Where will the pool money come from?

Pool discussionCarol Veldhuyzen puts up a very convincing argument as to why Port Lincoln should have a heated indoor aquatic centre (Times, June 17) and for the most part I agree with her reasoning.
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Carol quotes statistics and the results of council’s survey, but what Carol is not revealing is that 10 per cent of the survey respondents are neither residents nor ratepayers in Port Lincoln so one would assume they would all agree with a new pool and taxing the ratepayers to help fund it.

When you discount the opinions of that 10 per cent there is less than 3 per cent of the city’s residents who participated in the survey.

What about the other 97 per cent?

Do we ignore their opinions because they failed to complete the survey or should we make a better attempt at seeking their opinion?

As I said, Carol’s reasoning is sound, but I ask – at what cost?

I do not believe that a city of 14,000 people with 8200 rateable properties can afford an aquatic centre that has been costed at $17 million.

At this week’s council meeting the council adopted a plan to borrow $10.2 million in the next two years, but where will the other $6.8 million come from?

I would like a new bright red Ferrari but I can’t have it because I can’t afford it.

Federal treasurer Joe Hockey is trying to convince us that we have to learn to live within our means, but apparently Port Lincoln does not have to be part of this.

While previous councils have operated within this principal, delivering considerable community infrastructure and upgrades with no debt and rate rises of only 30 per cent in the 10 years from 2000 to 2010, this current council has raised rates and charges by almost 30 per cent in four years as well as planning to have the city in debt of over $ 10 million by 2016.

Future rate rises are planned to be 80 per cent by 2024.

I ask that the community remembers this when council elections are held later this year. I will not be part of it.

MICK BASCOMBE

Port Lincoln City Council councillor (for not much longer)

We have plenty of water available

I’m sending this photograph of Port Lincoln’s very own Tod River flooding after our mid-June rain.

This is merely what is flowing out to sea by the airport after what water is caught by the Tod Reservoir.

With Port Lincoln’s water supply diminishing, talks of desalination plants make me shudder.

It seems to be the quick fix answer, but at a cost my grand kids will have to pay off.

Adelaide’s desal unit was at a huge cost the state couldn’t afford, especially when it is not even being used.

As with the Adelaide Oval being revamped successfully, we should be revamping the Tod Reservoir and also catching runoff on the sea side of it.

By utilising the Tod again it would take the pressure off our underground basins. Using the combination of both it just may solve Port Lincoln’s water problems.

Watching the runoff down the streets, heading to Liverpool Street, and flooding it has started my thought process that we should be utilising the free water we have.

PETER WOOLFORD

Port Lincoln

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