Letters to the editor

Open letter to member for Grey

Dear Rowan Ramsay,

I see that you believe the state government is taking too long to action pedestrian crossings on the Joy Baluch bridge in Port Augusta.

However I can remember before the last federal election you promised overtaking lanes between Port Augusta and Whyalla – how long has that been and there is no action on that?

Please correct me if I am wrong.

JOHN CLARK

Port Lincoln

Revoke burning rules

Tumby Bay and district councillors have chosen to prohibit burning within all townships (no incinerators or garden waste burn). I believe this was a choice of our councillors as the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) policy was only a recommendation.

A disappointing decision especially since other local councils considered the recommendation and clearly saw it was unnecessary.

What has our council supplied to ratepayers as options to keep burnable waste and rubbish in control? Wood chipper, no? Recycling, no? Or do council want to add to the landfill more and more at a great cost to rate payers and the environment?

I understand some large city councils restrict household open fires as they are in areas of congested suburb living, however we do not have that problem in our country town. How contradictory are council banning incinerators or garden waste burning yet inside open fire place smoke is acceptable and farming burn offs are acceptable?

We all need to stand up and tell our councillors responsible that the majority of ratepayers are not happy with this decision and demand that it be revoked!

SALLY CURTIS

Tumby Bay

Fixing the energy mess

Here's a message to those concerned about Australia's energy future, especially all federal politicians who continue to wallow in an unholy energy mess which they created. Consumers and business alike, need an affordable, reliable, emissions-free supply of base load electricity. Much of the world, including Australia has been pursuing sun and wind power development. The renewables are not capable  of producing base load.

1. Over the past 20 years, the world has spent $2.3 trillion on subsidies for the renewables for a return of a pitiful 2.8 per cent of its electricity with no emissions reductions. They have proved to be an expensive wasteful folly. Rather than expanding them, we should cease further development of them by 2020 at the latest.

2. As of December 2016, 32 countries were generating 12 per cent of the world's electricity in 447 reactors. Those 32 and 17 additional countries were building 60 reactors at the time, 174 had been firmly planned and 301 proposed for the future. Almost every western nation is developing nuclear except Australia and that's despite the fact that:

3. We have the world's largest uranium reserves and the world's best high level nuclear waste disposal site (both in SA). The uranium contained in the Olympic Dam mine (largest single uranium deposit in the world) used in the developing Integral Fast Reactors (IFRs) is sufficient to power the entire world for 4000-plus years. And nuclear didn't even rate a mention as a future energy option in the Finkel report. No wonder many of us are despairing. We're the only western nation not using it and the only G20 nation without it. Nuclear is the energy of the future and we need to start developing it now.

TERRY KRIEG

Port Lincoln

Location must be technically suitable

I write in response to ‘Nuclear will affect EP’ (Port Lincoln Times, Thursday, September 7) in order to address a few of the points raised.

The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility will only be located in a place that is technically suitable, volunteered by a landowner and supported by the surrounding community.

The council and Kimba community helped us define the Local Government Area as the community that needs to be engaged, and after an initial consultation process, that community told us they want to have a conversation about hosting the facility.

That’s why we are there and why the second phase of consultation is underway now.

On the other matters, the $2-million Community Benefit Program for local projects acknowledges the community’s contribution to this nationally significant project and short-term disruption it causes.

The Kimba project office has been established as a central location in town, where people who are for, against or undecided on the proposal can go to get more information on the proposal.

The new Kimba liaison officer has a role of engaging people with all perspectives in the Kimba area, certainly not people with just one view.

And the Lucas Heights campus of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is not a suitable location for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the waste facility will be on a 100-hectare site, where ANSTO’s whole campus is only 70 hectares in size and already contains more than 80 science and research buildings.

There is no pre-determined view on where the facility should be placed and it is up to the community to decide whether or not this is the right type of industry for the area.

BRUCE WILSON

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, head of resources