We need a spreadsheet and an economic argument
I have been reading lots of letters from concerned ratepayers re the Council's Asset Sell-Off.
I was particularly moved by a letter from an elderly indigenous resident who beautifully put forward an argument for our green-space at Blackwall.
It supports the needs for the community's wellbeing, for example green-space with large shade trees shielding us from "heat bowl" conditions, protecting native wildlife habitat and corridors and generally keeping the urban-scape looking attractive and healthy.
She makes a good point in what tourists look forward to coming here to see, and that is not to experience another "concrete jungle".
Now, this is the sort of speak that will get council's attention.
I am sorry to say it, but councils, governments, politicians only think votes and money and everything else runs a poor second.
We need the help of an accountant with a community spirit and an environmental conscience and a spreadsheet with a strong economic argument.
Maybe this approach from our ratepayers might save some of our "green-space" and other assets.
I would like to think just like this Indigenous lady, that Council has a heart with the environment and our kids' future is kept in mind, but I am sceptical.
Email, 4 Jun 2021
Barry Macdonald, Umina