Due diligence

I write in response to the article on Friday, June 29 regarding the City of Greater Bendigo’s contract with Ironwood Security to deliver new CCTV infrastructure in the Bendigo CBD.
The city entered into a contract with Ironwood Security in March this year, which is a registered company that is not insolvent.
The city undertakes due diligence and follows specific procedures when awarding any contract and entered into an agreement with a viable company.
Ironwood Security is expected to finish installing or upgrading 123 CCTV cameras within the coming months in accordance with the requirements of the contract.
The city looks forward to the completion of this important safety project.

Steven Abbott,
Acting Director Corporate Performance,
City of Greater Bendigo


Banking disgrace

Any one of us can agree to disagree on political points of view, but if the latest revelations coming out of the banking royal commission concerning ordinary Australians losing their homes and their superannuation wasn’t enough, now we have heard more horror stories concerning farmers that have been treated appallingly as well.
This whole sorry saga just leaves you sick in the stomach, in respect to the fact that fellow Australians could have so little empathy, totally ignoring their plight, un-Australian in the context of our motto of “a fair go for everyone” and just plain wrong in every aspect.
This banking royal commission has uncovered a blatant culture of bullying of vulnerable people from the small to the not so small, all treated like dirt.
What makes this even more disgusting is the revelation that the bank executive involved in one of these economic tragedies, has admiitted that his bank allegedly acted inhumanely and without any feeling as to the dire situation faced by these people.
Furthermore, a situation that many cannot get their head around, and has astonished and dismayed, is the lack of any serious push to have a banking royal commission in the first place, by the party that represents these people on the land, except for the occasional lone voice of John “Wacker” Williams, and complete disinterest by the prime minister and the treasurer, who continually told us that we “don’t need a banking royal commission” because we have been working for the past two years to strengthen regulatory measures to prevent any miscarriage of justice, but which has now revealed a situation which must leave nearly all Australians speechless.
And what have Turnbull and Morrison had to say? Not much, but when agreeing to this enquiry, restricted the terms and references.
All Australians can only hope judge Kenneth Haynes stands his ground, and requests for more time and resources to fully complete this enquiry.
It is simply inconcievable that the government was not aware of the situations affecting these families through their political representatives, as some date back to 2012.
Which brings into question their reluctance to investigate anything that involves alleged business malpractice, together with a total denial that this royal commission was required in the first place, but had no choice when public pressure became too much.
When this enquiry concludes, many questions will be asked of the two people who rallied against these revelations being revealed, and no pussy footing around of excuses will be, or should be accepted by the voting public.

Ken Price


Bags of questions

I thought the removal of plastic shopping bags would create employment, for Australians, in making recyclable bags for the supermarkets, in Australia.
So it was a surprise to see on a Woolworths bag the label saying “made in Germany”.
Don’t we make anything here now?

Pete Tharle,


Where is the department?

Stuart Fraser’s letter in the Weekly, June 29 is correct to ask why our city council has been secretive about the proposed 50 kilometre mountain bike track within the Greater Bendigo Regional Park.
The park is there for all citizens, not just one group in favour of their pursuit.
There has been concern shown by the Department of Sustainability and Environment for our forest die-back and the transference of noxious plants into our native bush. Where is the state government department in all this?
It appears our city council is more interested in funding than dealing with all the groups who use our regional park.
The state government makes funding available for the pursuit of some but not others in this environment.
It certainly seems, as Mr Fraser pointed out, there are some things that we citizens are not to be told about.

Bill Collier,
Golden Square


Rail link pie-in-the-sky

Reading reports that we are considering a rail link to the Melbourne airport is just pie in the sky, a waste of good money duplicating another mode of transport when there is a frequent skybus service between the airport and Southern Cross station, along with a taxi service.
If it is deemed necessary then why wasn’t it put in when the airport was first built, and is it that big a deal that we are the only major airport that doesn’t have a rail link?
This money could be better spent on improving and delivering better services to regional areas, and putting our grain crops and more freight and dangerous goods back on the line, as the heavy loads are causing damage to our roads that weren’t designed to carry this weight.
We should be installing a line from Sunshine to Sunbury to complete the so-called designated line that doesn’t exist between those two stations.
While it is good news that new bogies are going to be made at Hofmann’s Engineering and the benefits that’s going to come from this project will have a positive impact on our city.
It is very disappointing that this government has taken nearly two decades to put rail contracts back into Bendigo.
The last bogies that were built were for the Sprinter rail cars at the old Bendigo North Railway Workshops, where the shell was built by Goninan’s in Sydney and transported to Bendigo to be fitted out internally and the attachment of the fabricated bogies.
For far too long the government has been investing in new rail fleet from components imported from overseas and assembled here and have the audacity to slap slogans on them “built in Victoria for Victorians”.
When the closure of the workshops all the jigs and equipment were still there that they could have been building bogies for the Velocity trains, one wonders where these jigs and equipment went to?
It’s no wonder our trains are not running any quicker these days than they did 30 to 40 years ago when our government and transport minister are so far behind the eight ball it’s not funny.

Ivan Kitt,


Thanks to hospital staff

After my recent stay in the Bendigo Hospital, I would sincerely like to thank all the medical, nursing and domestic staff for the caring treatment I recieved.
We need to be proud of our Bendigo hospital staff as the care and understanding of all staff is to be congratulated.
Thank you to everyone there.

Irene Marshall,


Better off?

So glad to see the Member for Bendigo receive such encouragement from the Weekly that now she gets the Opinion page.
She’s rarely right about her assertions, and today’s no exception. Many more Australians would be out of a job if Labor was to be elected, because they want to give NO tax relief to small to medium businesses ($2 million-$10m): this is on top of their 45-50 per cent emissions reduction target, which would give all Australians, but particularly industry, much higher power bills.
So please explain again Ms Chesters, how we would be better off under Labor?
You can’t, because Labor will always tax higher and waste more. The class war goes on: the top 50 per cent of earners pay much more than their share of tax now.

Helen Leach