Greg Dutton and his team tried hard to gain financial support from our wealthiest to purchase Mullum’s IGA.
While commendable, it is not entirely surprising that it didn’t get up. Enticing a large pack of alpha men (presumably) into a project that would provide Mullum with an alternative to Woolies was always going to be a hard sell.
Imagine having to deal with all that ego? Hopefully it isn’t over and the community still has a shot. Woolies, it should be noted, operates as a corporate psychopath. While it employs a handful of locals, the company has no interest in Mullum, or any of the towns it benefits from.
It is only driven by profit and presides over the largest share of the nation’s pokie and alcohol market. Along with Coles, they are squeezing Aussie farmers, which is about as dishonourable as it gets.
Only a handful of politicians are prepared to say this and unsurprisingly they are mostly independents. Australian Workers’ Union boss Paul Howes recently said both Woolies and Coles threaten the future of Australian food production. Even the madhatter MP Bob Katter wants an enquiry into their duopoly.
Anyway here’s a few things that our Shire’s wealthiest could do to make a difference to our ideologically war-torn Shire.
Step up and be a renegade: get a commuter railway service happening between Bangalow, Byron, Mullum and Billinudgel. No need for Council approval – it’s state government land.
Yes, that’s right, ignore the state – they ignore us anyway – let’s show Australia that progressive ideals can be followed through with action.
Base-load power from solar has been available for some time now – why not make this Shire an example? I am sure there’s a return in there – if anything just for ego’s sake.
Oh and an artificial reef/surf break would be sick. Anywhere from Tallow south or around Bruns. Sweet.