The planning authorities under whatever name you wish for them …

Comment on Gunner’s land management on back burner by Trevor Shiell.

The planning authorities under whatever name you wish for them have consistently ignored the geographic realities of the town.
They are that the town is north of the gap by reason of its history, not planning and that at some time in the future, hopefully soon, it will hit home that development will have to occur well south of the Gap.
This is because that is where future industrialization will have to occur, and that is where the infrastructure is.
The shortsightedness of future planning has been breathtaking. Having spent the last three weeks dissecting the draft land use plan it is obvious that it has been prepared by outsiders.
The $15m proposed for the Gap overpass is ridiculous when a similar facility just south of Adelaide without the complications of water, sewerage and electricity has so far cost over $140m and the figure in the draft is is 2009 dollars.
For that money we really need a brand new commercial centre near Brewer, not Kilgariff. There are, I understand, over 150 people employed at the jail alone. The latest traffic flow figures through the Gap are dated 2009 and well out of date.
There is an urgent need for an integrated transport hub at Brewer, rail, road and air, and there are numerous successful models around the country to copy.
A new industrial estate along the lines of Cameron St, where industrial businesses and residential premises are on the same land, has been so obvious a need for years and a bit of imaginative foresight could have prevented the current situation in the RL zone.
That would never have been allowed to happen on Stevens Road.
An integrated transport hub would solve the ludicrous situation which has developed in the RL zone with infiltration by industry.
The true opportunity cost of Kilgarif is yet to be felt in lost chances to advertise what is possible here to attract investment, and subsequent jobs, and this is so evident in food production.
Look at the Sundrop facility at Port Augusta. Imagine the traffic flows through the Gap as the outback way takes shape and Queensland to WA transport flows through the town and the Gap overpass or not.
Again the obvious thing is to bring it in via Gemtree and Ross River to a new commercial hub at Brewer, leaving the current CBD to do what it does so well – tourism – and not a poor replica of anywhere else in the country.
While the Onkaparinga council is planning a system of eco trails in the area around Willunga in SA and the Waroonga Council in Sydney, having done its market research, is planning the same, we are planning to turn Arumbera into an industrial estate? They must be kidding.
Now add to that the mines at Jervois, Titjikala and others and the Brewer proposition is so obvious.
Now we also have the possibility of the 1970s Rex Connor vision of a national gas grid to supply the Eastern States with gas. The shortest possible route between the gas fields off shore in WA and the eastern states is via Alice Springs – a distance of 1776 km from Brewer.
Why are we not out there thumping the table and telling people out there where we are? Macquarie Bank saw this some time ago and bought into Central Petroleum. Where were we?

Recent Comments by Trevor Shiell

Stuart statue should have King Charley as opposite
Great idea. It should be South of the town at the welcome rock and a part of a brand new tourism precinct based around the cultural /art center at or near Yirara with the student involvement, and a brand new up to speed visitors center at the Transport Hall of Fame as has happened at Winton and elsewhere.
The “Big” feature should also recognise the contribution made by the Afghan cameleers, making it a three way thing. We need to recognise the past but not live in it to the neglect of what lies ahead.
I note that buried under the sand in coastal Victoria, appears to be the wreck of an ancient Chinese vessel.
Perhaps we had a near miss well before the arrival of the Europeans and even be grateful for small mercies.


A touch of light: Willy wagtail, the gardeners’ friend
As a child growing up in the SA Riverland we had a very dear and good old Indigenous man named Fred who took me out frequently onto the river flats and showed me the ways of the Indigenous people of the area.
He could communicate with what he called the messenger birds. They nested in my fathers workshop.
History is repeating itself here and I have the same thing happening in my shed.
They had a problem with the feral cats just as I had with my canaries in my youth. I solved that with my single shot Lithgow .22.
The cats lived in the Berri Hotel wood heap. The birds here now build in my shed on a metal beam which is immune to cat attack, but to assist them I now have 23 notches on my rifle butt.
They love sardines also I have some wonderful conversations with the black cockies that rest on the back fence after filling their guts with calthrop seeds – much more sensible than some of the politicians I hear.


Independent Kim Hopper has succinct policies for Braitling
Well done Kim. We need a new view on things happening here.
We have lost so many opportunities to develop a unique place in the country but have been so inwardly looking over the years in favouring the interests that are so deeply ingrained here.
The Japanese have been using crushed glass from a mountain of wine bottles for many years mainly for road base. Here we are happy to dig into a pristine and ancient hillside.
I once changed some tyres in Adelaide and was PAID for them. They went to China where the rubber was removed by immersing them in liquid nitrogen and sent pack probably.
Unfortunately that has stopped and we do not have the scale or wage structure to do it here.
Both SA and Queensland have hydrogen production facilities developing, claiming the comparative advantage of their sunlight!
No one asked them to investigate here.
There are several towns that have gone completely off grid with significant savings to all.
Why did it not happen at Kilgariff?
One town in NSW has its solar panels over its sewerage ponds! Israel is producing potable water from waste water at under 60c. Singapore produces 60% of its drinking water from waste and they have a separate university department devoted to water recycling.
Here we treat fossil water as a waste product.
The sewerage ponds contain a veritable mountain of nutrients but no one has put a commercial value on them as fertiliser as has happened with the Adelaide plains market gardens.
Why are we not doing this on the communities?
Should I want to build my own eco friendly house here as in the Eco village at Aldinga in SA or the Christies Close development in the Adelaide CBD, where is the provision?
Where can I do it and make it representative of our conditions here? $5K for certification fees should I attempt that, thank you very much, let alone getting permissions in the face of am all powerful building industry.
The WA Government is installing vanadium flow batteries on some Indigenous communities in WA in preference to diesel but never a mention here.
Has any thought been given to the impending influx of electric vehicles? Queensland has developed its own solar highway. Where is our planning?
The development of new industries and the associated infrastructure has been guided by bodies that are protecting their own backsides and professional reputations rather than the communal good, and Darwin centred.
Go Kim!


New COVID initiative rehashes old projects
Get to the real cost of building here. It cost me $315 just to get a local tradie 15 km out of town to give me a quote. When queried I was told “that”s what we charge the Government”.
Brought an online switch from an electrical retailer here. Cost $23. Same switch at the green shed $6.50. A friend landed a four BR house here from Adelaide by truck.
Dropped on block ready to occupy: $280K, thank you very much!
Who is having whom on?


A touch of light: crows
Have had some magnificent conversations with them here but none better than conversations with the late Tommy Burrows and the crows that frequented his chook yard.
This is the stuff of legends!!
They almost ate with him at his breakfast table, and set his menu.


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