Public transport also important
The Federal Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips, rightly highlighted what appears to be the exclusion of the South Coast in the New Regional Recovery Fund.
If ever an area is in need of all the assistance it can get for recovery, the South Coast is it.
Ms Phillips highlights also five key priority areas in getting the community back on its feet and while all very good and needed points we feel that along with roads, public transport should also be an area in the recovery as the lack of public transport impacts greatly on our communities. People need good, reliable public transport to access training and employment as well as medical and specialist needs.
P. David, Secretary Unions Shoalhaven
We need to triple carbon farming
We recently concluded the fourth National Carbon Farming Forum with a real sense of excitement for what this growing industry can deliver for jobs, investment, and growth in regional communities. Now eight years old with over 650 carbon farming projects around Australia, we need to at least triple the industry and its regional contributions by 2030 to help keep global warming to the goals of the Paris Agreement.
There are different methodologies, but farmers earn carbon money by managing trees, vegetation, fire, soil and livestock differently, storing carbon in the land or avoiding emissions.
Carbon farming helps address climate change but there are many other benefits. Carbon farming provides an additional revenue stream for land managers and can help build resilience and sustainability keeping farmers on country and employing others.
Recent federal and state government initiatives are assisting the growth of this important industry. Developments include the Federal Government announcing funding towards improving soil carbon measurement technology and the establishment of a carbon farming methodology steering committee, involving the CMI, designed to develop new methodologies, within quicker timeframes.
The CMI is committed to assisting the development of carbon farming so it benefits land managers, communities and the climate.
J. Connor, Carbon Marketing Institute
Gas-led recovery not sensible
I write in to convey my full support to the South Coast students and residents for their climate action rally ('Call to fund future, not gas', October 2). If governments and large corporations had heeded scientific advice and acted to maintain carbon emissions within safe levels, none of them wouldn't have had to resort to doing climate strikes to safeguard their and their loved ones' futures.
A gas-led post COVID recovery is simply not sensible when it is uneconomical and will hasten the effects of climate change. The path to prosperity appears to lie within the renewables sector; we will be wise to make use of it to create jobs, lower energy prices, and form a new export revenue stream. Plus, it will secure a safer climate for future generations.
The students and residents are right to stand up for their futures, and I stand along with them.
C. Ang, Kensington Gardens
Young people need a morale boost
Duncan Marshall (Letters, October 2) is right to question the government's morality when it comes to inaction on climate change. Even before the recent gas announcement, Australia was not carrying its weight at the international level. The 2020 Climate Change Performance Index ranked Australia 56th on climate policy out of the 61 countries responsible for more than 90 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. We still have no net-zero emissions target and our young people despair. A cohesive climate action plan would lift the country's morale and restore some international standing.