It's time to take control
STRAIGHT up let's get some indisputable facts out of the way.
Things are crook in Tullarook ... and in Coffs Harbour, and Grafton and Kempsey and virtually anywhere that doesn't have a mine or gas well on its city fringe.
What is wrong with the economy is not of our doing and nor is it our fault. The pain we are feeling is being felt elsewhere and in many cases much more acutely.
What must also be acknowledged it that there is absolutely nothing to be gained - and in fact much to be lost - if we simply wait for governments to come to our rescue.
As the asylum seeker debate illustrates all too sadly, political debate is currently not actually about you, me or us but simply about apportioning blame and unashamed quests for power.
Another fact - the answer to securing a better future for the Coffs Coast is actually here and within us.
It is now imperative that the Coffs Coast calls on the resources and talent of its population, uses its existing infrastructure and environment and works towards becoming the master of its own destiny.
It is not something that can be achieved overnight but it is what the Coffs Community Forum program is all about.
The second forum of the series is on tonight at CHEC and needs your support to get the ball rolling.
High on the agenda is the identification of achievable outcomes across a range of areas that will make this place we love to call home even more dynamic.