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Choosing a Mayor Who Stands for Eungella

In the heart of New South Wales, a landmark decision by the NSW Land and Environment Court has set a precedent that resonates with communities far and wide, including our own in Eungella. The court's rejection of the 10 megawatt Burrundulla solar project in Mudgee, as reported by Renew Economy, underscores the significant impact that local governance can have on preserving the scenic and environmental integrity of our towns and landscapes.


The court's decision, influenced by concerns over the project's impact on the "scenic quality" of Mudgee and the lack of adequate community consultation, is a stark reminder of the power that local councils wield in the face of renewable energy projects that may not align with the community's values or environmental priorities. The project, which proposed the installation of 25,000 solar panels, was deemed unsuitable for its intended location due to its excessive scale and the fundamental changes it would introduce to the landscape character of the area.


This ruling is particularly relevant to us in Eungella as we approach the Mackay Regional Council local council election in March. The stance of our current and prospective mayors towards large-scale projects like the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project can significantly influence the future of our community and the preservation of our cherished natural habitats.


The importance of electing a mayor who is willing to take action against projects that could harm our environment cannot be overstated. Steve Jackson, from Jacko's Team, has publicly committed to opposing the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project. This position aligns with the need for leaders who understand the importance of protecting our landscapes, wildlife, and the overall well-being of our communities.


Steve Jackson marketing image for Jacko's Team - Mackay First.
Steve Jackson marketing image for Jacko's Team - Mackay First.

As the election approaches, it's crucial for us, the residents of Eungella and the broader Mackay region, to critically assess the environmental policies and commitments of all candidates. The next mayor of Mackay must be someone who recognises the delicate balance between advancing renewable energy and safeguarding the natural beauty and biodiversity of our region.


We must learn from Mudgee's example and demand that our voices be heard in decisions that impact our environment and our future. The Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project, like the Burrundulla solar project, presents us with a choice: to stand by as our landscapes and wildlife are compromised, or to choose leaders who will fight for the preservation of our natural heritage.


Let this be a call to action for all who cherish Eungella and the unique wonders it offers. As we approach the local council election, let's make informed choices, advocate for meaningful community consultation, and support candidates who prioritise the protection of our environment for generations to come.

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