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November 09, 2017

Huge Scotch thistle ‘infestation’

TO ALL Victorians and affected Australians who actually care.

I have observed while travelling by train and bus from Echuca to Melbourne a fast burgeoning, drastic huge infestation of what appears to be Scotch thistle.

It is in properties along the way seemingly unchecked by anybody and seriously poor land management practice.

Vast lands surrounding Sunbury to Sunshine view intolerant serious infestations of millions of plants that scour the land and suffocate the native bush.

Many other examples are observed along the way which might only be a small example of what really exists.

In the 1950s and ’60s from Footscray to Melton/Rockbank/Werribee /Diggers Rest was a sea of thistles which tortured the land making access and productivity impossible.

We appear to have got lazy again, or too distracted by material life toys, comfort, indulgence, gluttony, ornamental pastimes, impatience and speed.

Given no attention now within three years this durable weed that drops seeds by the millions rapidly and all lands will be inaccessible.

Beside the bridge crossing for 400m from river on left heading to Moama I was flabbergasted to discover catastrophic numbers of thistle to 1m and going into flower and impassable in places.

Surely someone else other than me notices.

Given no attention now it will only take two years for the whole wetland area to be smothered with thistle and inaccessible.

I have also observed thistles on the banks of the Campaspe at Echuca and pulled out some 30 plants last summer behind the Echuca Hotel.

Brian Carter

Echuca

Chaplaincy celebrates annual event

A GREAT night was had once again when friends and supporters of Echuca and District Chaplaincy gathered together for the annual family dinner and auction.

The churches of Echuca provided the venue, food and articles for auction.

The MC and auctioneer for the night was Pastor Rob Wiltshire — without all this support, the event could not have happened.

Between courses we were entertained by Bryan McInerney with musical items on his piano accordion and guests clapped along and joined in singing.

Our funds reached upwards of $1700 with donations of $1000 received from Epicentre and another $1000 from Mathoura Treasure Box Op Shop.

Faye Berryman

Echuca

Bills you might be interested in

IN THE past week the following bills were introduced to the Victorian Parliament which may be of interest to readers:

■Service Victoria Bill 2017

■State Taxation Acts Further Amendment Bill 2017

■Water and Catchment Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

More information on the proposed Bills can be found at www.parliament.vic.gov.au/legislation.

If you would like to provide your views on any of these bills, feel free to email me at [email protected]

Peter Walsh

Member for Murray Plains

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