Port Lincoln Times letters to the editor

Study clarification

I WOULD like to point out the three sections of your recent Port Lincoln Times article ‘Sanctuary zones too small’ (October 18) that are misleading about the scientific findings of our study. 

  • ‘Sanctuary Zones are too small’ (the article headline);
  • “A NEW study on ocean currents has revealed that more closely spaced marine parks, instead of the existing large, distant parks, would be more effective for conservation and fisheries management”.
  • “Professor Beheregaray said the study had found sanctuary zones were likely be too small to achieve their “desired conservation value”'.

In brief, we did not study the influence of the size of sanctuary zones (as mentioned in your headline) or how effective marine parks are. In fact, our work did not focus on marine parks. 

It instead studied how ocean currents influence the movement of coastal animals.

These findings have implications for the design of marine parks and for fisheries management.

I believe the misunderstanding probably originated from the following comment, available via another media release: “Although it appears that several SA sanctuary zones are too small to achieve their desired conservation value, their geographic proximity to one another probably represents a reasonable starting point to maintain population connectivity in the region,” he said.  

The intention of this comment was to point out that even considering that sanctuary zones might be too small, they are in fact in close proximity to one another, which is a good thing.

According to our study this close proximity is needed to maintain connectivity of ecosystems across the marine park network. 

Clearly, my intention was to point out a positive aspect of the network of marine parks in SA, whereas your text suggested otherwise.

PROFESSOR LUCIANO BEHEREGARAY, ARC Future Fellow and Head of Molecular Ecology Group, School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University

Flying club remembers

THE more mature members of the Port Lincoln Flying Club wish to correct a misconception in the articles your paper is printing on the weekend’s air show. 

The notion that this was the first air show held in Port Lincoln is entirely wrong. 

In the 1960’s they were an annual event, held as a part of the Tunarama. They were called air pageants and they were highly successful. 

The relevant part of the club history for your information shows:

“The first ‘air pageant” was a great success. We had 35 visiting aircraft and it  was probably the most remembered of  our air pageants.

“Several ‘air shows’ were held in the 1960’s and were known as ‘The Tunarama Air Shows’ of the club. 

“It entailed an enormous amount of work for members of the club in the organisation of the pageant.    

“The preparation work for an air pageant involves hundreds of hours, commencing many months prior.

“The day of the pageant  needed a large contingent of people, for parking, gate-keepers,  runners: people to ensure the program was running to time, commentators and their requirements, and then a heavy workload  after the pageant.   

“However, there was usually some entertainment either at the airfield or the town institute, or ‘Stinky Creek’. 

“The evening of the first pageant conducted by the club was a big success.  A ‘ball’ was held  in the Civic Hall at Port Lincoln.   

“We had Reg Kemp from Streaky Bay as the MC for the night. Reg was, in his hey day, a wonderful entertainer and at that ball performed in a manner where he had everybody laughing.

“The necessary transport for the visitors who had arrived by aircraft: billeting  and the arrangements for accommodation were accomplished.

“Many visitors commented on the sincerity of the West Coast hospitality shown to the visitors to the town and pageant.

“The income from such pageants rarely balanced the costs of the running of the pageant.    Insurance was always a headache.   

“And, that is with volunteer labour, it would probably be worse with the same with ‘conscripted’ labour.

“Pageants are enjoyable to attend if you if going to one away from home, but when pageants are to be performed on your own airfield and you are working  on behalf of your own club, as Ron Fuller said after the first pageant the club held, “you can leave me out of the next one ”.

“A bloke by the name of Jack Buckham who was at one time during World War II  the commanding officer of the Mount Gambier RAAF base where Navigators and Observers  were trained. 

After the war, Jack Buckham was the officer-in-charge of Parafield Airport. Jack  was a particular friend of Boxer Wagner.     

“Boxer had prevailed on Jack to come to Port Lincoln to be the commentator for our first  pageant.     

“Boxer  knew Jack was an adept and specialised  commentator.            

“As the afternoon progressed, Jack’s commentary seemed to have a bit more life in it,   Boxer said he had taken some drinks to Jack as he was a bit thirsty.     

“Little did we know that Boxer was taking drinks to him in cool drink bottles which Boxer had laced with Scotch whisky.      

“As the afternoon   progressed, so did the commentary… there are some segments of flying at air pageants that are seen only at air pageants and which one would not see if it wasn’t displayed at a pageant”.

SUE CHAPPELL, Port Lincoln Flying Club secretary