My recent Saturday theme of Good News Saturday is held over until next week because today the news is all bad, at least it is for Victoria , Australia!
The entire State is in the midst of an unprecedented heatwave, with the temperatures reaching as high as 48 C in some areas and bushfires are still out of control in parts of Gippsland.Yesterday, in addition to the rail system collapsing, most of the State’s electricity was turned off from approximately 18:00. Many were fortunate to have their power restored after 2 hours but the power in this area did not resume until after 02:30.
High temperatures are something we, as Australian are accustomed to experiencing, with some years hotter than others but there s no excuse for the manner in which this current State Government has allowed infrastructure to become dilapidated.This is the same Government who is urging people to relocate to Victorian in particular Melbourne, by promoting new housing estates in the outer metropolitan areas yet they have failed to develop a sustainable infrastructure plan. Our water reserves are less that 30% and restrictions have been in place for years now, the urban freeways and arterial roads cannot cope with demand, public transport is virtually non-existent in new areas, in other areas commuters are faced with on going cancellations and delays daily and the power system cannot handle current demand , much less any further demands which an additional population influx would create!
Yes, it was uncomfortable without power for several hours last night but my thoughts were of families with young children , the elderly and the infirmed. Listening to the transistor radio over night I heard several distressed elderly individuals call in,distressed by the oppressive conditions and upset that the food in their freezers had perished and they did not have the funds to replace it. Most of us are in an identical position but the elderly pensioners and families relying on welfare support are worst affected. They struggle to meet their accommodation costs and any reserves of food are a bonus, so this current situation has hit them harder than other sectors of the community.
This Government must be held accountable. They have been in power for 10 years and they have not maintained services, failed to undertake risk assessments and have not implemented any contingency plans. Roll on election time!!!!