Letters to The Islander | Sept. 6

OLD BUGGY: Kerryn Abbott-Bickley sent in this photo of a buggy belonging to William Walter Bates (aka Bill Bates) daughter - her grandmother Merle Bates circa 1930s.
OLD BUGGY: Kerryn Abbott-Bickley sent in this photo of a buggy belonging to William Walter Bates (aka Bill Bates) daughter - her grandmother Merle Bates circa 1930s.

Road usage

Mr John Sargeant’s recent letter in regard to KIPT and road usage was naive in the first instance and at its worst arrogant and bullying The company seems intent on conflict both on a port location and also who funds the required roads in the event one day it finds a suitable port location. That site is not Smith Bay. Being the “largest ratepayer” on the Island is one thing, demanding the roads be upgraded is another. History shows that prior to the gypsum industry finishing, Bulk Carrying Company kept the public roads they used maintained for decades. They had their own grader, carted resheeting material as required and had  a 24-hour operation on the roads at least five days per week and sometimes more.

The proposed roads to be used by KIPT are all local roads and not State Government  roads. What financial arrangements have been put in place are difficult to ascertain. Councillors seem unable to provide that advice. The trees need to go, nothing is more certain, however the long suffering KI ratepayers should not bear the cost of providing immensely expensive road upgrades. That would be very wrong

Michael Pengilly, Wisanger

Raffle thanks

“What IS it about Whales?” run over recent weeks in conjunction with our 9th National Science Week event at the SA Whale Centre was a huge success, raising just over $3000 to underpin our ongoing research effort in the region on KI Marine Adventures and The Big Duck Boat Tours.

It is truly humbling to have received such a broad reaching range of stunning prizes from Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Big 4 Port Elliot Holiday Park, Ozone Hotel, Craig Parry, Fine Art Gallery, KI Spirits, KI Marine Adventures, The Big Duck Boat Tours, Raptor Domain KI Birds of Prey, Hotel Crown, Simply Bea, Michelle Neill, Sinclair Florist, Cathy Fowler and Evan Brown, Dudley Wines, Michael and Barbara Sibley, Victor Harbor Golf Club, Monica Welsh, Emu Bay Lavender, South Australian Whale Centre, Trish Latimer, KI Brewery, Kangaroo Island Coffee Roasters, Island Fitness and Massage and Kildea Beauty.

Thankyou to Chocol’ Art and Coffee on KI for kindy hosting us and supporting the effort with “hugs and mugs” and to the SA Whale Centre and the host of people who generously bought tickets and made donations, from all over! As a citizen-led Citizen Science NFP project funded by grants and sponsorship, maintaining longitudinal survey effort for over 13 years requires huge effort. Any support in any form is sincerely appreciated! Our grateful thanks to you all, from all of us and the whales – large and small.

Tony Bartram, KI/VH Dolphin Watch coordinator

Merchant navy

Merchant Navy Day falls on September 3 each year, the anniversary of the sinking of the first British merchant vessel in 1939 during the Second World War. Australian service personnel and civilians have served on merchant vessels in times of war and conflict for more than a century, transporting service personnel, supplies and equipment across dangerous seas and oceans.

Merchant vessels were often defenceless and their work was perilous with the constant threat of attack from enemy submarines, surface raiders, aircraft and mines. Earlier this year, Australia commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Atlantic, possibly the most well-known battle involving merchant mariners.

The battle lasted almost the entire duration of the Second World War and was fought over thousands of miles across the war’s most dangerous shipping lanes. More than 3,000 British and Allied ships were sunk and some 30,000 Allied and merchant mariners died during the Battle of Atlantic. These were extraordinarily brave sailors, doing a job that had to be done under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable. Lest we forget.

Darren Chester MP. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs