Accept decisions and then move on
It was disappointing and disturbing to read of the depth of division and acrimony within the once thriving and highly supportive community of Kimba over the proposal investigating the establishment of a nuclear waste storage facility within their council boundary.
In past years, any decision made in relation to a contentious issue would have inevitably caused some dissent amongst those who were in the minority, where they felt a sense of entitlement or belief that their viewpoint was correct and should be observed, but they accepted "the umpires decision" and got on with life.
Unfortunately in today's fractious social environment, many vocal individuals vehemently express their opposition to decisions made which have been supported by the majority, to the point where they lose sight of calm and rational thinking and resort to hysterical and highly emotive measures to pursue their personal viewpoint.
Whilst it is commendable that individuals within Kimba hold their passionate beliefs, there is genuine concern that development and progress in Kimba, and right across regional South Australia and Australia, is being hindered by such “what if” sentiments.
Today we are able to make informed decisions with ample evidence and supportive detail, allowing us to be more certain of our choice.
The environmental controls and regulations applied to all proposals today are stringent and are met with heavy penalties if they are not adhered to.
Rural areas, such as Kimba, are in economic and social decline as a result of changing circumstances and are in desperate need of new industries, investment and projects to halt this reduction in facilities, services and population.
When the final decision is made I would urge the Kimba community to accept and support the decision, whichever way it goes, move forward without acrimony and dissent and return to being the friendly, supportive and resilient community you have been well known for.
Life is far too short to let “issues” create a deep rooted and everlasting division between family and friends.
Port Lincoln councillors are available
I write to clarify a point made by Mr Wakefield (Port Lincoln Times, January 4) where he said he had experienced difficulty contacting elected members of (Port Lincoln) council.
As mayor, along with all councillors, contact details including email addresses are available on the council website.
Council staff will assist in distributing information to all elected members if requested.
My telephone number is 0437 437 051 and I am always willing to take calls from community members.
However most operational issues are best referred directly to the council on 8621 2300, where staff are best placed to respond to a problem.
Port Lincoln mayor
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