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The two-storey fitness studio and carpark
proposal for 7 Pomona Road has been lodged by
The council’s development services manager,
Deryn Atkinson, said only immediate neighbors
were required to be notified about the project
because it was a Category 2 development
Ms Atkinson said the concerns raised in the
petition – traffic increases, noise at night, lack
of parking and the 24-hour trading precedent it
might set for the area – had already been raised
by eligible objectors and would be considered by
the DAP in accordance with the development
“If one person makes a representation ... if
24 make the same representation, it is still an
issue but the numbers don’t necessarily add
extra weight,” she said.
But Councillor Kirrilee Boyd questioned why
residents would bother going to the trouble
of putting together a petition if it couldn’t be
considered by the relevant authority.
“It’s a dead end ... what’s the point of a
petition?” she said.
“We should be asking ourselves how can we
make their petition count?”
Mayor Bill Spragg successfully moved a
recommendation for the council to seek legal
advice about whether petitions on planning
matters could be referred to DAP as public
However, before he put up the motion without
notice he told the chamber that residents put
in petitions because legislation allowed them to
but local government was not obliged to act on
them and “historically” most councils “put them
on the shelf ”.
“I’d like people to be aware that 90% of the
petitions we receive are never actioned or
directed to staff to take any action to,” he said.
From page 7
Gym petition meets a ‘dead end’
By Natalie Koufos
Sheena Jackson is hoping to turn
around Australia’s falling rates of
The national organ donation rate fell
3% in the past year and with a rate
of just 16 donors per million people,
Australia has a donor rate below
many European countries and one
that is less than half that of Spain’s.
Fewer than 400 Australians
donated organs last year and Ms
Jackson said raising the awareness
of the benefits to others was why
she was taking part in the Barossa
Marathon later this month.
The Bradbury woman will tackle
the race to support the Ruth
Barker Project which works to
support organ donation.
She said Australia’s organ
donation system required the
families of deceased people –
even those who had given their
approval on the Australian
Organ Donor Register – to give
their consent before organs or
tissue could be taken.
Statistics show that 40%
of families refuse to allow
organs to be taken.
“As a lawyer, I always
recommend that people
should address this issue
in their wills and have
a discussion with their
family at the time of
updating their will,” Ms
Jackson said. “This is so that the relevant family
members, who are often executors of the will,
understand their wishes.”
Ms Jackson believes an “opt out” system for
organ donation would be better than the current
“opt in” system.
“The message is not clear in the community,” she
said. “When you ask people if they are an organ
donor they often respond in the affirmative as
they think they have addressed this issue as part
of their driver’s licence application or renewal
“In fact they need to complete a separate form
to ‘opt-in’ to the organ donation system and go on
the official register.”
More family discussion
Registering on the Australian Organ Donor
Register allows authorised medical staff who
have permission from the Government to check a
person’s donation decision anywhere in Australia
at any time.
Ms Jackson said the rate of consent given by
families demonstrated the need for more family
discussion about people’s wishes.
A DonateLife SA spokeswoman said families
who had discussed and knew each other’s donation
decision almost always said ‘yes’.
“Almost all donor families say that donation
provided them with comfort in their loss and their
decision was so much easier because they knew
what their loved one wanted,” she said.
Ms Jackson is a keen runner who won the
women’s category of the Cadbury Marathon in
January, which is the largest in Tasmania.
She also competed in the 2014 Adelaide
To donate towards Ms Jackson’s fundraising
Sheena Jackson will
run the Barossa
Marathon this month
to raise funds and
awareness on the
requirements of being
an organ donor.
MARATHON EFFORT TO HELP RAISE
ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS
THE GIFT OF LIFE
SUNDAY 31 MAY
29 PARKER AVENUE, STRATHALBYN
(08) 8536 8652
Start a whole new lease on life
with all the facilities Strathalbyn has to offer at the end of the street.
Join us at Lewis Fields retirement lifestyle estate for a complimentary
sausage sizzle to celebrate the completion of our latest build!
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