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PO Box 21, Mt Barker, SA, 5251
IN THE cliché-studded letter titled
'Un-Australian attacks (The Courier,
February 3), S.J. Marshall accuses we
detractors of Hills MP Jamie Briggs of
I wonder what the author sees as being
Is boorish behavior towards young
Is sharing photos of a young woman
with your mates acceptably-Australian?
Is the questionable exploitation of
I WISH to reply to Graeme Inkster s
letter to the editor (The Courier,
February 3) about climate change.
He has some valid points.
However, he emphatically states that
"There isn t going to be any acceleration
in (global) temperature, quite the reverse.
There is no proven connection between
carbon dioxide and temperature."
I don t believe that.
He also states that "125,000 years ago
it was 2.7C warmer". Humans possibly
survived that, but then there was not the
prolific amount of human life and human
activity that we are experiencing today.
The world s population has exploded.
new technologies have
accumulated vast amounts of carbon
dioxide, which has thoroughly upset the
Earth s balance.
Human activity has vastly increased
since the beginning of the Industrial
The combination of greedy exploitation
and development, both above and below
ground, is destroying much of our Earth s
We all need to carefully consider our
priorities -- the delicate balance between
sustainability, materialism and the
Hopefully our collective conscience will
guide us to a more sustainable future.
I AM continually amazed at the wilful
ignorance of people who continually
cherry pick the sciences in regards to
climate change for their own myopic
Graeme Inkster, the author of a letter to
the editor in last week s Courier, appears
to be one of these people as he quite
willingly accepts the past climate history
of the Cretaceous period but refuses to
accept the science on global warming.
John Tyndal (1861) showed that carbon
dioxide (C02) absorbed heat rays and,
since that time, empirical evidence and
satellite measurements confirm his
Mr Inkster is correct about melting sea
ice but omits the obvious fact that the
melting of land-locked ice would raise
ocean levels by metres thus depriving
polar bears and humans of their existence.
In regards to Mr Inkster s White Cliffs
of Dover question, I can say that the
oceans are becoming more acidic, a
measurable scientific fact. How marine
creatures survived in abundance about
120--170 million years ago in a more
acidic environment due to higher levels
of C02 is a question worth pursuing, but
the time scale is long enough for marine
creatures to adapt.
In any case what is alarming today is
the rapid increase in human induced
C02 that is far faster than any previous
Mr Inkster s claim that global
temperatures will recede is at best
fanciful and at worst a blatant distortion
of the scientific evidence.
IT IS about time the Mt Barker
Council gave serious consideration to
discontinuing any promotion of our
wetlands as "a birdwatchers paradise".
Just after Christmas I encountered a
group in the carpark who had come from
They were packing away their tripods,
cameras and binoculars and were quite
angry to have found the wetlands were
"dry as a bone".
They were disillusioned because their
(dated) information indicated a large list
of birds, including some special migratory
species, would be seen here.
Needless to say, instead of staying in the
area for the next two days as planned,
they were going to move on.
Over the past few weeks I have spoken
with several others who believe the new
regime of instantly removing the water
in December each year is destroying the
A normal reduction cycle to present
water levels should be expected to occur
by the beginning of March.
Speculation is rife that the council is
more interested in selling the processed
water than providing it to support this
Mt Barker parklet
I AM seeking other readers opinions on
'the parklet -- the Mt Barker Council s
fabricated platform in Gawler Street in
front of a cafe near The Barker hotel.
It belongs to the ratepayers and I
believe it was intended that it would be
moved to different locations on Gawler
Street. It appears that it is not possible
to shift it now because it is too unwieldy
-- weighing about four tonnes -- and
would be very difficult to move.
More careful thought may have resulted
in it being made in two parts or with the
use of hydraulics on wheels which would
have made it more mobile.
I have received a number of negative
comments about it and it needs to be
altered to make it more mobile if it is to
fulfil its original intention.
I believe it is not environmentally sound
as beneath the structure there is room
for rubbish to collect and attract vermin
as there is no way to clean underneath it.
THE recent Tour Down Under event was
an unmitigated success with thousands
In Stirling there were huge crowds
and, going by number plates, many
were interstate visitors. Decorations in
Stirling really accent the feel of the event
but I wonder about the signage attached
to bicycle wheels stating "Stirling Spin".
Whilst I understand that spin and
cycling are associated, the term spin,
these days, has dubious connotations of
trying to cover up a truth or embellish
something. Visitors to Stirling could well
go home wondering what is being covered
up or embellished.
I have been known to be pedantic.
From page 1
"I ve also heard of many 'posties with
Australia Post who are out of a job
because of the decrease in postage and
Mt Barker recorded the highest
increase in unemployment figures in
the Hills and Fleurieu region over 12
The findings were revealed in
the Federal Government s Small
Area Labour Markets publication
which presented regional figures of
unemployment from September 2014
to September last year. Mt Barker s
unemployment rate soared from 6.4%
to 9.4% in that time.
Mrs Ferguson said she hoped the
State Government would follow
through on "promises" made following
its 2010 Ministerial Development Plan
Amendment, to help spike jobs.
These included the establishment
of government offices, including a
motor registration centre, she said.
"We can t let this one be a sleeper ...
we are getting a Dan Murphy s (liquor
store) and the new Mt Barker Village
Shopping Centre (Victoria Crescent),
but they re 18 months or more away,"
Mrs Ferguson said.
"What s happening in the interim?
I don t think we understand how this
will affect the wellbeing of families."
Regional Development Australia s
Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island
director of strategy and major
projects, Terry Lee, said Mt Barker s
3% unemployment increase over 12
months was a "worrying trend".
He said the town is well-known as a
residential hotspot where people lived
but travelled elsewhere to work.
"Currently the Mt Barker district s
population is 33,000 and is expected to
go to 52,000. That s a big increase and
we need jobs," Mr Lee said. "Mt Barker
won t be able to provide those jobs in
The lack of public transport within
the Hills could also be fuelling the
region s unemployment rates, he said.
Unemployment on the rise
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