Residents’ passion impresses politicians in Myrtleford
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.