Oh dear. Here we go again.
No new visitors information centre, no new theatre, no new library, no new playground, no upgrade to the foreshore. I should not be surprised.
No iron ore mining, no graphite mining, no oil exploration, no flight training centre, no green hydrogen plant.
Good luck with rocket launching and a new port and desalination plant.In my time we did get a heated pool and recreation centre, skate park, and more, despite the protests.
Good on council for having a go. A go at improving our public infrastructure, a go at making Port Lincoln an even greater place to live.
Good on Sam Sarin for investing in a beaut hotel. Good on the tourism operators who have put us on the map.
However our community is good at saying no. Hang on in there council. Have the vision.
Be sure to know just like the swimming enclosure, Heritage and Parnkalla trails, Nautilus Theatre, great public statues, support of the arts and street racing, your vision will deliver great things for us.
Seafood industry dilemma
The last two years have indeed been difficult.
It never fails to surprise me, how little understanding exists in the public service and political circles of the simplest business difficulties confronting the seafood industry.
The ignorant annoyance and flipping arrogance of our so-called political leaders in Canberra and Adelaide against our largest export partners, namely China is indeed mind blowing, if not stupid.
Many of us have spent huge amounts of capital to open China to our commodities, just to find nothing but negativity from our government.
In a state like SA, where seafood exports and wine is absolutely critical we need to learn how to be more diplomatic and cooperative.
Port Lincoln is a good case in question. With large layoffs becoming a grim reality in the near future, encompassing the entire state into this debacle.
Our government needs to be more export orientated.
From Canberra to Adelaide, we need to learn from our cousins in New Zealand, where exports into China are rising dramatically. Australia is going from bad to worse.
I fear however, our politicians just don't understand creating a huge burden and difficulty for all of us by continually provoking the dragon.
DR HAGEN STEHR AO
Winding back has benefits
Living to excess is one human habit which has been exposed by the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to limit and halt the spread of this virus, each of us has had to make drastic and much needed changes and alterations to our lives.
Adopting health practices and observing essential requirements has been at the forefront of daily living, resulting in a distinctly different lifestyle.
With crowd sizes at major sporting and cultural events moving from no spectators through to limited, but medically sustainable numbers, and now just returning to normal levels, their importance and cost can be questioned.
Player contracts, admission prices, cost of competitions and increasing staffing levels over the years have grown exponentially, at times putting excessive financial pressure on spectators and sponsors.
Associations, clubs and enterprises, during the pandemic, have each had to examine carefully their budgets and expenditure to guarantee the future survival of their chosen activity.
Perhaps this rationalisation of spreadsheets and accounts and forcibly being required to live within their means can be maintained, for the benefit of all.
Whalers Way at risk
The people of Port Lincoln should be made aware of the application for change in land use of Whalers Way that has recently been submitted by Southern Launch to the State Planning Department.
This will significantly impact the local community's enjoyment of Whalers Way, Fishery Bay and the wider Sleaford Area.
In our view it presents an unacceptable risk of bushfire, debris, environmental degradation and disturbance as well as road damage and disruption.
We believe it is important that the wider community of Port Lincoln and the Eyre Peninsula have their say on this proposal.
PlanSA have only granted us 15 business days to comment, which means we only have until May 31 to let the government know how these changes will impact us.
I encourage all concerned citizens to speak up and protect our heritage, our environment, and our beautiful, precious land.
Don't let the rocket merchants destroy it on our watch!