Don't waste chance to reduce landfill

The proposal to ban the use of single-use plastics in South Australia is a positive and highly accountable response to the current waste dilemma that communities across Australia are facing.

In our efforts to simplify our daily lives, by developing and using items which were cheap, expendable and reduced the use of natural resources, we have significantly increased the amount of long-life waste we need to dispose of.

The recent, universally unpopular, decision by the state government to increase the Solid Waste Levy by 40 per cent, clearly signalled we as a society need to take action to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Targeting the use of single use plastic and other items is an opportunity to solve two issues - decreasing the amount of waste going to landfill and reducing the disposal cost for councils and ratepayers.

Recycling, reuse and the elimination of unnecessary packaging are further measures that could also be adopted.

Hopefully, we don't waste this opportunity.

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna

Port Lincoln Times, July 9

Port Lincoln Times, July 9

Leave farm land alone

The Marshall Liberal government reintroduced the flawed mining bill recently.

The current guardians of the remaining 5 per cent of food producing land in South Australia have little to no trust in this government offering protection for this precious resource.

The technology already exists to extract minerals underground without destroying the topsoil above.

While this is a more expensive way to mine, wouldn't it be wiser to mine the abundant mineral resource in the outback of South Australia?

By the time, in many decades to come, it is exhausted perhaps then look at underground mining, thus safeguarding our farmland for future generations of all South Australians.

BILL MOLONEY

Arthurton

Tailgating drivers

Well overdue were reports in the Advertiser and on television last week highlighting bloody minded drivers who tailgate on our roads.

Take notice of just how prevalent it is here in Port Lincoln, everyday.

It is recommended to travel at least two seconds behind the car in front, irrespective of the speed. But this is in optimal driving conditions.

I hope SAPOL takes a greater interest in these poor driving practices on our community roads.

Not only is it dangerous, it is illegal, so back off.

JEFF BROWNE

Port Lincoln

Ambulance stories wanted

In 1921 a building of great significance and importance to the town of Longreach, Queensland, was opened and became the home of the Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade.

This building will be celebrating its centenary in 2021.

A book is being compiled by volunteers to document the history of the past 100 years of this heritage listed building.

Over the years, many people ventured to Longreach to carry out the valuable and demanding work of ambulance bearers (officers).

For the book, we are seeking contributions from relatives or friends of those who served as bearers.

Anyone who would like to contribute, please send information to 158 Ibis Street, Longreach Qld, 4730. Alternatively contact Elaine 0488 986 557 or email elaineb1@tpg.com.au.

ELAINE BRITTON

Longreach

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