DAVID PRICE of Esperance writes:
THE majority of Esperance’sresidents and ratepayers have obviouslysupported the replacementof the town’s natural beauty, clean healthyenvironment and ambience forthe ever-expanding port,its associatedinfrastructure and the pollution it creates.
I find it hard to accept that these same people are prepared toforgothefinancialbenefits that should flow from such asacrifice.
The installation of the naturalgas pipeline, the upgrade of ourrailway, the increased shipping andthe extra heavy vehicletraffichas not delivered any immediate financialbenefit to ourregions residentssuch as decreased costs intravel, transport,utilities (electricity, gas, water) shire rates, building constructionorthe price of fuel.
It is blatantly obvious, when a person can purchase fuel in Newdegatecheaper than in Esperance, that this government and its big business partnershave no intentionof reimbursing usfor some of the savings madepossible by the residents forfeiture.
It seems inevitable that Esperance will suffer the same demise asthecoastal towns of the north west unless its residents demandbigbusinessand their shareholderspay a smallfee forthedestruction they cause.
On the subject of fuel, it is of extreme concern that you canreceivea 4c a litre fuel discount at aColes/Shell fueloutletalthough Coles doesnot have a store in Esperance. To obtain a4c discount voucher you need to purchase alcohol from their bottleshop.
This could be construed as “if youdon’t drink alcohol youmust pay more for fuel”. Not a good look for a corporate citizen.
It makes more sense to legislate that if a supermarket/fuelchaindoes not have a store in the townthey cannot control a liquor outlet.
So if you are driving to Perth and want to send a message to the localchamber of commerce and industry,put enough fuel in your tank to get youto Newdegate and fill up there.
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