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.