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Special visit: See our story on the visit of His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC on p3 of today's paper. Photo: Supplied.
Special visit: See our story on the visit of His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC on p3 of today's paper. Photo: Supplied.

Tomorrow's graveyard

Dear Editor

The bad news of the closure of Robertstown Grain Silo's (as well as several others, added to an already long list of ghostly remnants of South Australian development) is, or should be, of great concern to South Australia.

South Australian Grain Silos were a huge step forward, for SA farmers, in the handling of grain.

The building of these silo's (together with the transition from bagged to bulk grain) began in the late 1950s at which time it was funded (largely) by the application of a levy on all grain growers and the emerging system together with all infrastructure was proudly owned by Australia. Now we have international giants holding ownership of these facilities.

The same scenario exists with the South Australian rail network whereby forward thinking governments developed the State rail system to serve the State and the rural communities.

The lines and infrastructure on Eyre Peninsula being the most recent rail network to become victim to sanitised international decisions.

This problem began (and has been allowed to continue) by successive governments (on both sides of the political spectrum) who have sold off our infrastructure (more often than not at bargain basement prices) in an attempt to balance the books (balancing acts which have failed spectacularly).

This State is now owned, more by international interests than any local home-based enterprises! Well done! to that long list of politicians, of all persuasions! In their wake these International giants are creating a chronicle of infrastructure ghosts scattered across our rural landscape.

Because of these acts of abandonment, an enormous, totally unexpected and unplanned-for burden on our road systems, is the result, not to mention the potential dangers to the motoring public this huge escalation of heavy traffic movements will create.

It would, therefore, seem fair and just that; as the instigators of this fast emerging road problem (State-wide) these overseas controlled conglomerates (grain and rail, and any other that may fall in this category) should be expected to contribute substantially toward the complete upgrade/rebuild of the roads that are expected to carry the additional burden that has been forced upon them, by those said foreign companies.

They have, after all, closed these facilities to save money, the money (our State wealth) that is leaving South Australia by the truck-load!

It takes no imagination at-all to envisage the future when our rural landscapes will become the graveyard of the stark ghosts of overseas influence combined with government inability.

A permanent reminder to future generations that South Australian money in overseas pockets, rather than common sense, drove the society of the latter half of the 20th century and the first half of the 21st, a society in which the opinion 'to hell with the mess that is left behind and the carnage created' seems predominant. We are told that 'International investment is good for the economy'.

Nothing will surpass domestic investment and ownership, the wealth stays here to further improve our society, then we as a society have control of our own development and destiny. It just makes common sense and should be vigorously pursued and supported by all governments.

Dennis Parker, Yongala

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