Mail box: COVID safety starts with a mask

Don't forget to keep your customers safe

I fully sympathise with local businesses impacted by COVID (Port Lincoln Times, January 6, on Facebook) but you have to look after us, too.

I provided online feedback to a business after observing that roughly one in four of their staff were not wearing masks at all.

About one in three of those who were wearing masks, were not wearing them properly, just dangling them below the nose or chin.

The staff assured me that the business had a mandatory mask policy. Well, it wasn't at all obvious to me. After transferring all my business to a competitor for several weeks, I relented and made a quick visit.

To be fair, things appeared to have improved so we returned. We were greeted by a staff member wearing a dirty cloth mask below her nose.

I informed her that I was immuno-compromised and requested that she wear her mask correctly. She adjusted the mask. Needless to say, I will not take the risk of returning to that business until the crisis is over.

The rising numbers of cases in Port Lincoln should make COVID safety the highest priority or customers will vote with their feet. It's simple self-defence. Please support us so that we can continue to support you.

JOE MORRISON

North Shields

FACILITY BENEFITS

I write in response to No to Kimba Travel, Port Lincoln Times, December 9.

Other areas of the world - particularly the Champagne Region of France, the Lakes District in England and Cordoba Province in Spain - have seen no impact on tourism as a result of their radioactive waste facilities.

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation - the largest holder of radioactive waste in Australia - manages Sydney's Lucas Heights facility which already welcomes more than 15,000 visitors in a normal year (pre-COVID).

Regulators and scientists from Australia and abroad will frequently come to see how this world-class facility is operated.

A report from Cadence Economics in 2018 showed that the facility would provide 45 secure jobs and $8.3-$8.4 million in annual benefits to the local economy.

These economic benefits are already enhancing Kimba, supporting diverse businesses, art and cultural installations and hospitality services.

SAMANTHA CHARD

General Manager, Australian Radioactive Waste Agency

IN MEMORIAM

Regarding a letter written by Andy Smith about the passing of George Jukes - well done, Andy.

We have had, in the past 18 months, upstanding people such as Greg Jones and Doug Watson pass away, to mention a couple.

Greg and Doug provided a service to our town which shouldn't be forgotten. Vale, Greg Jones and Doug Watson.

DOROTHY PUGLISI

Port Lincoln

ONE RULE FOR ALL

Serbia's hysterical claim that refusing to allow Novak Djokovic entry into Australia for the 2022 Tennis Open is part of a conspiracy against him and fellow Serbs is ludicrous.

With Djokovic having previously won nine Australian Open Championships, it is incredible that the real reason for being denied entry has been lost amid the emotion-charged debate.

As our Prime Minister, and many others, said, "Rules are rules", and there should be no exceptions because of status, wealth or social position.

If Djokovic's appeal is successful, many Australians will rightfully feel extremely disappointed, given the enormous personal sacrifices that each of us have made during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In future, Australians may well question why they should observe expected requirements, when some seem to be above them.

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna

CARER SUPPORT

I'd like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all our foster and kinship carers right across our regions who give love, support and care to children and young people in care.

Recognising this dedication, I'm really pleased to announce the Marshall Liberal Government is injecting more than $19 million over the next four years to increase base and respite carer payments.

From January 1, 2022, general carers will receive an increase of $50 per fortnight to assist with the day-to-day costs of caring for a child or young person in care under the age of 16.

If you would like to make a difference, I urge you to consider becoming a foster carer. We are always looking for people to open their hearts and homes to children and young people in care. For more information please call: 1300 2 FOSTER (376 837).

RACHEL SANDERSON

Minister for Child Protection