Alan Veacock, Ballina Country Labor
Ballina Branch of Country Labor members endorse recent statements from Labor candidates for Ballina, Asren Pugh, and Lismore, Janelle Saffin, regarding the appalling state of the Richmond River.
They also highlighted the on-going endemic failure of the National Party to address this environmental degradation, and outlined positive policies to finally restore our area’s greatest asset.
Many of the branch’s members and their families are regular users of the Richmond River and are aware of how important its rehabilitation is to the economy of Ballina including the professional fishing industry, tourism, and associated marine industries.
It’s incomprehensible how previous National Party representation has totally ignored cries for help by concerned river users and outlined in scientific studies. Wake-up calls came with the shocking fish kills of 2001 and 2008 and since then absolutely nothing has been done.