Don't discount netball in merger

I am reading with interest the opinions of the proposed amalgamations of the two Eyre Peninsula football leagues and the future of the Mortlock Shield.

Before any amalgamation takes place the first priority is your netball teams, any amalgamation without taking that into consideration is senseless.

I support the weakest team in our league and I get immense enjoyment out of going to the footy simply because of the netball and the footy involvement. Though we don't win many games there is always a good crowd because of the two sports.

The footy and the netball are playing, there are cars around the oval, the steak sandwiches are cooking, the netball canteen is serving food, the bar is open, people moving around, a lot of barracking of which I am guilty quite often.

Take the netball away and you don't have too much of anything.

With respect I sometimes hear of poor crowds at Port Lincoln football occasionally, probably because there is no netball.

I am a bit alarmed at some of the suggestions for the Mortlock Shield.

I am a Mortlock Shield tragic and I can't see any need for radical change.

I haven't noticed too much difference in crowd numbers but what I did notice is that there was a good crowd on Sunday for the under 15 and I must say I have never seen a better standard of footy than what was witnessed on that Sunday.

I thought that going back to the traditional Eyre Penisnula teams was excellent and the standard of footy was tops except for our Far West display on Monday.

If there is a money problem, I would suggest an approach to the AFL in a respectful manner would be the way to go.

A very good case could be put as it would probably be the oldest carnival of its kind in the country and it means so much to the people of Eyre Peninsula and Port Lincoln, who have produced so many AFL footballers.

For those of you who don't know me I am a past president of the Thevenard Football Club and a past president of the Far West Football League and have had a keen interest in football in the Eyre Peninsula for a long time and will be very interested to see how it all pans out.



FTA loss is lost revenue

I read with disappointment, 'Flight training to move' Times Sept 24 - another possible small business gone.

Would have taken nothing from the community and its resources but would have brought revenue in. How much no one really knows but now those extra dollars will go somewhere else.

No doubt the anti anything people would be smugly sitting back and patting themselves on the back.

One wonders if these will be the same people that become the fact that their children or grandchildren leave our quiet little village to get a job somewhere else.


Vote 'no' to nuclear

To actually nominate SA's land to store another state's waste lacks vision.

Nuclear needs a vile (political) process with most damaging impacts, producing highly hazardous risks, including hereditary diseases, for many millenia to come.

No one anywhere wants to keep their produced (nuclear active) waste otherwise why spend millions, introduce risks by transporting waste, create new legislation, hide facts, negotiate behind closed doors, and misrepresent crucial nuclear information to later blame a few local voters to have 'ignored' impacts of another's waste?

Why force electorate responsibility onto such few, introduce non-productive 'emissions intensive' concrete, solely for another state's city?

Will nuclear proponent tourism really continue when waste containers leak? If 'safe jobs' and 'funds' are guaranteed, why would NSW dismiss those 'worthwhile opportunities'?

Australia wastes literally billions on nuclear subsidies, and now is to destroy another state's image?

Please convince yourself, research beyond tainted brochures and return morals like self responsibility and accountability, and ensure quality of life, by voting 'no' to any other's (nuclear active) waste proposal.


Port Lincoln

Banks learn nothing

Our banks have learnt nothing from the recent Royal Commission into their actions, practices and treatment of customers.

The full rate cut of .25 per cent has not been passed onto customers who are already struggling with minimal or no wage increases, ever increasing household costs and exorbitant electricity prices.

Is it little wonder our banks are still held in contempt as they continue to announce more than reasonable profits. They have no interest in passing on savings to those who need it the most.