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May 8, 2021

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

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Tom Tabart, Drysdale, Victoria
(former Barham councillor)

The letter (Echo 6/2 The transport hub) from departed GM Ken Gainger justifying his pet bus station and cheering on the attendant creeping commercialisation of the town contains all the fudging of history we have come to expect from a paid official who was afforded far too much influence on council policy.

I admit I was always stridently against increasing the commercialisation of a town with inadequate and failing infrastructure already staggering under the social and environmental burden of unfettered tourism.

With the (hopefully) imminent demise of the appalling West Byron development now is the time to rethink priorities starting with the scrapping of the masterplan that has become a loose justification for a variety of schemes from the usual vested interests.

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  1. Tom,
    Any system invented by Mankind is always a system of mediocrity. To have excellent infrastructure the NSW government needs to take the lid off rate increases so the increases are unfettered and the poor people are forced to move away. The infrastructure is restricted by the money coming in from rates. The incoming rate money funding is not enough so we have commercialisation and that is small business that creates employment and business interaction. It also creates pollution and the need for more infrastructure as a business requires more infrastructure than a residential lot.
    In Council a general manager is employed to pull all the strings and the economics together and create the best system possible. It is not possible to manage the infrastructure system with the recourses available anything above mediocrity. You miss the roar of the greasepaint don’t you?
    Well, I miss the turbulence and verve of your pointed letters. Its too quiet and mild here. Write some more and stir the place up.


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