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Phillip Island Landcare Group
Community Tree Planting
Sunday, July 10,
10am – 2pm.
The Cape Kitchen,
1215 Phillip Island Road,
Approx 1.5 km west of Cape
Woolamai Road turnoff.
Look for the landcare event sign.
Come along and join the Phillip Island Landcare Group
for this community tree planting event. Over 2000 plants need
to be planted so bring your gumboots, gloves and enthusiasm.
You will be rewarded with a BBQ lunch afterwards so you
won’t go home with an empty stomach. Please ensure you
wear weather appropriate clothing.
“This project is supported by the Phillip Island Landcare Group, through funding from the Australian
Government’s National Landcare Programme”.
BBQ lunch provided.
RSVP to Joel Geoghegan by Thursday, July 7
for catering purposes on 0409 705 652
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Opening every Saturday
10am - 12noon
Bill's Book Shed
1 Watchorn Road, Cowes
(off Settlement Road)
Donations of books
may be left
at the Shed.
5952 2263 ah.
Young people need to make a stand
Prior to the election, Christopher Nagle wrote
to the editor suggesting that it would be a Climate
Change election. Well, I do read most of Christo-
pher’s informative letters and I’m sure he had his
tongue in his cheek in making such a statement.
It certainly is long overdue though, like by
decades for an election to be fought on climate
change. It was done by Professor Clive Hamil-
ton who stood for the Greens in the Higgins by-
election when vacated by Peter Costello some
four or five years ago. Professor Hamilton picked
up about 35% of the vote against Kelly O’Dwyer
which was totally unexpected in a Liberal strong-
In one of the John Howard series of interviews
with Janet Albrechtson last year Mr Howard said
of Kevin Rudd, “Had Rudd, after stating that cli-
mate change was the greatest moral challenge of
our time, acted on climate change he may well
still have been Prime Minister”.
Big statement. So John Howard has been do-
ing some serious thinking since losing his seat
in Benelong to Maxine McKew. Guy Pearse (the
politician), speechwriter for Senator Robert Hill,
writes in his book ‘High and Dry’ that John How-
ard was responsible for the selling of Australia to
the powerful Greenhouse Mafia.
Nothing much is going to happen on climate
change unless there are intelligent politicians
who are prepared to spend a few minutes brush-
ing up on the relatively simple basicclimate sci-
ence involving the greenhouse effect.
Many people in Flinders electorate, like Chris-
topher, acknowledge Greg as a nice guy and
an able representative for Flinders. It appears
though that Greg is bound by party policy and
regarding climate change, Christopher makes
an analogy, comparing Greg with a human rights
commissioner to Robert Mugabe. Christopher’s
severe criticism really ought to be heeded.
You see it does appear that the regular newslet-
ters and heavy advertising campaign mounted by
the Liberals convinces a large portion of the elec-
torate. For those many Flinders voters who actu-
ally believe that Greg could have done more dur-
ing his time as a MP it would seem for some it’s
simply a case of voting for the ‘devil you know’. If
only they would look beyond that.
So what is one driving at? Well, Labor put up
a candidate, Carolyn Gleixner who has had the
experience politically of one only campaign which
was in the last State election. But what of this
young lady’s background?
In fact she has reached the very high level at
university of a Masters Degree in Construction
Management. So Carolyn is equipped if given a
go to one day become a competent representative
in our parliament and to my way of thinking, we
have to give these young folk a go.
For a newcomer she certainly performed capa-
bly at the Meet The Candidates sessions.
It was unfortunate that Carolyn came along a
tad late in the piece as Labor’s candidate. That,
together with the fact that her campaign funds
were quite modest, in fact meagre compared with
that of many other candidates, and this perhaps
impeded her progress somewhat in putting her-
self before the electorate.
Even so she managed to improve by 5% on the
previous Labor candidate’s performance against
Greg. No mean feat.
President Obama said in his final ‘Talk to the
Nation’ that the world’s system was not working.
He added that young people need to take notice
of what is going on in order to bring about the
change that is necessary.
One of the writer’s aims is to support young
intelligent people who are prepared to put them-
selves up for a career in the political arena. Good
luck in the future young lady.
Ray Astbury, Cowes.
