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PO Box 21, Mt Barker, SA, 5251
CONGRATULATIONS to Andrew
Webber on his excellent letter to the
editor (The Courier, April 22) and his
relevant questions to the Government
and Opposition on this issue.
The lack of good science on the safety
and efficacy for any individual vaccine is
concerning enough to very young bodies
with a still developing immune system.
Of even greater concern are the numerous
studies in countries tabling the deleterious
effects of multiple vaccines and associated
toxins in the body, but the controlling
authorities and pharmaceutical companies
have not been forced to test these studies
appropriately, and lack any financial
incentive to do so themselves.
The Government would be quick to
pounce on and punish any parent who
forced their children to ingest equivalent
quantities of toxic substances.
Paradoxically, they now wish to financially
penalise parents who are concerned for
their young child’s development and
wellbeing with these same substances
injected directly to the bloodstream and
consequently to the brain.
D. A. Grove
FOR some time I have been driving by
and looking at the now vacant ex-army,
ex-refugee homes in Inverbrackie and
wondering what will become of such a
valuable part of the community?
Now I hear they are to be sold in one lot
to any group/company with the money in
order to make a large profit.
I also noticed a very happy Federal
MP Jamie Briggs applauding the sale as
being good for the community.
I hope people will remember there was a
very successful refugee integration centre
operating from those homes not long ago.
Mothers were being taught how
to mingle and share their lives and
experiences in the local community,
children participated in the local schools
and shared their culture and languages
with as much being given back by Hills
children their teachers.
I hope Mr Briggs remembers his part
in the midnight removal of these families
from Inverbrackie onto busses and out of
the country and into offshore prisons.
The sale of the these houses carries
some heavy history and responsibility.
WELL the Groovin the Moo music
festival is over for another year and the
Remember the debate last year about
antisocial behavior and needing more
Remember being told by the organisers
that these problems would be fixed this
There is a condition by the Adelaide
Hills Council on the event organisers
that there should be one toilet per 75
people. Did the council check this?
Another condition for the event is that,
in the event of rain, suitable soil control
methods, approved by council should be
employed to prevent polluted runoff into
the Onkaparinga River. Did anyone from
the council check this? There were no
control methods visible at the event.
This paper reported that the council
had “designated dry zones in areas near
the festival” to apparently “stamp out”
drinking outside the event.
Well that didn’t work either judging by
the empties on many of the roads close to
The dry zone is a council designation.
Did they police it? If not, who does?
To the organisers’ credit they did pick
up most of the empties quickly but left
the other rubbish, such as discarded
muddy clothing, plastic, cardboard and
When I asked the council about picking
up this leftover rubbish on their roads
I was told to call the organisers myself.
The Onkaparinga Valley community
has an absolute right to expect ownership
by the council of the continuing unsolved
event issues and more so to expect
leadership in the solutions.
Put a plan together, do it now and let’s
all see it.
Cut their cloth
IT IS sad to see the Mt Barker Council’s
first thought if it is to continue the
pensioner rebate is a rate increase.
This will only penalise pensioners more
as well as the rest of the community.
I see council funds wasted every day
and the option should be to economise.
It does not occur to our councillors that
the first option should be to trim the
waste and get back to basic services and
leave some projects on hold until they are
Better Inverbrackie deal
I WRITE in reference to the front
page story in The Courier (April 22)
regarding the potential sale of homes at
The starting valuation given by the real
estate agent of $12m values each of the
refurbished homes at just $150,000.
Given that the 2010 refurbishment
cost was $10m (average $125,000 per
house) this seems an extraordinarily low
If the land is sold to a developer they
would, after rezoning, resell them for at
That is a gross profit of $16m.
A survey published in Smart Investor
magazine in December 2014 shows the
average house price in Mt Barker was
$375,000 and Littlehampton $449,000.
The Inverbrackie site is very valuable
and should not be sold off to benefit big
As the owner of the land the Federal
Government must strive to achieve
the best return on its asset rather than
handing it over at a bargain basement
price simply to be rid of it.
I wonder if it is possible to undertake a
land release where the houses are offered
for $250,000, perhaps using a ballot
system, with a proviso that the purchaser
live in the property for two years.
This would eliminate the big investors
and allow people to enter the housing
market who are currently priced out of it.
It would also, apart from almost
doubling the Government’s return,
deliver Adelaide Hills Mayor Bill Spragg
the diverse population he desires for
the site which would have a far greater
benefit to the local economy than turning
the whole place into a retirement village.
It is important an improved plan is not
sidelined by the argument that zoning
The State Government can change the
zoning as it did in the highly publicised
and controversial Mt Barker land deal.
The Federal Member for Mayo Jamie
Briggs and his State and local government
colleagues need to put their energies into
supporting the community to achieve a
WELL done to the organisers and to
98% of those who went to Groovin the
I live near the Oakbank racecourse and
it was a joy to see so many young people
enjoying themselves, despite the terrible
Yes a handful out of 15,000 may have
urinated in the street but really, is the
sky going to fall in?
Some people seem to have forgotten
what it is like to be young and let your
Our youth today don’t get as many
opportunities to do this as we did and
when they do, if they happen to break the
Let them have some fun that’s not in
front of a computer.
SHALL we ever learn history’s lessons?
There are now almost as many under
and malnourished children in Ethiopia
as the whole population of that country
at the time of the Live Aid concerts.
Population growth has greatly outrun
the carrying capacity of the country.
In the late 1970s, during a five-week
trek in Nepal, I noted that the then
population of 13 million was already
causing environmental damage.
The population is now 29 million.
There is abundant evidence of a
negative correlation between population
growth and growth of per capita GDP in
Comparison of such countries over
recent decades has shown that those
which have limited population growth
through making family planning and
contraception universally available have
improved the wellbeing of their citizens
far more than those countries that have
While the short-term aid now flowing to
Nepal is necessary, it is vital that Nepal
is helped long-term with the universal
provision of family planning services and
available and appropriate contraception.
The Australian Government could do no
better than to swing a large proportion
of its foreign aid budget from Indonesia
to Nepal, specifically addressing the
provision of these services to Nepalese
women and families.
Individuals might consider making
a donation to the Family Planning
Association of Nepal which is a member
of the International Planned Parenthood
Dr John R. Coulter
Deaf and blind
IF the police and Adelaide Hills
Council have not heard complaints of the
drunken louts turning the Verdun and
Oakbank areas into a public lavatory on
Anzac Day they must be deaf and blind.
Groovin the Moo should be banned from
Oakbank and all Hills and residential
Such antisocial behavior is completely
Perhaps the organisers will pay
compensation to the businesses and
private people affected.
Then again, pigs might fly!
FULL praise again to the Adelaide
Despite hard financial times a new
footpath and retaining wall have been
completed on Mill Road at Lobethal.
A seemingly mundane, “minor works”
project perhaps but heartening after
seeing school mothers trudge back and
forth with squirming youngsters for so
long in the dirt.
An emergency in Main Street saw
traffic diverted through the works site
but the work crew handled this with
aplomb, while enhancing the entrance to
historic Biegdoch Manor.
Well done Adelaide Hills Council!
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