Premier, let Fortuna Villa remain in public hands

Hi Denis, congratulations on your appointment as Premier of Victoria.

It is great to see a good person such as yourself take up this role.

Even prior to taking up this role you were being very decisive and made some good changes for the racing industry.

I am writing to you as a Bendigonian to ask for the support of your government to ensure Fortuna remains in public ownership for all Victorians and Bendigonians.

Too much of Bendigo’s history has been lost in the past such as the trams, buildings such as the Princess and Lyric theatres, historic verandahs demolished and I am sure our local historians could name others. Enough is enough.

Surely your government can do the right thing by all Bendigonians and ensure that Fortuna remains in local public ownership.

For certain community assets public ownership is very important.

You would recall the time at Port Fairy when the licence for the nursing home beds at Port Fairy Hospital was to be granted to private ownership.

It was thanks to Barney Cooney, John McGrath and yourself that the federal minister of the day Peter Staples reversed a ministerial decision and granted the licence to Port Fairy Hospital.

The hospital today survives as a vibrant health service thanks to the efforts of those who had the political will to assist and stand up and be counted.

Denis you are now in a position to help Bendigo by ensuring Fortuna remains in public ownership.

This public ownership of Fortuna is not just some whim by a few, the majority of Bendigonians would want to see Fortuna retained for the benefit of all.

Gavin Butler,


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