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By Genevieve Cooper
Community angst about new
Environment Protection Authority
(EPA) burning bans in townships has
prompted the Adelaide Hills Council
to trial an extra six free green waste
dumping days leading up to the fire
At the instigation of Councillor John
Kemp, elected members have approved
four extra days at the Heathfield depot,
the district’s busiest drop-off point, and
one extra day a piece at the Gumeracha
and Woodside depots.
Dates are yet to be set for the extra days
at Gumeracha and Woodside but the
Heathfield depot will be open Saturday,
October 8, to Monday, October 10, and
from Friday, November 4, to Sunday,
The measure is expected to cost the
council about $20,000.
Cr Kemp said the new rules meant
residents on large blocks in the Country
Living Zone couldn’t burn off garden
debris and two drop-off days and a
fortnightly green bin service were
“insufficient” to deal with the amount of
waste they had to manage.
“We’ve got a responsibility to help
the community make their properties
safe from bushfire,” he told last week’s
“From my discussions with residents
it is clear that only two free days is
insufficient, particularly as they’re only
on Saturdays which is inconvenient
for many due to other commitments.
“Residents have also said there are
delays in accessing the recycling depots,
particularly at Heathfield, due to long
queues of vehicles waiting to drop off
“Although residents can do multiple
drop-offs on these two days, waiting in
queues reduces the number possible or
dissuades them completely from taking
advantage of this free service.”
The EPA Environment Protection (Air
Quality) Policy 2016 came into effect
last month and introduced a raft of
regulations for what could be burnt and
A temporary system of exemptions
has allowed rural landholders within
the State Governments “metropolitan
area” to burn green waste but properties
within township boundaries cannot burn
without a permit. The council is working
on a set of criteria for permits but in the
meantime they will only be handed out
in “exceptional circumstances”.
To date it has received 66 applications
for permits. It has granted 30 and is
currently assessing 14.
Cr Andrew Stratford told the meeting
he supported the extra drop off days
but he objected to the extra costs now
imposed on ratepayers.
“This extra expense is a direct result of
the EPA policy,” he said. “We were quite
happy with the way it was going before.
“Now we’re spending between $20,000
and $40,000. It needs to be made quite
clear that this is a cost shifting exercise.”
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MEET MT BARKER’S MILLION DOLLAR MAN
By Elisa Rose
A Mt Barker couple who found
themselves instant millionaires
after appearing on Channel
Nine game show Millionaire
Hot Seat, have vowed to pass
on their “blessing” by donating
a 10th of their winnings to
Edwin and Cathy Daly were left
in a daze two weeks ago after Mr
Daly found himself in the quiz
show’s “hot seat” and answered
nine quiz questions correctly to
secure himself a $1m cheque.
Mr Daly was convinced he
wouldn’t be chosen for the show
which sees six contestants take
turns to answer general knowledge
questions, each of them vying for
the million dollar prize – when he
auditioned several years ago.
The 67-year-old thought his
inkling had been confirmed when
he didn’t hear a word from Channel
Nine for three years.
But this year – while he and
his wife were in the middle of a
caravanning holiday – Mr Daly
received an email inviting him and
his wife on an expenses-paid trip to
Melbourne to appear on the show.
Continued page 6
Edwin Daly and his wife Cathy found themselves instant millionaires after Mr Daly correctly answered nine trivia questions while
he was a contestant on Channel Nine’s ‘Millionaire Hot Seat’ gameshow which went to air on Monday night.
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