What hap­pened to democ­racy

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS - Leigh Ew­bank, Act On Cli­mate Vic­to­ria co­or­di­na­tor

AS ex­pected the good coun­cil­lors of Indigo Shire ‘ rub­ber stamped’ the eco­nomic and tourism strate­gies as well as the Ned Kelly Alive proposal last week.

These doc­u­ments con­sist of hun­dreds of pages of “cut and paste” waf­fle largely plucked off the in­ter­net.

This was de­spite nu­mer­ous writ­ten ob­jec­tions as well as mis­giv­ings and ques­tions at so called ‘ com­mu­nity fo­rums’.

Un­for­tu­nately, con­sul­tants were paid tens of thou­sands of dol­lars of tax­pay­ers’ money to do some­thing any com­puter savvy child could have done.

Per­haps it is time that we con­sid­ered for­get­ting about elected coun­cil­lors and just let the bu­reau­crats and con­sul­tants run Indigo Shire, some­thing they seem to be do­ing al­ready.

What ever hap­pened to democ­racy and free speech? have been making huge an­nual prof­its.

The law of sup­ply and de­mand dic­tates that build­ing new ca­pac­ity will put down­ward pres­sure on power prices.

And when it comes to new generation it is re­new­able en­ergy that’s cheap­est.

The Vic­to­rian Re­new­able En­ergy Target ( VRET) will see 5000 megawatts of new so­lar and wind farms built across the state.

Not only will this scheme strengthen the grid and cut the emis­sions caus­ing cli­mate change, it’s ex­pected to cre­ate 11,000 jobs and at­tract $ 9 bil­lion worth of di­rect in­vest­ment.

De­spite the fact that re­new­able en­ergy is putting down­ward pres­sure on power prices, Matthew Guy and the Lib­eral Na­tional Party have pledged to scrap the Vic­to­rian Re­new­able En­ergy Target ( VRET).

The Matthew Guy op­po­si­tion can demon­strate its com­mit­ment to se­cur­ing cheaper power prices for the com­mu­nity by drop­ping their pledge that would stall the roll­out of cheap re­new­ables.

It’s never too late to do the right thing.

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