Former mayor: council plans defy belief

Former mayor: council plans defy belief

The two council development proposals to redevelop the city foreshore plus demolish the Flinders Theatre and Baptist Church buildings deserve outright community rejection.

Financially, there is the current annual cost of $2,200,000 to subsidise the stadium complex, library, Nautilus Theatre and the information centre. This should cause council to be hesitant taking on further substantial debt.

Historically, to suggest demolition of the 1864 Baptist Church and 1929 Flinders Theatre is effectively official vandalism within the city's historic precinct. Structurally, given their age, both the theatre and church are in good condition.

Neither building has received maintenance for many years. They do need repairs, together with substantial ground-level water disposal.

By removal of the general rubbish, fencing, youth activities shed and car wash shed together with appropriate rainwater dispersal, both buildings have decades of life remaining. Obvious parking deficiencies and traffic volumes of the foreshore and theatre sites would normally result in the Regional Planning Authority rejecting each envisaged project outright.

To suggest the loss of foreshore parks can be met by providing 55 parks some 240 metres distant, requiring pedestrians to cross the main southern Eyre Peninsula freight highway alongside a roundabout, defies common sense.

To suggest 55 parks will service the proposed theatre, library, visitor information centre and café is irrational. Both the foreshore and theatre precinct require increased parking and better traffic control; not greater congestion.

We need to defend our lovely open-space foreshore, not overload it with poorly-conceived clutter. The floating pontoon is a superb swimming asset. But it is alongside the rapidly deteriorating Town Jetty. The jetty is past restoration and should be progressively demolished.

No jetty structure provides calm water which the pontoon must have. The pontoon should be protected with something like the concept illustrated beside my letter.

By building a genuine breakwater similar to the grain silos pad, opportunities exist for green lawn open space, substantial parking and a major addition to our beautiful seafront lifestyle.

The concept has been featured several times in the Times in recent years. We need more open space, more car parking and access to our foreshore if we are to build for our childrens' future.

In summary, current grant funding does offer us opportunities. We should retain and restore our heritage Flinders Theatre and Baptist Church. We can deliver far superior parking and traffic control in situ while preserving our past. Yes, we can develop a superior foreshore.

But to do so requires responsible community members to make an effort, not just complain privately. Speak to your councillors, visit the council to tell the staff your opinion, write a letter to the mayor. Remember, council exists to deliver our community desires, not what the council thinks is good for us.

We have a new chief executive officer running our council. I have told Matthew Morgan he faces difficult times as a consequence of the direction council has chosen. I have little faith in our council.

PETER DAVIS

Boston Island

Net-zero for jobs

The federal government's move towards a net-zero emissions target will destroy jobs in the electorate of Grey and undermine the Australian way of life.

A recent research report from the Institute of Public Affairs found 9170 jobs would be put at direct risk in Grey if the government adopts this target. That is 16 per cent of all jobs in the electorate. This is a policy designed by and for the inner-city elites and betrays hard-working Australians in Grey.

Drug addiction, crime, and broken families in communities like Grey will be the end result of a job-killing net-zero emissions policy. The voters of Grey elected Rowan Ramsey because they thought the Coalition would prioritise their jobs. The IPA report found 653,600 jobs would be placed at direct risk across the country.

It also found the so-called "green jobs of the future" simply do not exist; for every new renewable energy activity created over the past decade, five manufacturing jobs have been destroyed. A net-zero emissions target means net-zero jobs for Grey. And once the jobs leave, they won't be coming back.

CIAN HUSSEY

Melbourne, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs

Debit card an issue

The cashless debit card is racist and discriminatory. It has been applied to selected communities. It is, after seven years, still being called a "trial". I don't deny in many instances it has been effective, but the issue it's intended to address is not confined to the people or places being targeted. It is nationwide and it's to be found in every walk of life.

If we accept this as a suitable way to curb excessive use of drugs, alcohol and gambling to the detriment of family, we should all be prepared to accept the imposition on part of our social security payment. We should insist that the government must either apply the imposition universally or abandon this discriminatory "trial".

GRAHAM MANTLE

Port Lincoln