Matthew Lambourne, Mullumbimby
Mayor Simon Richardson’s defence of Council’s action on climate change last week doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.
The 5MW solar farm at Myocum is a serious project, and deserves credit. But what about the solar carpark project in Station Street? Council plans to cover a quarter of the carpark with solar panels to generate a quarter of the administration building’s electricity consumption. With current interest rates and the claimed payback periods for solar, why not cover the whole carpark and generate all of Council’s consumption?
And will that project include enough battery storage to ensure Council’s phones and computers will keep working when the power goes off in the next big flood or cyclone? The proposal includes a few slow electric car-chargers – not much incentive for electric cars there, Simon. I’d call this one a bare pass.
When it comes to land-use planning, though, it is a clear fail. Affordable housing? Put them on an island in a swamp with no escape if a really big flood happens (Lot 22).
More housing in Mullumbimby? Put more fill on the floodplain and build houses that will flood in the future and also raise flood levels for other nearby properties.
More industrial land? That nice flat floodplain will be cheap and easy to build on. Doesn’t really matter if factories get flooded? Talk to the business owners at Billinudgel about that one.
Overall assessment – need to try harder, Simon.