I read your front page article with a picture of four gorgeous kids told to look sad – a caption stating they have been denied the chance to play in a specialty built highball stadium with interest.
If I send you a photo of a heap of cute looking Phillip Island kids looking sad because they do not have a public pool to swim in; or a highball court to play in for that matter, would you also print that?
Point is, there are competing demands for sporting facilities across the shire, and not enough money to provide them.
The reaction by their elders reminded me of spoilt children stamping their foot for not being given what they wanted, whether it was affordable or not.
Phillip Island has been raising money for a pool for 10 years, but have been knocked back by the council. There’s no money, council says.
At least the Island is trying to help itself.
How much have the Wonthaggi Basketball Association raised, or is just a case of ‘I want, and I want it now, and I therefore should be able to jump the queue ahead of every other place’.
Who gets to the $2 million anyway?
Here is a breakdown of where the shire rate money comes from, printed in the Phillip Island Advertiser this week.
Please note. Not a lot comes from Wonthaggi, when compared to other areas of the shire.
• Inverloch: $8,426,958 from 4726 assessments (19.4 per cent of the entire rate)
• Wonthaggi: $5,066,333 from 6245 assessments (11 per cent of the entire rate)
• Phillip Island: $19,277,250 from 13,116 assessments (44.5 per cent of the entire rate)
• San Remo: $1,997,996 from 1232 assessments (2 per cent of the entire rate)
• Other mainland locations: $8,591,726 from 4461 assessments (22.4 per cent of the entire rate).
I congratulate the council for the decision it made, which would have been a hard one, and for promising fairness in the delivery of services across the shire in future, in the face of some very nasty opposition.
If your children stamp their foot and demand a shiny new bike, and you don’t have the money to pay for it, do you buy it simply because they say they really, really need it, and demand that you do?
Or do you act like a responsible adult, who has to live within the family’s means and provide fairly for everyone?
The reaction of the Wonthaggi Basketball Association as reported last week was a very poor and self-centred one, in my view,
Eva Conway, Cowes.