Kenneth McLeod, Bangalow
Dailan Pugh is a militant conservationist with a passionate commitment to the environment. Unfortunately the intensity of his convictions distorts his perception. Like most fundamentalists, he directs his righteous anger at those who share many of his values but who happen to believe a less confrontational approach might be more effective.
Dailan’s attack on Basil Cameron, the mayoral candidate for Our Sustainable Future, shows the danger of his brand of eco-righteousness. Most of his allegations are factually wrong or deliberately misrepresented. Basil’s record as a councillor (see www.facebook.com/basilosf), his advocacy for national parks, and his long involvement in landcare make clear his commitment to the environment.
Humans are an integral part of the eco-system. How we live and work impacts on environmental wellbeing. But attempting to purge human activity from the landscape is not the way to a more sustainable future. We need a much more intelligent, dare I say ecological, approach to transforming industrial growth society. This will be achieved not by witch-hunting but through dialogue.
A vote for Basil Cameron and the OSF team is a vote for an inclusive, community-based approach to turning our region towards a sustainable future.