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Paradise:

We built this city by Krista                                                                                                              What do you love most about the city/town/place that you live in? What do you like the least about it? If you were mayor, what would be the most important problem you’d tackle? How would you tackle it?

Friendliness, peace and quiet are the important qualities of where we live. Trees are also an essential part of our environment. Being able to walk to the basic shops, which consist of: one small supermarket, bakers, butchers, newsagent, hairdressers, pharmacy, hardware store, Pizza shop, petrol station, café and Bendigo bank. Being recognized and being called by name at these shops is a bonus.

Fallen tree knocking power lines down in Pearcedale.

Fallen tree knocking power lines down in Pearcedale.

As we have narrow curved roads fast traffic is discouraged, though there are some hoodlums who like to test their prowess. As the children play on the streets, this is frowned upon.

What I like least: ferocious dogs that are not curtailed. This is not experienced often, but as dogs are very popular in our suburb, it can occur.

Walking past tennis courts with football field in background.

Walking past tennis courts with football field in background.

If I was mayor: I’d make it mandatory for everyone to have solar panels on their houses. We’d do away with power poles and power-lines, as we’d all have batteries to back up the solar-power. Our suburb would be self- sufficient power-wise. Lower growing street trees would be planted so that panels remain unaffected. Large trees would be planted in other areas. Parks would include fruit trees and children’s playgrounds would be readily accessible. Climbing passion fruits would adorn public fencing. Community exercise equipment would be included in the playgrounds, so that expensive gyms would be redundant.

Warratah

Warratah

As family violence is an issue everywhere, it is said that 1 in 4 families suffer this affliction; there would be mediation classes in the local hall. There would be anger management classes for men and yoga classes for all. Employment of young folk working in the school, community gardens, and visiting the sick and infirmed would encourage them to stay in the town. This is just for starters…

Callistemon, bottlebrush street tree

Callistemon, bottlebrush street tree

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Alternative Energy and Congratulations to Richard Flanagan:

From your musical tastes to your political views, were you ever way ahead of the rest of us, adopting the new and the emerging before everyone else?

Solar energy comes to mind. My father was selling solar panels in Tasmania back in the 1970s. He was ahead of his time. He put solar panels on our home when we returned to Tasmania to heat our hot water. We also had a Raeburn stove, so the water had duel heating methods, but it helped keep our power bill low.

When we moved into this home, our first task was to get solar energy to assist to bring our costs down. Although it was initially expensive, our hope of having lower living costs was a priority, as well as our bit to help the environment. Today, we had the service man to service our system. He had many ideas about how we could go off the grid altogether. That is our next priority. Changes are happening so quickly with the power companies charging more, we are really grateful that we are able to do this.

It is so sad that our government is not encouraging and prioritizing alternative energy sources, in fact, making it more difficult, by closing down any support to agencies that are/were working and researching in this area.

Yesterday our Australian, (Tasmanian), author, Richard Flanagan, who won the Booker Prize for his book, ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’, spoke of how ashamed he was of Australia lagging behind, and not facing Climate Change. Congratulations to this wonderful author, I am really looking forward to reading his book, and well done for speaking up!

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