13.8 C
Byron Shire
May 22, 2024

Nationals MPs ‘reacting to crisis’ on local roads

Latest News

We Like to Tiki: Caper festival closing party this Sunday

North Byron Hotel is the official watering hole of Caper Byron Bay Food & Culture Festival 2024. To celebrate...

Other News

Hundreds of DV arrests across state

Police have charged more than 550 people during a four-day operation targeting the state’s most dangerous domestic and family violence offenders.

Main Arm roads

Dear Tamara, I was at the meeting last night where we heard of Byron Council’s frustrations with the NSW...

Editorial – Just another unjust moment in history

Justice has been served and it’s a shit sandwich: whistleblower David McBride is now the first person to be sentenced to jail in Australia for reporting war crimes.

Outdoor pickleball courts for Alstonville

Alstonville now boasts tournament-standard pickleball courts that opened to an enthusiastic crowd and players earlier this month. The eight new...

Feudalism alive

The increasingly restrictive parking at New Brighton shows feudalism is alive and well. It is understandable – wanting to protect...

What do young people want and what do they think needs to change?

The ‘Your Voice, Our Future’ survey has been launched and is asking young people to put forward their views on what is important to them. 

Ms Andy Maclean, Huonbrook

Interesting to note MP Don Page’s comments in response to my online letter of  January 8, and in the resultant article in your newspaper of  January 14 in regard to landslips in Byron Shire.

Firstly it still seems confusing as to why Wilsons Creek, Huonbrook and Wanganui were ever placed in the state seat of Lismore in the first place. It makes sense geographically for us to be in the electorate that the rest of the Byron Shire is in, especially given that MP Thomas George informed us back when the Wilsons Creek school landslip was at its most unpredictable peak, that there was no way the fire trails would be reopened so that there was another exit out of the valley towards Lismore.

As far as I am aware, residents have had no communication from the electoral office as to this new redistribution, or from either MP, some of us just happened to stumble upon it in some random publication.

Secondly re your article, I personally was not venting anger, just asking questions, specifically… what have either of the MPs done to assist in reviewing the speed in which State Disaster funds are allocated to assist isolated rural communities after devastation to their access roads?

Thirdly, I am well aware that Byron Shire Council has responsibility for these roads, but there is a serious imbalance between State funded roads, and rural roads, one only has to take a drive from Wanganui to Ballina to see this incongruence.

All the tasks the state government did manage, and which Mr Page has outlined in his response – such as ferrying children across the slip, and assisting with the Upper Coopers Creek Recovery Committee – are ‘reacting to the crisis’ tasks, not preventative tasks.

Do we not elect politicians to come up with new creative solutions, or to change unhelpful legislation?

As to who we actually vote for in March, I’m still awaiting further instruction.

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. Im voting for labor, they are the only ones who don’t yet have a CSG plan for NR. Lets vote the nats out and free the region of the CSG threat!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Spice Palace: a mecca for Middle Eastern dips and spice mixes

Victoria Cosford The business was a natural fit for Bec and Tom, new owners for the past few months, of this successful little operation.  Spice Palace,...

Byron Rebels continue strong run in local rugby union

The Byron Shire Rebels put on 83 unanswered points against Lismore Rugby Club last weekend at Shultz Oval, capping a good day for the...

Garry Simes racks up 25 finishes at Australia’s oldest ironman triathlon

Ballina Triathlon Club member Garry Simes has achieved the milestone of finishing the Port Macquarie Ironman Australia race, one of Australia’s premier events, for...

Outdoor pickleball courts for Alstonville

Alstonville now boasts tournament-standard pickleball courts that opened to an enthusiastic crowd and players earlier this month. The eight new tournament-standard outdoor courts have been...