Climate-change review required

HUNDREDS of thousands of dollars in council spending on “climate change” preparations are in doubt amid calls for the entire issue of global warming to be re-considered.

Tweed Shire councillor Joan van Lieshout, who hopes to stand as a Liberal Party candidate in next year’s federal election, says spending on a wide range of council programs designed to combat the effects of climate change should be reviewed.

Council staff have confirmed spending on climate change “is significant and will increase considerably in the near future”, but because of the wide range of programs, they say it is not possible to put “a single figure” on the amount.

According to a spokesperson the expenditure varies from calculating coastal erosion hazard lines and floods and planning for climate change, to reducing greenhouse gases.

Cr van Lieshout, whose developer husband Peter van Lieshout is a staunch Liberal Party member who this week declared he is a climate change sceptic, said she always had doubts about council expenditure.

She said last week’s “blow-up” over the proposed federal ETS (Emission Trading Scheme) meant the council should look also again at its climate-change policies.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to look very seriously and look at all corners of the argument again,” Cr van Lieshout said. “We have taken those measures from a cautionary perspective which we should. I would be looking at everything.”



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