While I am a resident of Adelaide where the recent COVID-19 outbreak occurred, I find it hard to understand the need to restrict country areas.
I am a believer in numbers and the numbers today of infected people do not appear to warrant the level of restrictions, especially outside the metropolitan area.
I can understand the need if today or tomorrow, the numbers were much higher.
I write this as my family in Port Lincoln is queuing for food and groceries in the country where the level of restrictions imposed are far higher than that experienced without what appears to be the numbers of people with this insidious virus.
The arrival of modern-day sport competitors is heralded by specifically-chosen songs as they complete their walk out prior to the commencement of a match.
When providing ratepayers with information and details relating to the Thevenard Marine Offloading Facility, our district council has clearly selected Silent Night.
Since its opening in August, three months ago, and throughout its development, minimal particulars and facts have been forthcoming to the public.
With it being the "biggest single development" our council has ever been involved in, I have deep concerns with this approach.
The agenda for the next ordinary meeting of council on November 18 includes item 9.1.3 - Fees and Charges for the TMOF - in confidence.
Surely, fees and charges would have been finalised prior to its completion, the signing of leases and to enable their inclusion in a projected budget of income and expenditure.
If not, who chose this "cart before the horse" approach? Are fees being adjusted, up or down, to satisfy commercial needs? Is council stepping away from the statement, repeated a number of times, that the facility would not be financed by ratepayers, but by users?
Would any future ratepayer contributions be achieved through a rate increase or by a reduction in spending on non-essential budget items?
Ratepayers are significant stakeholders in the facility and need to be kept informed and perhaps even consulted.
Wrong direction on debit card
The proposed expansion of the cashless debit card by the federal government is punitive racism.
They talk about reconciliation, but continue to make separate laws and rules and arrangements for First Nations people.
I note that the expansion is to be in the Northern Territory.
The social problems that the card is supposed to address are alive and well throughout the entire nation and relatively small communities should not be singled out, first in a "trial" at Ceduna which is now proposed to be permanent.
If the "trial" has shown a measure of success, then apply it to all welfare recipients.
Introduce a second "no fee" bank account into which 20 or 25 per cent of the benefit is paid and have a restrictive card to access it.
I am an aged pensioner and I am confident that everyone spends at least 20 or 25 per cent of their benefit on essentials.
If the government is serious about protecting families from financial abuse, include everyone and accept the inevitable backlash. "We are one" - let's start showing it in meaningful ways.
Ports progress, penguin decline
The status of penguin colonies in Spencer Gulf is critically important to the story of Port Spencer, a bulk commodities port approved to be constructed immediately north of Lipson Cove, just 1.6km from the Lipson Island Conservation Park.
Thousands of seabirds and shorebirds roost and breed on the island including Spencer Gulf's only stable little penguin colony.
Larger strongholds of the species have existed in the region historically, but are either in decline, extinct or of status unknown.
The gulf's population of little penguins meets the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's criteria for an Endangered or Critically Endangered population.
This year, I undertook my own desktop study of penguin colonies near commercial ports, harbors and shipping lanes.
I discovered all colonies located within 2.6km of such infrastructure were in decline. Breeding success is impacted by noise, light and changes in predator and prey populations.
Any new port development brings all of these. By contrast, a competing proposal for a port construction at Cape Hardy is a safe distance from Lipson Island.
A peak breeding season survey of all little penguin breeding habitats within the gulf has never been conducted.
It follows that final environmental authorisations should not be given to Port Spencer's proponents, Free Eyre, until the current significance of the Lipson Island colony and regional status of the Spencer Gulf population are known.
The penguins of Spencer Gulf deserve better.
To the person who either reversed or drove in to the rear of our Toyota Corolla, thank you very much. With the damage sustained to this vehicle, you would have known that you smashed into it.
This happened in one of our friendly carparks and it is the second time that this vehicle has been hit this year. As aged pensioners, we once again have to find money to get it repaired through no fault of our own.
Summer is almost with us and again Port Lincoln residents have to put up with dust kicked up by trucks at the Viterra silos.
A few new structures have been built which have improved the movement of trucks, but the biggest problem is the enormous amount of dust travelling during certain wind directions which envelops our house and many others in the lower Kirton Point area.
Come on, Viterra, finish the job by sealing the roads around the wharf, making it a cleaner environment for all concerned. Watering down the roads is no advantage as it dries out in a few hours.
South Australian Country Women's Association will be holding a trading table on Friday, December 4 from 9am to 2pm. Delicious home-baked goods and handicrafts available. Come join us at the CWA Clubrooms, 7 Hallet Place, Port Lincoln, opposite the RSL. All are welcome. Sorry, EFTPOS not available.
The Port Lincoln Film Society is meeting Tuesday for the Academy Award winning 1953 romance-comedy 'Roman Holiday' directed by William Wyler, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.
Screening at the Port Lincoln Cinema, we invite all members and their guests. For more visit take2portlincoln.wordpress.com
Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation Inc. annual general meeting will be a virtual meeting via Zoom this Thursday, November 26 at 6pm. Please RSVP to pre-register to firstname.lastname@example.org and the link will be emailed prior to meeting
SA Pensioners Association last meeting for 2020 on December 1 from 10.30am at Lincoln South Club rooms. Xmas lunch will be held on December 9 at Ming Inn at 12 noon. Bookings must be given to Heather 0429854093 or Glenda 0408825703.
NO HALL DANCE
There will be no dance this Saturday at the Anglican Parish Hall, Port Lincoln.