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April 04, 2018

Time to liven up

- Graeme Quinlan, Mooroopna

I had the occasion to stroll through the city streets on Easter Monday.

All I can say is what a dismal place, no music to fill the air, so many shops closed.

I was aware of several visitors to the city because they were carrying maps of the moving cows that are placed around the city and district.

But what distressed me was the fact that so many shops were not open.

How is this going to encourage visitors to stop and shop in Shepparton on a long weekend.

This city needs to get its act together if it is to encourage tourism and promote itself as a place people want to come to.

Open up, liven up, brighten up the mall.

You could have fired a cannon through it on Monday and not hit anything because most of the shops weren’t open. Hello — it’s time to get things right.

Buckley’s chance

- Maggie Turner-Miguel, Shepparton

In regard to the topic of online petitions, John Gray explained the requisite elements of formulating a ‘hard copy’ petition in ViewPoint in Shepparton News, March 29.

Going back a bit in time I was encouraged by council staff to present a petition supporting a cause that was close to my heart.

I adhered strictly to correct procedure, ticking all the boxes, and it took me way out of my comfort zone because I’m not used to seeking help publicly or otherwise.

But the council was adamant that this would be the most effective road to take in the hope of reaching a resolution.

The petition was rejected and I was told that if the signatories on that petition did not reside in the street that was the subject of this petition, then their signature did not count.

Another ‘‘unmitigated waste of time’’ to quote Mr Gray.

If my legitimate petition could be dismissed so easily then I would say online has two chances.

Buckley’s and the other one.

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