As the municipal election gets closer, I hope more and …

Comment on How can we all be winners? by Hal Duell.

As the municipal election gets closer, I hope more and more candidates will declare where they stand on how Council can best use its influence and authority to protect and enhance the Todd River.
As I understand it, the Town Council works with the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority to preserve and protect the riverbed. But with recent history as a guide, that relationship is continually getting bogged down in mutual distrust and crippling demarcation disputes.
Between them they fail to either preserve or protect. This is nowhere more apparent than in relation to the Old Man River Gums. Every year we lose more and more of them.
How can we as a community put a stop to this?
Since walking 5 km of riverbed with a whipper snipper, a rake and a barrow is impractical, and since there is probably too much buffel and couch to try poisoning it all (and do we as a community really want to put that much poison into the environment?), might we be better off having controlled mosaic burns? This would take the fuel away from potential arsonists, and when the burned grass comes back, perhaps more areas of riverbank could be turned into public parklands such as those gracing the Old Eastside.

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How can we all be winners?
Ian and Bob
Fair go! I for one always look forward to Janet’s posts. As I do to yours.
Hal


How can we all be winners?
Mike
Far from saying it’s impracticable to reduce the fuel load with fire, that is exactly what I am saying: “… might we be better off having controlled mosaic burns? This would take the fuel away from potential arsonists …”
If we put our heads together and pull as a team, we can prevent the future loss of any more ancients in the riverbed. For this and other reasons, I think we do need to ask candidates who are asking us to vote for them the hard questions.
How do they plan to deal with the Todd River?
What are their views on alcohol restrictions, including closing the bottle shops on at least one day a week?
How do they see the Centre / Top End dynamic developing?
And a new question I am formulating – can they see a potential for the production of bio-char as an extension of the tip’s green waste initiative?
To their credit, most candidates interviewed to date, both in this forum and elsewhere, seem willing to tell us what they think, what they hope to achieve.
The interest is this municipal election seems to be especially keen. Let’s not distract from that interest with personal sniping.


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