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PO Box 21, Mt Barker, SA, 5251
THANK you for the article on the
ANZ Bank recognising local Peramangk
culture and having Henry Rankine unveil
a plaque to acknowledge that the bank is
on Peramangk land. A positive step in the
However, I was appalled to see the
photographs opposite of the Hills
Christian School staff and students
dressed in Native American (First
It is one thing to see students dressed in
such a way but to see staff perpetuating
stereotypes of the ‘noble’ savage is
Headdresses are historically a symbol of
respect worn by war chiefs and warriors
with each feather having to be earned by
the deeds of the wearer.
It also has religious significance and
should not be trivialised by someone
playing dress ups.
Women do not traditionally wear full
This is not some politically correct
overreaction, rather it is about respect
and human dignity.
To turn the rich Native American
culture into some sort of fantasy which
trivialises it is feeding into the old
cowboys and Indians stereotype.
We need to be teaching our young people
respect for all cultures.
I’d assume that these same adults
wouldn’t dress up as Australian
Aboriginal or Maori warriors so why
dress as Native Americans?
In this day and age we should be leading
by example and thinking about what
messages we are sending out and, as a
Native American said when asked how
they felt about dress ups: “Pocahontas
might seem like a ‘good’ stereotype but
she’s still an oversexualised woman who
talks to animals and trees and is only
famous because she saves a white dude.
If you were the ‘real’ Pocahontas you’d
also be nine to 12 years old”.
LAST week during the freakish
storm my elderly mother-in-law was
about to leave the IGA store in Mt
To her pleasant surprise two staff
members (Kevin and Ryan) went out
of their way to help her.
Ryan got an umbrella and helped
people get to their cars without
Great service and a big thank you.
WALKING up Mt Barker Summit
on a beautiful sunny Sunday
morning I was thankful for what
remnant vegetation we have left in
This time of the year sees some of
the rare lilies and orchids flowering
along the road to the top.
Such a shame it was let down
by various fast food rubbish left
discarded all the way up.
On arriving to the top, with a fairly
big haul to put in the bin, I noticed
there was no bin provided.
Whilst I know it’s no excuse for
littering, perhaps the fast food
outlets in Mt Barker could co-fund a
bin collection at the Summit to show
some proactive leadership?
I AM writing in response to the report
published in the edition of The Courier on
It was reported that Adelaide Hills
Councillor Malcolm Herrmann had
recommended the council recognise
the contribution of recently retired
Gumeracha Library volunteers.
While I appreciate Cr Herrmann’s
congratulations on behalf of council, I
would not wish this to become a precedent
for the council. I have been a volunteer
in various capacities in the Gumeracha
community for over 15 years, including
being a volunteer and member of the
Friends of the Gumeracha Library.
However, I did not volunteer to receive
accolades and do not feel it necessary
for the council to formally recognise my
recent contribution to the Friends of
THE Mayor of Adelaide Hills Council
has not the slightest idea of the gravity of
problems he wishes to introduce with the
resettlement of refugees.
Just over 83% of the Syrians fleeing
their country are males and of these, very
few are family groups.
So the likelihood of housing a male
ghetto is great.
To introduce a large cultural group
without diversity is only going to inflame
I would tread very carefully indeed
before advocating pandering politics.
By Genevieve Cooper
Hills Federal MP Jamie
Briggs has survived one of the
most “brutal” experiences of
his political career to maintain
a ministerial position with
Australia’s new Prime Minister
Despite supporting former
PM Tony Abbott in the Liberal
leadership spill last week, the
Member for Mayo has been
given the newly created role of
Minister for Cities and the Built
Mr Briggs described the position
as a “sideways” step rather than
a promotion with Sydney MP
Paul Fletcher taking his former
infrastructure portfolio as the new
Minister for Major Projects.
“It was a pretty nerve-wracking
couple of days waiting to find out
what your future would be,” he
But the MP said he’d had a
number of conversations with Mr
Turnbull in the last couple of years
about the challenges of making
cities more efficient and effective
so he knew the portfolio was a
priority for the new leader.
Mr Briggs described the spill
itself as a “brutal night”.
“I’ve known Tony for a long time,”
he said. Watching someone lose
their job in front of you is not a
pleasant thing ... and when it’s the
highest job and it’s changing the
direction of the country.”
Mr Briggs said he voted for
Mr Abbott because loyalty was
and front bench
members should be loyal.
“I could understand the argument
for change (but) the experience is
one that I don’t want to go through
again,” he said.
However, he said Mr Turnbull was
an “extremely smart and capable
person” who would do a “very good
job” and already the Government
was showing changes in tone and
Another casualty of the spill
was a close friend of Mr Briggs,
former Treasurer Joe Hockey, who
has signalled his resignation from
“Joe is one of the finest, most
caring and loyal people you could
ever hope to know,” Mr Briggs said.
“His friendship and guidance has
been instrumental to me and my
career for over a decade.
“I will miss Joe in the Parliament
very much, and I am sure he
will continue to make a strong
contribution to Australia in the
Briggs survives ‘brutal’ spill
Jamie Briggs is the Minister for
Cities and the Built Environment.
From page 1
Mr Brock visited the cold
stores on Monday after
the grant was confirmed,
describing the co-op’s
through innovation” with 50
new jobs created and more
during the planning and
Lenswood Co-op executive
officer James Walters told
the Minister about 30 of
the 50 extra employees had
already been hired.
He also explained how
repositioning itself in the
industry by concentrating
on “proprietary varieties”
where growers owned the
exclusive rights to grow
and sell certain varieties.
The co-op owns the
exclusive rights to the
Rockit in Australia and
MiApple and Redlove in
Australia and NZ and
A tube of Rockit apples
can sell for A$9 in China.
There are also future
plans to sell juice, cider and
other apple products.
The co-op only produces
about 10% of Australia’s
total apple crop so Mr
Walters said growers need
to remain competitive in a
domestic market dominated
by the big supermarket
chains and an international
market where Australia
struggled to compete
against producers in South
Africa growing generic
varieties such as pink lady.
“The proprietary space is
an exciting space and it’s a
space we want to be in,” Mr
“We are at the forefront
of our category innovation
because the products we
have chosen are unique.”
More jobs to flow from
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