It is little wonder Extinction Rebellion applauded our green council. The way these councillors are acting they could be fully paid-up members of this radical group. The only difference that I can see between the two is that unfortunately we have given one lot power. (The Standard Nov 22) explained that the council was heavily involved in a new 4000-home Warrnambool development that one can deduct, will have council mandatory overlays (Low to Zero Carbon Precinct, gas free community and all homes must include solar and battery storage). Potential young home owners will welcome this extra financial imposition with open arms. The elderly will be overjoyed that the one cheap heating source has been denied them. As mentioned previously in this paper hypothermia deaths due to the elderly not being able to afford heating has increased dramatically. But that doesn't matter about saving the elderly, they are just collateral damage in this deceptively forced effort to supposedly save the planet. Not going to get severe winters again, ask those in the northern hemisphere who are now experiencing early and record cold. Again, this council is imposing its will on people way outside of its area of responsibility. When they run out of money yet again because of imposing green madness, who pays, yes you the long-suffering ratepayer. I expect if you are silent then pay you will, if you speak out against this massive green intrusion you may just have a chance to live in a sensible society.
Anthony Cane, Warrnambool
Don't blame elderly
The Grattan Institute needs to make a public apology to older members of the community over its claims older persons are making medical costs go up because of more frequent use of services. Many very expensive medical treatments are carried out on people far too young to be of pension age. Some older people very rarely use medical services.
James Judd, Colac
Droughts have decimated waterbirds by as much as 90 per cent, according to surveys over a 37-year period. Sydney scientist Richard Kingsford headed the study with a team from the University of NSW. They nominated spoonbills, ibis and egrets as the species most impacted by the drier conditions since aerial surveys commenced in 1982. Yet another compelling reason for the Andrews government to cancel the duck shooting season scheduled for March 2020.
Tony Delaney, Warrnambool
'Low key' questioned
Gavin Ronan of Montarosa is kidding himself if he thinks his so called 'eco stay' development at Princetown is supported by the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan (The Standard, November 30). This plan calls for low key development such as canoe hire and glamping in keeping with high conservation values of the area. Does a 300-seat restaurant, parking for 283 cars, accommodation for 120 and supporting infrastructure sound low key? More than 5000 people have so far signed a petition calling for Planning Minister Wynne to call this project in for another look.
This proposed development on the Gellibrand River wetlands may have a permit from Corangamite Shire but it does not have a social licence to proceed.
Bill O'Shea, Port Campbell
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