Re­gion’s own in­ter­est must be put first

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Carol Green Carol Green is the WA Greens can­di­date for North West Cen­tral.

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.

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