Potential nuclear spill a cause for concern

I hope individuals from all over the Eyre Peninsula attend the protest rally (Kimba, February 2) to demonstrate the nuclear waste proposal affects more communities than just Kimba.

For those who are on the fence, please consider this realistic scenario.

In 1980, a truck transporting nuclear waste along the Old Pacific Highway outside metropolitan Sydney rolled over, spilling 4.5 tons of chemicals including Caesium 137 and Americium 241.

The scene was attended by police officers. They were exposed to the radiation and became violently ill at the scene.

The following events bring doubt as to whether country SA could ever possess the expertise to deal with a nuclear waste accident, given this could not be sourced in the higher skilled population of Sydney.

The officers' requested for assistance - it was refused on the grounds that no-one with nuclear waste spillage expertise could be sourced to prevent anyone else suffering radiation exposure.

The two officers and a council worker could only bury the waste beside the highway.

The sick officers tried to have the waste spillage formally acknowledged and cleaned up properly and spoke to the media.

It is truly questionable that, given this incident has still not been resolved despite other road workers becoming ill and construction of a new highway through the burial zone, the federal government will actually adequately resource the country town of Kimba (or anywhere else along the nuclear waste transport route) so that we can deal with this sensibly foreseeable emergency situation with radioactive waste.

I urge you all to consider what it would be like to wish your grown child a good day at work as they head off to deal with a radioactive spillage along Eyre Highway.

Is this really the legacy you will leave your children?

Remember, it has happened before; it is not over emotional or fear mongering to consider such scenarios, it's rather sensible.

TY BRUUN

Baird Bay

Fire victims should take action

I think it is about time the fire victims of South Australia bring a class action against the South Australian government for not enforcing the Country Fires Act 105F.

These weak politicians of South Australia should be held in contempt by every citizen of South Australia.

RICHARD RIDGWAY

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Port Lincoln co-op Lincoln Local appealed to the community for support and volunteers, revealing they may be forced to close their doors without it.

I am sure there are lots who can volunteer, surely this is something that helps gain skills to become employable? What about the 153 store holders? Aren't they supposed to help also? Maybe community house can help with people needing upskilling like they are doing at The Pantry?

Julia

I see lots of school children learning new skills during the holidays. Great to see them having a go at working as volunteers.

Margaret

It's a great store. Have visited it a few times and bought gifts and produce. My son told me about it but I think people don't see it the mainstream shopping area, they don't visit. Locals will find it a little gem.

Trish

Port Lincoln Junior Primary School was left disappointed after the school was vandalised up to six times during the school holidays.

If they were dealt with properly it wouldn't keep happening, the police catch them then they go to court and get away with it and go and do it all again. It's a vicious cycle and until they really get punished for what they're doing, its not going to stop. Whats that saying "old enough to do the crime, old enough to do the time!"

Shannon

Maybe take the culprits in to the school and sit through an interview conducted by the students from the school (with judge present?). They love and take pride in their school, and for most it is a safe environment where they love to be. The impact of their actions should be taken into account when consequences are meted out.

Michelle