Test for Briggs

When Federal Liberal MP Jamie Briggs was first elected in Mayo he had big shoes to fill.

He was a newcomer to the region, taking over from long-serving incumbent Alexander Downer after a tough pre-selection battle and going into a 2008 by-election with no fewer than 11 candidates.

He won the by-election on preferences with 41% of first preference votes.

In the 2010 Federal Election he increased the primary vote to 46.5% and on Saturday the Liberals’ primary vote was close to 54%.

Some of that success is undoubtedly connected to the backlash against the Labor Government – but not all.

Electorates tend to punish politicians who don’t do their job properly and over five years Mr Briggs has earned his stripes as a local member.

What will be interesting now is how he performs while his Party is in government.

It is one thing to sit on the sidelines and critique while in Opposition and another to deliver on promises.

Now is the time when actions speak louder than words.

Politics is a results driven business.

The electorate gave him the result he wanted on Saturday … now it is time for him to return the favor.

Less rubbish

The Adelaide Hills Council spends more than $2.3m a year on waste and recycling collection services – excluding landfill costs.

When you take into account landfill costs – of which a fair slice is made up of State Government taxes – the figure is over $3m.

Rubbish is an expensive business so it’s good news not just for the environment but the hip pockets of Adelaide Hills ratepayers that they have managed to cut the amount of waste going into landfill by almost 10% last financial year.

That’s a saving of about $50,000.

It’s fair to say a huge chunk of those savings is due to the introduction of the fortnightly kerbside green waste collection which has probably stopped the clippings from thousands of lawns going into landfill.

The green bins were essentially forced onto the council by an Environment Protection Authority policy mandating the introduction of green bins in urban areas, but they have worked.

The amount of green organics collected in the area rose from just 68 tonnes in 2011/12 to 2207 tonnes in 2012/13.

How we handle rubbish has changed dramatically from generations past and the more we practise recycling and pursue more sustainable waste management methods, the better off our wallets and our world will be.

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