Letters to the editor

Praise for health care

Recently, I was admitted to Ceduna hospital with a potentially life threatening condition.

Following a diagnosis I was transported to the Royal Adelaide Hospital by air ambulance.

The RAH was fully prepared for me when I arrived and I was admitted and taken direct to my room. Plans for an operation were put in place and carried out that night, in the wee small hours.  

I am incredibly grateful to the Ceduna hospital, nursing staff, Dr. Rudi Mahne, SA Ambulance and RFDS. We are so fortunate to have these wonderful health services available to us in Ceduna and I will be forever grateful they were there when I needed them most.

The RAH exceeded my expectations in every way and I have nothing but praise for the facilities and wonderful staff of 5E.

Due to the timely diagnosis and treatment I am well on the way to recovery.       

ROBERTA (BOBBIE) BENNETT

Ceduna

Support for cancer free future

I would like to acknowledge all of the people involved in the Ceduna Relay For Life at Ceduna Sports Park on April 7 and 8.

The event was a fantastic example of hope in action, with more than 170 participants of all ages coming down and participating over the weekend.

Special recognition goes to the Ceduna organising committee and volunteers who worked tirelessly in the lead up to and during the weekend to pull the event together.

Through the dedication of the committee and the ongoing support of the Ceduna community, this year’s event raised more than $29,000 for Cancer Council SA, with donations still coming in.

Since the event started in 2008, the Ceduna Relay For Life has raised more than $235,900 for Cancer Council SA, an outstanding achievement that has made a real difference in the lives of the 26 South Australians diagnosed with cancer every day.

The Ceduna community’s ongoing support of Relay For Life has ensured we can continue to help those impacted by cancer through investing in support, advocacy and prevention programs and fund ground breaking research that saves lives.

On behalf of Cancer Council SA, thank you to everyone involved for their time, commitment and passion.

Through your support, every minute, every hour, every day, we’re working toward a cancer free future.

LINCOLN SIZE

Cancer Council SA chief executive

Reduce, reuse, recycle

With China recently enforcing its ban on recyclable waste and closing its borders to 30 million metric tonnes of garbage annually from countries across the globe, including Australia, mass panic has resulted with much concern being expressed about the cost, both environmental and financial, of waste and recycling.

Once deemed to be a revenue raiser, recycling, in many cases, is now an increasing cost to councils.

Those involved in waste management companies are seeking to renegotiate contracts and councils are applying for state government funding to meet the expected shortfall, before they start cost shifting to residents by increasing rates.

Analysis of such a challenge requires more than just providing a stop gap solution, and an expensive option, for the situation we face.

The complexity of the position we are nowin, is directly related to our personal habits and societal expectations, which have changed markedly over the years.

Before undertaking a lengthy and costly investigation of the effects of China's ban, our leaders need to utilise the much forgotten and rarely used KISS method - keep it simple stupid. This procedure would scare many council and government leaders of today, because it relies on common sense, which is lacking in much decision making, where the answers to issues need to be complex and costly rather than simple with minimal or no cost.

‘Back in the day’, when I collected the milk and bread from Quinn's Cafe, the bread was wrapped in one sheet of tissue paper and the milk was decanted into a billy.

The tissue paper was put in the wood stove and when the billy eventually needed replacing, it was used as a peg bucket.

With minimal packaging in those days, waste was limited, unlike today with the explosion of packaging material.

Further evidence of over packaging was evident with Downee pipe fittings. They used to be delivered to my fathers shop in six to eight hessian sacks, then transferred to compartments on the shelves. The sacks were often reused by the farmers when making their purchase.

My father was concerned one morning, when 40 cartons arrived. On opening them he and Robert discovered that they were Downee pipe fittings - individually wrapped in plastic with a cardboard backing. Each of them then had to be opened, with many expletives, so they could be placed onto the shelves.

Our throw away habits have also contributed to the problem - tissues instead of hankies, paper towel in place of cotton tea towels, milk cartons replaced bottles, plastic bags instead of paper ones, disposable nappies rather than cloth nappies, plastic bottles in favor of cans and the list goes on.

The solution to the problem is simple. Reduce the amount of totally unnecessary packaging, use materials which recycle easily (glass, paper and metal) or can be reused and return to using multi use items rather than utilising single use ones.

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna