Trials and tribulations: Sue Higginson spoke of her work with the Environmental Defenders Office at Il Passaggio in February.
NSW Environmental Defenders Office CEO Sue Higginson paints a picture of EDO lawyers, haggard and caffeinated, racing between their office on Clarence Street and the Land and Environment Court on Macquarie Street, chasing “mining companies with the deepest pockets you can imagine” and “lawyers who lodge Notices of Motions at 1 am”.
It’s comical until you realise the gravity of the work. The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) concentrates its resources on the cases that other lawyers don’t take on. Important public interest cases. Cases where there’ll be a lasting or permanent impact on the environment, where governments haven’t followed the law. Blowing the whistle, holding governments to account.
(a poem by Danika Myers, aged 11, of Bermagui)
The terror and the hate
And the lives that have been lost
The screams and cries of war
I’d wish it all away.
I’d wish for love and prosperity
For hope and sunny days
I’d wish for peace and giving
And loving all the way.
I’d give my WHOLE heart
To the big wide world
And I’d give to those with none
I’d make sure that they had more.
Hate replaced by tolerance
In a not too distant day
If I could have but one small wish
I’d wish the war away.
The Triangle is hosting a competition for schoolchildren this year. It’s sponsored by local engineering company AKT and the theme is “the environment”. Every month we’ll publish contributions from primary school-age readers, then at the end of the year there’ll be three prizes, awarded as follows: K-2, Years 3/4, and Years 5/6. Each winner will get $150.
Photos, drawings … poetry or prose … fiction or non-fiction, the choice is yours, guys. So get out your pencils or your cameras, your pens or tablets, and go outside and have a look around for some inspiration. Email your entries to email@example.com or mail to PO Box 6009, Quaama, 2550.
We’ll be publishing some entries here on “Off the page” if there is no room for them in the paper.
Further to Frances Perkins’ article in the March 2017 issue about plans for renewing the Bermagui streetscape, here’s the Bermagui Master Plan.
And here are architect Philip Cox’s artist impressions of a future Lamont Street.
Lamont St colonnade proposed in Bermagui CBD Masterplan. Drawing by Philip Cox, March 2017
Close up of loggia under the Lamont St colonnade, CBD Masterplan. Drawing by Philip Cox, March 2017
Former World Bank advisor Dr Ian Noble spoke in Bermagui last month about the need to adapt to climate change at local, national and international levels
It was pretty clear to scientists in the 1990s that man-made carbon emissions were causing climate change—it had started with the Industrial Revolution. Two plans of action were mooted. Plan A: reduce emissions (mitigation). Plan B: adapt to the changes. But we weren’t going to need Plan B, were we? The fix was clear, and there was plenty of time …
SE ABC news report
Wed. 2pm, 15 Aug, 2016
Inspector R Sole from NSW Police, Bermagui, released a statement today solving the mystery surrounding the discovery of the body of local Ms Grayston. Ms Grayston’s remains were found at Bermagui Country Club early last March.
Late this morning Miss Muriel Leech was charged with the murder of 42 year old Ms Grayston. Miss Leech confessed that at about 6pm, on Tuesday 5 March she lured Ms Grayston to the 16th hole of the golf course at the Club.
Ms. Grayston, musing upon her situation, takes an anti-depressant from her purse and washes it down with a local 2015 Pinot Grigio. She has just received an email from Ferdinand [known as Fast] Bux, HHAHD@gotmail.com. High Heels and Hot Dances is Fast’s business, along with property development on a major scale. He has asked her to meet him at 3.45 pm., 16th hole at Bermagui.
She should feel exhilarated; her tango expertise at a peak, ‘the plan’ reaching fulfilment, and Ferdinand Bux fast falling in love with her. It hadn’t been difficult to fool all and sundry of her environmental credentials. Membership of NFP [National Forest Program], WCS [Wildlife Conservation Society], FEG [Forest and Environment Group] and FOS [Friends of Scouting] had all played a part in that.
Dr Helen Caldicott: “Education is key” to curtailing the nuclear industry
Dr Helen Caldicott, anti-nuclear activist, humanist, physician, returned to Bermagui on 10 February during a week when South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission was preparing to deliver its “Tentative Findings”. Dr Caldicott was speaking at the Bermagui Institute dinner; her topic was “Nuclear South Australia”.
The speaker shared anecdotes from her forty years of campaigning, detailed the hazards to human health and the environment presented by the nuclear industry, and advanced three main points: one, that the recent search for a site to store radioactive waste from Australia’s only nuclear reactor is premised on a lie; two, that Premier Jay Weatherill’s pursuit of a nuclear industry for SA is unnecessary and dangerous; and three, that public education and the democratic process are the only means by which nuclear expansion can be curtailed.