Since 7 December last year our lives have been totally dominated by the prospect of a motocross track being built just 2.7km from our house – and even closer than that to the houses of others in the Vinegar Hill-Adare community here in the Lockyer Valley.
We’ve been told that there were 234 submissions lodged with the Lockyer Valley Regional Council in relation to the proposal. 232 of them were against the establishment of a motocross track in the area. That’s a fantastic achievement for a community that had only 15 business days to respond to the advertising of the proposal.
I’ve been trying to find time to get back to this blog and to posting about our doings on the land here, but it just doesn’t happen. Today I’ve come to the realisation that this blog is about sustainability, mainly in the Lockyer Valley, but really what happens here is a microcosm of what happens everywhere in the developed world in terms of ultimate sustainability of lifestyle, community, the environment, and indeed the future of humanity. How we, including our local and state governments, respond to totally wrong-headed proposals like this motocross track is all about whether our society, locally or globally, will be sustainable.
Is the community going to be trashed for the sake of a minority (almost all from outside the area) who want to get their thrills by driving powerful, noisy and dangerous machines around and around on a circuit? Is the environment going to be trashed for the same purpose?
Is the community going to be trashed because some profit-oriented developer thinks he has the right to change the nature of the area and introduce a totally incompatible activity into our rural landscape?
Is a pristine creek (Redbank Creek, which has all of its catchment above the motocross property in National Park) and its surroundings going to be allowed to be trashed?
Are we going to allow a significant koala population to be degraded by noise impacts from the track and road-kills from the massive increase in traffic on the country road leading to the proposed motocross site?
Are we going to allow the bird population and its significant species to be similarly trashed?
If we do then that’s not sustainability. And sustainability is what this blog is supposed to be about. So I ask you to follow us and our community on this journey, and be understanding if there are few posts on this site for at least the next couple of months about sustainable food production.
Thanks. It will be an interesting ride.