I’ll keep this brief, because, hey, the Internet is full to the brim with opinions, and lengthy ones at that.
But, I do want to weigh in on this issue that’s really taken hold of the community where I now live, because, well, I can. That’s why I have a blog… so I can share my thoughts.
You can read all about the issue on the Facebook page for Downtown North Sydney, which is here. Full disclosure: I am a board member of the Business Improvement and Development Association, but we’re all allowed free speech.
So in brief: I initially felt very angry about how it seemed that local council was going to sell off an existing park and business space for a few industrial jobs that may or may not materialize.
Then I read lots of people’s opinions in the form of Facebook comments, and chatted a bit with a few people, and now… I’m still mostly angry. But also, willing to listen to the other side(s). I know we need jobs. I know we need industries.
I’ve also been busy with other things like work, making meals, and getting a bit of creative time to myself, so I haven’t been totally consumed with this issue (read: haven’t done much research into it). And so, I’m not well-read in all the various aspects of the situation. I don’t know the ins and outs, what motion was made when, and all that. I may not even go to the public meetings. (Just being totally honest here… I’m pretty tired of public meetings.) I’m not sure yet, though. I know it’s also important to take part in issues like this, and show up in your community.
What does make me happy about the whole thing is that people seem to give a shit. Whether they’re for or against it, at least they’re talking about it. So, there’s that.
Anyway, those are my thoughts on it for now!