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Letters to the Editor
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I WAS disappointed to read in last
week’s Courier that the Fairyland
Village in Lobethal had been
vandalised by a single or a group of
Let’s hope these small-minded
creatures are caught and punished.
Furthermore, that a similar act
awaits them in the near future!
I ATTENDED the Just Too Deadly
Awards of the Adelaide Hills district
recently, and what an inspiring event.
I was so proud of Jayden Hunter (whom
I have been supporting for the past couple
of years at Callington Primary School)
for being a winner of an Aboriginal
Thanks to the dedicated and supportive
school environment of Callington
Primary, Jayden has risen above his
learning challenges to become a confident
To see an auditorium full of Aboriginal
children who were not only enthusiastic
learners but also proud of their Aboriginal
heritage was heartwarming.
I found myself reflecting on how far we
have come in Australian society in recent
years, as it was not so long ago that my
grandfather had to hide his Aboriginal
Congratulations to all the students on
their achievements and to the organisers
for a wonderful event.
THE Aldgate Baptist Church’s response
to the wanton destruction and dumping
of household and green waste on a Trees
for Life rehabilitation site adjoining its
land is a typical church response.
For church officials to say they are
still not sure they have gone beyond
their boundaries as there is no marker
and “in future, it would be helpful to be
given notice of environmental projects”
is remarkable. For the church to plead
ignorance is what we’ve come to expect.
I WRITE in reference to the article
‘Bushfire cleanup goes too far’ (The
Courier, November 4).
Whether we’re Christian or not I
think it’s vitally important we educate
ourselves so that we can discover the
value and wonder of the native plants
and fauna that in live in the Adelaide
I personally have found this to be
rewarding and exciting.
Introduced species of grasses are a
fire hazard and do need to be removed
but not native grasses and plants.
My advice is learn about our
amazing native flora (and fauna), then
we’ll discover they have a vital role in
our diverse ecosystem and therefore
should not be removed.
There are many great organisations
such as Bush For Life and A Rocha (a
Christian conservation group) from
which we can learn.
THANK you to Jason from Aldgate
who stopped to help me when I had car
trouble on the freeway on Thursday
Your assistance and reassurance was
very much appreciated.
I WRITE in response to Carol Bailey’s
letter to the editor (The Courier,
I understand that Mrs Bailey is an
elected member of the Mt Barker
Council and that she sits on the
council’s Development Assessment
Panel, but she failed to mention this in
Mrs Bailey is no doubt not happy with
Planning Minister John Rau’s efforts to
reform our planning system and the role
of councils in development, and Mr Rau
has indicated a level of frustration with
the behavior of certain people.
I too attended the recent planning
forum at Burnside. I am not a council
member or a member of any of the other
groups that Mrs Bailey referred to in
I am a resident of the Mt Barker
Council district who is absolutely
disgusted in the antics of the council
and how it handles its role in planning
I welcome Mr Rau’s efforts to make
changes for the sake of the safety of the
community as a whole.
May I suggest that Mrs Bailey takes a
look at the behavior of her own council
if she wants examples of “incredible
arrogance” before she criticises Mr
My experience with the Mt Barker
Council has left me with unresolved
problems with an uninhabitable home
I look forward to offering Mrs Bailey
the opportunity for her to stand up and
take action against what is going on
within her council. It may give her a more
SINCE the State Government
recently introduced the new law that
motorists can cross double white lines
when passing cyclists I have come to
appreciate the sense of this decision.
It has made me realise how many
times in the past I broke the law
while attempting to uphold the law by
giving cyclists a safe amount of room
When driving near Lenswood on the
weekend I was constantly weaving
across the road while passing cyclists.
I applaud their health consciousness
and their bravery – as I watched
cars ahead of me roar past well within
the 1.5m rule.
Their courage is to be applauded.
Judging the distance is sometimes
made a little more complex for drivers
when passing a tired rider who is
pedalling uphill and weaving about
on the road in their efforts to reach
The situation is worsened when two
cyclists ride abreast.
Such actions are pure arrogance and,
although legally correct, do nothing to
instill an attitude of ‘sharing the road’
the cycling community is at pains to
Given the obvious popularity of
cycling in the Hills, I urge both sides
of the debate to think of others.
Close of Nominations
Supplementary Election for
Councillor in North Ward
At the close of nominations at 12 noon on Thursday 5
November 2015 the following people were accepted as
candidates and are listed in the order in which they will
appear on the ballot paper.
Councillor for North Ward - 1 Vacancy
HOURIGAN, Kathryn Frances
The election will be conducted by post. Ballot papers
and pre-paid envelopes for each voting entitlement
will be posted between Tuesday 17 November 2015
and Monday 23 November 2015 to every person,
or designated person of a body corporate or group
listed on the voters roll at roll close on Wednesday 30
September 2015. Voting is voluntary.
A person who has not received voting material by
Monday 23 November 2015 and believes they are
entitled to vote should contact the Deputy Returning
Officer on 08 7424 7420.
Completed voting material must be returned to reach
the Returning Officer no later than 12 noon on Monday
7 December 2015.
A ballot box will be provided at the Local Government
Centre, Level 1, 6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker, for
electors wishing to hand deliver their completed voting
material during office hours.
Vote Counting Location
The scrutiny and counting of votes will take place at
the Oak and Clover Rooms, Local Government Centre,
Level 1, 6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker, as soon as
practicable after 12 noon on Monday 7 December 2015.
A provisional declaration will be made at the conclusion
of the election count.
Campaign Donations Return
All candidates must forward a Campaign Donations
Return to the Council Chief Executive Officer within 30
days after the conclusion of the election.
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