Letters to the editor
On the fence
Have the council elections been cancelled?
From the attitude of the current councillors towards the voters it would appear so.
Maybe they think they are going to be re-elected on their past performances. If so they are delusional.
The difference in divisions is amazing. I had cause to contact Councillor Dave Clark of Division 5, which is not my division. I rang him and left a voice message, he rang back within two hours and later on in the day informed me of the progress of my problem.
I sent an email to the mayor and I received an automated response informing me that my email had been received. That was the end of any further communication from the mayor’s office to date.
The contents of my email to the mayor were a number of questions in relation to the fence that was erected on the council land that is for sale in Waterson Way.
They were: who paid for the fence? Ratepayers or the proposed purchaser?
If the proposed purchaser, did they obtain council approval for this type of fence on land still owned by the council. The fence is not a suitable permanent structure for the proposed complex and it does not meet the requirements of a construction site safety fence.
A further two questions were, if the fence has not had council approval, why is it still standing? And should the deal not go ahead is the proposed purchaser going to be compensated for the construction of the fence.
We have very serious problems with this star chamber. Alan Beverstock Airlie Beach We get what we pay for
WHAT should be considered and understood in the debate over the current council pay rise issue is that by lifting the rating of council from a level 4 council to a level 5 council, there is the expectation that councillors will be full-time councillors rather than part-time councillors.
From my experience in council, being elected as a part-time councillor, it does involve a lot of time, but any glance at attendance records at meetings and briefing sessions, training and community group meetings will show our region really has one full-time councillor and five parttime councillors.
For an extra $15,000 each a year, if it means our councillors are in the office, at work, every day, then I think it would be money very well spent.
We have some very bright minds in council, great skills across a range of industries, and having these people physically on the job and accessible every work day would serve the community well.
It may be the case that those voting against the upgrade to the council’s rating are doing so because they do not want to be full-time councillors, rather than just trying to save the ratepayer money.
It is as true in council as it is in business, “you get what you pay for”.
The full suite of pay rates, across the six councillors and the mayor would be in the order of $4 per ratepayer per year, an amount I think most of us would happily pay to know that our elected representatives were on the job every day rather than treating the position as a second part-time job. Kevin Collins Airlie Beach
THE Sustainable Ports Bill promises to stop dumping "capital" dredge spoils into the sea, but it does not stop the dumping at sea of "maintenance" dredging.
Environment Minister Hunt's assurances that there are more conditions on his re-approval of the Adani operation fail to point out that his new approval actually allows them to change the conditions without need to have these changes examined by the minister.
The Palaszczuk government is trying to avoid it's pre-election promise not to use any public funds to support the Adani proposal by attempting to get Federal money to pay for the automated rail line from the Galilee, and using NQBP, a quasi government operation, to assist in the expansion of Abbot Point.
Tax payers money is being used to make possible the unlikely profits of an offshore corporation, yet contributing to Global Warming, the biggest threat to the reef, and us all.
Mexico experienced the most intense hurricane in history, sea levels are rising, wild fires are out of control, and global warming continues with unrelenting increases in CO2 levels.
Even the pro-mining IEA has said if we don't reduce our carbon output to zero by 2040, world temperatures will increase 3.6 degrees, well over the 2 degree limit most scientists believe might avoid climate catastrophes.
Most people working in coal or related industries continue to ignore these warnings; while seeing the decline in coal operations, job losses, and no government assistance for re-training or investing in renewables that would provide a growing job market for the future.
Denial is certainly easier, but it will not stop the inevitable major disruptions that will result from climate change refugees and collapsed ecosystems if we don't reduce burning fossil fuels as soon as possible.
Worldwide there are many organisations that are tackling these problems, and Australia should join them in finding solutions, not burying our heads in toxic coal. Jonathan Peter Airlie Beach MORE letters to the editor on page 40.