or community group can nominate any item for such listing.

The maintenance and legalities of retaining the bridge could present challenges, but not insurmountable ones.

demolished, it would be gone forever.

Once protected, it will remain, for which future generations of Australians will be grateful.

Alexander Sloane.

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