Letters to The Islander | Feb. 14

KIPT's property at Smith Bay, Kangaroo Island.
KIPT's property at Smith Bay, Kangaroo Island.

Smith Bay opponents

Why oppose such a project? Is it because they don’t like seaports? [you are on an Island] Is it because they don’t like progress? [possible]

Is it because they object to the $40 million that is potentially added to the Island’s economy, making many struggling businesses more viable! [hardly]

Is it because they object to seeing a growth of potentially up to an extra 500 good income-earning residents added to the community. [Through the 200-plus jobs that some have family]

Is it because they have determined that it will detrimentally affect the Yumbah abalone farm? [which nobody wants to see]

If this is so, then it would have been much smarter to wait for the EIS to be tabled, or even better, talk to KIPT.  I can understand the Yumbah general manager raising concerns. Good on him. So would I; It’s his and his staff’s livelihood that should be protected!

However, the credibility and integrity of the manager’s action is [in my view] questionable because he should have waited until the full report was out. I believe he has never sat down with KIPT to discuss his concerns. Why not?

There is nothing that has been brought to the table so far [from Yumbah’s perspective] to object to. I assume that Yumbah would have done a study on the potential negative effects the port may have, and the manager is acting on this study accordingly.

To my knowledge such a study has not yet been tabled, or discussed with KIPT. The port facility may well in time present opportunities that many Island activities in time will take advantage of.

As one Islander quipped; “Mate, it doesn’t matter where they put it, there will always be those that will object! [Not a good look for KI from an investor.]

Petitions these days carry little weight. We all sign them when shoved under our nose without knowing the facts. Andrew Neighbour’s 200 signatures probably from his passengers [captive boat audience].

When presented : “Well why not sign”. These people have no context or have even seen the designs of the port. They have no understanding of the value of this project to KI.

Andrew! The southern right whales are in the Gulf, they are at Victor Harbor, Investigator Strait where there is far more shipping traffic than there will ever be in Smith Bay!  Don’t worry Andrew they will still come, as will the dolphins, and you will be able to maintain the great work you now do.

Caj Amadio, Kingscote

KI Histories available

Kangaroo Island’s unique and fabulous 42-volume history series published under the umbrella title “The First 200 Years” is now available to retail outlets for the first time.  Up until recently the series has been available only to subscribers. As publisher, I founded The Islander in 1967 and started the history series as a hobby, and would be delighted if the books could be made available to a much wider audience. I am inviting any retail outlets on KI including transport and tour operators as well as accommodation houses, to contact me for a colour catalogue and book sale options. Contact me at neville.cordes@bigpond.com or 8376 9739.

Neville Cordes, Glenelg

Threatened wilderness

As someone who has visited Kangaroo Island many times to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of its national parks, I am appalled at current moves by the state government for inappropriate development in Flinders Chase National Park .

The new proposal is at major variance with the discreetly tucked away “luxury tent-style eco-sensitive accommodation” approved by the previous state government along the Wilderness Trail.

The fact that the proposal contradicts the current management plan makes it even more bewildering that there has been no public consultation, including with the Friends of KI Western Districts Parks Group. It must have been a difficult decision for dedicated volunteers to withdraw labour from the parks they love, and for them and the Friends of Dudley Peninsula Parks to make this decision shows the extent of the threat.

After decades of budget cuts, national parks state-wide rely heavily on Friends of Parks volunteer groups for maintenance and restoration, and the state government should take them seriously.

By my understanding there is no need for this development, with luxury resorts for wealthy tourists already on private land outside of the park. It could be the thin edge of the wedge, with other national parks also mooted for commercial development. Wilderness areas are disappearing world-wide. The State Government needs to be careful that they don’t irreversibly kill the golden goose which could draw visitors to KI forever.

Ian Grosser, Mount Barker

Emu Bay ramp

The Emu Bay boat ramp over recent months has been the subject of much attention  from councillors with questions raised at council meetings, and articles in The Islander. As public money is contributing to the project it is reasonable for the ratepayer to be concerned. Stan Gorton reports in his article 'Emu Bay boat ramp two months away from opening' (The Islander February 1) that: 'There has been a change of plan in that the wave attenuation boards will now be placed on the inside the pylons on both sides of the ramp.

As I understand, attenuation boards are to reduce the wave impact on the ramp structure from the leeward side and this would protect the pylons. It seems to me that by placing the boards inside they are not doing the job they're suppose to do.

Rhonda Avard, Gilberton, SA