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October 22, 2021

The Greens and Ballina Council

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With the Greens announcing their intention to contest the Ballina Shire local government election to be held in December this year, we can only admire their gall, hold our breath and wonder at just what the Shire may experience in the event they are successful.

As a start we are not really sure to which faction of the ‘Greens’ they belong. Are they ‘dark’ Greens, ‘lite’ Greens, ‘watermelon’ Greens; red on the inside and green on the outside, ‘tree hugging’ Greens, or just ‘no development anywhere’ Greens?

In the meantime, what needs to be considered is what kind of disruption they may bring to Council that by and large has appeared stable and not wracked by dissent and division, such as has been witnessed in Byron Council. Here a ‘Green’ dominated Council, eternally in conflict with who knows what, and whose roads may boast the biggest potholes up and down the east coast of NSW.

The ‘Greens’ really have nothing to offer a Council that already has a plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2030, and is in a ‘steady as you go’ implementation and not a ‘switch off the lights now’ as the ‘Greens’ would have us do.

Alan Veacock, Cumbalum

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  1. Allan, the Ballina Council has done very well in serving the needs of the Ballina community in the absence of any idealistic nonsense from the Greens. The main trouble with most of the Greens is that they can’t see the forest for the trees.

  2. Haha look at the state of the Richmond river and all the money that was promised to rehabilitate it… nothing done. Nothing spent. Greens are in it for the green.

    • Sorry Dale but you have to lay the blame for the state of the river squarely at the feet of the NSW State Government in whose jurisdiction the river resides. Ben Franklin MLC (Nationals) delivered little. Tamara Smith MLA, a Green, has had as usual, little or no impact. But then again could you imagine a conservative government giving her even the time of day?
      On the other hand Cr. Keith Williams has never ceased advocating for the river. Nice try!

  3. If the Greens think that the Ballina Council has the resources or the authority to control the management of the entire Richmond River catchment, that almost goes right up to the QLD. border, and west of Casino, their even more wacky than I thought; for God’s sake stay in Byron and Mullumbimby, they’re much more at home there. We have already got enough problems with the State Govt’s. reckless Intransigence regarding the dire state of the Richmond River

  4. Great read Alan. You are dead right on this issue, the Greens would add nothing to Ballina Shire. we have been safe from their factional infighting and ideological mess in this area. Other nearby LGAs have not been so lucky. Hopefully the local voters are smart enough to put this Anti-Development group last on the ballot.


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