Standing up for shops
KEVIN HOGAN has finally made a statement about an issue. I have been holding my breath hoping that he might speak to Julie Bishop concerned that she is way too nice to Trump because his stupidity is a threat to our security. Or perhaps he might agree with many of us about Adani, throw his support behind TAFE funding, talk about Koalas, help fix our toxic Wilsons River, show concern for workers wages, or stand up for refugees rights etc, etc. Things he could do in his capacity as Federal Member.
No, his big issue is to take on council because he wants a bigger shopping centre. No-one ever thought about until McConaghy’s said it had $90m to spend. Then Kev and the pro-developers went into a frenzy. If we knocked it back it would be telling investors to “go away”. Clearly a massive sin. No need to think that there were already 70 shops vacant in the CBD and that there would be winners and losers.
One of the really big issues for LCC Councillors was that McConaghy’s wanted some of Lismore Park. Funny, but this was never mentioned by Hogan or his supporters. Clearly the selling off of the land has no impact on Kevin. Its what the Coalition loves to do – sell off public assets or reduce funding for public services. Privatise and help out the big end of town. Its core to their beliefs. Do your job Kevin and let council do theirs is my suggestion. Finally Kev. Can you tell us whether McConaghy’s has ever donated to the Nationals, and if so, how much? — Trevor Acfield, South Lismore.
THREE cheers for Ballina Council for their great work in implementing the healthy waterways program and in particular our hard working Mayor David Wright and Deputy Mayor Keith Williams.
Recently there has been many letters published relating to the deplorable state of the Richmond River by concerned residents, and credit to all, how lucky are we to have a progressive council willing to take the lead on this vital issue after years of complete neglect by State National Party MPs.
Flooding around Ballina and along Emigrant Creek has been a major problem for many years and yes urban expansion and major infrastructure projects have changed the hydrology of the catchment, but recent claims that Tintenbar farmers are being blamed for the deplorable state of the entire river is absurd.
The wide ranging 2014 Eco health study actually gave the Emigrant Creek catchment a much better report than the main river, although soil erosion from largescale hillside clearing for plantations entering the creeks and affecting their turbidity was a problem.
The huge fish kills of 2001 and 2008 occurred before the construction of the Ballina bypass and the causes have been well documented by extensive scientific studies by highly qualified people, the two main causes were; massive amounts of decomposing vegetable matter accumulating in agricultural drains after long dry spells and from inundated crops, then entering the river after major flood events.
And the accumulation of sulphuric acid leaching from acid sulphate soils especially in reclaimed wetlands like the Tuckean swamp again after long dry spells followed by major flood events
Now us long suffering users of the Richmond River really don’t care who is responsible for causing any of the identified problems, or if their a bit sensitive to criticism, practices only need to change not stop, this issue is not going away the river must be returned to a healthy state, they’ve done it elsewhere. — Keith Duncan, Pimlico.
Pick a Nat
ON November 18, every person enrolled to vote in the state electorate of Lismore will be entitled to cast a ballot for who they want to represent The Nationals at the next state election.
This process is called a community pre-selection, and Lismore is only the second electorate in Australia to have a fully open community vote that will select a Party candidate. The first community pre-selection in Australian history took place in 2010 in Tamworth where thousands of people turned out to vote for their preferred Nationals candidates. What I saw that June was progressive – a party taking the entire process to the people.
You have three candidates to choose from – Andrew Gordon from Lismore, Peter Petty from Tenterfield and Austin Curtin from Tregeagle. Each of them would make a fantastic Member for Lismore and I encourage everyone to get to know them and make their choice on polling day.
Polling booths will be open from 8am to 6pm on November 18 across the electorate. To read more about the candidates you can visit www.lismorevotes.com.au.
At the end of the day, politics is about local people, speaking with their voice through their chosen representative. — Bede Burke, Chairman – NSW Nationals.
Park the sympathy
WHY should we feel sorry for Mr Steve Edmonds with his vast losses at Byron Bay???
He has helped remove hundreds of holiday park caravans from Lennox Head, Ballina and Evans Heads over the last months, now he is complaining that campers are not supporting their caravan parks in Byron Bay. Why should people support their parks? He has a very short memory.
J& H Quirk.