Pass on electricity savings to ratepayers

Local Government Association of South Australia president Sam Telfer confidently states: "This is an outstanding result, that will drive downward pressure on rates", after it was announced that local councils will save at least $14 million on their electricity bills over the next three years under a new deal for their energy supply.

With those in power averse to making sensible and achievable budget cuts, given the regularity of overspending and deficit budgets, an opportunity like this cannot be seen as the only approach to a reduction in spending.

It is time for all levels of government to live within their means and to show greater consideration and empathy for rate and taxpayers when undertaking their annual budget cycles, rather than merely reverting to the default position of increasing rates and taxes.

Will local councils follow the lead of state and federal governments, where departmental savings and those of our banks, where interest rate drops, are not fully passed onto taxpayers or customers?

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna

Port Lincoln Times, October 29

Port Lincoln Times, October 29

Poor information yet again

Government information about the nuclear waste facility has been poor and Sam Chard's (from the National Radioactive Waste Task force) letter (Port Lincoln Times, October 31) that shows once again how the highly toxic intermediate level waste is glossed over and claims of best practice made.

The elephant in the room is the cheap temporary storage of the highly radioactive intermediate waste, which has to be kept safe for 10,000 years.

Despite many claims, this is a long way off world's best practice.

Best practice at present is deep geological disposal and I suggest readers google "Okiluoto nuclear waste" to see what world's best practice actually looks like.

The Finns are sufficiently concerned about contamination that they are spending over A$5.3 billion.

It is likely whichever site ends up with this waste, the community will be stuck with it in a substandard ageing facility, for their children, grandchildren and their children to deal with.

Once it has left Sydney there will be much less interest in relocating it from a regional area.

This waste should stay put until we have an inquiry into Australia's production and management of nuclear waste.

DR MARGARET BEAVIS

Medical Association for Prevention of War

Weather confusion

While I'm a regular reader of the Port Lincoln Times I also watch the local television news on Channel Seven.

As far as I know this is the only local television news service available in the area.

While they do a good job with the news their weather report leaves much to be desired.

On most evenings they get the reports wrong, sometimes drastically so.

What they appear to be doing is using the predicted daily temperature issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) as the actual maximum temperature for the day.

I assume this happens because they record the news and weather much earlier in the day. So, for instance, if the predicted temperature by the BOM is 25 degrees but it actually peaks at 35 degrees they still report a maximum of 25.

They also offer predicted temperatures that are not accurate because they are based on earlier BOM reports.

This is not only annoying but could be potentially dangerous.

The curious thing is that the local news follows the statewide news from Adelaide but we have the two reporting often widely disparate temperatures and conditions.

Perhaps it would be better if they dropped their weather report altogether rather than confuse people.

PHIL FITZPATRICK

Tumby Bay

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