New experiences are challenges

New experiences are challenges

A new experience provides those involved with it the responsibility of developing the skills, understanding and knowledge necessary to successfully cope with any challenges provided.

COVID-19 has certainly been an occurrence which has challenged the entire world, as each country expeditiously devised, prepared and instituted measures to minimise its impact medically, socially and financially.

Its rapid spread throughout the world resulted in an at times trial and error method of identifying and promulgating a range of strategies to reduce transmission.

Successful procedures which worked in one location were quickly introduced to a number of countries across the globe, whilst the failure of other measures resulted in modifications or of being dismissed as unworthy of further consideration.

Procedures and legal requirements for developing and introducing a vaccine to protect us were fast tracked, as the urgency to gain control of this serious infliction grew exponentially.

Not having the benefit of a plan for reference, our government and health agencies should be applauded for their untiring efforts to deal with COVID-19 and not consistently be admonished, by a vocal and loud minority, who continuously find fault with any new approach found to be unsuccessful or questionable.

Agencies and personnel have at times been required to 'think on their feet' to keep ahead of this surging pandemic, and have not had the luxury or benefit of conducting long term trials and studies to support its efficacy.

Hindsight is a wonderful ability, but unfortunately one that humans do not possess.

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna

Get priorities right

With the number growing daily of homeless people in Port Lincoln, maybe our council, instead of spending zillions on a circus at the town beach, could spend it on addressing this real issue.

They could become South Australia's first 'compassionate council'.

GRAEME PETER

Port Lincoln

Money grab survey

The 'Have your say survey' is designed to provide only answers supporting council's money grab. The question 'Which do you prefer?' relating to the 'viewing platform' is an unfair compulsory requirement when many don't prefer either option.

It declares council already decided to proceed with this structure in one form or the other when everyone to whom I speak asks why this is the case. Why is it necessary to hide or disguise a toilet building? When tourists (or anyone) need it, a visible location is highly desirable.

The other question being asked is 'what could you see from up there that you can't see from the ground?' I use the term 'money grab' because it is equally a grab from ratepayers as it is from the government.

The $3.6 million grant must be matched by an equal amount from the community which will be borrowed and repayments of which contribute to future rate rises.

The current proposal for a four per cent rise is deplorable and future rises will come on top of the new increased amount. I have 'been there, done that' and I have seen how workshops and public consultations operate.

You don't ask questions to which you do not want unwelcome answers, and you phrase your questions to get the predetermined answers that you do want.

GRAHAM MANTLE

Port Lincoln