Letters to the Editor

January 11, 2017

‘Door Dilemma’

Why is the Benalla Theatre Company allowed to flout State Heritage Listing even if it claims it has a ‘‘written permit’’ from Heritage Victoria?

I totally agree with Ms Smyth. Like her I am also totally incredulous that the works have been okayed.

The replacement door at Hut 63 looks like an entrance to a wild west saloon.

As a Polish migrant who travelled with his parents from Bonegilla to Rushworth and finally the Benalla Migrant Centre it was in the original school house Hut 63 that I experienced my first contact with Victoria’s education system.

From there I went on to Benalla East Primary School and then Benalla High, Melbourne Teacher’s College and finally LaTrobe University.

Surely the Benalla Theatre Company could avail itself of the purpose-built Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre? I’m sure it has plenty of room to store property. I guess 57 Samaria Rd is too far to go to store props.

How many more huts do the rapacious BTC want to desecrate?

— John Harris, MacLeod

Why were flags half staff?

Why were the flags at half staff at the opening of the World Gliding Championships?

It was a great event. Friendly, good weather, good crowd, but why were the flags on the grandstand at half staff?

The Flags Act 1953 sets the protocol for flying the Australian flag. It should only be flown at half staff for the death of the sovereign, death of the Governor General or a distinguished Australian citizen, Anzac Day or in times of a national disaster.

The opening of an international event such as the gliding championships is none of those and I am sure our international visitors would have been surprised to see the Australian flag and the Aboriginal flag at half staff on the grandstand.

The reason was obvious. The flag poles on the grandstand had not been prepared for the event despite many month’s notice.

Is anyone at council aware of the correct procedures or do they even care how we present to our visitors?

— Richard Rubira, Benalla

Thank you from Benalla Lions

The Benalla Lions Club held its annual Carols By Candlelight night on December 18 with a large crowd participating.

The weather was mild, and the singers from Benalla Theatre Company, The Benalla Caladonian Band, The Benalla P-12 Band and Benalla Rose City Band made the evening a great success.

Santa arrived in an SES vehicle and took great delight in talking with each child that came to him, each was given a small present.

Benalla Rural City and NAB Bank sponsored the evening.

During the lead-up to Christmas, Benalla Lions Club through various shops in the CBD sold Christmas cakes and puddings.

Thank you to all those who bought and enjoyed the cakes and puddings.

Also a big thank you to those businesses that helped Lions in various forms of fundraising for the community at this time.

— Graham Milner, Carols by Candlelight and Christmas cake co-ordinator

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