Much as I would love to ride a bike more, these days I can't, but I am grateful that council and the wider community has had the foresight to put such amenities in place around Wagga.
Those who suggest that they are "white elephants" or otherwise useless, usually because they are "never seen to be used", could just as well say this about our parks and playgrounds.
They aren't used 24/7 by a stream of people either.
We have a community which provides a wonderful place to bring up our kids and attract new people.
When one of our biggest complaints is that there are potholes in the roads (and yes, they are bad), then really, how bad are we doing?
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At every election, the Liberal-National Party push their boast about being the "best money managers".
But are they?
Michael West Media has tracked the performances of Liberal treasurers through the years.
John Howard as treasurer was the worst, with the first, second and fourth worst growth numbers in any quarter, plus a personal worst of -2.9 per cent.
Harold Holt was third and fifth worst. Philip Lynch presided over three negative quarters out of eight.
Paul Keating was lumbered with the last of Howard's negatives. Josh Frydenberg had us headed to a recession before COVID-19 even got here.
Scott Morrison's ill-advised verbal blasts at China have so far lost us 12 billion export dollars to America, Canada and New Zealand.
Barnaby Joyce's Nationals want to deny farmers the great economic possibilities renewable technology and environmental action offers them. So that they cannot apply for funding for such projects.
The stars in the Nationals' eyes are all made of coal and gas, the mining of which is progressively destroying farmlands, water sources and farmers' incomes.
Their "farmers' party" boast is by now a tired old myth.
The Liberal-National Party would like you to think they are responsible economists. Too many Australians are on the poverty line, while the Morrison government moves to progressively dismantle Medicare and wastes billions on repeated rorts and massive subsidies to mining billionaires ($10.6 billion this financial year alone).
The Parliamentary Budget Office has found that at least $38 billion in JobKeeper payments went to companies that did not even qualify for it.
And let's not forget Morrison's "gas-led recovery" - exhibit A, his expensive Kurri Kurri gas power plant that experts warn will probably be used only once or twice a year.
The UK, the US, and the EU were already serious about imposing border tariffs on our export goods for our government's refusal to take serious action on climate.
Morrison's climate pariah performance at COP26 will only guarantee that our exports will suffer. No country paying carbon credits will tolerate unfair competition from a country that is not.
Best money managers? Is that true? Or just something they want you to believe?
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