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Kevin Hogan returns for Page

Though the coalition government he represents is now in opposition, National Party candidate for Page, Kevin Hogan, has been returned to his seat and yesterday he released a statement to all media.

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Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

All smiles at Ballina pre-poll

People were queued out the door at the pre-poll booth in Ballina Indoor Sports Centre yesterday, with brightly dressed volunteers and AEC officials offering assistance to voters.

Interviews with Richmond candidates 2022: Liberal Democrats Party candidate Gary Biggs

Gary Biggs lives in the Tweed Shire and owns a small business. He is running as a candidate for the Liberal Democrats Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Bittersweet announcement about koalas

Bitter in its necessity and sweet in the action it might prompt, it has been announced today that koalas have been listed as Endangered under the Biodiversity Conservation Act. 

Everyone reads The Echo

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don't be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Wind or gas?

In the Northern Star 4/1/2012 Ballina MP Don Page is reported as saying people should not  compare guidelines on coal seam gas (CSG) wells to the tough new guidelines on wind farm developments. ‘They are different things. Wind farms are created on the surface of a property owned by farmers or landholders. That’s not the case with CSG which is a resource that is underground and owned by everyone. So they are different sorts of things really.’

Really? Who owns the wind, Don? CSG may be generated underground (owned by the Crown not the Public) but the infrastructure resides on the surface;  the bit supposedly owned by the landowner who has no rights or legal support in the matter.

The physical footprint of the wind farm is minuscule compared to a CSG installation. Have you been to Chinchilla Don? Or seen the movie Gasland? That will show you the extent of a fully developed gas field and the effect it has on existing communities, businesses and water.

I say if a 2 kilometre set back is good enough for wind farms and those landowners and neighbours have a right to veto, then the same should apply to the CSG industry. More to the point, Don, wind farming is not adding to global warming whereas CSG is just as big a contributor to global warming as coal and has many more negative aspects than wind farming, including destruction of aquifers, devaluation of property values , diminishment of our land ownership rights and risks to existing businesses and enterprises.

Global warming and sea level rise are with us now, Don. Have you been to the coast recently? Have you seen the erosion? Have you seen that in many places there is no longer a beach? (Kingscliff, Broom’s Head,The Old Bar).

Why is your government following the previous Labor government in backing the fossil fuel industry? Why is your government actively discouraging and destroying the renewable energy industries?

If your government will not initiate solutions to power generation that are sustainable and non damaging to our climate then your government is part of the problem.

 Simon Chance

Richmond Hill

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