Today a quick scan of the “letters to the editor” section of the Border Mail revealed this pearl of wisdom from one Mark Bailey of Wodonga, I’ll copy the letter in it’s entirity because I think it’s worth reading.
“I am concerned, as are a few ratepayers in Wodonga. I thought the council and it’s worker’s represented the people.
This council is still off on it’s own agenda of creating monsters that the people will have to deal with at a cost to us in the future.
Stanley Street is one example, where half the streetscape had to be removed because of vandalism or safety. The plan for High Street has potential for a vandal’s haven.
It is sad when the only feature in the town is the disco-illuminated water tower which most other towns had the sense to pull down, it’s an eyesore.
Then we had the pool fiasco but we won’t go there.
But I think the next venture, the proposed cinema and it’s location is the icing on the cake. It will not only remove parking from the centre of town, and make people walk at least 100m to the cinemas. It is in the wrong location. The block of land where Mann’s and Highpoint are is a much better location. It could be dug out to have underground parking and the existing food outlets could be included for a real entertainment area.
Of course this would never happen because it is not about getting the cinema it is about getting the offices rebuilt. I am sick of this council trying to create a champagne town on a beer budget and constantly increasing our rates to cover it.
PS it is exactly the same on the other side of the river.”
Touche Mark, yes it is. A quick scan of the archives shows a lot of the issues you raise have already been mentioned on AWOL, and while I don’t really have an opinion on the proposed site for the cinema comlex (assuming it is ever actually built of course), I agree whole-heartedly that Wodonga council’s spend-thrift managerial style really needs to be checked.
It seems Wangman et al. are much more concerned about using heavy handed legal threats to quash anything that smacks of dissent than they are about providing responsible stewardship for the people of Wodonga.
Perhaps in the upcoming November election things will get a shake up, that is provided that in the “pick-a-box” that is the local council ballot, voters don’t inadvertantly pick a pro-development Wangman stooge of course.