Gwyn Hooper, Uki
Your recent report concerning the possible loss of the two coalition state seats of Lismore and Tweed Heads, and stating that deforestation and lack of koala habitat were the reason, surprised me.
I did not think that these issues were so important to the general population.
If this is the case then I’m convinced that Mr Austin will have no chance at trying to take the seat of Lismore.
The reason is the water mining furore that’s been brewing in Tweed Shire the last two years. It has decimated the support the National Party had here.
The enthusiastic ongoing support given to water miners by local National and Liberal councillors has resulted in this collapse.
Responding to my email Mr Curtin said if it was legal he supported it.
However, since water mining has expanded into his area local farmers have pressured him for a promise of an independent inquiry into commercial water extraction.
There is, in my mind, no need for an inquiry. The people do not want this business anywhere and politicians are there to serve the people, not Coca-Cola Amatil and all the other bottlers. Listen to the people and protect the water that belongs to all of us.