Letters to the editor

Celebrate not condemn

An adage from the past, ‘a squeaky wheel gets the oil’ is extremely relevant in today's society, whereby over empowered minorities are using political correctness as a weapon against traditional beliefs and customs.

These minorities have determined that because they don't agree with the beliefs, ideals and customs of others, it is their inalienable right to coerce changes on society that seek to make holders of alternative opinions and lifestyles feel some sort of guilt and change their long held beliefs.

This type of behaviour, which is growing and going virtually unchallenged, is a direct assault on our free society, which has been encouraged for generations to accept and accommodate difference in the gender, religious, cultural, economical, political, language and values aspects of other individuals and groups.

Today, these minorities are practicing and promoting oppression of others who differ from them.

Their actions are tantamount to extreme bullying, a practice which they abhor and are violently opposed to, particularly when they feel such behaviours have been directed at them and yet they are comfortable with using it against others.

In a democracy, members of a society must continue to be allowed to have the freedom to express unpopular or differing views or to practice long held customs, which others may disagree with.

But they have the right to conduct their lives in the manner which they prefer, as long as it doesn't impact unfairly on others.

Martin Luther King's dream of a society where "all men were created equal" is ignored by the politically correct, who have made it their self appointed mission in life to go to absurd and farcical lengths in their manic desire to eliminate difference from all areas of our society.

In a diverse and modern society, we can all be equal and yet different at the same time, something that should be celebrated not condemned.

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna 

Oil and Gas Propaganda?

I read with interest Graeme Bethune’s letter suggesting local councils are being manipulated by "experienced propagandists". 

If The Wilderness Society, who are not-for-profit, are in this category, surely Energyquest (as independent energy market analysis and strategists for energy companies) must be included also. 

With all due respect to Dr Bethune, we have government experts advising us on the most convenient spot for a nuclear waste dump as well as telling us everything will be alright once all the boxes have been ticked by NOPSEMA. 

A fundamental part of these processes is community consultation. 

If enough people can provide enough information to our councillors, then why should a council just sit on its behind, while we’re all told its all okay?  

I’m afraid, Dr Bethune, grassroots, hands on experts such as we have in our fishing and agriculture industries are worth more than shaky guarantees from government agencies, or a letter full of statistics and, dare I say it, propaganda. 

ANNA TAYLOR

Bramfield

Elliston bore clarification

SA Water would like to clarify information in a recent letter to the editor by Bramfield resident Tim Jones which appeared in the West Coast Sentinel, June 28.

SA Water customers in Elliston are supplied drinking water from the Bramfield Basin. We source this water in accordance with the Water Allocation Plan (WAP) for the Musgrave Prescribed Wells area, which is set by the Department of Environment and Water (DEW).

SA Water does not supply drinking water to the township of Bramfield and is not or have not recently drilled any bores in the Bramfield area.

As part of our commitment to enhancing the security and quality of drinking water supply to the Elliston community, we recently constructed a production bore within a road reserve just off the Birdseye Highway in Elliston. The community has been advised of this work.

The bore is within an Environmental Protection Zone, which was established to protect the availability of water for the wetlands. 

We are not seeking to increase our extraction from the local aquifer, so the bore’s construction will not change the existing interaction between our bore field and the wetland system.

The new bore will provide greater operational flexibility in managing the quality and characteristics of the groundwater by balancing extraction over a wider area of the aquifer at a lower flow rate.

We will undertake our normal rigorous water quality testing of the new bore before it’s brought online to contribute to Elliston’s drinking water supply. 

We will continue to monitor our production bores in the area, to assess how the aquifer system responds to this new infrastructure.

We continually monitor and test the groundwater supplied to customers in Elliston, which complies with all health parameters in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

Up-to-date water quality data on commonly-requested parameters collected from routine sampling,  including customer taps, is available on the SA Water website.

For more information on SA Water’s work in the Elliston area, contact SA Water on 1300 SA WATER.

MARK GOBBIE

SA Water, asset operations and delivery general manager