Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Is Electricity an essential service in Australia?

I think the people of Eyre Peninsula SA are now asking ourselves this question after the closure of the Port Augusta power station has seen our region left without enough power!

Regardless of stormy weather, the power has always randomly gone off at our place, even before Pt Augusta closed. But what we are experiencing now is totally different. Long periods without power. Power flicking on and off, yesterday evening ours flicked off and on 6 times in a period of 40 minutes. My oven blew up (mid-Pavlova!), which I can only assume was due to the constant power outages of the previous 24 hours. At least we still HAD power some of the time, the Western Coast of EP had none, and over the Christmas period at that!

Are we expecting too much that our Adelaide based politicians might include our region in their Electricity plans for the state? 

Was there a government analysis undertaken of the ramifications of Pt Augusta closing? Or were the Whetherill government too excited about boasting to their greeny mates about closing another coal power station?

Certainly, the word around EP was Pt Augusta's closure would affect our power supply...... and whadaya know... it has! Go figure!!

So instead of the usual praying for mobile signal, we are now praying for a reliable Electricity supply. Even Afghanistan has 3 hours of electricity per day.

Is it really too much to ask that a region that contributes several billion dollars to this state's economy each year in Agriculture, Aquaculture and Mining, is considered worthy enough to receive a reliable power supply?

Is Electricity an essential service for all Australians? It would appear not to the people of Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.

We accept that bad weather can cause interruptions, we've always accepted that. We are always grateful to those technicians that help restore our power as quickly as they can. But this current arrangement is so unacceptable for a first world country and a region that is already isolated from the mainstream of the state.

You can no longer do business or even live on Eyre Peninsula unless you get yourself a generator, you just have to have one. So to all the greenies I say, 'suck it up sunshine', we are churning so much toxic fuel through those suckers it'd make your head spin, so Bravo people, what a great outcome for the ozone layer!!!

I'm not anti renewable's by any means, but what we work towards for the future health of the planet MUST be kept within 'sensible' parameters so as not to ruin our economy and the livelihoods and wellbeing of our communities.

Basically, I don't care who's fault this is, I don't care what is state or federal responsibility, I don't give a shit about the political blame game blah blah, I just want our elected government to get off their arse and fix it!

p.s. the power went off twice while trying to write this post!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Harvest is underway

Well I haven't 'flogged the blog' for a long time! It has been severely neglected over the past 2 years. Basically, the internet was so slow I just lost interest, it was too hard!

The new NBN satellite is much quicker, not perfect and still not enough download for what we want to spend, but still, things are better.

Harvest is cruising along, it took ages to get going due to spring rains that left the crop green and not ready for reaping at the usual time- which is a good complaint!

Wheat in pictures below is still to be harvested but we'll get there!

So our input costs are more than last year, but the price we get for our grain this year is significantly less than the prices over the past few years. 

It's quite disheartening when you have some good yielding crops for a change, but the price is such that our gross income will be down due to world grain prices. #farmers are #gamblers