Meryl Brown Tobin’s letter last week, rightly, praised the beauty of grass trees, which she noted are under threat from the sand mining.
Australia has often been criticised for a “dig it up and sell it off” mentality, which has seen us extracting minerals, often for the benefit of overseas shareholders, rather than valuing the land under which they lie for the social and environmental, as well as economic, benefits it could bring if left intact.
Is the state government’s recent proposal to greatly expand sand mining throughout Bass Coast and South Gippsland another example of this mentality… but in this case one that can be stopped if we were to truly value and stand up for the unique, natural wonder that makes this part of the world what it is?
Michael Nugent, Cape Paterson.