Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - OPINION - PETER HESSE, Swan View

re­new­able en­ergy, pas­sive ac­tivism, nest box con­struc­tion and waste­less liv­ing.

There was a hive of ac­tiv­ity on The Green, with stalls show­cas­ing how to make a na­tive bee ho­tel, in­no­va­tive ways to grow your own veg­eta­bles and ways to col­lect seeds and store them.

A cloth­ing ex­change cor­ner was very pop­u­lar and passersby could help sew a Boomerang Bag, which were un­der con­struc­tion all day.

Two main streets of Mun­dar­ing were closed to traf­fic, with one filled with elec­tric cars, bi­cy­cles and mo­tor­cy­cles and the other with dozens of stalls pro­mot­ing thought-pro­vok­ing con­cepts and in­no­va­tive home­made and nat­u­ral prod­ucts, all free of sin­gle-use plas­tic.

Over­all waste go­ing to land­fill from the fes­ti­val was kept to a min­i­mum, with food ven­dors largely util­is­ing re-us­able I, LIKE 64 other pen­sion­ers in the Shire of Mun­dar­ing, have paid our yearly rates which are costed at $1230.

The to­tal amount paid to the Shire by 65 pen­sion­ers for their yearly rates amounts to $79,950, which is $50 short of the so-far re­ported $80,000 the Shire has dis­closed for its le­gal costs in pros­e­cut­ing the own­ers of two dogs al­leged to have at­tacked 39 sheep at The Lakes.

Un­for­tu­nately the own­ers of the sheep have lost out in this bun­gled le­gal pros­e­cu­tion, as have the ratepay­ers.

With the ever-in­creas­ing yearly rates and cut­backs by the Shire on halls and swim­ming pools, it is not hard to work out why th­ese mon­e­tary short­falls are tak­ing place at the Shire of Mun­dar­ing.

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