23.2 C
Byron Shire
August 3, 2021

Unfit for the future

Latest News

Interview with Ross Wilson, composer and Daddy Cool frontman

When the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Michael Gudinski and Sir Elton John call out a song as ‘one of the great Australian rock ‘n’ roll songs’, ‘one of the greatest songs of all time’, and ‘one of my favourite tracks’, then you know it was and still is, a hit.

Other News

Knife-wielding criminal on the loose in Byron Bay

A terrifying media release is still on the loose in Byron Bay after escaping from the computers of Council candidates Rhett Holt and Cr Alan Hunter.  'It is a frightful to wake up at three in the morning to a man blood dripping with a backpack full of knives using your shower,' the [sic] release said...

Independent assessment needed to determine use of Alstonville aquifers

The Save Alstonville Aquifer Group have raised concerns regarding the potential impact on the aquifer of making it part...

Be CaféSmart about a cuppa donation for homelessness charities

Most people would be shocked to know how close to homelessness some people in the community are – some people might be very shocked to know how close they themselves are to homelessness. It doesn’t take much.

Northern Rivers responds to cal for COVID-19 testing

Following the flight of a COVID positive traveller from Sydney to Ballina and the detection of COVID fragments in the Byron Bay Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) both locals and visitors have responded to calls for more testing in the region.

Pennings and Adani to continue court battle

The Supreme Court has formalised orders agreed out of court by both Adani and Ben Pennings in relation to a decision handed down on 25 June 2021.

Vehicle access to Unicorn Falls to close

President of the recently formed Byron Hikers Club says a ‘controversy is brewing’ around National Parks’ recently announced plans to close vehicle access to Unicorn Falls, located on South Chowan Road behind Upper Main Arm.

Antoinette Ensbey, Bangalow

The ‘Fit for the Future’ government program has it all to progress our lives backwards down the lane we just came from. It is indeed a recipe for a bleak future that will be stripped of all sincere attempts at creating sustainable societies and functioning economies, or intact environments.

Governments are cementing in what has become the credo of our global economies and ordering local councils like Byron shire to do likewise or otherwise become extinct.

All that governments do is selling off assets, thereby starving the local sphere with many shortages, buying submarines and like toys, thereby depriving education and culture, and subsidising the big polluters who get their privileges handed out like bread rolls.

A ‘Council Improvement Plan’ that includes pay parking, asset realisation and expenditure on roads would be a poor document and witness of the down-spiralling austerity that has besieged our lives.

Pay parking is a farce. Cars need to be kept out of town and stored away in areas outside. Public assets need to stay public and improved to benefit all, not just some.

And yes, residents want good roads but aren’t we talking potholes, not sealing more land with tar? I am stunned by the appalling absence of public transport like commuter train services, especially with increased population. How are we going to get away from our dependency on oil, if oil is the answer to everything and to tight budgets?

We must be aware who drives this kind of economy and why to avert a hot house future that has no spot for any air breathing animals.

I wish council would sit down and work out alternatives of making money and show more inventive drive in being entrepreneurial on a sustainable basis. It’s possible and there are models out there which really are fit for any future.

 

 


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

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: A Sobering Tale

Like most people I know alcoholism is in my genes. My father was an alcoholic. He drove drunk into another car, killed himself and an innocent man. He was 30. I’m 53.

Soil: The incredible story of what keeps the earth, and us, healthy

Sandra Haslam Matthew Evans is a restauranteur, farmer, food activist and author, best known for his SBS series Gourmet Farmer. He is also one of...

Spice it Up: consistently good Thai

Simon Haslam You have to be doing a lot of things right consistently to run a successful restaurant in different locations for over 22 years...

Adam Liaw at Sample festival: 4 September

Northern NSW’s premier food event, Sample Food Festival is returning to the Bangalow Showground on Saturday 4 September 2021, but if this news is...