Samuel K Dawson
Secretary, Caldera Environment Centre
I was pleasantly surprised to recently receive in my mailbox a promotional brochure from Phil Youngblutt of the Nationals. The most cynical councillor to ever grace the local chambers, Cr Youngblutt uttered the immortal phrase for which he will always be remembered when he called the residents of the Tweed Shire ‘morons’ in 2009 because he believed we were ignorant of council processes and couldn’t be trusted to popularly elect a mayor.
With policies that haven’t changed for 20 years, other than the addition of a knee-jerk response to the Emissions Trading Scheme (carbon tax), Phil has trotted forward a rather unimpressive and ill-experienced team to support another bid at council.
I expect that the people of the Tweed Shire are not morons as Phil likes to see them, but in fact are intelligent individuals who would see through the tired and tedious emotional arguments made by the local Nationals about ‘water security’ and their fear of change and technology such as water reuse and recycling.