Letters to the editor

February 28, 2018

Free parking alone will not revitalise Shepparton's central business district, says Maggie Turner-Miguel.

Revitalising CBD

- Maggie Turner-Miguel, Shepparton

I am not sure what the solution is to revitalise the Shepparton CBD, but I do not think free parking alone will do it. It is rare that free parking is offered in most towns/cities.

Last week I had two separate trips to Melbourne. In the first trip I needed CBD parking and a private car park rate was $6 for the first half hour, increasing to $45 for three hours. I found metered parking for $5.50 per hour with a two-hour limit, and I needed to move the vehicle for the third hour— $16.50 in total — which makes our parking seem cheap.

My second trip two days later saw me caught in traffic congestion due to a truck rollover that banked traffic up for several kilometres. Luckily I was on the opposite side and only had to deal with congestion due to a three-car pile-up.

Peak-hour traffic exiting the city via Tullamarine Fwy took forever and added 40 minutes on to my usual exit time.

By comparison, we are reasonably well off here at the moment, but as our population and our traffic is increasing, I doubt that our infrastructure is keeping abreast of it all.

Show support for farmers market

- Marilyn Banfield, Friends of Mooroopna Library secretary

In response to Gary Thomas’ letter (‘Market needs support’, News, February 12), the Friends of the Mooroopna Library are extremely disappointed in the waning interest by the public shown to the monthly Mooroopna Farmers and Craft Market.

This wonderful community event organised by the Mooroopna Lions Club over the past seven-plus years provides an opportunity to purchase fresh produce so prevalent in this area, but it also offers a venue in Ferrari Park where people can relax and meet over coffee, compare their buys and catch up on news.

As fortunate recipients of funds from the Mooroopna Lions’ Farmers Market, we are extremely grateful.

This donation enables us to continue to make contributions to the library such as furniture, magazine subscriptions, shelving, therefore, making the library a better place for the many participants who use it.

Furthermore, we are one organisation among many, not only in Mooroopna but other districts, who have benefited from nearly $100000 distributed to community groups in the past seven years from the market.

We ask you, as community-minded residents of the Goulburn Valley and beyond, to support the market in Ferrari Park on the third Sunday of every month.

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