Several issues in last week’s (July 7) Sentinel-Times looked at first glance to be about the environment only.
But they all have economic and community impacts as well as immediate environmental concerns.
For example:
• Does the economic benefit to the current owner from de-wilding land opposite the Wonthaggi Bushland Reserve outweigh the loss of amenity for neighboring residents who moved there having been told the bushland would be preserved long-term?
• Wouldn’t the Holden Proving Ground near Lang Lang be better used to attract tourists as a natural gateway to Bass Coast rather than being sold off and subdivided?
• Does AGL’s proposed gas facility at Crib Point make economic sense when the global price of LNG has tumbled to record lows and the world is increasingly turning to renewables?
So often, what many might think of as purely “green” issues do in fact involve the whole “triple bottom line” (financial/economic, social and environmental).
It is encouraging, therefore, to see the Mayor’s Message recognising this fact by saying that council will “think outside the box… to work out what the best solution could be for the community, our local economy and the environment”.
Michael Nugent, Cape Paterson.