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If Warren Polglase is so concerned about jobs in the building industry, why is he always so supportive of huge mega-developments like Kings Forest?

It’s like he has never noticed how all the work on these mega-developments goes to Queensland companies. How can anyone who claims to be concerned about local jobs have missed the conga line of Queensland utes outside Salt etc for years. Eco developments are where our locals shine, but Mr Polglase seems to be much more supportive of turning us into just another part of the Gold Coast. How short-sighted is that? Why be exactly like our biggest market, giving them no incentive to come here? Mr Polglase has learnt to ‘talk the talk’ but under close observation at Council, he does not ‘walk the walk’. If he was worried about ratepayers and rates he should have been fighting these mega-developments off with a big stick. They are going to cost us huge amounts of money, since developer contributions have been capped, someone has to pay, and that’s us.

And why do we need to all fight about raising Clarrie Hall Dam wall / damming Byrrill Creek? So all the newcomers on their tiny koala-killing blocks can wash their 4WDs all day. Why else?

As for the Labor candidates being against damming Byrrill Creek, who do they think gave concept approval to Kings Forest (incidentally raising its value from $20 million to $1000 million) about three weeks before they were hit with a baseball bat in state elections? Why, it was the NSW Labor party, or do they think we have forgotten? Hypocrites.

As for Phil Youngblutt, he seems asleep at most meetings, and I think he could be easily replaced by an elderly bulldog. Really, what moron is going to vote for him? People that can’t stand Katie and the Greens, that’s who.

Common sense says we should play to our clean, green strengths, but big-’G’ green encompasses a lot of other social policies that you may or may not agree with.

There are alternatives, people with business sense, common sense and political nous. You just need to look carefully for them. We need people who can unite the shire. Make your vote count – be careful who you give it to.

Lisa Townsend
Murwillumbah


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