Councillor Alan Haselden

Clr A N Haselden - East Ward

Political Affiliation: Liberal Party of Australia

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The Seasons, Wildlife, Recycling and The Sanctuary

Our beautiful cool winter of cloudless skies is behind us as the Earth speeds along on its endless orbit around the sun, indifferent to the pandemic transforming the way we live.  Warmer spring days presage Christmas and days at the beach and it is easy to forget that summer often brings the sudden violent storms which bring damage across the city.  Many residents will sleep easier this summer knowing that, through changes to Council’s tree preservation laws, they have at last been permitted to remove towering eucalyptus trees which endangered their home.

Our garden of smaller native trees allows us to regularly enjoy the company of a family of possums at night and, with an endless parade of rosellas and king parrots by day, it demonstrates that removing large gum trees near buildings doesn’t mean the end of local wildlife.

The weekly cycle of rubbish trucks effortlessly picking up our bins is one of the most important parts of council operations and few of us think about what happens as the truck disappears down the road. 

The highly successful Container Deposit Scheme, despite predictable protests from the beverage industry, has become an important element in our desire to recycle more but still leaves colossal quantities of waste being tipped into massive landfills. 

One of the biggest impediments to increased recycling is the contamination of household waste where residents fail to properly sort between the red, green and yellow bins.  An “out of sight, out of mind” attitude is not helping the recycling industry to improve its reach into the tens of millions of tonnes of waste which is generated across the nation. 

The increasing complexity of packaging where different materials are bonded together means that most of this material ends in landfill. 

There is growing global acceptance that plastic consumption is seriously polluting our waterways and oceans and responsible businesses and individuals are striving toward eliminating the particularly odious so-called “single use” plastic.  These items, including plastic bags, are cheap and often useful but, unless sorted and recycled, are often discarded to ultimately wreak environmental havoc. 

The pandemic continues to affect our lives in a myriad of ways and we should remind ourselves that within our ocean of prosperity there are many people who are struggling emotionally or financially.  Christmas, whilst a religious festival for many, has also been cemented across society as a season of goodwill and is an opportunity, reflecting on those less fortunate, to give something extra to others.

There are many well-known major charities with fundraising programs to remind us of their presence but The Sanctuary, the local refuge for women and children seeking shelter from abusive partners, is a small local charity with an ongoing need for support. Monetary donations are always the most useful and contributions to The Sanctuary can be made at www.thesanctuaryshelter.org.au/donate/