A positive perspective on Wallaville backpackers
The following article is an opinion piece submitted by a NewsMail online reader:
THE recent debate in light of the proposed Wallaville backpackers' establishment is beginning to get out of hand.
The recent article published in the NewsMail about the local group (anti backpackers) and their reasons for this, are without a doubt questionable.
As a resident of Wallaville I had an unpleasant encounter this morning, with a group of three residents involved in the fore-mentioned article, enter onto my property in an attempt at getting myself to sign their petition.
This was followed by a 10-minute one sided debate on the negative impact the backpackers would have on our community which I felt, a little intimidating.
We have backpackers in and out of Wallaville, regularly residing at the Wallaville Hotel.
Living close by to the hotel I have not heard from, nor been made feel uncomfortable in any way by their presence.
It seems quite discriminatory to label these people as "uncontrolled backpackers" or to generalise them all by saying "they disrespect their community".
It seems the only people disrespecting their community are the likes of those making such accusations.
Using intimidation tactics and entering people's properties unannounced however, is a very unacceptable approach.
Issues in regard to the school being across the street seems almost irrelevant - the majority of these backpackers will be working during school hours, therefore not posing any danger to our local children going to or from school.
Comments made insinuating that vandalism will be done to school or local buildings is again another incredibly bold accusation with very little supporting evidence.
Having lived in Wallaville for several years, I have witnessed and been victim to crime and illegal behaviours committed by local trouble makers.
So perhaps before we criticize the intentions of those we do not know, we should first address the problems of those we already have.
It is time to embrace change in our tiny town, with the closing down of our general store isn't it about time we look to the future?
Look to the promise of seasonal workers bringing business to our local community and spending their hard earned money in places such as the Wallaville Hotel.
With promises made by the owner of Jaxview that the hostel will be kept a 'dry' establishment.
Regarding the supervision issue onsite at the backpacker hostel, we are talking about adults.
Adults capable of sustaining jobs and paying rent to a facility designed to assist in accommodating them whilst they work jobs that many locals will not.
There is absolutely no reason to doubt the character those workers bring to our community, as im sure most residents are aware live here year out already.
We have a great little community, let's work to make it even better.