||Issue No. 152||13 September 2002|
The Legacy of 11/9
Interview: Still Flying
International: President Gas
Politics: Australia: A Rogue State?
History: Levelling September
Unions: Welfare Max
Bad Boss: Welcome to Telstra!
Health: Fat Albert: The Grim Reaper
Poetry: A Man From the East And A Man From The West
Review: The Sum Of All Fears
The Locker Room
Week in Review
The CFMEU Race Debate #2
Keeping it Clean
Sue the Leaders?
Letters to the Editor
Keeping it Clean
The hypocrisy of some private organisations/ multinational conglomerates in relation to their vandalism of our environment, while not acceptable, can be understood at least contextually in our current worship of the "Almighty Dollar" but offences should still be classified as Crimes against the people and punishable by imprisonment or in deliberate acts of poisoning our environment, with capital punishment, with executives, Ceos' or company directors, being held responsible.
Sadly it is in the public sector that appears to have , a total disregard for community health , and ratepayer values , these not only being ignored, but in many cases the ratepayers and residents being confrontationally fingered.
Recently, Parramatta Council was caught exposing the Parramatta River to pollution, through inadequate catchment in their Morton Street , North Parramatta Depot , this is a circumstance that had for years , either been deliberately ignored or those charged with responsibility for this depot , were negligent or incompetent or perhaps both.
Yet when one visits Parramatta Council web site, it is sprinkled with motherhood statements of how they are protecting the environment and in particular the river and creeks.
Then there is the Collex Waste Facility, at Clyde, which was touched on by Kel Livingstone in last weeks Workers Online. (Not Red Ken?)
According to "Kel", Parramatta Council, ALP councillors, along with some others have waffled on about opposing the use of Western Sydney as a dump for the North Shore Waste, and well they may have! But were these the same ALP councillors, on this same council, who organised the use of their transfer depot at Mary Parade, Rydalmere, to recycle the hundreds of tonnes of carcinogenic asphalt road chippings for North Shore councils, processing them with lime, cement, concrete and other toxic chemicals and then returning these chippings as road base. While experimenting with my new digital camera, and on a photographic expedition, looking for exciting graphics for a new Web Site, I happened to drive through Mary Parade, late last week, and was confronted on a public street, with large trucks and bogies causing obstructions, rubbish in the form of blue metal and road chippings, on the road from uncovered loads, truck drivers wandering around like stunned wildebeests in the Serengeti desert after a lion attack.
The effects of this inappropriate use of public property could be measured as environmentally dangerous to the immediate community as the Old Sydney City Council, Asphalt Plant with it asbestos roofing, its asbestos and fibre insulation, and the bottomless tar pit, that was situated on top of the tidal swamp at Wattle Street , adjacent to Black Wattle bay.
In fact, I think that even after using water sprinklers ,in this Mary Parade , Rydalmere site , it would be appropriate for the EPA, to check out the pollution, Work Cover to check the disregard for High visibility clothing, ear and eye protection, chaotic traffic control, and if they have time in their busy schedule , perhaps a cursory glance at the heavy machinery being used and the method of Safety Guards against moving parts , and DUAP, to exercise their responsibilities in respect to their obligations to the community, with an emphasis on not only the possible misuse of this land, but also the legality of the use of this land for anything other than "Parkland".
While in the broader society here are always those who believe that they are, not like the rest of us, made in the image of God, but that they actually are God, local government appears to be overly populated with these individuals , along with refugees from "Richmond & McClure" .It is only through every citizen accepting the reality that; we are our brother's keeper, that we can stop any of these Bastards continuing poison us all by polluting the ecosystem, thereby ensuring a sustainable environment for future generations.
Or is this just a simple case of reaching a local government level of incompetence and another precursor to Sartor's destiny as Il Duce of the Regions , or is that legions?
I think Not!
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