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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

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Top of Mt Warning

Daniel O’Brien, Federal Letters about Mt Warning were interesting. Chris Gee defended National Parks and Wildlife for adopting the views of...

Byron’s new road: the good and not so

After more than 30 years of talk, debate, disagreements, tears and political gridlock, Byron Bay has a new road to divert traffic from the CBD to the southern end of town.

Tweed Council staff’s delegated powers debated

The question of what staff and councillors get to decide in relation to development applications was raised by Tweed Councillor Ron Cooper at the last Tweed Shire Council meeting.

Lismore future councillor information sessions

With the delayed Local Government elections being held in September, several councils, including Lismore City Council, are holding information sessions for community members who are thinking about running for Council.

Rape, the law, and naming the man responsible

David Heilpern tackles key questions relating to the allegation of rape by a cabinet minister.

Ben Hamilton riding for kids with cancer

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Richard Staples, Talofa

It’s a strange day when I find myself pumping the air in agreement with the likes of Andrew Liveris, president of Dow Chemicals, but I did last week. Mr Liveris has slammed moves to export liquefied natural gas from the east coast, instead of setting the resource aside for domestic users, as occurs in countries such as Canada.

Such a view challenges the prevailing attitude of gas-exploration companies – get it out and sell it as quickly as possible to whomever. Santos says because local prices are among the developed world’s lowest an export market is needed to justify investment. In other words, maximise revenue in the short term regardless of how this non-renewable resource is used/misused. The obvious analogy is trashing native forests for export woodchips.

I would go further with an alternative scenario for government. Ban or at least discourage use of Australian gas for electricity generation, whether on- or offshore. LNG is a high-quality, portable energy source that is wasted in this application, especially when solar and wind are dropping in price so dramatically. It’s time to start weaning our energy economies.

 


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