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PO Box 21, Mt Barker, SA, 5251
Hold the line
THE telcos have been collectively
raking in multiple billions in post-tax
profits from Australians, all the while
destroying employment opportunities
by sacking local call centre staff and
transferring those jobs to other countries
while calling for the introduction of timed
local telephone calls.
All they need to do is scrap the “local
call” component of calls to Federal and
State Government departments and
their agencies such as Centrelink or
They will soon build up their obscene
profits as citizens trying to contact those
departments and agencies have to wait
a minimum of 50 minutes before they
actually get to talk with a human being.
THE State Government Development
development decisions by two local
councils and the Environment, Resources
and Development Court by approving
a Hungry Jack’s restaurant in Brighton
and an On The Run service station in
Both illustrate alarming issues:
demonstrated community views, yet we
are supposed to be a democracy.
our health system, the State’s biggest
budget item, is seriously damaged. In
both instances fast food is involved
which is probably one of the biggest
contributors to the State’s increasing
obesity problem. The On The Run chain
also holds the Smokemart franchise and
one of its directors was a lung doctor.
How can any intelligent entity encourage
brother’ developers, despite their lack of
community health ethics in favor of the
development costs to bring projects under
We have the SA Health Minister
berating his Federal counterpart about
Minister is increasing our State health
costs by actively encouraging the
incidence of obesity, heart disease and
cancer into the foreseeable future.
Laughable if it were not so serious.
WELL done Tom Gilbert for his Tom’s
Torque column on page 5 of the May 13
Depression is an insidious disease that
affects so many people in our community
yet there is still a sense of shame or a
stigma associated with it.
From my understanding depression is
caused because of a chemical imbalance
in your brain so why is it stigmatised?
they are okay and if you need help please
ask. The aftermath can be tragic.
Not worth the risk
THE article in The Courier (page
14, May 13) implies that farmers,
horticulturalists and viticulturalists in
the Woodside goldfields are “jealously”
protective of the aquifer water.
It is disappointing that being concerned
about a finite water resource is considered
in any way a negative response.
Mining in a closely settled sensitive
farming district where over $50m
has been invested in tourism, grape
processing and sport/recreation is at
best irresponsible – at worst reckless,
The impact on the quantity and quality
of the aquifer water by any form of
drilling or extraction through the aquifer
may be disastrous.
Why take the risk?
For the last 40 years, landholders in
the Onkaparinga Catchment have been
reminded that we provide water for
Adelaide, thus development has been
The creeks and river that flow to Mt
Bold Reservoir are fed from both aquifer-
fed springs and run-off – both of which
are under threat by an underground
Millions of dollars has been invested in
irrigation systems, property development
and marketing to enable the production of
high-value agricultural and horticultural
The aquifer water is essential for over
100 jobs in the Inverbrackie Creek
Catchment, in agriculture, horticulture,
value-adding and tourism, with an
estimated business turn-over of $40m.
Any economic gains from mining,
directed to shareholders in the city,
must be balanced against losses from
agriculture and land values.
History tells us to be very sceptical of
mining – especially in such a beautiful
but fragile environment.
Chair Inverbrackie Creek
the ABC I believe all politicians should
be screened for drugs and alcohol when
before question time.
It is hideous listening to the constant
interruptions and screeching.
I can only consider that some politicians
over consumption of something.
If it’s good enough to have a test for
drivers in SA, then it should be good
enough to have the politicians tested too.
David York Howkins
Council side swipe
I NOTED with interest that Mt Barker
is one of the worst places in the State for
minor road incidents (The Courier, May
Of particular interest was that
“According to the statistics, the rate of
parked car dings has overtaken rear end
collisions and is now the most common
type of crash on SA roads”.
With my daughter and most of my
neighbors being fined $89 for parking on
the verge outside their homes to avoid
motorists performing a slalom worthy
of the Winter Olympics, or alternatively
blocking our road completely, it comes as
often involve ... side swiping of cars
parked along narrow roads”.
I genuinely thank the Mt Barker Council
representative for taking the time to
come and talk to us about the matter and
I acknowledge that the position of the
vehicle amounted to an offence.
My still unanswered question is
whether or not the issuing of expiation
notices to several residents in the street
was an effort to resolve a specific issue
or simply the capricious use of authority
which was not intended to serve the
interests of the residents but rather, the
financial interests of council.
I READ with interest that the
Infrastructure has finally come up with
a way to hopefully make the Nairne to
road intersection a safer one for all.
Better late than never.
IT SEEMS more than strange that
we celebrate a Federal budget that
superficially appears fairer than the last.
It may line more pockets and stimulate
the economy, but where is any vision for
the future? But it is worse than that.
Hidden within this budget is a lack of
resourcing to the very fields we most need
to foster if we are to secure our future.
By neglecting funding to education,
science and the arts, this Government
demonstrates its indifference to tackle
the threats that challenge our society
Education is the future as it breeds the
scientists and artists of tomorrow.
Without scientists, we cannot find
solutions to these challenges: without
artists, we cannot cultivate the creativity
we need to apply those solutions.
Food for thought
I WISH to reply to the gentleman who
rubbished dietary intervention as a
treatment for cancer.
In 1989 I was diagnosed with pancreatic
cancer and surgery was scheduled.
However, at the point of hospitalisation I
saw a doctor who put me on a specific diet
with vitamin and mineral supplements.
Within three months I could not believe
how fit I was.
I also have three friends who are also
survivors due to dietary control.
In my case it was not until 22 years
later when I stupidly became blasé about
my diet it recurred again.
I underwent surgery for the aggressive
cancer and was given a limited life
prognosis and referred for chemotherapy.
This I refused and went back onto the
same diet and treatment and six years
later I have had no further problems.
One of the biggest killers is sugar in our
I was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic in
1999 but this was also brought under
control by diet alone.
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