LORD HOWE ISLAND: THE FUTURE OF TOURISM?

Imagine a holiday to a destination with:

– a pleasant sub-tropical climate
– spectacular landscapes
– great walks
– great marine life, world-class coral and unique bird life
– a World Heritage Area
– no rubbish, with world class waste management systems
– very few other tourists (400 maximum by law)
– very few residents
– very few shops
– no advertising boards
– no internet, mobile phone coverage or TV
– very few cars, a 25kph speed limit, no seat belts
– cycling and walking predominate
– warm and friendly people
– no locks on homes and where possessions (bikes, kayaks, boats) can be left in public places
– no unemployment
– a functioning, transparent council
– 2 hrs from Sydney and Brisbane

Too good to be true? That’s Lord Howe Island!Read More »

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Let’s Celebrate the Closure of the Hazelwood Power Station, Not Bemoan It!

Yesterday, the French owners, ENGIE, announced they would be closing the Hazelwood brown coal power station in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria.  Press announcements immediately focussed on job losses, the plight of the workers and possible future electricity price increases.  But environmentalists – and hopefully the society – have been hoping and praying for this closure for YEARS!  This is EXACTLY the type of jobs we want to lose, the type of industry we want to lose.  This is a wonderful good news story.  Let me explain.Read More »