Many thanks to my terrific audience of 16 in Mt Gambier tonight. The presentation was a lot of fun, and I took some really intelligent questions about some of the practicalities of implementing nuclear power in South Australia. We discussed not just climate change, but the implications of nuclear power on pollution and health, and the cost and security of our energy here in South Australia. With any luck I will revisit the region, hopefully with a little more publicity and planning behind me, and give it another run; tonight was put together in some haste during a busy end of financial year period for ThinkClimate Consulting. Nonetheless, hugely worthwhile, and I hope a few attendees call in to ABC tomorrow to talk me up.
As an added benefit to the trip, I was able to pop into The Whistling Fish Bookshop and Cafe in Robe, greatest book shop in the world. Hmmm, let me qualify that. I have not yet visited every bookshop in the world. Of those I have visited, it is the greatest. Check it out.
I also took the tourist drive along the largest wind farm in Australia, near Millicent. Wow. Big. Biiiiiiiiiiiiiig. I’m glad I did it. I stopped for a listen, and yes they do make noise where previously there would have been very little. Whether it is bad noise or not is another matter; the cows milling around didn’t seem to mind, but I would if I could hear it in my back yard. Hopefully the setbacks take care of that. Visually, well there’s no doubt that it’s a highly modified environment that they are in, and romanticising our arcadian landscapes is all well and good, but let’s not pretend it’s wilderness. It’s surely a matter of opinion. From a distance, I didn’t mind it. On the tourist drive though I must say they are an overwhelming presence and I was actually pleased to leave. I think the visit improved my appreciation of the impacts of that particular source of electricity generation.
It has been a very worthwhile road trip, but tomorrow it’s home to family. I’m glad!