Po­lit­i­cal con­sor­tium bar­rier to North de­vel­op­ment

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

I WON­DER how much de­vel­op­ment will come from the White Pa­per on North­ern De­vel­op­ment.

It seems to me that the usual men­tal midgets of the Lib Lab Green con­sor­tium that runs Aus­tralia can­not bring them­selves to do any­thing re­ally mean­ing­ful that will de­velop the North.

If there were any­one with com­mon sense in that con­sor­tium, they would push for mean­ing­ful ex­pan­sion of ex­ist­ing north­ern agri­cul­tural ar­eas in the North be­fore pur­su­ing de­vel­op­ment mi­rages in the avid in­land.

Our agri­cul­tural ex­pan­sion must be based on ex­pan­sion of ex­ist­ing agri­cul­tural ar­eas such as the Ather­ton Table­lands and the al­most con­tin­u­ous strip of coastal lands be­tween Cook­town in the north and Sa­rina in the south.

The first step should be to do ev­ery­thing we can to in­crease our ru­ral and small town pop­u­la­tions in the North.

Peo­ple are leav­ing the ru­ral ar­eas and small towns. The gears of North­ern de­vel­op­ment are cur­rently in re­verse. In gen­eral terms, the fu­ture of Aus­tralia does not hinge on the ex­pan­sion and de­vel­op­ment of a few cap­i­tal cities.

The fu­ture of all eco­nomic and tech- nical de­vel­op­ment de­pends very much upon the abun­dance of rea­son­ably priced elec­tric­ity.

The many rivers in North­ern Queens­land’s Wet Trop­ics mostly flow use­lessly into the sea. The Wet Trop­ics have the great­est hy­dro- elec­tric po­ten­tial of all Aus­tralia.

HAR­RI­SON DUN­CAN,

Card­well.

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