Welcome dear reader as we try and make sense of it all. Is Borderline in a position to explain it all? Perhaps not but what better way to attempt it—like Don Quixote with arms outstretched on eternal hope. Even the accumulative burden of the slings and arrows that have come our way over the years, that would cause others to cry out enough is enough, is no … Continue reading For the public record. A reflection on the upcoming Albury local government elections September 2016 for those too young to remember, can’t remember or don’t want to remember. Includes warning to prospective councillors.
In a Q&A on September 2, the Border Mail asked candidates in the upcoming local government elections “does Albury get its fair share of funding from the NSW Government for major infrastructure projects?” The reply from most candidates was a resounding NO. Some candidates in saying no went about it in a roundabout way. For example, Cr Glachan, a Liberal Party member with her eye on … Continue reading Council Elections 2016. Empty plane cause of misunderstanding almost resulting in terrible injustice until Aplin steps in. Argument begins to fail as gargling sound of foot in mouth prevails.
Now before we go on we’ve on the odd occasion had cause to criticise Mr Aplin, the member for Albury for one thing or another over the years. In this instance we’ve already indicated we’re pretty confident Mr Aplin never made it up about Albury’s dodgy grant applications. Why? Because while Mr Aplin likes to spin things out and overemphasize his place in the … Continue reading Land rezoning application magically relocates from South Albury to East Albury. Were supernatural elements at play or was there a human factor involved?
Let’s face it we are all guilty one time or another of hypocrisy. Sadly to some an act of hypocrisy is par for the course in the course of their daily duties. Then there is the question of someone so continually enslaved by hypocritical deeds they reach a point of no return – the critical hypocrite mass we’d like to call it. This is the … Continue reading Borderline requests councillor to answer series of questions honestly and to the best of his ability concerning potential hypocritical tendencies.
It goes without saying that Daryl Betteridge’s exposure of Brendan Fevola’s late-night saunter and a bite to eat at Sweethearts Pizza restaurant has turned to mud even though it must have seemed a good idea at the time. For a start we weren’t quite sure whether in fact Mr Fevola had dined at Sweethearts but he did because Borderline received from an anonymous source showing … Continue reading For the public record. Fev’s exposure on CCTV. Further cryptic developments bring conclusion to bizarre incident. Sort of.
It’s been a long climb to the top for Mayor Henk van de Ven; after years of mercilessly trying, ripping, tearing and grasping at the main chance. Languishing in the wilderness when one’s abilities are time and time again denied must have surely driven the then councillor to almost complete despair while other less worthy types climbed to the top of the heap. Against the … Continue reading Bullyboy Mayor Henk van de Ven and his land deal at Hamilton Valley. Questions that need to be answered.
It seems these days but you need a consultant for just about everything in local government – or for that matter every tier of government in Australia. Cynics might suggest that a consultant provides the necessary imprimatur and with it the accompanying social, and economic justifications for the project at hand. It’s all a bit of a sleigh of hand but you get used to … Continue reading Dreamin’ of a white elephant. New aquatic centre will benefit the few and cost millions. So what’s new.
Why Dazza? The game was seemingly up as Albury councillor, Daryl ‘Dazza’ Betteridge took it upon himself to expose Brendan Fevola’s late night stroll before the big interleague game between the O&M and Peninsular on Saturday May 23 this year. Did Cr Betteridge, the proprietor of Sweethearts Pizza distribute the CCTV anonymously to local media? Not his fault – one of the staff perhaps. Well … Continue reading Dazza’s expose of Brendan Fevola and the ironies of vested interests.
Ever since Les Tomich, the former GM of Albury and Peter Marshall the former CEO of Wodonga Council thought becoming major players in land development would be a good thing its all gone a bit pear-shaped. Not that residents of Albury Wodonga are much the wiser for it. They’re certainly a lot poorer for it but getting the exact details is very hard indeed. Like … Continue reading Show of cross border cooperation goes down the plughole. Everything is under control.
This is the first of a regular feature in Borderline written by local identities about in depth issues that effect the border district free which are free from political bias and other suggestions or inclinations of prejudice of the writer. A personal memoir of Sophie Mirabella with instances of her trials and tribulations, and her road to inevitable triumph by Richard McGregor AO. LLB … Continue reading Borderline Essay. The Redemption of Sophie Mirabella by Richard McGregor AO LLB
The campaign that began for the new green bins was slick enough. The brochure to Albury ratepayers began with a warning of dire consequences—very dire indeed—catastrophic even. To offset the ominous warnings, we were presented with a more benign human television interface in the form of celebrity chef Julie Goodwin who in a kitchen setting (where else) gave us the details. She avoided the dark … Continue reading Albury residents smell rat over Albury City Council’s new 3 bin collection. Spin departments from Council and Cleanaway fail to avert widespread ridicule and derision.
It’s not hard to miss the mayor of Albury, Cr Mack, these days. He seems to be all over the papers or on the television on an almost daily basis. We don’t think we’ve seen such a media driven performance by any mayor in living history of Albury or any other place for that matter. Day in and day out, Mack was the go-to man … Continue reading Mack eats Mac. Albury Mayor’s penchant for saying anything and getting away with it ends in brutal fashion. Albury’s reputation suffers major hit.
It was about 2010 when Cr Henk van de Ven, then Albury’s deputy mayor, was banned for 3 years by the Albury Golf Club after allegations of harassment and intimidation were made against him. Harassment and intimidation! Henk, a bully boy? Surely not. Henk, a victim? A different matter. Alright then—we will own up to it when we did all those little fliers a two … Continue reading Cr Henk van de Ven victim of terrible injustice. Thrown out of golf club the second time and gutted by decision. Councillor seeks solace in denial and self-pity.
Tony Abbott wrote in his manifesto Battlelines; In Australia’s big cities, public transport is generally slow, expensive, not especially reliable and still a hideous drain on the public purse. Mostly, there just aren’t enough people wanting to go from a particular place to a particular destination at a particular time to justify any vehicle larger than a car, and cars need roads…’ The humblest person … Continue reading Slow train to Albury Wodonga. The upgrade of the North East rail line has being going on for years and years. It was never meant to be, it just happened that way.
Albury Residents smell rat over new green bins / Henk gets thrown out out of Albury Golf Clup (again) /Slow train to Melbourne – the big slow will soon be over in 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016… Joe’s budget 2015: Another example of Labor and Liberal parties commitment to intergenerational theft. Expediency becoming essential component of re-election…