Fresh thinking call
I went to the local council’s recent resilience meeting and wanted to make a couple of points.
Climate change will cause a sustained drag on global growth and hit home in the next decade or so.
The insurance industry is in the early stages of withdrawing cover from fossil fuel companies because of the hit they are already taking on balance sheets.
For example, insurance experts concluded sea level rise alone increased insured losses by 30 per cent during superstorm Sandy in New York.
What’s a logical Shire of Augusta-Margaret River resilience response to this?
Diversify local economy, increase social resilience rather than rely on an increasingly stretched welfare State, and prepare for a tougher global market by developing our local brand in a ground-up way to differentiate ourselves, but also with a sophistication that attracts global interest.
Our main footprint issues here are in agriculture and forestry and we should advocate for change, but one thing the Shire can do now is design suburbs in a sustainable way with local culture/resilience in mind.
The Witchcliffe Eco-village has attracted global interest because its engaging with these issues.
We need some new blood, and the State development culture that senior bureaucrats represent is psychologically and intellectually incapable of realising generic 20th century development is not only fundamentally flawed, but isn’t good for business, especially for a brand that wants to compete nationally and internationally.
Evan Coumbe, Margaret River