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December 07, 2017

Re-introducing tip vouchers would lessen the illegal dumping of bulky items and rubbish in our bushland, says Roger Clements.

Council savings

- Roger Clements, Shepparton

I would like to save city council $1.7million (the estimated cost of a hard rubbish collection).

Yes, the sight of rubbish piled on nature strips would not exactly endear a visitor to our fine city.

Similarly, garden rubbish, discarded lounge suites, car tyres and mattresses are a blight in our surrounding bushland.

We used to receive two tip vouchers with our rate notice that allowed us to bring bulky rubbish to the tip for free — surely if these items are transported to bushland it is easier, (and legal) to transport them to the tip (who knows, maybe they are recyclable).

Two tip vouchers — $1.7million saved, check.

No more rubbish in our bushland — check. Simple.

Christmas appeal

- Neil Venables, National communications secretary, The Salvation Army

With all of life’s distractions, we sometimes forget the true meaning of Christmas.

When we are caught up buying presents and over-indulging in food, Christmas can be a time when we forget what really matters.

But bad experiences and misfortunes can culminate at Christmas time, which means for vulnerable and marginalised Australians, Christmas can be the hardest time of the year.

For the Salvos it is our busiest period, with more than 300000 families and individuals seeking assistance.

We give out more than 500000 gifts and toys, and serve over 10000 meals to those who don’t have the means to celebrate Christmas.

We can only meet this need because year after year Australians come together and stand by those doing it tough. This, I believe, is the true meaning of Christmas.

So this holiday season let’s remember those going it alone.

By donating $29 to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal, you can help put a present under the tree and food on the table, bringing hope where it’s needed most.

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