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Thank you for your support

The Lions Club of Cleve wish to thank Eastern Ranges for their great organisation of the football and netball for the recent Mangalo Carnival.

As always, their members are willing to help in the catering area, as were other community members  who volunteered their time. This assistance is always greatly appreciated by Lions members.

Congratulations to Tumby Bay who won the football and Eastern Ranges for winning the netball. Thanks to Ramsey Bros for their continued sponsorship by providing the bike for our raffle, won by Caleb Evans.

BETH DEAKIN

On behalf of the Cleve Lions Club

People power

Mr Weatherill’s explanation following the power failure last year informed us that it was the result of a ‘once in a lifetime’ storm event. He denied the fact that our over reliance on the intermittent power supply from wind and solar energy was unable to produce the base load power required to keep the lights on.

Since then Mr Weatherill has made a number of enlightening announcements in order to appease disaffected consumers but moreover to garner support for his re-election in 2018.

The announcement of the world's largest battery was the first election sweetener. Anyone questioning aspects about this announcement was portrayed as being negative or not caring about SA. Details about the cost, capacity and effect were swamped by the main assertion that it would be a tourist attraction but it will only be accessible during daylight hours!

When politicians attempt to shut down debate and discourse about an issue, it is clear any unwarranted revealing of facts is not desired. A new gas-fired power station was next.

This didn't seem to capture the interest of many and details and information relating to it quickly disappeared from notice. Along came the diesel generators. This idea seemed to emanate from the many South Australians who have privately funded their own generator to prepare themselves for expected future power outages.

We were even told, by the government after an inquiry, that it was our responsibility to develop personal “resilience”. Now we are informed, after much dodging and weaving, that on excessively hot days, which regularly occur during summer, these generators will not meet our needs.

The strategy employed by Mr Weatherill and his party is to gain re-election at the 2018 state election and has little to do with a long-term solution. Government in SA will be "hamstrung" for the next eight months as our politicians have their fingers crossed their piecemeal solution will work for this year’s summer.

Hopefully people power will rid us of this inept government.

IAN MCGOWAN

​Ceduna

No grasp of serious issue

The online article ‘Kimba landowners visit Lucas Heights nuclear facility’ is a direct handout from the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility. It shows that those landowners visiting Lucas Heights have no real grasp of the seriousness of nuclear waste transport and dumping. Your writers should surely assess such a blatant piece of propaganda - nuclear waste - "it is no scarier than a garbage bin". 

The container pictured contains 15 Petabecquerels of radioactivity. If the walls weren't 20 centimetres thick solid steel it would kill any who stood too close for too long. Estimates are around 20 Petabecquerels of Cesium-137 contaminated the land and sea around Fukushima. There's enough radioactivity in that high level waste container to Fukushima all the farmland, fisheries and tourism around Kimba.

NOWL WAUCHOPE

Caulfield South

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