Get busy

Ian Braybrook, Castlemaine

I have no doubt that we are experiencing climate change. I accept the advice of the numerous scientists who tell us it is happening. I am also unhappy with the lack of action and denial on this from our federal government. And yet I wonder at the Mount Alexander Shire Council’s decision to declare a climate emergency. 
Cr Machin says there will be net zero emissions from council operations by 2025. What exactly does it mean? What does it entail? Is it no use of motor vehicles or power tools? No street lighting? No air-conditioned shire offices? Shall council generate its own electricity? If so by what means?
And what is shire residents role in this? Are we to follow suit by adopting those sacrifices above? If so, we can contribute additionally and considerably by giving up our overseas trips in fuel guzzling aircraft, a major contributor of emissions? That alone will be an excellent way of supporting the shire effort. 
Cr Nieman says he saw no evidence of collusion between the speakers at the forum. Is he kidding? Does he truly believe that there was no contact between any of them, either in person or electronically, in preparation for the event?
Meantime councillors, get busy. The clock is ticking. 

Lisa Dennis
Editor of the Castlemaine Mail newspaper and senior journalist on our sister paper the Midland Express. Over the last 24 years Lisa been proudly reporting news in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges communities.