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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.

Cheers coun­cil

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.

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