Our papers must not go

Our papers must not go

The danger of losing our regional newspapers is very worrying indeed.

These (usually weekly publications) provide regional residents, also those in remote locations, with important hands-on contact with their community with a wide range of articles including headline news, community happenings, sporting fixtures and results, letters, historic articles, personal items and so on.

This is a list of items that would not be covered by the state's only city based production, a production that even now is leaning noticeably towards 'bulldozer advertising' for big business, with news articles mixed in amongst them.

If we lose our regional papers then we lose contact with our community!

'The Advertiser' (unless it is some major event or happening) will not provide the rural portion of our state with the local interest that those residents need.

Can we afford such a great loss? I would encourage anybody who has the ability or the opportunity to use these 'local rags', by way of; advertising, submitting articles or letters, personal notices, in fact anything that will give our regional newspapers the reason and support they need to continue publishing.

DENNIS PARKER

Yongala

Over-governed

Distinguishing between local, state and federal governments was once an easy task, but today it is becoming virtually impossible.

Evidence clearly indicates that the three tiers of government, local, state and federal are no longer required, due their duplication of services, their questionable decisions and behaviours.

Pick up any daily newspaper and tax and rate payers are regularly informed of a litany of contentious and deeply concerning activities: deficit budgets, programme overspends, high wages and perks, misuse of government vehicles, lack of consultation, spiralling rates/taxes, inappropriate behaviour of elected members, flip flop decision making, too much red tape and wasting time on trivial issues, at all three levels of government.

Applying commonsense decisions and paying greater attention to important and pressing issues, rather than constantly dwelling on matters which have little or no impact or benefit for Australians, need to be given a higher priority.

Removing one level of government and tightening up and bringing into line the remaining two is vital, if Australia is to recover financially and socially from the coronavirus pandemic.

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna

Femininity 

I am a failing feminist. Internalised misogyny has clouded my perception of parity.

I claim to be an intersectional feminist but only now do I realise that I am terrified of owning my femininity.

For years I shied away from femininity, embracing masculinity because I perceived it as linked to respect. Only recently we accept that masculinity is not male, and femininity is not female.

With the increasingly popularised scientific and societal acceptance that there are numerous genders, defying the conservative view that confuses the idea of sex with gender.

I hid behind a 'masculine' colour palette, professing my hatred towards items remotely feminine. I was wrong in this perception of femininity, linking it to pink and vanity would be underselling it.

I have evolved my insight on what it means to be feminine, societal notions informed my idea that it was weak, vain and shallow, but it is not any of these, because femininity is strength, kindness and bravery.

I continue to hate the colour pink, whether it is because of my own internalised misogyny refusing to leave despite my greatest attempts or if I truly do not like it. I have begun to embrace my feminine aspects.

I adore make-up, despite its roots of patriarchal standards of womanly beauty.

I have also begun to indulge in the idea of wearing skirts and dresses.

As an intersectional feminist I am working on embracing not only my masculinity, but also my femininity.

I am a failing feminist, but aren't we all?

LIANA BALDWIN

Port Lincoln

Marine Parks rezoning

The marine parks rezoning proposal is a win for conservation, a win for tourism and a win for fishing.

The outer boundaries of the marine park network will be increased by 98 square kilometres.

Three new sanctuary zones will be created and sanctuary zone area will be increased by a net 113 square kilometres.

Four important tourism-fishing areas at total of 94 square kilometres will be rezoned to habitat protection.

A massive increase in sanctuary area of 206 square kilometres will be in the conservation 'hot spot' of the Great Australian Bight Nuyts Archipelago Marine Park.

Tourism, recreational and commercial sectors will be millions of dollars better off annually and so will the coastal towns.

It's time the local community spoke up for what happens to them rather than being dictated to by those who have no affiliation with our coast and who suffer no consequence of the decisions made, but want to feel warm and fuzzy that they are doing their bit for the environment so long as it doesn't impact their lifestyle.

Make a submission in support of the proposed amendments and take back control of your backyard.

JONAS WOOLFORD

Streaky Bay/Elliston/Port Lincoln

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