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LETTERS: Send letters to the editor to olivia.barnes@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

Daylight saving syndrome

Adding to the darkness of drought, frost, drift and stock elimination with resultant zero income, we now slide further into darkness with the state government’s blessing. 

Let’s hope the same state government provide adequate mental health support as DLSS (daylight saving syndrome) may be the straw that breaks the camels back.

SYLVIA DOLPHIN

Lock

Local government should serve majority

May I congratulate all of those people who nominated for a place as councillor on our local councils.

It is unfortunate that the state government is trying to limit the capacity of all councils to raise enough money to adequately fulfill their responsibilities to the electorates.

From 1880 when local government was established in South Australia, and more particularly on Eyre Peninsula, councils were established to conform to “communities of interests”.

The majority of these were based around the coastline which were served only by sea by ketches to either our state capital or larger freighters for direct overseas destinations. 

The imports were brought in and delivered by wagon to the limit of the local government area and exports which were mainly grain, meat and wool were exported through those out-ports.

Two other LG areas formed, when the railway encompassed Kimba and Wudinna (Le Hunte).

When the highways were upgraded to serve the needs of connecting to the rest of our state, the ferry Troubridge ceased which has not operated for some 40 or so years.

There are now only three major ports on EP; Port Lincoln, Ceduna and Whyalla.

These ports also serve as regional capitals which generally export produce including mined material from Ceduna and Whyalla.

Only Port Lincoln imports fuel and fertiliser.

What must be accepted is that much of our primary income from outside these centres goes into such centres by way of monetary drift to support our hospitals, schools and other and bulk handling systems, railways, ports and large food and household items.

They need people to operate these entities.

The income of the people within the cities and Ceduna builds more houses and commercial outlets the value of which earns extra rates with no responsibility back to the source of income.

Larger local government areas encompassing total “communities of interests” is the answer.

A conjoint Port Lincoln City Council and the district councils of Tumby Bay and Lower Eyre Peninsula electorate would be a good start.

This is a plea to future councillors to let the electorate know what their views are in relation to the future of local government, particularly on Eyre Peninsula.

And please do not attempt to deter either a waste radioactive repository or the drilling in the Bight to ensure there is enough oil to set up permanent wells and will ensure income for many councils.

Depend on world wide convention to decide on safety and the ability of fishing farming and these other two industries to live in harmony and safety.

Let us get back to local government serving the needs of a majority and not the wants of a few.

LEON MURRAY

North Shields

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