With a pending closure to the Eyre Peninsula railway network, the full page advertisements placed by the Federal Government in the Port Lincoln Times that illustrate a railway upgrade is either a promise of things to come or an extremely sick joke.
Mr Ramsey - please explain!
Disaster in the making
I fully support Senator Tim Storer's bill which would introduce a higher level of consideration for drilling proposals in the Great Australian Bight for now and the future.
Recently as master of an oil response and salvage tug in the Coral Sea myself and colleague Mark Stewart (ex tuna boat skipper in the Bight) had to deal with what would be considered a small spill from a wrecked container ship.
It was impossible to successfully contain and remove the majority of the spilled heavy fuel oil, even in millpond conditions.
There is no way even a minor spill could be contained in the sea conditions in the Great Australian Bight.
We were there in the salvage operation with hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment on the deck purely to appease the local government, environmental management groups and the extremely concerned citizens and remote indigenous communities.
In reality, with winds over 12 knots we could not operate the system.
Therefore, how is the biggest oil response vessel going to operate in a winter's gale in the Great Australian Bight and how many vessels would need to be deployed at short notice to even attempt such a task?
I would like to see NOPSEMA's answer to that. It is impossible.
Look at the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Billions of dollars later and still an ongoing issue.
The small amount of heavy fuel oil that did wash up on the pristine beaches of remote islands off New Caledonia was the most vile, black, sticky substance you could imagine.
After weeks of scrubbing it was still on the vessel and is probably still there.
Why is Equinor banned from drilling in Norway? Because of the risk to the environment. Then why allow it to happen here?
We cannot let this happen.
For the sake of the environment, our children, their children and all future generations.
The risks far outweigh the benefits.
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The Colour Tumby Street Art Festival was held at the weekend, with thousands visiting over the three day event.
Fantastic work by all involved. Great planning and delivery by progress and Colour Tumby committees and their awesome volunteers. So much positive energy for our town's future.
Absolutely fantastic. So great for the region. Thoroughly enjoyed.
I hope Port Lincoln one day can follow in Tumby's footsteps.
Loved the yacht club murals, but all are incredible. Will have to go back to see all of the finished products
Beautiful day in Tumby today. Well done everyone involved and especially the talented artists, huge variety of styles; some truly beautiful paintings.