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Australia could be leading producer of hydrogen fuel We would like to clarify some points made by Rupert Steiner (“Hiding from Hydrogen” Letters 30/4/19). Global momentum for hydrogen is growing and Australia is well positioned to be a leading producer of this clean future fuel. Japan is leading the world in its use of hydrogen for domestic use, including large-scale utility power generation, powering homes and cars with hydrogen fuel cells. The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) pilot project will demonstrate integration of various technologies including the production of hydrogen from Latrobe Valley brown coal for export to Japan. There are several ways to produce clean hydrogen, including coal, natural gas and renewables. Coal gasification with carbon, capture and storage (CCS) is a cost-effective and safe method to produce clean hydrogen. The “industrial waste” that Mr Steiner refers to is simply carbon dioxide (CO2) – a compound that plays an essential role in the Earth’s carbon cycle, but one that must be mitigated. If the HESC project proceeds to a commercial scale, the CO2 produced by the project will be injected deep underground in Bass Strait, similar to the way oil and gas has been stored for millions of years. It will not be pumped out to sea as Mr Steiner states. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recognises the need for CCS technology to help meet climate change action objectives, as does the UK Committee on Climate Change and EU Commission. Shunsuke Sakuma, Hydrogen Engineering Australia
Too high a cost I ask Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr David Gill why Rosebud boat shed owners will to be expected to pay a proposed increase in the flat annual rate of $445 yearly to $1200 for the use of their boat shed? Yes, the wealthy can afford the increases but the “normal” residents will struggle. Not only that, [the shire’s proposed budget incudes] a waste service charge of $285 yearly when we don’t even have a bin. Total cost of $1485 is almost as much as for a house. Judy Martin, McCrae
No sense quarry I am not against the Ross Trust, but I am against its proposed new massive quarry in Boundary Road, Dromana. The trust donates roughly $4 million a year to charity of which only about three per cent goes to the Mornington Peninsula. The will of Roy Everard Ross, which set up the Ross Trust, stipulates the donations should go to the preservation of the environment and supporting foreign students. The Ross Trust has more than $50 million in assets, so could still maintain its charitable work, albeit at a reduced level.
It doesn’t have to clear up to 38 hectares (93 acres) of bushland to access granite when there are extensive reserves in other areas that don’t require habitat destruction. The state government’s 2015-2050 demand and supply report does not consider this reserve of granite on the peninsula to be strategic to the needs of Victoria. We all have products from quarries on our property. If not from Hillview, then from another quarry. There are other quarries that are not causing such environmental damage. To reopen the old pioneer quarry would take 150,000 litres of water a day on average to empty. The new quarry will be 10 times the area and 70 metres deeper. The water is from an aquifer (water table) and will be pumped out via Sheepwash Creek to Port Phillip. When water is so precious, how could they think this is ok? Surely destroying bushland and pumping out water to create money to then donate money for the preservation of the environment doesn’t make sense. Does the end ever justify the means? Michelle de la Coeur, Red Hill
Interrupted dinners Last week I was inundated by stooges of [Flinders Liberal MP] Greg Hunt with pre-recorded messages about the incredible goodness of our, hopefully, former MP Greg Hunt. I found these intrusions into my evening meals a very unwelcome affair. If I ever would have contemplated voting for the LNP, it certainly pushed me to never vote for him. I really felt repulsed about the neediness of Mr Hunt. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring Beach
Quick to complain I wonder if all those readers who accused The News of political bias [for running the Victorian Trades Hall Council’s advertisement “Who will Greg Hunt stab in the back next”] are enjoying the taste of crow? To prove this paper’s unbiased position, we’ve [since] been presented with [paid for] election material from Labor, Liberal and from [independent] Julia Banks. Let’s hope we are not assailed with one from Clive [Palmer], although he doesn’t really need to advertise, seeing as he is riding on the coattails of the [Scott] Morrison coalition anyway. These complainants have shown their own bias by prematurely jumping the gun and thereby shooting themselves in the foot. I’m reminded by the old saying, “get the brain into gear before operating the mouth”. In this case, the fingers on the keyboard . John Cain, McCrae
‘Hilarious’ reactions Hilarious; had to laugh. All those letters (14/5/19) complaining of the [Victorian Trades Hall Council’s advertisement “Who will Greg Hunt stab in the back next”] anti-Greg Hunt ad-
Thanks for track work I would like to thank the Mornington Peninsula Shire for understanding the need for safe steps and for providing a hand rail on the Coral Cove beach access track on the Mornington foreshore on the Esplanade between Coral and Johns roads, Mornington. The Coral Cove beach has been a favourite of local residents for many years, but wear and tear of the steps leading down to this beach made the beach access difficult for all users and dangerous vertisement, some suggesting the word “advertisement” was too small. My cat knew it was an advertisement, as I did in the expected follow-up from Mr Hunt’s crowd and Julia Banks’ invisible lot. A tryptic? Collingwood to beat St Kilda, a Labor mini landslide and a victory for handsome Greg in Flinders? Egg on my face come next week? Not to worry. I’m not a betting man. I was wrong once before, 1996. John Howard. Cliff Ellen, Rye
Wasted water Victoria has ordered 125 gigalitres of desalinated water at a cost of $100 million or so, for household use and gardens, parks, industrial, everything. Melbourne Water’s Eastern sewage treatment plant discharges about 127 gigalitres a year of purified, expensive, Class A recycled water into the ocean at Gunnamatta. Houses in newer estates have dual-pipe water, the “purple pipe” supplying Class A recycled water, at about $2 a kilolitre which is eminently suitable for lawns, gardens and industry, but not for drinking or bathing. A Moorooduc apple orchard was close to folding because of lack of water (“Water offer saves the day (for now” The News 30/4/19). Tens of thousands of existing houses have to let the garden go in summer because we can’t afford to use any more drinking water at a cost of about $3 a kilolitre. If only all of these houses, and many businesses, could access this water at a reasonable price of $1 a kilolitre there would
for people with limited mobility. The shire has recently replaced the existing path with a new structure providing even depth of steps and a hand rail for the full length of the access track. The new work is well appreciated by all who use this beach and makes the access now available for those with limited mobility. The shire workers who rebuilt the steps have done a great job and were always courteous and helpful to the needs of residents during the project. Neena Ackehurst, Mornington be no waste and significant benefits all round. We would need less desalinated water. There is a cost to piping purple water, and even possibly having to dam some of it during winter, but the cost is an investment with eternal dividends and rewards. Melbourne Water (and the state government) could earn $127 million a year. Do nothing and it is all wasted. On 25 June2013, The News ran an article about much the same wasted water, advocating its sale and use. Since then, something like $762 million, perhaps double that, has been flushed out to sea. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington
Parking problems The Committee 4 Greater Frankston is very passionate about important changes for Frankston, but it is totally out of step with Frankston’s most pressing issues. It doesn’t regard climate change or the environment, violence against women or homelessness as major problems. The charismatic CEO of this powerful lobby group is Ginevra Hosking - from the chain of Jewellery shops. She worked for 15 years with the ANZ Bank and other members are also well connected, rich and powerful business people. This very wealthy Committee 4 Greater Frankston is advocating more parking spaces. The end result will be choking Frankston CBD streets with more cars and poisonous carbon dioxide pollution. Frankston residents must stand up and oppose more parking spaces. Complain to Frankston Council. Write letters to the newspapers. Protest on social media. Vic Langsam, Frankston
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21 May 2019
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