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Jacqui CoatesT for Tourist plates founder Jacqui CoatesA fatal car crash that deprived a family of its mother planted the seed of an idea for a road safety awareness initiative that aims to cut the number of accidents involving tourists visiting Australia.

In February 2011, Strathalbyn mother-of-five Jayne Guttilla was killed in a head-on collision by an Italian tourist driving his car on the wrong side of the road. It was the second South Australian road fatality in a year caused by an international tourist driving on the right-hand side of the road.

Since then, Jacqui Coates and Trish Crosby of Milang have developed the T for Tourist plates program to place identifying plates on tourists’ cars to show they are unfamiliar with local roads.

Jayne Guttilla’s now 26-year-old son, Josh, who lives with three younger brothers, strongly supports the T for Tourist plate program. “I think it’s a great idea,” he said.

Craig WilkinsCraig WilkinsA nuclear waste repository under construction in Finland has few lessons for the global high level nuclear waste dump proposed for SA warns the state’s peak environment body, Conservation SA.

Conservation SA CEO Craig Wilkins said there were so many differences between the Finnish and the SA nuclear waste plans that the Premier’s current study trip there would provide little insight. “Comparing Finland to South Australia is a waste of time as the two nuclear dump plans are completely different,” he said.

“It’s like comparing apples and oranges - or in this case, lemons. If the Premier wants to see an operating deep underground nuclear waste facility, he should go to New Mexico’s $25 billion Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in the US – which has a very instructive history.

Craig WilkinsCraig WilkinsConservation SA CEO Craig Wilkins has slammed the potential $600 million price tag to investigate the idea of SA permanently storing high level radioactive waste from around the world.

Mr. Wilkins was responding to media reports that a consultant working on the Royal Commission has revealed that the State Government will need to find as much as $600 million to plan a nuclear waste dump - even if the project never gets off the ground.

"$600m is an extraordinary amount of money for taxpayers to spend on an idea that is very unlikely to proceed in the face of significant community opposition,” said Mr Wilkins.