Letters to the editor

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LETTERS: Send letters to the editor to billie.harrison@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

Unbelievably Blind

Fortunately, most politicians of all persuasions have had their eyes and ears open to the rapid developments and marvellous potential that renewable energy offers South Australia.

Here on EP we only need to upgrade our inter-connector to take advantage of these opportunities.

The only people who are “blind”, Mr Dennis Parker, (Port Lincoln Times letters, March 20) are those who have had their heads buried in the nuclear sand for so long they have forgotten the dangers that this direction offers us, and have failed to wake up to the exciting, relatively clean, future that is knocking on our door.

I suspect no one can actually say for sure what the lifespan of a solar farm is but I guarantee it is longer than either a coal or nuclear power generator.

And for those with short memories, the people of South Australia spoke up loudly against nuclear power after a very thorough and well-informed consultation process less than two years ago.

We should be extremely proud in SA of leading the way forward In the only possible direction for a safe and clean world for our children.

NEL TAYLOR

Sleaford

Grain by rail makes sense

I read with interest the article ‘Farming could change freight’ in the Port Lincoln Times (Thursday, March 22) regarding the issue of rail versus road haulage of grain on Lower Eyre Peninsula.

I was particularly concerned at the quote from Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council chief executive officer Rod Pearson regarding the differential costs being presented in isolation, with no context.

I believe there are several factors to consider when the small difference currently in favour of road is discussed.

(1) Rail has to pay the full cost of its right-of-way. Road freight does not cover the full cost of impact on the roads, leaving some of this cost to be picked up by local councils and the state government.

(2) The absence of long-term contracts removes any incentive for the rail operator to invest in upgrades and efficiencies which could in turn bring down the cost of rail haulage.

(3) If rail haulage of grain ceased on Lower Eyre Peninsula, the absence of competition means there would be no guarantee road freight charges would not rise.

I am delighted the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and Genesee and Wyoming Australia (GWA) are engaged in a study of the issue and I hope common sense sees a continuation of grain haulage by rail into Port Lincoln.

The alternative of 30 to 40 more road trains a day into Port Lincoln is not a welcome prospect.

PETER KNIFE

Port Lincoln

Wildlife part of life

Re: Kangaroos and danger (Port Lincoln Times, March 22)

Here we go again, a city slicker has been struck by wildlife on Lower Eyre Peninsula, in this case in his car at Coffin Bay.

There are not “mobs of kangaroos up and down the street”.

Yes there are kangaroos, emus, goannas and other assorted native wildlife in the Coffin Bay area but then we are bounded by a large national park. So what does he want the district council to do – cull all the wildlife in the area?

There are many, many tourists that love this aspect of Coffin Bay. Should I demand that the district council cull those parrots that crap on my car when it’s parked at the airport?

If he doesn’t want to encounter wildlife in regional South Australia then Mr Skully should spend his holidays in ‘safer’ areas like Victor Harbor or Rundle Mall.

GRAHAM BAKER

Coffin Bay