Upset at development
Regarding the proposed Hanging Rock seniors development on the Coachhouse site: there are issues with peace, serenity and wildlife.
I live in a small, but peaceful complex where I can see trees, birds and wildlife living in harmony with humans.
The proposal is for retirement abodes and an expanse of units - "a wall" - which will destroy a view and wildlife.
The impact of the units will be devastating for the serenity of retirees and the comfort of living in our neighbourhood.
The proposal will bring traffic to our safe cul de sac, where children play. Our area is tidal and (the development) may change existing water flows and increase sewer problems already evident in the Bay area.
I can see the retirement village as an asset, but see the "wall" as an insult.
Amongst the blind, the one-eyed man is king. For the sake of peace and serenity, the people of our area will unite and become king.
Solar plan welcomed
The South Coast Health and Sustainability Alliance is a community organisation with the goal of achieving a low-carbon Eurobodalla Shire.
The shire's biggest source of emissions comes from electricity. SHASA has run solar bulk buys which have helped households with sufficient funds to cover the upfront costs to install roof top solar. SHASA has also assisted a small number of community organisations to get roof top solar through grants and sponsorship.
Despite SHASA's efforts, we still have less than 20 per cent of Eurobodalla households with rooftop solar and 80 per cent of the electricity is still being provided by coal-fired power stations – the single biggest contributors to emissions.
The commitment by NSW Labor to offer up to $2200 for 500,000 NSW families to install solar will enable far more families to enjoy the significant financial benefits that come with roof top solar. These families will no longer have to dread their power bills and will assist with making the grid more robust and reducing reliance on coal.
NSW Labor has also announced that it will establish a state-owned corporation to deliver a further one gigawatt of renewables and storage. They would use reverse auctions (similar to the ACT, and Victoria) to build six gigawatts of renewable energy with storage. SHASA expects this will be the most effective way to reduce electricity prices and minimise price spikes during heat waves.
To support the renewables industry, NSW Labor will also provide free TAFE training in a Certificate IV in renewable energy.
The NSW Liberals have announced they will offer interest free loans for rooftop solar if elected. SHASA believes there is a role for no-interest loans, but only as part of a wider suite of policy measures to encourage solar uptake by broad cross sections of the community.
SHASA is pleased the need to increase the uptake of renewables has become an election issue in NSW. We need NSW to be a leader, not a laggard in helping all regions, including the Eurobodalla, to move to a low-carbon economy.