Res­i­dents’ pas­sion im­presses politi­cians in Myrtle­ford

Myrtleford Times - - News -

POLITI­CIANS who vis­ited Myrtle­ford as part of a “Pol­i­tics at the Pub” ini­ta­tive have spo­ken glow­ingly of the ‘en­ergy and pas­sion’ shown by lo­cals.

THE Alpine Branch of the Aus­tralian La­bor Party at­tended the night ti­tled “La­bor and the En­vi­ron­ment - A Con­ver­sa­tion” at the Myrtle­ford Ho­tel on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 13.

Around twenty five peo­ple, from Wodonga, Wan­garatta, Mount Beauty, Bright and Myrtle­ford, came to dis­cuss en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues with the two guest speak­ers, the Fed­eral Mem­ber for Scullin, An­drew Giles, and Nick With­ers, from La­bor’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Ac­tion Net­work (LEAN).

Mr Giles out­lined La­bor’s his­tor­i­cal achieve­ments on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, while Mr With­ers stressed the need for peo­ple on the ground to make their voice heard. Mr Giles also ac­knowl­edged the suc­cess of LEAN in har­ness­ing the strength of lo­cal branches to de­ter­mine La­bor’s pol­icy di­rec­tion.

A lively dis­cus­sion was had, cov­er­ing a range of is­sues, in­clud­ing the im­pact of tourism on the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment, the im­por­tance of ac­tion on cli­mate change, the need to ed­u­cate chil­dren to be good en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ards and lo­cal con­cerns about the ex­trac­tion of wa­ter for the bot­tling in­dus­try.

All agreed that the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment was es­sen­tial for the eco­nomic well­be­ing of the Alpine Shire and that its pro­tec­tion re­quires an un­der­ly­ing frame­work.

Mr Giles also dis­cussed La­bor and schools, par­tic­u­larly stress­ing the im­por­tance of the re­cent an­nounce­ment that La­bor had com­mit­ted to fund­ing early ed­u­ca­tion for three and four year olds.

The branch is al­ready plan­ning fu­ture fo­rums of a sim­i­lar na­ture and wel­come sug­ges­tions from the com­mu­nity for pos­si­ble top­ics.

“The Light on the hill clearly burns brightly in the Alpine re­gion,” Mr Giles added.

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