Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Friday, August 22, 2008

NOT the most liveable town...

When people ask me where I live and I tell them Nillumbik Shire, the response is usually "Oh you're lucky, that is such a lovely place". All I can say is "You don't live here". On Wednesday, the media here announced that the shire of Nillumbik has been selected as Victoria's most liveable municipality. On Thursday morning, as I headed off to work in the morning, I glanced at the timber retaining wall in front of our property, and nearly drove off the road in horror. This is what I saw:

And this was across the road:

Charming, isn't it. And what makes me even madder, is the kid next door told me she knows who did it, but won't tell me. I told her I'm reporting it to the police, and they will probably be knocking on her door for more information. She disappeared inside in a great hurry.

So I've written to one of the daily papers, and this is my letter. It will be interesting to see if it is published. I was going to send it to our local paper, but I doubt if it would see the light of day there...

22nd August 2008.
The Editor,
Herald Sun
Melbourne, Vic.

Dear Sir,

With reference to the article on Page 21 on Wednesday August 20th, where it states Nillumbik Shire has been selected Victoria's most liveable municipality.
Most liveable? What a joke. The people who made that decision obviously don't live here.

We've lived here for 30 years and in that time have spent much of our life participating in numerous community volunteer activities. What do we get in return? Our street has been a racetrack for hoons for years. Our letterbox has been ripped out and smashed to pieces, garden lights also ripped out and thrown on the road, my car broken into via a smashed windscreen. And on the night of this announcement about our Prestigious suburb? Our front fence was vandalised.

Our council concentrates on sporting complexes and clean air, while they abandon the elderly citizens to the cheapest tender for Home Community Care, and a year later, the Home Care system is still in chaos.

If this is liveable, God help those in the CBD and City of Yarra with a low ranking. We can't wait to move out of Nillumbik.

N. & G. Wilson


Blogger Alice said...

Well done, Gina! You certainly got your point across in a most straight forward manner. It really had to be said and you are so eloquent!

We discovered the front of our house spray painted with anti police slogans one Thanksgiving morning. The sweet officer who came to our door told us the vandals picked that day on purpose because they knew the officers would be called in, away from their family tables on this special holiday. Even so, no one was ever caught.

Saturday, 23 August, 2008  
Blogger Pear tree cottage! said...

O! Gina, Rob and I just took a look at the photo of your garden wall and are so upset for you. all the work it took to get such a lovely new front to your place and this has to happen.

Lets find out who it is and I will be the first with a spray can to do his car! distructive idiots they are.

I love the letter and tell us if its in the paper.

Monday, 25 August, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Go Girl!

Well done Gina.. and they better bloody listen to you too.

I get such a poorly feeling in the gut of my stomach when politicians open their mouths and start ranting about how they are looking after their communities.... what utter rubbush!

Don't get me started about hoons... we have a HUGE problem with them in our court... with the police called out at least twice every week. I'm not giving up though... I won't let up until their cars are crushed.

xox Nicole

Monday, 25 August, 2008  

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