Letters to the editor

Clarification of waste stance

I am writing to clarify a statement I made in a report of my recent trip to Lucas Heights in Sydney published in the Tribune on March 3, 2018.

The sentence “I am still of two minds about whether it should be located in Kimba”.

Firstly I stated that “the waste has to be put some where”.

Secondly “whether it should be located in Kimba’’.

I realise now this has created some confusion as to whether I have changed my mind about the waste facility being in Kimba.

I can assure the readers this is not my intent, I am still not in favour of the Kimba site.

I still stand by my letter printed in the Tribune dated February 1, 2018.

Also I would like to add, if the site is approved by the relevant department, it will become Commonwealth property.

The state government or the people will have no control over its use.

I would welcome an industry to be set up in Kimba but not this industry.

It produces nothing and would be financed by the decision of the federal government of the day.

AUSTEN EATTS

Kimba

Kimba’s lost servicemen

According to the Eyre Peninsula Tribune published January 28, 1916, M. Cahill, M. Gunning, M. Sheehan and A. Shepley, all of Moseley, had volunteered for service in World War I.

Their names are on the Roll of Honour that was unveiled at the official opening of the Kimba Soldiers’ Memorial Institute in December 1929 but present-day Kimba has no memory of them.

Researching on behalf of the Kimba and Gawler Ranges Historial Society, I want to know, who were these men?

Because their given names are not known, it is difficult to identify these men from military service records, electoral rolls and postal directories.

They were not landholders nor were they members of the Returned Servicemen’s Association (Kimba Branch 1925-33).

Can anybody on Eyre Peninsula give these men an identity?

Does anyone remember M. Cahill, M. Gunning, M. Sheehan or A. Shepley who worked in Kimba even for a very short time, prior to 1916?

Did they live in your town?

Is their name on your town’s WWI memorial?

Did they work for you family?

Did they marry into your family?

Any recollections, clues or suggestions will be appreciated in order to finish profiling the men from Kimba and District whose names are on the town’s Roll of Honour.

Please phone me any evening on 8627 2066, text me on 0429 014 297 or write to PO Box 49, Kimba 5641.

MARILYN KOCH

Kimba

Cooler weather no reason to forget water safety

While daylight savings has ended and temperatures are starting to drop, it’s important for the South Australian community to remain just as vigilant about water safety as we are in warmer summer months. While we see less swimming as the weather cools down, surfing, fishing, boating and paddle sports like kayaking continue all year.

Last year a staggering 116 people drowned across Australia’s coastal areas, including 10 people who tragically lost their lives in South Australia. Many of these deaths could have been prevented.

While we associate swimming and water sports with Australia’s enviable summer, almost two-thirds of drowning deaths around the country happen outside of summer.

More than a third of all drowning deaths also happen while people are boating or operating a watercraft and the main group of concern is adult men.

Men account for 83 per cent of coastal drowning deaths and they are rescued twice as often as women.

While medical conditions and rips are the biggest contributing factors, alcohol consumption is the third highest contributor.

Anything that reduces physical coordination and impedes good decision-making increases the likelihood of accidents and hinders a person’s effectiveness in survival situations.

While it sounds obvious to say that mixing alcohol and water activities is a bad idea, it keeps happening.

Just as the dangers of drink driving are rightly splashed everywhere, a focus needs to be put on the dangers of drinking and water activities to better educate the community.

Interestingly research also demonstrates that over confidence is a major issue with many people over estimating their swimming abilities.

In reality, 55 per cent of adults are unable to swim more than 50m without stopping and one in four Australians is unable to float for more than 10 minutes.

It’s important that people who are not strong swimmers, do not put themselves out of their comfort zone even in seemingly calm conditions.

It’s also important for people to take as many precautions as possible, such as checking weather conditions, carrying a charged mobile phone, downloading the Beachsafe app and wearing a lifejacket.

All drownings are considered preventable so being prepared and alert is the best way to prevent tragedies.

Don’t let complacency about water safety set in with the cooler weather. 

CONNY WILSON

Lifesaving World Championships event director