Byron Bay NIMBYs will doubtless be less than chuffed to find that the Greens chose the Byron Bay Surf Club to announce their new tourism plan yesterday.
What, more tourists for Byron? Surely not.
But the Greens tourism spokesperson Senator Janet Rice, who was joined by Richmond candidate Dawn Walker for the announcement, said the plan would ‘create jobs and protect the precious places in the northern rivers.’
Ms Rice said that industries like tourism were healthier for the environment than gas mining, which the major parties had attempted to foist on the community.
‘The northern rivers is renowned for its tourism, but we have to make sure we keep investing in bringing in visitors rather than coal seam gas,’ said Senator Rice.
‘Our tourism investment would help regional economies make the move from the old ‘dig it up and ship it out’ mindset of the 19th and 20th centuries to the long-term, sustainable industries of the future.
‘Australia’s clean, green environment is a huge drawcard for domestic and international tourists alike, and the Northern Rivers is a shining example.
‘We know that smart investment in tourism infrastructure will tap into the current potential of local tourism,’ she said.
One of the critical issues facing coastal councils with high tourist populations is the impost on infrastructure, such as roads and parks.
A spokesperson for Senator Rice, who also holds transport portfolio, told Echonetdaily she had recently announced a plan for an ‘infrastructure bank’, which would give local government the power to bid for a project a $75 billion fund.
The Greens plan would:
- Provide a $60 million boost to tourism in regional and rural Australia, through grants for local tourism operators, community groups and local governments.
- Help Tourism Australia to attract more visitors and generate sustainable economic activity with a $40 million funding boost
- Put in place strong environmental laws that will stop the biodiversity crisis, save our threatened species, and protect the precious places that visitors love
Greens candidate for Richmond Dawn Walker said the grants program could ‘inject funds for projects like adventure tours for backpackers or support clean, healthy food producers in our local area.’
‘The Greens are the only party committed to a sustainable economic future for our rural and regional areas,’ said Ms Walker.
More stories on the 2016 federal election
The record vote by the Greens in Saturday’s federal election in Richmond has encouraged candidate Dawn Walker Greens to keep the ‘Green’ momentum going across the northern rivers.
My fearless prediction is that the coalition will end up with between 76 to 78 seats in the House of Representatives, a thin but decisive majority. But this is not the way it was meant to be.
Nearly three years ago, on the eve of the last Federal election, this web site warned that a Tony Abbott-led Coalition government presented a grim outlook for clean energy and climate change, and we warned too that it could be even worse than most people feared.
Incumbent northern rivers MPs Kevin Hogan (Page, Nationals) and Justine Elliot (Richmond, Labor) have retained their seats after a knife-edge federal election result which could see a hung parliament.
Still haven't made your mind up who to vote for yet? Well, crawl out from whatever rock you've been hiding under and pay some fricking attention. It's really quite simple. Just match your ideology with one of these political parties and away you go.