We need to clean up our waterways.
By Tony Judge – Labor for Coffs Mayoral candidate
Our coastal waterways are such an important part of our lives.
Farmers, fishers, surfers, swimmers and all of us who love nature depend on our streams and lakes. When something goes wrong we all suffer.
Streams get polluted. Algal blooms happen. Mangroves die. Fish are killed or stop breeding and our ocean is less healthy.
The whole balance of our marine environment is affected when a stream is polluted.And it’s happening. Our streams are becoming less and less healthy.
The alarming levels of chemicals, including neurotoxins found in Hearnes Lake is in the news. But it’s the tip of the iceberg.
Repeated studies have shown alarming levels of nutrient pollution in our streams. In the worst cases, hundreds of times over the safe level. Siltation is choking our lakes.
We cannot keep treating our waterways like this and expect our ocean to stay clean and full of life. Because it won’t.
We need to start valuing and protecting our waterways. We need to keep monitoring water quality. We need to develop and enforce standards on farm chemicals and runoff.
We need to be more rigorous about enforcing measures to prevent siltation from farming and building projects.
And we all need to be more careful about what goes down our drains, because we end up swimming in it.
If you have travelled to some of our neighbouring countries, you will know what happens when you lose control of coastal water quality. None of us want that here on the Coffs Coast.
That’s why we need to act. Now, before it’s too late.
CCO’s story on Hearnes Lake yesterday can be found here; https://coffscoastoutlook.com.au/cocktail-of-chemical-hazards-found-in-hearnes-lake/
The above is a Labor for Coffs social media release, 1 December. CCO will publish all media releases sent to it in relation to the LGA elections on December 4 up until 3 December so long as they meet legal requirements.
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‘We are witnessing the outcome of preference deals’ – Rodger Pryce
Voting preferences in any election, involve “Deals”.
By Rodger Pryce, Together We’ll Fix It Mayoral candidate
This Coffs Harbour LGA election is no different.
Witnessed last night at the forum, hosted by the Coffs Harbour Ratepayers and Residents Association, was Paul Amos now saying he was in favour of going forward with the CCS.
The previously independent Paul Amos, is now going to be receiving voter support from Labor, the Greens and Sally Townley as a consequence of the preference “Deal”.
So, a vote for Paul is going to be a vote for Sally, “2 metres” Townley, the Greens and Labor. And now the CCS.
What message does that send to the 15,000 signatories who petitioned against the project? As the saying goes “You always have to pay the piper.”
Looks like you’ve paid her, Paul.
CCO coment: We understand that at last nights meeting all candidates were asked if they thought the current CCS/Yarrila Place building currently under construction can now be amended in some way.
Apparently only two candidates said yes – Rodger Pryce (TWFI) and Tegan Swan (Future Leaders).
The above is a Together We’ll Fix It social media release, 1 December. CCO will publish all media releases sent to it in relation to the LGA elections on December 4 up until 3 December so long as they meet legal requirements.
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