Lack of leadership in Sunraysia  is evident

CONGRATULATIONS to Ali Cupper and Michael Jones for their letters.

Mildura, and the wider Sunraysia and Mallee areas, have continually failed to progress in recent years due to the distinct lack of leadership in the community.

We have continually been let down by the lack of advocacy on our behalf by our elected state and federal leaders, who have been to content to preserve their jobs and the interests of certain organisations and groups.

Where is the Peter Crisp, who was so vocal in standing up for the community when the threat of a toxic waste dump reared its ugly head?

So silent since, pandering to his mates Ryan, Baillieu and Napthine, supporting their every decision, even when, in the case of the hospital, he was far from in the loop and probably opposed to the decision.

We saw the one glimpse of a fired-up Crispy, addressing the masses at a Save the Murray-Darling Basin rally in 2010, shortly before the state election.

Then there is our former federal representative, John Forrest. Twenty-plus years of managing, for the most part, to evade the fanfare.

Twenty years without ever being a minister, or shadow minister says much to your standing in your own party or your lack of performance.

Before them came Russell Savage, whose intentions were honourable, and we have a new state-of-the-art police station to thank him for, but let us down badly on not being able to clinch the deal on that passenger train.

Weak leaders cultivate overlooked and forgotten regions.

Do we ever ask why a Mildura fiverfront project isn’t funded in one hit, as big projects in Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat are where there are votes to be won?

As for board appointments, has anyone asked themselves if the talent pool in Mildura is really that shallow that it is limited to so few?

Mick J. Kelly,



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