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LETTERS: Letters to the editor can be sent to kathrine.catanzariti@fairfaxmedia.com.au.
LETTERS: Letters to the editor can be sent to kathrine.catanzariti@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

More danger at crossings

I refer to the article in the Port Lincoln Times, January 23, ‘Rail crossing danger’. A most interesting article. 

The danger at rail crossings, now with the trucks carrying much bigger loads than ever before, present a problem at any railroad crossing. 

This very serious problem will get even more so if the Iron Road project actually happens. 

The railroad involved in this project, from Warramboo to Point Hardy, will have 17 more rail crossings on Eyre Peninsula than already exist. 

It is impossible to imagine the chaos this is going to cause. 

This is just one of the huge problems that will occur if this project proceeds any further. 

Remember that when it comes time to vote, this is a political issue with both major parties having complete disregard for the 46 families involved.



A flawed proposition

I am aware of the value of the use of radioactive material in the production and research for medical and industries.

The waste produced has to be stored safely for a very long period, hundreds, possibly thousands, of years.

I do not see that the storage should be the responsibility of the rural community when there is so much arid and semi-arid country in Australia.

In the case of Kimba, a population of approximately 1100 people to be responsible for the whole population of Australia approximately 24 million people.

If the storage is as safe as we are told why can’t it be stored close to major cities, where the waste is mainly created?

We are being told that this facility will be built to world’s best practice.

Chernobyl and Fukushima would have been built with world’s best practice at the time, now both are disasters.

There is no reason that a similar situation could happen here, if it does it will not be able to be removed; it will be the town and people that will be removed.

We share a common boundary and pipeline with one of the properties being offered.

As far as I am concerned it is not just my problem or Kimba’s problem, it is Eyre Peninsula’s problem.

I do not accept the view of some people that Kimba is a dying town anymore than neighbouring towns are.

The population has declined but is mainly due to the fact that farms and machinery have increased in size.

The money being offered is a bribe; if it wasn’t for that we would not be in the situation we are now.

Eyre Peninsula in the 2016-17 harvest produced 3.3 million tonnes of grain, also wool and livestock, and has a wine industry, viable fishing industry and research centre, Whyalla’s iron ore industry and other industries in Port Lincoln and other towns on EP.

Bruce Wilson writes in the Eyre Peninsula Tribune (November 30, 2017) that intermediate waste will be temporarily stored at the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, likely for several decades until a permanent site and separate facility is established.

The government has been looking for a site for at least 50 years and have not found one yet.

This government has no control over future governments so this site could become a permanent site.

If this facility is built in Kimba, it will be the result of one land holder selling 100 hectares of his land to the government for four times the present value.

Kimba gets 12 million dollars of taxpayers money, EP gets a radioactive waste facility whether they want it or not.

It’s a flawed proposition, unfair and should be scrapped.