Health and train are both essentials

WITH regard to the story “Radiation Unit Push” (SD, November 11). 

While everyone would agree with Mr and Mrs Currah that we need a radiation unit, the people have also voted strongly and democratically for the return of their train, so it is far from “dead”. 

As a remote regional community, we actually need both public transport and public health (and on a per capita basis we should be entitled to both). These are both needs – not wants.

In a recent Sunraysia Daily poll, our health and our train were voted the two highest priorities. 

Until the Mildura Rural City Council survey figures are published, we will not be sure of the public preferences for other issues and projects. 

What is certain is Mildura Council has set four projects as part of the Mildura Future Ready plan. 

These projects should be proceeded with according to the people’s democratic priorities.

Perhaps our local hospital should be held more to account in this discussion, as a radiation unit should be their very highest priority. 

A train would also assist with people’s health, especially where they are elderly, infirm or need to make trips to Melbourne due to ­serious medical conditions or to visit specialists for treatment.

I wish Mr and Mrs Currah all the very best with their campaign. If there is a petition, I will be one of the first to sign.

Julie Calaby,

Mildura

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