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Your views: on Paine for council, wage underpayments and Kimba nuclear dump

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Today, readers comment on a former Property Council head’s council tilt, a retail giant’s staff ripoff, and a national nuclear waste site for an Eyre Peninsula town.

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Commenting on the story: Ex-Property Council chief eyes city council seat

Hello, Nathan, I’m still here with my scrapbook of your every published comment promoting the interests of developers over the needs and desires of residents.

I was glad when you left but I was prepared for your return.

I will happily distribute your history of developer bias to prospective voters. – Carol Faulkner

Commenting on the story: Coles flags $20m hit from wage underpayments

If an employee was caught stealing large sums, they would more than likely be sent to prison.

Same should apply to the highly paid executives/directors who are robbing them. 

 In Trump language, ” Fire them ” and call in the Police. – Antony Leahy

This industry thrives on negativity, always highlighting to its staff what is needing to be done, without the time to do it.

Five years ago I was employed as the Dairy Department Manager of an unnamed store, yet my pay did not reflect this.

Their reasoning was “Dairy” was considered a small section of “Grocery” where there was already a manager – despite me being the one handling the sole responsibility.

Although I was in their words, “not” a manager, I still was required to perform the same duties of the other department managers.

My regional manager told me 2 weeks into my role; “Your job is to do the work needed, if you can’t to this in the time allocated then you should clock off, and keep working until the job is done”.

So my options were work on average, 14 hour days, taking no lunch break in the process – because this would ultimately delay my home time, or not have a job.

I haven’t worked for Coles now in 5 years, but will be interested to see if I am compensated for doing an extra unpaid 30 hours on average per week. Darius Panozzo

Commenting on the story: Kimba nuke decision dumps on Indigenous rights

I write in response to Michele Madigan and Dr Jim Green’s opinion piece.

The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility to be located at Kimba in South Australia, is critical to Australian nuclear medicine that one in two Australians need to treat cancers and a range of other heart, lung and musculoskeletal conditions.

The radioactive waste from nuclear medicine is currently spread over more than 100 locations across the country, at science facilities, universities and hospitals.

It needs to be consolidated into a purpose-built facility, where it can be safely managed.

The new facility brings a new industry to Kimba, with 45 local jobs once it’s operational, more than $8 million per annum in economic benefits and more than $35 million in community funding, including $3 million dedicated to Indigenous economic development and cultural heritage management.

The Kimba site was selected after a national call for site nominations, and more than four years of technical assessments and community consultation.

The local community that live and work around the site broadly support it: 61.6 per cent of voters in the District Council of Kimba radioactive waste ballot supported the facility.

Furthermore, 59.3 per cent of surveyed local businesses support it and 59.8 per cent of local submissions support it, as well as 100 per cent of the people who would be direct neighbours to the site.

While native title has been extinguished at Napandee, the department has actively sought the views of Traditional Owners and will continue to engage with them on matters of heritage and to provide opportunity for employment and economic benefit.

Barngarla members were invited to attend regional information sessions about the facility, nuclear science and safety.

Barngarla representatives have also attended meetings with the previous Minister and the department to directly voice their concerns and issues with the facility.

The department offered financial support for the Barngarla people to conduct their own survey so that their sentiment could be included with the other surveys and submissions undertaken to inform the site selection.

Although only a minority portion of the Barngarla community responded to the survey run by the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation (39.71% of its members), those that did respond were clear in their opposition.

Their views, through the survey and other submissions have been carefully considered along with the views of other sections of the community.

The department wants to work with the Barngarla people at all stages of the project, to make sure Barngarla people can access skills training and employment opportunities.

We also want to work with the Barngarla people on an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan to manage heritage values around the site.

In closing, Traditional Owners will continue to be consulted, and we will work to protect Aboriginal cultural heritage, and maximise economic opportunities and outcomes for Aboriginal communities near the facility. Sam Chard, General Manager, National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Taskforce

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