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March 15, 2017

Lipstick isn’t helping...

It with interest I have read in The Ensign many comments regarding the refurbishment of the train carriages on our line.

This brings to mind an old saying I remember from my childhood, which I think is quite pertinent to the situation and it goes like this.

‘‘Even if you put lipstick on a pig, it is still a pig.’’ I am sure there are a lot of people who will agree with this.

— Patrick Richards, Benalla

Slashing proves pleasing

I was pleased to see tractors slashing grass along the Hume Fwy near Baddaginnie last week.

Slashing has also been done further south, near Euroa.

I commend VicRoads for responding to my calls for this work to occur, however, growth on roadsides should be controlled on an ongoing basis.

Each year I receive phone calls from people concerned about the fire risk long grass on the roadside poses and each year it seems we must press VicRoads to properly maintain the Hume Fwy.

Undoubtedly this year was made more challenging than normal as a result of the Andrews Government’s cuts to the road maintenance budget and good rains.

I know residents whose properties border these sections of the Hume are relieved to see this work done.

Mitigating the risk of fires is a responsibility we all share and the Victorian Government, through VicRoads, should be no exception.

— Steph Ryan, Member for Euroa

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