Leisure centre wall a missed opportunity

Has the Port Lincoln City Council missed a fantastic promotional opportunity for the city and the region?

Instead of muted vertical stripes covering the huge wall of the new stadium at the Leisure Centre, why not ask artists to suggest designs for a solo art like painting that would highlight this region's natural attractions?

ROSS ALLEN

Port Lincoln

Magpie warnings needed

Recently, my friend and another lady were walking in Port Lincoln cemetery when my friend got attacked by a magpie.

The bird swooped down and hit her head. The impact was so violent and unexpected she nearly lost her balance and fell. She felt as if the beak was embedded in her scalp.

Previously, she never had such an encounter with birds. Her friend helped her clean the wound and stop the blood and ward off the bird's further attacks.

The man in charge of the cemetery was there. Hands bloody, they reported the incident to him and suggested a warning sign be erected at the cemetery gates.

They also pointed out that if an elderly person or children were to be targeted by the birds, the outcome could be fatal. My friend was nearly toppled over and she's not a frail person.

The nesting season has just started. I believe, it is a matter of urgency that a warning sign ought to be erected straight away.

JOSETTE DIDONNA

Port Lincoln

Don't strike, stay in school

Before the school children strike for the climate they need to be aware of the following:

Global carbon emissions in 2018 are set to hit an all-time high of 37.1 billion tonnes.

Almost all countries are contributing to the rise, with emissions in China up 4.7 per cent, in the US by 2.5 per cent and in India by 6.3 per cent in 2018.

CO2 makes up 0.04 per cent of the atmosphere, of that, humans' contribution is 3 per cent. Australia's share is 1.3 per cent.

If Australia ceased all its emissions, 99.99998 per cent of the atmosphere would be unaffected.

There are 467 coal-fired power stations under construction worldwide with another 903 in the planning phase - none in Australia.

Port Lincoln Times, August 15

Port Lincoln Times, August 15

Coal is responsible for the lifestyle you enjoy today, worth some $68 billion to our economy, 1000 years of coal reserves, 285 years of gas, 40 per cent of the world's uranium, $100 billion of oil in the Bight, Australia the envy of the world full of natural resources but no, we have to generate unaffordable unreliable electricity using the wind and the sun hence the blackouts warned by the Australian Energy Market Operator that will happen this summer.

Such a shame our children are being used as pawns in the climate debate by green activists that don't live like they preach, scaring the young that there is no future.

Too many climate alarmist articles appear in this paper and at the ABC. So kids stay at school and learn stuff instead, you will all be better off.

ANTHONY PARKER

Port Lincoln

Right not a privilege

Welfare benefits are government support for the citizens and residents of Australia requiring an age pension, a disability pension or an unemployment pension.

It is intended to ensure that low income earners can meet their basic human needs such as food and shelter.

Welfare provides recipients with a minimal level of wellbeing, usually either a free, or a subsidised, supply of certain goods and social services, such as healthcare, education, and vocational training.

Unfortunately, some welfare recipients believe it is their money and they can spend it on what they like.

True to a point but when the money is not used for its original intent, basic human needs, and others, children mainly, miss out on these needs regularly, then some form of income management needs to be put in place. The government's intention to expand the use of the 'Cashless Welfare Card' across Australia will go a long way to addressing the inappropriate use of welfare benefits.

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna