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Don’t objectify islands  

Credit:  The Advocate | February 6 2018 | www.theadvocate.com.au ~~

Industrial colonisation of the Fleurieu Islands (Robbins, Hunter and Three Hummock islands) is concerning.

Industrial zoning, hectares of salmon farms, causeways, cables, up to 300 wind turbines with other big land owners vying for more is just the beginning.

Circular Head has coastline and islands that make it one of the most liveable places in Tasmania.

When speaking with UPC Renewables the term “resource” was used in reference to Robbins Island.

The view of land assets as “resource” objectifies sites through the filter of economics and adherence to this perspective is shared by all governments. This is a problem as it fails to recognise that places of ecological merit have inherent value beyond reverence for capitalism.

Objectification of the Fleurieu Islands through economic filters neglects to consider cultural and civic value of natural settings to community.

Natural settings provide social amenity, boost wellbeing for a balanced and productive society and this in turn promotes economic growth. Likewise living in an ugly, polluted, industrial environment devoid of nature impacts communities.

Rebecca Tyers, Montagu

Source:  The Advocate | February 6 2018 | www.theadvocate.com.au

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