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Sandra Heilpern, Byron Greens

How confusing to be a voter in these Council elections. Every team is concerned about climate change, social housing, responsible planning. All are diligently listening to the needs of the community. How to choose? How to check out the good guys? How to know if they can deliver their promises? What is the difference between a Greens member and a once-was-Green? What does Labor have to do with local government?

Let’s focus on the most important issue of our time. We humans have become too many. We have recklessly mined and burned fossil fuels, we have paid little heed to the scientists’ dire warnings and now we are experiencing unprecedented droughts, floods, fires, rising sea levels, species extinctions, cyclones and temperatures that people can’t live in.

The sad truth is the national coalition government is a disgrace, and the ALP are still wavering with their position. We could wait a long time for the major parties to declare their divorce from coal and gas. Some industries are taking a responsible stand. And local government? Yes. That’s the thing right now. Just what can one mayor and eight councillors elected to Byron Council do to achieve a Shire-wide reduction of emissions and a proactive plan to deal with the unnatural disasters? The Greens are the only team that is backed up with a policy, commitment and unshakeable responsibility to do whatever it takes to prevent the looming disasters for our precious children, grandchildren and, in my case, even great-grandchildren.

The answer, my friends, is not blowing in the wind. It’s the bleeding obvious.


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8 COMMENTS

  1. Sandra !! This is the problem with the Greens
    All wind & no power !! Your alarmist
    is excatly why youth eco anxiety has risen
    40 % kids as young as 10 appointments
    With pathologists have to explain to these
    Children that the worldis not going to end anytime soon.. your council has declared a Climate emergency without ratepayers Input
    Could you please provide a example Of the Climate emergency and declaration from the Byron Shire council ?? Because to date not one i have asked has come up with one ??
    Nuclear power.. virtually no emmisions
    WHY NOT ?

    • Just as I’m reading this Barrow, I’m watching an episode of Foreign Correspondent on the hardships being experienced in Mongolia from climate change – I’d recommend catching up on iview.

      Makes me a tad angrier than normal to read this head in the sand denial of the scientific consensus which is all very fine for us here in paradise. Living the life, creating one of the world’s highest per capita emissions levels and not yet really feeling the effects yet. Til next drought, black summer or floods. Nothing though compared with the hardships experienced by those losing their stock, drinking water, coastal land. We’re blessed … for now!

  2. Sandra. in a perfect world all impending environmental disasters like climate change would be dealt with free of politics, while the Coalition remains in power it’s never going to happen. There is only one party that can get elected besides the Coalition, and it is not the Greens, Govt’s have to provide jobs for Australians not close them down; how about aiming for 80% of something instead of continually getting 100% of nothing, we’re running out of time. You would be doing more good for your grand children if you devoted more time attacking the Morrison Govt. instead of slagging off at the Labor Party that when last last in Govt., Kevin Rudd desperately tried to introduce an Emissions Reduction Scheme only to be undone in the Senate by no-other than the Greens; the rest is history.

  3. I think what our last Council demonstrated was that it’s much harder for Greens representatives to stick to purist Green principles when they have the numbers and opportunity to exert power and influence than it is for their state and federal colleagues who don’t carry the burden of government or opposition.

    This is a viral election for Byron Shire, with so much already lost but still much at stake, that has been unnecessarily delayed for 12 months. It’s vital to vote really carefully and that means avoiding the quick tick n flick and taking the time to vote below the line.

    Consider each candidate carefully on their merits and history. Matthew 7:16-20 “By their fruits shall Ye know them”.

  4. If the Byron Greens are the ‘answer’ in the forthcoming Election , then it was a very silly question indeed .

    It stretches the imagination to even describe The Greens as a team after the Luddite coup that occurred when they were selecting their team and dumping two of the three existing Green’s Councillors .

    With one exception , they are a ‘team’ unworthy of voter’s support .

    The others are best ignored so that Byron can avoid The Green’s ‘ Back to the Past’ commitment !

  5. To me the ‘bleeding obvious’ is obvious… Australia wide. Get rid of the little Hitlers
    treating us like new-borns while sucking the country dry. Coming up! The War of The
    Worlds. It’s time.

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