Looking for benefits in our biggest battery

Dreaming

I still find it hard to understand the benefit of this very expensive battery being installed near Jamestown.

First let me say that I sincerely hope that the businesses and general public of Jamestown and surrounds can reap as much benefit from this exercise as is humanly possible, but at the end of the day this enormous outlay by the state taxpayer is all about power security and affordability. 

As I understand it this is a storage facility (or at least that is what this totally unproven installation is thought to be) and does not actually produce one single spark of power. 

I also understand that in the event of a power outage this battery could (perhaps) provide power to some 30.000 homes for one hour (again an unproven statistic).

But; in the event of an outage the state government have first bite at the sausage and those 30.000 homes can have what’s left (if anything). 

You may well ask the question “what does this bloke know about it”? 

The answer is “about as much as Jay Weatherill and his cohorts”. 

South Australian is in an energy crisis! I don’t believe this exercise will ease that crisis at all! 

It will in fact exasperate it!

Dennis Parker, Yongala.

Is your dog or cat keeping secrets from you?

Our animal companions tend to hide health problems from us.

So, even if it seems like a nuisance, seeing your veterinarian on a regular basis can help pick up on problems before they become serious.

Dental disease, lumps and bumps on the skin, increasing or decreasing bodyweight, joint stiffness and changes in the ability to walk caused by arthritis occur so slowly that we often don’t notice them.

Your vet can help spot these problems.

How can you tell if there might be a serious problem?

If your dog or cat’s appetite has diminished or they have lost weight, they are less active than usual, or if they are vomiting or have diarrhoea or loose stools, go straight to the vet.

Even if there are no obvious symptoms, if your dog or cat is less than ten, you should visit the vet annually; older than that, the visit should be at least every six months.

New strains of diseases appear all the time, for example a new strain of parvovirus was found in Australia this year which is extremely contagious and fatal in 50 per cent of cases.

Companion animals depend on us for their welfare.

In return for our care, they offer unconditional love.

It’s worth any inconvenience to make sure they are well.

Ashley Fruno, associate director, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia, Sydney, NSW.

Appointed or anointed?

In watching the behaviour and carry-on of Nick Xenophon, I am reminded of Mrs Claude Pepper's statement: The mistake a lot of politicians make is forgetting they've been appointed and thinking they've been anointed".

Rick Drewer, Gawler East.