Meeting to for ratepayers’ group
Yet again our Bass Coast Councillors have spec-
tacularly demonstrated why they are deemed to
be the worst in Victoria.
Having learned not a single thing from their
earlier ‘Special Charge’ debacle at Cape Pat-
terson, (where they wasted more than a quar-
ter million dollars of our money), they’ve now
blown away another quarter million dollars of
our money with their failed attempt to foist an
unpopular, unwanted, and unaffordable Special
Charge scheme onto the residents and ratepay-
ers of Sunset Strip.
Time and time again this Council has clearly
shown that is has a culture of little regard for
And alarmingly, for their final pièce de résis-
tance, our hapless Councillors are planning to
sign off on a 10 year waste services contract that
will undoubtedly end up costing us well over $80
Given the farcical process leading up to their
proposed closure of the Inverloch transfer sta-
tion, how can our community have any confi-
dence that this contract won’t just end up being
another calamitous waste of our money?
Surely something must be done. Surely some-
thing must change.
Council elections will be held in October, and
I’m sure that for many frustrated ratepayers and
concerned citizens, the election cannot come
soon enough. It’s an opportunity to see if we can
elect Councillors who are more skilled and more
capable than most of the existing bunch.
It is my sincere hope that we will see alternative
candidates step forward to offer themselves for
service; candidates suitable to lead and direct the
CEO and executive, whilst at all times having the
will of the community at front of mind.
However, by itself, the election offers us no cer-
tainty that the successful candidates will prove
any less amateurish or any less fiscally ill-disci-
plined than the current lot.
But perhaps there is something more that can
Later this month I’ll be hosting a public meet-
ing that will outline various issues that are caus-
ing widespread concern among our community.
Issues such as the special charge schemes, ex-
cessive rate increases, lack of community consul-
tation, over the top executive salaries, reduced
transparency, increased secrecy, etc.
If any of these matters cause you concern or
frustration then I invite and welcome you to at-
tend the public meeting.
The meeting will be held on Saturday, July 30,
commencing at 2pm.
The venue is the Kirrak Room at the Wonthaggi
Workmen’s Club, 75 Graham Street, Wonthaggi.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Kevin Griffin Wonthaggi.
No action costs heaps
I’m not Greg Hunt, but in the interests of pro-
viding a concise answer to M Brickman’s Letter
to Editor (Advertiser June 22) regarding ques-
tions concerning the Coalitions Flag Ship Climate
Policy ‘Direct Action’, here goes:
Firstly just some background on how the Di-
rect Action (DA) Policy Works; basically the Gov-
ernment is pretending that it wants to do some-
thing about Climate Change. DA is a softly, softly
approach which seeks to achieve Australia’s Cli-
mate Target by buying pollution reduction for the
Through a mechanism called the Emissions
Reduction Fund. However the best perceived val-
ue is not necessarily the best effectiveness. The
other problem is that this approach is really ex-
pensive and actually discourages innovation and
free enterprise market mechanisms which drive
change much more rapidly than this compara-
tively snail speed government policy.
Since the Emissions Reduction/ Direct Action
fund has been in operation is has allocated $1.7
billion of Taxpayers money purchasing 143 mil-
lion tonnes of carbon abatement out of a total al-
located pool of $2.55 billion with no new money
on the horizon, once the cash runs out the gov-
ernment won’t have any other mechanism for re-
ducing emissions until more money is allocated.
In order to meet its pathetically low reduction
target (-5% below 2000 levels) it needs another
100 million tonnes which it will need to achieve
with the left over $ 85 million.
So in answer to the question the emissions
reduction fund will cost tax payers $2.55 billion
once finished, with not much to show in regards
to actual results in regards to bringing about long
term systemic change i.e. transitioning to a car-
bon free economy.
Regarding the second question the Carbon Tax
(A market driven carbon abatement mechanism)
generated $6.6 billion of revenue in the 2012-13
financial year, so even on an extremely conserva-
tive estimate the government has lost a whopping
$ 4 billion in revenue per year since the carbon
tax has been abolished. $12 billion that should
have been available to spend on fuelling the re-
newable energy sector and on progressive tax
breaks for low income earners and families.
