Let’s face it, we now live in a pseudo-democratic system where corporations/money rules the roost.
When a supposed ‘representative’ is asked formally to convey the united view of 10,000 of his constituents and their mandate is virtually fobbed off, then it is past delusion to expect that your say will be acted on, or even recognised by this method.
In Byron Shire we have four very serious sinister issues that will change our shire forever and I believe (if we don’t make a stand in a new way) that the outcomes have already been decided.
1. Our future groundwater protection, i.e. a CSG-free northern rivers and tableland.
2. Our beloved marine sanctuaries.
3. West Byron wetland environmental rape.
4. Theft of Brunswick public land.
I don’t profess to know how to regain democracy or local governance but I’m sure Jan Barham and others in the shire could suggest alternative ways that we could pursue and I would be happy to coordinate if others agree.
But don’t suggest writing to Don Page, Andrew Stoner or Brad Hazzard as this avenue has long since proven to be a waste of time.
Geoff Allen, Mt Boogarem