Letter to the editor

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 08-Dec-2017


By-pass greedy servos

We always seem to be complaining about petrol prices for the way they fluctuate. 

We as consumers are as much to blame for the price increase. For example there are three petrol outlets on McIvor Road.

The prices are as follows: $1.39.9, $1.32.9, $1.26.9 all within one kilometre, of each other. 

Surely if we by-passed the dearer ones and went to the cheaper one the greedy ones would get the message.

I don’t mind how long I wait, it is the principle of it all. Also, thank you $1.26.9 for looking after the people that support you all year. 

I am sure if one can do it the others can. Come on folks for three weeks go past the greedy servos. Even with four cents discount they are still nine cents a litre dearer. Action in numbers.

Richard Liddelow,


Figures speak

I was not surprised by the tone of the replies to my comments on the same-sex marriage survey. Instant indignation.

I am disappointed by the yes lobby.

As I pointed out, nearly half of all Australian voters went to the trouble of posting back a survey form with a yes vote. 

That is a terrific response, the yes campaign should have been delighted by that level of support.

32 per cent voted no, 20 per cent abstained. That result showed that there was sufficient support to proceed with the proposal.

As was often pointed out, it was a non-binding survey, it did not rely on a return of more than 50 per cent to proceed. 

Simply stating the figures as they were would have sufficed. There was no need to remove the abstaining voters. 

What the yes campaign have said is, almost half of Australians voting yes is not good enough.

Murray McPhie,


Lighten up 

I am amazed that three intelligent people would allow themselves to get sucked in to the extent of complaining over a tongue-in-cheek letter regarding a recent survey, Bendigo Weekly, December 1.

The survey is over, the votes have been counted, and apart from a few politicians, many from Western Sydney, who refuse to acknowledge or recognise the legitimacy of constituent’s views in what is supposed to be a representative democracy, we are ready to move on.

 I am also concerned as to the need to protect people unwilling to marry or provide a service to any couple wishing to marry. 

Why would any couple be they heterosexual or homosexual in their right mind want to force someone against their conscience to grudgingly provide a service on what is supposed to be the happiest day of any couple’s life?

Let’s face it, there are more than 2000 marriage celebrants and over 1500 bakers and about the same number of florists in Victoria alone, so it would not be an insurmountable task to find one who would willingly marry any couple without the need to threaten them with legal action.

We all need to lighten up and start appreciating life instead of seeking to find fault and offence in anything and everything including anyone’s play on words or figures. 

There is also no need for activists of any kind to seek out people who hold a conscience view contrary to their own, just in order to take them to court to prove a point.

C Henry,

Kangaroo Flat

Sitting CEO

You have got to be kidding. Niemann for another five years.

That’s the best we can do?

Don’t be surprised if they erect another $30,000 garden seat at the other end of the mall, to celebrate.

Peter Lesuey,


Planning contradictions 

Over the last few years the Bendigo city council has been formulating a blueprint for the redevelopment of Bridge Street, Bendigo. 

Within this plan it was stated that the buildings along Bridge Street could be a maximum of three storeys high, with the exception of the corner sites on Bridge Street and Water, Baxter or Arnold streets. These corner sites will have a five storey height limit.

On the front page of the Bendigo Weekly recently there was an article about the first proposed development of Bridge Street. 

This is to be a 30-suite, five storey hotel development which has been put to our council by a Melbourne-based development company.

This site is not on any of the allocated five-storey corner sites. It has also been stated that the proposed building would exceed the council’s height limit and for some inconceivable reason the council are also considering the potential for an underground carpark which seems to fly in the face of the flood plan overlay. 

What is going on in the planning department of the council?

Heather Bennett,


Are you not my representative?

An open letter to our member. Dear Lisa, many of us tuned in to your speech in parliament on Tuesday evening and many more will be surprised to hear that you don’t represent no voters or, indeed, all those who want you to vote for the amendments to the same-sex marriage bill. 

These amendments are vital to ensure the future freedom of speech and religion to dissent from the redefinition of marriage.

You are effectively saying that our human rights don’t matter. Same-sex or transgender marriage, although a civic right bestowed by parliament, is not a human right under any charter.

It is a human right for parents to request their children are not taught material which is contrary to their beliefs. 

Despite your protestations, this is exactly what will happen via the Safe Schools and other gender fluid programs in schools.

Ms Chesters, no Australian, whether clergy or not, should be treated unfavourably or discriminated against because of their beliefs about marriage. Just who do you represent?

Helen Leach,


Christmas spirit

With all of life’s distractions, we sometimes forget the true meaning of Christmas.

When we are caught up buying presents and over indulging in food, Christmas can be a time when we often forget what really matters.

But bad experiences and misfortunes can culminate at Christmas time, which means for vulnerable and marginalised Australians, Christmas can be the hardest time of the year.

For the Salvos it’s our busiest period, with more than 300,000 families and individuals seeking assistance.

We give out more than 500,000 gifts and toys, and serve over 10,000 meals to those who don’t have the means to celebrate Christmas. 

We can only meet this need because year after year Australians come together and stand by those doing it tough. This, I believe, is the true meaning of Christmas. 

So this holiday season let’s remember those going it alone. By donating $29 to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal, you can help put a present under the tree and food on the table, bringing hope where it’s needed most.

Neil Venables,

National Secretary for Communications, 

The Salvation Army 


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