Incidentally when the Carbon Tax was abol-
ished emissions from electricity generation rose
dramatically, jumping 6.4 million tonnes or 4.3%
in the 2014-15 financial year, representing great-
er output from the cheaper polluting coal genera-
And despite the propaganda electricity prices
continue to climb, nearly tripling in six years or
212% since 2008 and you can’t blame that on the
In summary if you care about climate change,
don’t vote for Greg Hunt’s redundant No Action
Plan on Saturday.
Adrian James, Cowes.
Raising awareness in NAIDOC Week
NAIDOC Week takes place this month from
July 5 to July 12. It is a time to celebrate and
recognise the history, culture and achievements
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
It also provides an opportunity to shed light on
one of most significant issues affecting Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples – homeless-
Aboriginal people are significantly over-repre-
sented in our Inner West Youth Homelessness
service, making up 17.8% of our young people.
Australia wide, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Is-
lander people make up 23% of those accessing
specialist homelessness services, but only make
up 2.5% of the population.
Youth Off The Streets recognises the need to fa-
cilitate discussions about this issue, that is why
we developed our #laceitup campaign, which
aims to raise funds and awareness for both Ab-
original and non-Aboriginal homeless young peo-
ple in Australia.
The campaign draws on the idea that not ev-
eryone has the privilege to untie their shoes of a
night; some young people have to keep them on
in order to flee from danger at a moment’s notice.
By getting the community to get involved in
campaigns like these during NAIDOC week, we
are not only helping to raise the public’s con-
sciousness about youth homelessness, but we
are also raising awareness to the over-represen-
tation of Aboriginal young people in this issue.
NAIDOC Week is a perfect opportunity for all
Australians to get involved in Aboriginal issues
because unfortunately, Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people are over-represented in
many of our services.
Our goal is to bring these numbers down, but
we need communities to get behind this if we are
to make it a reality.
This NAIDOC Week I encourage everyone to get
involved and participate in the celebrations and
activities that are taking place across Australia.
Whether it’s hosting your own BBQ or lunch, or-
ganising a smoking
ceremony, or just learning more about Aborigi-
nal and Torres Strait Islander culture, it is im-
portant to get involved and show your support.
For more information about NAIDOC Week
and to find an event near you, please visit: http://
www.naidoc.org.au/events-calendar and to get
involved and find out more about our #laceitup
campaign, visit www.laceitup.com.au.
Father Chris Riley, CEO and Founder at
Youth Off The Streets
Can’t manage economy
or the environment
How can Prime Minister Turnbull ask for re-
spect while peddling so much dishonesty?
How can he say that we don’t actually need to
cut emissions at all, because they’re computed
per capita, so this will reduce emissions for us,
when the population grows 50% before 2030?
The Great Barrier Reef is craziest. Just before
leaving to sign for the emission reduction prom-
ises in April 20, on Lateline, Greg Hunt budgeted
$4.8M on water quality. Returning, days later, it
Then because the TV doco was so well received,
at first he quoted David Attenborough’s verdict
that the reef was in good shape, then back-ped-
alled that he’d only seen the first episode.
So, suddenly he’s announcing $300M, condi-
tional on $300M more from the Queensland gov-
ernment. How can Greg now say, with a straight
face, it’s a 100 year old problem without explana-
tion? Why no previous action?
Jon Brodie, James Cook University has, since
1975, studied how to give the coral reefs the best
chance of surviving things thrown at them.
In May, his paper estimating what would be
required to repair water to adequate state, said
$1B, for each of 10years, until 2025. Then
there’s now bleaching in Kimberley reefs and
1000 x 1km of bleached main marine life nurs-
ery mangroves in NT.
Now PM Turnbull pulls the magic $1billion
rabbit out of his hat. Of course, it’s costed, stolen
in fact, from CEFC (Clean Energy Finance Corpo-
ration), a body established providing project seed
loans; for every $1, they attract $2.70 private
sector major finance. CEFC lost another $1B for
Hunt’s clean(er) car lease scheme.
The latest is another $100M/year for Green Cit-
ies Fund for unaccountably wide range of possi-
bilities. Are Coalition plans anything more than
a spin doctor list of titles, with low ball costings,
tweaked up again and again? How can they even
pretend to be safe managers of economy?
Bernie McComb, Cowes.
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