Region’s own interest must be put first
In response to comments (Battle for Pilbara seats a hot contest,
24/01) I believe the onus here is strong Aboriginal culture, not opportunistic bigotry.
For far to long this area has been a focus of mining industries and all that its riches can do to promote the interests of those people clambering for the spoils.
Mining contributes positively to our economy but it must do so in an ethical manner.
The time has come for real change.
First and foremost we must properly recognise this is Aboriginal country, steeped in cultural significance and history.
Second, we must focus on new investment into a renewable energy industry offering employment opportunities without trashing our earth or polluting the air that we breathe; the North West is a precious place abundant with unique beauty and limitless capabilities for promoting further opportunities in the tourism industry.
What is needed now is regional parity for people whose lives are entrenched in this area, not just transient residents.
Health and social needs of the regions should be met within the regions.
Educational opportunity and equity should exist for all citizens regardless of postcode and legislation should be in place to ensure even the remotest community has its educational needs met.
Remote living is not a problem; the problem is those who are hell bent enforcing that view to justify perpetuating inequality.
Employment opportunity in the regions should in the very first instance be available to the regions and promoted for the regions.
It is time for positive change and it is time for North West constituents to be presented with solutions and have representation in Parliament that ensures their needs and voices are clearly heard.