Letters to the editor

HELP FIND MALA

Mala, our white Maltese x shitzu, is missing.

She is wearing a blue collar and was last seen on Sunday at 10.30pm on Happy Valley Road.

Mala ran away during the fireworks and has not been seen since Sunday night.

We have three very upset children worried that their much loved dog has not returned home.

We have called councils, vets and the RSPCA, have plastered her face all over Facebook and have gone for numerous drives and walks calling her name.

She is very playful but may be shy or scared since she has not been home for four days.

Any information is greatly appreciated.

We would love to bring her home.

If anyone has seen her at all could they please contact Maya on 0438 081 093.

She is very missed and we would love any information on her whereabouts.

MAYA BACHE

Port Lincoln

Bight Drilling Dilemma 

It never fails to amaze me to read the nonsense spurted about by people with very little understanding of actual facts.

This time it is the diatribe from Matthew Dorman, director of SA/NT Australia Petroleum Production and Exploration Association in his letter to the Advertiser on January 19.

Mr Dorman is handling the truths somewhat carelessly.

He has no understanding of the harsh realities of working in the Great Australian Bight.

The conditions are second to none in the world.  

My companies have fished the Bight for southern bluefin tuna for the last 60 years.  

I also know the problems arising from uncontrolled, ill thought out oil exploration around the world.  

I personally have witnessed first-hand the impact of exploration on fishing companies in Mexico, the US, Canada and Alaska to name but a few. 

Brian Jefferies is absolutely correct, if you only talk nonsense, just go away, you will be found out eventually.

Should a blow out occur in the Great Australian Bight it will have catastrophic consequences to our ecosystem.

In the Bight we are already dealing with inclement weather problems that are beyond our control.

Nowhere else in the world does anyone currently deal with higher waves which are extremely difficult to work with.

HAGEN STEHR

Port Lincoln

So what happens next?

By middle of this year the railways in Port Lincoln will shut down.

Genesee and Wyoming (G&W) are not interested in continuing the grain contract as there isn't enough money in it for them.

Viterra are not interested in renewing the contract as they can't get a better deal with G&W so they will use trucking companies as they can screw them down and get a better deal for themselves.

This is the price of modern business.

So what does this mean? 

As the trains will no longer run, the grain will have to be trucked in. That means Viterra will have to use trucks to cart up to 3000 tonnes per day that the rail used to bring in.

The equates to 60 road trains per day at least five days a week. This could double in harvest time in a busy year.

That is a lot more road traffic which means more risk of road accidents plus damage to the roads.

The government are quite happy to spend millions in road maintenance but won't spend it in upgrading the rail infrastructure, so why should they spend our money propping up the profits of a foreign company? 

So how do we solve this problem cheaply and easily? We don't.

The federal government are currently talking about spending money on infrastructure to make this country more efficient and productive.

A few months ago I saw an article in the the Port Lincoln Times about plans to build a jetty for bulk loading big ships at a new port north of Tumby Bay.

If this were to happen, it would have to accommodate both grain and iron ore loading from the proposed mines on upper Eyre Peninsula to make it profitable, and it would be a huge benefit to the Eyre Peninsula and in particular Port Lincoln.

If such a port was built then eventually all the grain from the peninsula would be shipped out from there as it would accommodate bigger ships making it more cost competitive.

This would eventually mean the end of the loading plant and silos in Port Lincoln,  some have already reached the end of their usable life and are falling apart.

Put aside the loss of the jobs as a negative, many of which could be transferred to the new port, it is all pluses.

It would mean no more nonstop stream of heavy trucks through the town, saving our roads and any potential road disasters that might occur.

As an added bonus it would reduce feral bird problems. Galahs and pigeons use the silos and loading plant as a breeding nursery and have spread into the outer edges of the town.

As a business owner I can see the argument from both Viterra and G&W, but look at the bigger picture; a super port north of Tumby Bay has many benefits apart from the obvious.

If the federal government is true to its word, then this is a project that is more than worth investing in.

PAUL O’BRIEN

Port Lincoln