How many outside people are aware that the street art in Tumby Bay is determined by about four or five people who decide what donated walls are to be painted on, what work goes on them, and who the artist will be?
This also applied out at the silo, to the disappointment of many.
The general Tumby community have never been consulted, or even surveyed as to whether we actually wanted any more after last year.
I think the general consensus would have been 'good try -but we have enough'.
But hundreds of thousands of dollars in community grant money has been spent, with most of it ending up going to visiting interstate and overseas artists.
Very little of the present art reflects our coastal town culture and character.
When I go down the street these days that musical piece, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, comes to mind.
Rip's pelicans brightened up a dull wall and provides a nice welcome to Tumby, particularly for bus travellers, Curtis's snapper is not out of character with a sea-side town, and the childrens wall down on the foreshore is bright and colourfully sea-shore themed and not out of place in its location.
But then we have far too much depressing street art by other artists reflecting images of melancholy, mournful and sad, grotesque, sinister and gaudy, all with little or no relevance to our town.
Ironically the continually evolving tapestry of our local and natural history on Hibble's wall is being done by locals, who for some reason were not accepted by the powers that be.
It is steadily growing to be one of the most popular as it progresses.
Congratulations Peter Hibble for sticking to your guns.
Can I then appeal to that very small group that decide what we are to get (council or ratepayers have no say) and where it is placed, that we at least get art that is bright and happy and which reflects our town and its character better than that depressing and "shock effect" stuff.
And that some of the funds and effort be put into finishing the silo art, a constant request by townspeople and visitors alike.
I was told at a meeting that "we (Tumby people) do not have to like the art - it's to attract visitors."
I'm not sure that a majority of people who have chosen to live here for the rest of their lives, would agree with that rationale.
I fear when I return home from the Masters Games next week, that our town will be starting to look like a bill-board for a tattoo parlour.
Flight training consequences
Thanks to correspondents Michael Whillas (Port Lincoln Times April 4) and Michael Burfoot (April 2), the true consequences of any approval of the proposed flight training facility at the Port Lincoln Airport are beginning to be clarified.
The 900 per cent increase in aircraft movements from 7234 per annum to 65,000 movements represents a significant change in the role and function of this facility.
This factor alone should have prompted a face to face public consultation much earlier in the process.
In their application for development approval, the applicants have claimed that there will be no significant increase in noise levels for local residents.
This grossly misleading claim is based on a report from a company called Sonos which has estimated that noise levels from the training aircraft are lower than those from existing regional airline aircraft.
But this report only includes the noise levels at takeoff and landing which occur predominantly out over Boston Bay and at a distance from residential properties.
Once these aircraft are airborne, they will be spending more than 20,000 hours a year flying in circles over land and sea for 16 hours a day, up to 11pm at night.
The training aircraft will be flying repeatedly over houses, schools, churches, our beaches and sporting facilities and each time, by their own estimates, putting out enough noise to stop your conversation in its tracks and drown out your TV.
According to a Commonwealth government report released last year, aircraft noise causes cardiovascular problems, hypertension, insomnia and cognitive impairment (The Health Effects of Environmental Noise, 2018, Commonwealth of Australia).
The massive increase in activity and extended hours of operation proposed for this flight training facility will have a considerable impact on the health of the community and should not be supported.
We are no longer getting up in the dark, going to work in the dark or putting children onto school buses/childcare in the cold and dark.
Only 10 weeks too late!
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