Community comes together in time of need

I would like to start by passing on my sincerest condolences to the Huntley family on behalf of the residents of Streaky Bay.

I would like to also take this opportunity by sending my heartfelt gratitude on behalf of all members of the Streaky Bay community to the men and woman who attended and were involved in last week’s tragedy.

It was a very sad day for Streaky Bay but I have to say I have so much admiration and pride in our police, ambulance, SES and CFS for their professionalism in what was a very tough day for all involved. We are so lucky to have such amazing people looking out for us. I would also like to thank those community members who dropped everything to lend a hand in anyway possible, from the Williams family who lent their machinery to aid the situation, to the group of ladies who prepared food and drinks for our service volunteers and SAPOL.

The organisation of emergency accommodation and everything else people did to help or just the offering a shoulder to cry on, what a truly tight knit community. It has been a somber week but it is at times like these I wouldn't live anywhere else in the world. I witnessed people working around the clock pulling together and doing what ever it took , and it makes me so proud to be a Streaky Bay resident.

Once again thank you to our service men and woman we are extremely lucky to have people who drop everything and sacrifice so much just to be there to aid others at all times of the night and day in more often than not very trying conditions. You are very special humans indeed, THANK YOU.

On Thursday I attended the ESCOSA meeting in Port Lincoln to hear the findings on the investigation into the reliability of our power. We had representatives from ElectraNet, South Australian power networks and several private entities whom had several renewable options that can work in with the two major power suppliers.

All groups put forward several positive options that they are looking at,the main thing Eyre Peninsula residents need to know is they intend on spending hundreds of millions of dollars in upgrades in the future with some renewable solutions looking likely to take place in the very near future.

The report will be going through to the Honourable Mr Tom Koutsantonis next month with hopefully some rulings and work happening sooner rather than later.

Travis Barber

Streaky Bay District Council mayor