33.8 C
Byron Shire
December 6, 2022

Food bowl under dire threat from mining

Latest News

Global Ripple Op Shop in Byron destroyed by fire

The much-loved Global Ripple Op Shop in the Byron Arts & Industrial Estate has suffered major damage in a fire that also struck Byron Bay taxis and the Suby pop up cafe.

Other News

Gulihl Art exhibition – bringing First Nations artists and their connection to Country to you

Byron’s ‘pop-up’ Firefly Art Gallery is presenting the work of local First Nations artists in the upcoming Gulihl Art exhibition in Marvell Hall.

Ballina council to kick-start waste reduction policies and projects

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to adopt a newly drafted policy aimed at waste reduction.

Firefighter injured battling large blaze in vehicle scrap yard

Fire fighters battled explosions and large blaze in a vehicle scrap yard at Trenayr, north of Grafton on Monday.

So you think someone needs a puppy for Christmas?

If you’re thinking about giving your loved one a puppy as a gift this Christmas, Dogs Australia urges you to think twice.

Handball bouncing kids back after the floods

Following the 2022 floods, Albert Park Public School teacher Troy Davies had an idea to bring about a bit of much-needed fun into students’ lives by suggesting the handball competition to beat them all.

4WD restrictions at South Ballina beach to stay

Moves towards use of a smart phone app to help control 4WD access to South Ballina’s beach have failed in a recent Ballina Shire Council meeting.

I travel through the Liverpool Plains three times a year – different seasons, different climatic conditions. The expanse and productivity of this amazing food bowl and its significance as one of the most important productive agricultural regions in Australia is irrefutable. This food bowl substantially contributes to our economy and its provision of food resources to an ever growing population is vital for human survival.

The NSW approval of a new coal mine (foreign owned) in the Liverpool Plains food bowl confirms NSW has no plan, nor does country NSW have any representation in government. Economic considerations do not trump all – prosperity is a much deeper and richer concept than the profitability of individual enterprises.

Foreign companies have no connection or any commitment to our land or our communities – the people.

Our farmers are on the land every day, every week, all year, with many families for generations – they know and understand the land and our priceless water resources. Mining is short-term and extremely short sighted when allowing open cut coal mining in a food bowl of such enormous worth.

There is a huge conflict of interest with the state being the assessment/approval/compliance authority of mining when they take political donations from mining companies and the state is the beneficiary of royalties – easy money for lazy governments putting all their eggs in the 1 basket.

The independence and scientific expertise in our government is being rapidly eroded with reforms shifting the provision of our public service as a safeguard of the public interest against vested interests with political decisions.

The business sense of new coal mines has to be queried when others are closing/cutting back due to the coal glut and globally the impacts of fossil fuel are beginning to be heeded and there is a shift to more of a direction to renewable energy around the world. Sense would be to allow existing mines to continue to be viable.

The people of NSW (employers of government/elected representatives) are entitled to (and deserve) governments that transcends political cycles (elections) and governs under the principles of inter-generational equity ensuring that the health, diversity and productivity of the environment is maintained or enhanced for future generations.

Lindy Smith, Tweed Heads


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.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

NSW SES continues its efforts on International Volunteers Day

NSW SES volunteers continue to assist flood impacted communities across inland NSW as extensive flooding moves to downstream locations.

4WD restrictions at South Ballina beach to stay

Moves towards use of a smart phone app to help control 4WD access to South Ballina’s beach have failed in a recent Ballina Shire Council meeting.

Assange sought asylum

The controversy over the actions of Julian Assange seems to miss a crucial point. His motive for seeking asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy was...

Climate change likely to bring more compound disasters

The 2022 floods have caused $5.3billion in damage. Black Summer bushfires caused almost $2.5 billion in damage. Three consecutive La Nina events, or multiple droughts and heatwaves likely to become more common.