Give us better health facilities
In December 2016 I had an accident while in Alice Springs and hurt my left arm. After x-raying it they could not determine if it was broken or not.
When I got home I went to the local doctor who wanted it x-rayed but there was no one in the local hospital at that time who was able to do it so I had to go to Port Lincoln – a 250-kilometre round trip.
They told me that if it was broken they could not fix it and they usually sent these cases to Adelaide so there was a trip for nothing.
Fortunately while we were there we caught up with a visiting specialist who looked at the x-ray and said it would need a pin and plate and asked if we had private cover.
We do so he said he would fix it at 7am the following Tuesday.
We drove to Adelaide, had the job done, spent a night in hospital then drove home – another 1100km return trip.
I can’t understand how the South Australian government can waste so much money advertising itself and its wonderful medical system when all (the politicians) are interested in is building monuments for themselves instead of having decent facilities available for country people as far as health, roads, et cetera are involved.
I have done a little enquiring of my own and several things have been brought to my attention.
Whyalla footballers who receive limb injuries take themselves straight to Port Augusta where they can be fixed at all times, including weekends.
A local nurse told me that due to the shortage of licenced x-ray technicians locally she offered to do the course but the SA government was not prepared to pay the $1000 fee.
One would think with a state election not far away the state government would be doing all in its power to overcome these problems and forget its own self interest and self-praised ideas.
It’s up to us, together
It is great to see Cameron Scott and Darren Hunt sharing their experiences and impressions from their journey to ANSTO. (Eyre Peninsula Tribune 21/12/2017)
That’s what this process has to be about: talking with each other.
What is remarkable is that it seems that for virtually everyone who visits ANSTO, serious concerns about environmental or human health impacts seem to fade away.
Everyone is impressed by how professionally and carefully the people of ANSTO operate, and how well-managed these waste streams are.
It’s fantastic to see that while the letter raises concerns, the health of our community or the cleanliness of our environment is not one of them.
Cameron and Darren raised the example of a community in Belgium that will host a facility.
It’s true, many other communities around the world have been through similar processes that have led to positive outcomes including jobs in the area and economic benefits to the community.
They are all different in some ways and similar in others.
The main thing seems to be a process that is open and includes everyone, so we are glad that many in the community are taking part and attempting to find out as much as possible about the proposed facility and the process, including visiting ANSTO.
It was our visit to ANSTO that gave us and others on the tour, answers to questions, the chance to see for ourselves the facility, information and was reassuring that the process allows everyone the opportunity to find out more for themselves.
Not everyone in Kimba wanted the consultation to happen and at the same time, a majority did.
So far, that’s what we have: consultation, plus the opportunity to benefit from funds to support our community.
It’s a fair approach.
As a community, we have the chance to learn and receive benefits along the way.
We all get the chance to participate well before the next decisions need to be made.
The letter and often the media, speaks of ‘division’ in our community because of the vote.
That’s wrong, or at most it’s normal.
We are a diverse community and that is something to be really proud of.
We can disagree without being ‘divided’.
As usual at this time of year we have had community events, get togethers, work and many successful projects over the year in and around Kimba.
We are not going to be divided unless we choose to be. It’s up to us.
So, with the greatest of respect to Senator Patrick, we’ve got this.
We are a strong, diverse community.
We have the skills and resources to take part in this process.
We may become another of those global communities with this type of new industry, or we may not.
It is our responsibility to explore every opportunity that is presented with a secure future in mind.
It’s up to us, together.
Kerri Cliff, Margaret and Charlie Milton, David Schmidt, Robyn and Mark Stewart, Daryl Koch,
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