Power with the people
How can the average citizen convince the decision makers of our country to declare a climate emergency and act now to reduce carbon emissions?
At the People's Climate Assembly in front of Parliament House this week I heard impassioned speeches by Bob Brown, Karl Kruszelnicki and John Hewson. I attended Question Time in Parliament and cheered when a visitor in the gallery stood up and shouted out to declare a climate emergency. Other protesters in the upstairs gallery unfurled a banner declaring that they "had seen better cabinets in Ikea" before turning around to press emblazoned T-shirts to the window which said "the planet is dying".
People cheered and I felt a thrill at watching democracy in action. I listened to Paul Kelly's latest song Sleep Australia Sleep and watched Larissa Waters in the Senate calling for climate action. Each of these people are players in the fight for climate action; the protester, the scientist, the poet, the ex-pollie and a few current ones all trying to create change from within and from without.
Einstein said: "The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." It is incumbent on us all to find the voice that best suits us, as well as lending support to our politicians who want climate action, to bring about change. As an individual I feel powerless but when I can understand I am one of many I do feel hope that change is possible.
Kirsten Coates, Yackandandah
Air swing on ball park
I've been visiting Corowa Ball Park for over 27 years now, and am absolutely gobsmacked and outraged at the treatment of Andrew and Sonia Palmer, who, till recently, had been running the park for some 14 years.
The Corowa Council, for some unknown reason, seems hell bent on evicting this couple, who, in our opinion, have been running an exceptionally well run and welcoming caravan park.
Firstly, the couple submitted a competitive tender for management of the park after their time expired. They were overlooked in favour of a "company", which then failed to comply to the original terms of the tender contract and were rejected . Why then, was the tender not offered to the Palmers, when they were the only other tenders for the position?
Council then decided in their wisdom to run the Ball Park and put managers in.
Andrew Palmer duly applied for the position and was not successful because he was deemed to "not have enough experience". Really? Not experienced enough? After having run the park successfully for 14 years? This came after Andrew and Sonia put their hearts and souls into the park, purchasing numerous cabins, washing machines and equipment with their own funds. And after they renovated and upgraded the front office with their own funds? And also ran the Corowa Swimming Pool at the same time.
This couple are a credit to your community in Corowa. Their kids go to school here, and they are both very community minded, involved in the local football/ netball club, in administrative rolls. I am not related to Andrew and Sonia, but just an observer.
The Corowa Council needs to hang their heads in shame. The treatment of these two absolutely stinks. For goodness sakes, Corowa, look after your own. Appalling.