Dalton: Support for pollies waning
Anecdotally support for our politicians in regional electorates is at a low ebb.
Moving around our region I receive a lot of complaints about politicians.
It’s not surprising.
The bleeding of resources and essential services from the bush continues while our current government legislates to spend billions of our dollars on such projects as moving the Power House Museum.
Rural regional areas, agriculture and family businesses are expected to just comply and co-operate with city centric bureaucrats and politicians…yet we largely underpin their income. In return they dictate an unrealistic ideology in the bush and deplete our “essential” services.
There are so many examples of this condescending and neglectful attitude.
Recently Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, claimed it was a good idea to ignore the socio-economic considerations on communities for the removal of 450 GL of water.
The NSW government drought plan only comes into play when they actually, physically declare the word “drought” in parliament.
The NSW government have recently gifted the Water Minister the right to snatch back allocated water for undefined ‘environmental purposes’ anytime he wishes.
The management of the Menindee Lakes and the Lower Darling is a stark example of the lack of empathy and understanding. These communities and their environments have been hung out to dry.
If we were a mob of desperate roos dying of thirst and drinking from blue green algae cess pools along the Darling we may receive more consideration. So, what is needed from the current crop of wet behind the ears bureaucrats and self-absorbed politicians?
What can we do to force them to focus on realistic, sensible outcomes?
Perhaps we need to open our arms to these poor people, embrace their ignorance and educate them.
Perhaps we need to stand together and not accept some of the most ridiculous city centric ideology. It goes without saying that most of our problems are down to us.
We are too accepting of the rot from Sydney and Canberra.
We probably could change our blind allegiance to major political parties and actively influence our destiny rather than simply continuing to trust the status quo.
As we decline in number, family farming enterprises and family businesses will find it increasingly difficult if we continue to accept policies that favour the big end of town and, in some cases, foreign ownership.
We all need to think seriously and consider our choices when we vote. That, at least, is still our choice.
Helen Dalton – Rankins Springs
‘Bikie babes’ raise funds
LAST month a group of 36 lovely ladies hit the wineries at the Rutherglen Winery Walkabout, but this time as the “Blingy Bikie Babes”.
What a sight to see with the ladies looking just fine in their black leathers and plenty of bling.
This is the ninth annual trip that takes place every Sunday of the June long weekend, organised by the “boss’ squeeze” Alison Guilford and her assistant Sharon Bailey.
It’s a great day and an excuse to dress up, catch up with friends or make new ones, have plenty of laughs and drink some good wine.
However, it’s also a chance to raise some much needed funds for a local charity. So a big thank you to all our ladies as this year we raised $1417.80 with all proceeds going to the Leeton VRA rescue squad.
And once again, a huge thank you goes to Richard (our very tolerate driver) and Melissa Lyons from Lyons Bus Service. We’re already thinking of next year’s theme so stay tuned.
Ally, Shaz and the Blingy Bikie Babes – Leeton