Wa­ter loses out to Adani

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

IN RE­SPONSE to the let­ter from the 20 prom­i­nent busi­ness­peo­ple of Townsville who I re­spect, their sup­port for the Adani project is ad­mirable.

We all un­der­stand busi­ness will be the ma­jor ben­e­fi­ciary of this project, how­ever, ratepay­ers are ex­pected to sup­port the $ 20 mil­lion coun­cil in­vest­ment on the ba­sis they will re­ceive a “trickle down” ben­e­fit. You, the com­mu­nity, can de­cide if that has any sub­stance. My con­cern, and that of oth­ers, is the lack of bal­ance in the de­ci­sion mak­ing of coun­cil.

Our big­gest is­sue and our most valu­able re­source, wa­ter, does not re­ceive $ 1 of the $ 20 mil­lion in­vest­ment to re­solve our im­me­di­ate wa­ter sup­ply is­sues.

When Tony Mooney was mayor, he trans­formed our city into a beau­ti­ful liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Our tourism in­dus­try flour­ished along with in­vest­ment in our great city.

Now, 20 years on, and at the stroke of a pol­icy pen, cur­rent Mayor Jenny Hill has turned our city into a wilder­ness of dy­ing veg­e­ta­tion and dust.

Fly over our once beau­ti­ful city and you get hit be­tween the eyes with the arid land­scape which has de­vel­oped.

Rel­a­tives and friends vis­it­ing numbers have dropped alarm­ingly. Busi­ness in­vest­ment has stag­nated.

Jenny, it’s time to get out the pol­icy pen and make some bal­anced de­ci­sions which ben­e­fit the whole of the com­mu­nity, which will then at­tract busi­ness, tourist and fam­i­lies once more. JOHN BEARNE,

Cas­tle Hill.

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