Don't tell us how to live
At the July 30 Indigo Shire Council meeting, a majority of the Councillors voted to declare a "climate emergency" in Indigo Shire. Some of the Councillors even wanted to spend ratepayers' money on more consultants, guest speakers, totally renewable energy and to sell assets that may be contributing to "climate change". There was no offer to make up any revenue shortfall from their own allowances.
One wonders what other "social engineering" projects are on their agenda. I imagine that Australia Day, the flag, the republic, Christmas carols, and even Santa Claus might be on the list.
It is obvious that Indigo Shire is too small a platform for them. These Councillors should move on and take their "holy" crusade to the state, federal and world stages. Perhaps there is an opening for them at the United Nations?
It is time the ratepayers of Indigo Shire elected Councillors who will concentrate on the mundane work of local government, "rates, roads and rubbish". We need Councillors who will get rates under control, rationalise the bloated bureaucracy, maintain infrastructure and stop wasting our money on consultants. We don't need Councillors who insist on telling the rest of us what to think, what to say, and how to live.
John Harvey, Beechworth
Poor choice for grant
This submission benefits Muslims only, to the exclusion of the rest of the community in which it will operate. The other submissions would benefit community members as a whole and are inclusive of ethnic, gender, religious, sporting and cultural backgrounds.
This Muslim grab for money has little to do with the Albury community and inclusion, or religious and cultural tolerance for that matter, which Australia embraces.
Nazmul Ahasan claims the mosque will provide a better understanding of Islam and why radicalisation happens.
Most of the radicalised terrorists and would-be terrorists who have operated in our country have been associated with a mosque and the Koran, which is steeped in hatred of "infidels", Western culture and the single-mindedness of a world Caliphate at any cost.
It staggers me that leaders of a religion which sanctions the murder of LGBTIQ individuals and adulterous women (but not men), tolerance of hate preachers, segregation in worship (a room dedicated for women to use, indeed), mutilisation of little girls, forced marriages, rejection of Western values etc, would expect taxpayers to support such a building which in itself has often proven very divisive across Australia.
I do not think a mosque in Albury is a wise idea, anyway, especially one partially funded by us taxpayers.
Lorna Read, Lavington
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