Heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful people of Eyre Peninsula for the warm hospitality and welcome given to all the members of the BikeSA Annual Tour held on Eyre Peninsula last week.
There were 241 people involved with cyclists and volunteers included.
The tour began officially from Cowell on September 22 after various means of arrivals. The weather was wet and cold only for the first and shortest day of the journey.
All uphill I'm told by one rider, but the local towns, people and community clubs that gave their time and efforts to feed and accommodate them really need to feel proud.
The communities involved were Cowell, Cleve, Lock, Cummins, Coffin Bay and Port Lincoln.
A big effort by RSL members to get their clubrooms ready was duly noticed and appreciated by all.
The comments I received during the week from locals were how they loved to see the riders out and about.
I am proud to say the motorists were respectful and obliging to everyone involved.
The food was often talked up as the highlight but oh wow - the views we had were amazing.
So I expect we will encourage more tourists, some of them will return with caravans etc.
So I thank you for taking part, feel proud of our Eyre Peninsula community, and well done everyone.
I was so happy until I was informed that three bicycles were taken, "misplaced" or stolen from the camp set up at Ravendale Oval.
Zip ties, that were holding the gates shut so no one could get in, were cut and bikes stolen. I am so disappointed this happened in Port Lincoln.
Keep your eyes out for smart looking bicycles that are not what you would expect!
Clear message to young protesters
The Australian Prime Minister has given a very clear warning to Australian children and young adults.
Your views on climate change are important but what is far more important to the preaching Prime Minster is that you should be seen and not heard. Please remember that when you get the chance to vote.
Leave emotion out of debate
The debate about climate change results in diametrically opposed arguments in relation to the voracity of its causes and consequences.
Both sides present specific facts, details and figures which support their point of view. That places everyday citizens with a dilemma, as to which side of the presented argument they will support.
Left to determine their position on this important issue based on the facts presented, it would seem climate change activists have turned to adopting tactics which utilise what is tantamount to "emotional blackmail" to sway the opinion of the undecided.
Free speech rightly allows individuals or groups to express their viewpoint, but also requires that they acknowledge the right of others to hold and proffer a differing belief.
Greta Thunberg at times resorts to making emotion charged and generalised statements in a manner which at times lacks respect for those who her message is aimed at.
With world leaders having mostly refrained from challenging and responding to some of the statements made by Ms Thunberg, I surmise that perhaps this is the purposeful intent of climate change radicals.
Making decisions based on emotions can result in incorrect options, which may have long term negative and unsustainable impacts, being selected.
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