Letters to the editor

Important to vote

This vote is important for all residents of Kimba to vote. If you want Kimba to survive and prosper, please look at what has happened over the last 50 years.

The town will not survive on agriculture, we need other work opportunities.

Everyone needs to vote positively to make Kimba survive.

Please vote with your head, not what other friends or family may suggest.

I was reserved to start with, but after looking at all the facts supplied I am happy that it will be safe.

Census Population:1970 about 1800, 1991=1274, 2001=1178, 2016=1061.

This is my view of what has been happening in the Kimba district for the last 50 years since leaving school and starting work.

Fuel distributors;  there were six, now we only have Direct Fuels and Mogas.

Seven machinery dealerships; now we only have: Case/International dealership, and the John Deere dealership closing at the end of August.

 Seven car dealerships; now none.

Grocery shops; there were four; now we only have Johnson’s and Kimba Newsagents. 

Others shops are gone and there are low numbers of workers.

There were four football clubs , now only one.

Our school numbers have decreased significantly from about 550 children when I left 1968 to about 150 in 2011-12 when my grandchildren were attending.

Our farmer numbers, which were at around 400 in the late 60s, are now down to about 90.

Kimba used to host government departments - all of those employees are now gone

The town has been going backwards in numbers for decades. 

Local young people have had to go away to find work and many of them never return.

I have been through all divisions of work, from an employee to a manager, to self-employed with employees.

We have a once only chance of securing the future of Kimba with the proposed low level and intermediate level waste storage facility.

Our grand children’s, grand children will still be here working if this facility goes ahead.

It will be federal government departments that will help to maintain Kimba in the future. 

Medical services will be assured, schooling will be assured, communications will be assured.

Other departments will come in time, that are not even thought of yet, as it will be federal departments not state, that will ensure Kimba will go ahead if the town is lucky enough to be selected.



Deleterious effect

I admire Kerri Rayson’s confidence and enthusiasm in supporting the siting of the National Nuclear Radioactive Waste Storage Facility near Kimba.

Although not locally born, I have been a Kimba resident and farmer for most of the last 51 years. Similar, I believe, to the letter writer. 

I cannot remember an important project for our district that I have ever opposed, but I must oppose the acceptance of a nuclear waste dump near Kimba with strong reasons being:

The potential effect on the price of our export commodities. “Should not” is different from “will not”.

The intermediate waste is a later addition, with an unknown time of “storage”, possibly up to 100 years. 

The deleterious effect on the harmony of our community. 

There are so many better choices, including government owned land.

I note that in the list of people at the minister’s agricultural round table there was one notable, but important omission, the buyers of our export food commodities.

In our local area and all of Eyre Peninsula, our produce is mainly for export and we have to therefore compete in international markets.

Our products go to countries which include those who have developed trading strategies to get the “best deal” for thousands of years.

They will use any leverage, including perception of radioactive contamination, to lower the prices we receive, and they will, unfortunately for us.



Kimba’s opportunity

I’ve lived in Kimba my whole life and consider myself incredibly lucky to be a part of this amazing community. 

Although over the years I’ve seen the decrease in population.

I’ve seen our sporting clubs struggle for numbers week in and week out.

I’ve seen the businesses struggle to make ends meet. It’s sad and heart breaking to see these things happen and unfortunately if something doesn’t change, we have to face the reality that Kimba might not survive.

This is why I believe that the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility is something Kimba needs. 

The sad reality is there are so many young people who would love to stick around in our town but can’t.

If you don’t have a background or interest in farming or aren’t lucky enough to have a family business to get a job in, you have to move away.

Not because you want to but because you need to.

To have the opportunity of 45 plus jobs and the millions of dollars this facility could possibly bring into our community really is amazing.