There was excellent news last week that the small town of Girgarre had been allocated $350000 towards running one of a few festivals planned for Victoria in the immediate future.
It is great to see that Girgarre, for many years a struggling community, has received this recognition, especially following on the excellent result of a similar grant last year to the Dookie community.
Dookie did an amazing job artistically and otherwise in putting its name on the entertainment map, and the after effects are having a wonderful effect on this small community.
It is well known that Girgarre has blossomed in recent years by setting up a highly successful monthly market, then adding an annual music event, which draws people from many miles around.
This is a tribute to an energetic committee.
The same spirit pervades Girgarre in its plans to set up a botanical gardens in land granted to the community following the loss of the Heinz factory.
The community is quietly planning the gardens, which will be a large and exciting project for a very small town.
The community spirit that has made the market and music activities so successful, and helped towards the $350000 state grant, will ensure that the gardens blossom.
It is a brave community that decides to construct such gardens in this economic climate, but the project will bring large numbers of visitors, and a remarkable asset to this West Goulburn community, which has in other ways felt the effects of the drought and agricultural downturn.
Bill McCarthy, Shepparton
Growers in same boat
Re: the dairy farmer plight.
Unless the situation has changed from when I worked for the Department of Agriculture, many fruit growers of export fruit face similar problems to dairy farmers in regard to not being told of the marketing conditions of their fruit until they are paid for it.
They are also not paid by some exporters until months after the fruit is sold and then given no interest on their money held by the exporter.
John Read, Kialla