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Letters The road to more jobs The Great Ocean Road is Victoria’s most valuable visitor economy asset and has a significance of $782 million to Australia’s economy through 3720 direct jobs and a total 6180 across Victoria. Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism has prepared a strategic master plan for the visitor economy of the region (Geelong Indy, 16 September), which identifies that an increase of just 3.5 per cent in visitor spend per annum would deliver over 3000 jobs by 2025, including more than 1500 by 2020. I have asked acting Tourism Minister Philip Dalidakis to examine and consider the plan’s calls for $1 billion in public and private investment over the next decade. A significant investment now would stimulate and support private investment in new and improved accommodation, experiences and services to meet current and future demand. Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism has put together this comprehensive report with a strategy to improve the visitor experience with improved facilities, while exploring different funding models to make them commercially viable, such as entrance fees, tolls, car parking and commercial activities. At present, visitor expenditure of $1.2 billion represents $1.32 billion of gross regional product and impacts 11,380 jobs. This leaves a fantastic opportunity for Victoria to capitalise on the visitation to this worldrenowned tourist attraction with serious investment from governments and the private sector. The State Government must consider the implementation of the Shipwreck Coast master plan and the continued development and maintenance of the Great Ocean Road as high priorities. Simon Ramsay MP, Member for Western Victoria.

CfG decision queried I read with amazement a story in the 9 September Geelong Indy which indicated that City of Greater Geelong chief executive officer (CEO) Kelvin Spiller might have exceeded powers of delegation conferred under section 98 (1) of the Local Government Act 1989 when he reinstated the council’s membership of the Committee for Geelong. His decision appears to contravene delegated powers given to council staff holding, acting in or performing the position of chief executive officer, which are usually set out in a schedule attached to an instrument of delegation authorised or passed formally by a resolution of the council. It is my belief that neither the former City of Greater Geelong council nor its replacement administrators rescinded the formal council decision to resign membership of the committee. I question the right of the CEO to make the

Buckets & Bouquets Bouquets to the kind person who handed in my wallet at Kmart on Sunday. Thank you very much for your honesty. Very Grateful, Belmont Buckets to the person who abused, pointed and threatened me because my gentle dog was off her leash, like she always is with many others. In my late 60s, all I want is a quiet walk around the lakes with my pet, as we have done for 10 years. Let Us Walk In Peace, Lara Bouquets to Coles Waurn Ponds, where I shop on Saturday afternoons. I notice the store has employed some new young people. What a breath of fresh air. They are so courteous and friendly. Well done, Coles. Happy Shopper, Grovedale Buckets to developers and governments for all the traffic delays around Geelong. They rake in the revenue but what do we get? Slower travel, more congestion and ruined amenity. Fed Up, Ocean Grove

membership decision and ask what the administrators will do about it in accordance with Section 98 of the Act. Should his decision be made null and void? Shouldn’t this matter be referred to the Minister for Local Government immediately? Sandra L Camm, Belmont.

Suffer our God, not theirs I could not agree more with Pastor Frank Lowry (Letters, 16 September). Children’s education should be ruled by God’s law, whether they or their parents are believers or not, and that we should all suffer the punishment as decreed in The Bible Schoolgirls, whether 18 or not, even though they can legally drink, drive, vote and get married, should not be allowed contraceptives. They should be made to suffer for their immorality. As Pastor Lowry wrote, ignorance of God’s law cannot be used to avoid punishment. Pastor Lowry showed us a real alternative to radical Islamic clerics who insanely believe we should be ruled by Allah’s word and their personal interpretation of The Koran whether we are believers or not and that barbaric punishments be imposed on breakers of Allah’s laws. Everyone should listen to Pastor Lowry and treat him with the respect that he deserves. Russell Greenwood, East Geelong.

Bouquets to Gunner for sharing his life experiences (Buckets & Bouquets, 16 September). Gunner, there’s certainly much to do and enjoy as we become older - I know because I’m nearly 11 in dog years. We chatted via this column after his accident in 2012 and I have not forgotten Gunner. MS, Anglesea Buckets to Vegan (Buckets & Bouquets, 16 September) for judging me. The stolen chook I bought was for a neighbour just out of hospital. You do not know whether I am vegetarian or not, nor is it any of your business. Perhaps many of us are sick of you pushing your views on others and judging us incorrectly.

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Sign of confusion Visitors to Eastern Beach would need more than a glass of mineral water if they followed the sign on Hearn Parade. It should point down to the water’s edge but instead points across the road - and presumably up the hill. Elizabeth Cross, St Albans Park.

Op shop trumped Yet another opportunity shop has closed in Geelong. This time it’s the Hunger For Knowledge Foodbank op shop in Essington Street, Grovedale. For two years this charity had worked to provide food assistance to those in need in the greater Geelong area. It was a valuable service backed by caring volunteers. The primary reason for the sudden closure was, reportedly, the high rent demanded by the landlord - a whopping $50,000 a year plus rates, utilities et cetera. Money can trump social responsibility. Michael J Gamble, Belmont.

Driverless dangers Volvo is about to test driverless cars in London. One-hundred families will be given a sports utility vehicle and monitored for a year.

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Email: editorial@geelongindependent.com.au 78 Moorabool St, Geelong, 3220 Fax: 5249 6799 But will the occupants be nervous wrecks, sitting tensely holding their breath wondering whether the computer will get them to work or the cemetery? A Volvo spokesman said the company was “shooting for the moon”. Driverless conveyances might be safer on the moon, where there’s no traffic, buildings or wildlife. Will these vehicles be fitted with headlights and windscreen wipers? Nocturnal jaunts could contain all the thrills of a ride on a ghost train. If a child or pedestrian steps immediately in front of one and is injured, will the smart-car call an ambulance? I await the first driverless car trial to be held in the Anglesea area to see how it copes with kangaroos. Car manufacturers must be in a dither wondering whether to spend millions to join the race to a brave new transport era that might end up in the too-hard box. Or do they risk developing a super-impressive standard car to triumphantly produce if or when the driverless car nightmare crashes into oblivion? Everyone knows that computers can’t be trusted to always be there when needed most - they crash, malfunction and are at the mercy of hackers. Unfortunately, this technology will be unsuccessful if it still requires human over-driving participation because the same drivers who cause accidents in present-day cars will still be in charge of vital decisions. Melva Stott, Anglesea.

False alarmist Mik Aidt (Letters, 16 September) wrote of a “climate emergency”. What emergency? My dictionary defines emergency as “a sudden juncture demanding immediate action”. I read of thousands displaced by floods in India and elsewhere, of many facing starvation in Africa, of many thousands killed by extremism in diverse places. Millions of people around the globe are in a state of genuine emergency. But I’ve yet to read of anyone in a genuine state of emergency directly attributable to climate change. Professor Tim Flannery said in Geelong in March 2011 that it would take up to 1000 years to measure the impact on the climate if we stopped using fossil fuels now. Those pushing global warming theory are creating fear with absolutely no solid grounds for so doing. Alan Barron, Grovedale.

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