There is no doubt that I am taking a risk in putting the pen to paper about drilling in the Bight.
Given that we have a band of happy hand holders meeting on the beach, letters to the editor expressing a desire not to allow drilling to go ahead, and of course, there is a correspondent who dared to have a different opinion only to be spat on.
What the hell are we coming to?
For the naysayers there is an avenue to address the issue.
That is, meet with your state or federal member and put your concerns forward.
By now you probably know that I have little time for ‘greenies’, protesters, wilderness warriors etc.
On top of this we have one of our elected members trying to influence the public about leaving the Bight just the way it is!
Sorry Andrea, maybe you should stick to representing all constituents, and wait until after the public meeting before voicing your opinion.
Now, about the risk.
When I talk to people about this, they say “but what about the whales?”.
Two issues here, one is that there are more than whales in the water, and we are happy to catch and eat the other species.
Secondly, of late I haven’t seen any whales with stitches in their heads from banging into submerged obstacles, but of course whales and homing pigeons are better navigators than humans!
Risk! There is a risk with every business that starts up.
Every person who has a dream to start a business, particularly a small business is exposed to risk.
We run a risk every day in our cars.
Allow the surgeons to operate for the good of our health, there is a risk, but through life that is how we learn.
Let’s now align the risk with economic value.
Rather than just a few jobs, what if the support base was at Port Lincoln.
We have support ships and helicopters for crew changes and resupply to the rigs.
Imagine the amount for fuel, food, and any maintenance issues required.
With the crew changes the taxis may get some of the business.
Crews in town need accommodation, and restaurants stand to gain.
Remember we are talking long term.
Above all, we need some economic growth.
The country in general runs the risk of becoming a ‘banana republic’.
The way we are, there are more people on welfare, with less people working to pay the bill.
Let’s take the risk with a positive approach. Let this region get hold of this before the other regions.
Go back to basics
Rate capping for local government will hopefully place a brake on the ever increasing expenditure of councils and provide some financial relief for long suffering rate payers.
Whilst it is a laudable aim, an even greater one would be to see local councils extract themselves from programs and services which go well beyond the original focus of councils, roads, rubbish and rates.
Councils of today have become quasi-governments, with expanding responsibility for the provision and delivery of services – resulting in exorbitant rates – which should be provided by state and federal governments.
With a return to the basics of local councils, a focus on eliminating expenditure waste and living well within their means, local councils should be able to provide a rate reduction.
Australians as a whole need to demand, from all levels of government, what they actually need, rather than what they want.