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By Lisa Pahl
Mounds of asbestos-tainted rubbish
and earth have been illegally dumped on
a public reserve near Nairne but it has
taken weeks for action to be taken on the
At least a dozen mounds of soil littered
with broken asbestos sheeting, glass bottles,
crockery, metal, bones and other refuse have
been left on a reserve off Pyrites Road.
The reserve and its track are marked as part
of The Kidman Trail, a horse-riding route
designed to “highlight the natural beauty” of
the Mt Lofty Ranges.
Brukunga resident Cyd Fenwick said she
first reported the dumping to the Mt Barker
Council in mid April and then twice more, but
nothing was done until last week.
“There’s about 10 truckloads of the stuff at
least,” she said.
“I have spoken to the council personally
three times now and I would have expected
the first time that within 24 hours someone
would have put up bunting there to say it’s
The reserve includes a dirt track linking one
section of Pyrites Road with another, but both
ends were closed off with padlocked gates by
One gate has since been removed from its
Ms Fenwick said she noticed the dumping in
late March and reported it three weeks later
when it appeared no-one else had.
Her main concern was fragments of asbestos
sheeting mixed in among the rubbish.
General manager of council services Greg
Parker said the delay in action was caused
by an incorrect initial assessment that the
dumped material didn’t contain asbestos.
“The council is aware of the rubbish and is
still investigating the matter further,” he said.
“Council’s environmental health officers
have confirmed that asbestos is present.”
Signs have now been put up and the area
cordoned off while the council investigates
the dumping and determines how best to
dispose of the material.
“Council’s environmental health officers
are investigating the matter with a view to
prosecution,” Mr Parker said.
Anyone with information about the dumping
should contact the council on 8391 7200.
Illegally dumped earth and rubbish on a Mt Barker Council reserve near Nairne contains asbestos
and other rubbish.
Dumped asbestos investigated
More than “10
truckloads” of refuse
has been illegally
dumped on a section of
the Kidman Trail.
Humphrey B Bear paid a
special visit to the National
Motor Museum in Birdwood
recently to help SA Police teach
children a road safety message.
Sergeant John Illingworth and
Humphrey have been working
together to deliver a message on
road safety to children in schools
throughout the Hills.
Over the past few weeks the
pair has visited more than 2000
children and hope to reach a total
of 6000 throughout SA as part of
UN Global Road Safety Week.
Sgt Illingworth used a 1965
Holden HD to demonstrate how far
safety features had come over the
“In the early days of car design
kids just weren’t considered in
terms of safety features,” he said.
“We’ve gone from the days of
having no seatbelts in the back to
now having advanced inflatable
seatbelts in the rear designed to
expand and cover the chest of a
passenger helping to reduce the
impact of a collision.”
The program also teaches
children about crossing roads and
the importance of exiting a car
through the ‘safety door’, the rear
passenger side door which opens
onto the footpath.
Sgt Illingworth said although
modern cars were safer than ever,
motorists still needed to be careful
and use common sense, especially
when driving in the country.
“We are certainly moving towards
a safer future but people also need
to remember the fundamentals of
road safety,” he said.
SA Police and Humphrey Bear
will take their message of road
safety to the Fleurieu Peninsula
later this month.
Three-year-olds Will Robertson, left, Luke Coad and Pippa Tilling learned
about road safety from Sergeant John Illingworth, Humphrey Bear and
HUMPHREY B BEAR NOW
Hills residents are almost four times
more likely to be killed in a road
accident than people living in the
metropolitan area, according to
recent data from SA Police.
Speed was the main factor in 70%
of fatal crashes occurring in zones
with a speed limit of 100km/h or
The number of fatal crashes at
speeds above 110km/h has also
increased by 79% compared
with the previous year indicating
motorists need to take more care
when travelling at high speed.
Sergeant John Illingworth from
the Road Safety Centre said the
variable conditions made country
driving so much more hazardous.
“It’s the higher speed limits,
geographic factors and weather
conditions rural drivers need to be
aware of,” he said.
“There is a massive difference
between a crash at 60km/h and a
crash at 110km/h.
“The higher speed means crashes
will be more devastating and
the slightest error or lapse in
concentration can have fatal
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