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PO Box 21, Mt Barker, SA, 5251
Benefits of biochar
IT IS time to get serious about biochar.
Biochar is essentially charcoal but
made from unpolluted organic matter
without toxic smoke emissions and used
as a soil supplement.
Now that the EPA has introduced its
new air quality regulations the need for
a safe and cheap alternative to burning
tree litter is imperative.
The answer has been staring us in the
face for some years.
Gasifier type biochar kilns could be
used by households and home gardeners
to cook their garden waste at high
temperatures to make biochar.
This can be done with a few minutes of
wood smoke during start-up after which
the waste emits a clean smoke-free gas
The end result is high carbon biochar
for use as a soil supplement via the
compost heap or by direct application.
Biochar kilns need to be approved by
councils as a matter of urgency for use
by home gardeners and landholders so
that tree litter can be cleaned up before
the bushfire season.
Let’s get the council wheels in motion
on this so that by next year at the latest
biochar kilns can be used throughout
the Hills to help dispose of tree litter in
an environmentally friendly way.
Go you fat farmers
GOOD on the ‘Fat Farmers’ group
for getting out there on their bikes
and taking charge of their health (The
Courier, August 17).
Truth is, you’re never too fat or too old
or too unfit to get into cycling and reap
Cycling in the Hills is sensational ...
even for those who don’t like hills!
By the way, the SA Recreational Cyclists
Club has a ride from the Woodside pool
every Thursday which is open to all.
Details can be found on the club website.
Two sides of war
LOOKING at the faces of Private
Pflaum, Sergeant Baumann and Private
Charles Winter (The Courier, August 3)
I could not help thinking that these
idealistic young men were not much older
than most of our high school students
On the other side of the world in
Germany, equally young Germans
wanted to do “their bit for the fatherland”
and displayed slogans like “Back by
Christmas” and “Adventure in Paris”.
Neither group had any idea that they
were to become mere cannon fodder in
the industrial-scale war machine of the
While there were many heroic and
unselfish acts during this carnage, it
was the “giant mincing machines” that
decided the ultimate fate of the soldiers,
often for very little gain.
South Australians of German descent
were among the first to join the war
effort. Back at the home front, their own
families were often persecuted because
they were regarded as “enemy aliens”.
Their schools had to be closed, their
mother tongue had to be silenced.
As Anni Luur Fox points out in her
letter to the editor (The Courier, August
10), many of those who gave their lives
on the battle fields of France never made
it onto their local honor rolls because of
their German background.
One hundred years after the battle
of Fromelles, it is time to give young
Australian soldiers of German heritage
their rightful place in history alongside
their brothers-in arms.
I WOULD like to give my heartfelt
thanks to the three lovely people who
stopped to help our son after he fell off
his motorcycle on Thursday (August 11)
It was very kind of you and knowing that
you did that makes us appreciate your
kindness. Our son is also very grateful
and, apart from shock, is just fine.
We are proud to know there are people
like you around. And a big thank you
to the man who drove him home after
moving his bike off the road.
Bless you all.
Tracy and Matt Ross
LAST week I had the pleasure of
watching my daughter play volleyball for
Heathfield High School in the State Cup.
The venue for her games was a fantastic
council-owned facility called The ARC in
Admittedly it cost $26m to redevelop
and it had only been open for a few days
so it was brand spanking new but I am
now considering regularly making the
trek down to swim a few laps, pump some
iron, Zumba or whack a squash ball.
If we had this sort of facility in the
Hills, I and presumably a lot of other
hills dwellers who like to keep fit, be it
through year round swimming, gym
classes or indoor sports wouldn’t need to
look so far afield.
Balhannah dog park
AS A resident whose property overlooks
the dog park in Balhannah (Gilleston
Reserve) we would mostly concur with
the two writers on this subject in recent
editions of The Courier.
We have yet to meet anyone who has
signed any petition objecting to the area
being used as a dog exercising space.
We have lived here for almost 20 years
and, although it was a bit difficult at first
to think we were going to be overlooked,
we accepted that this is council-owned
land and a very good space for purpose.
We do feel the internal park pathway
promoted by the council would be
helpful to older people who may be a
little unsteady on their feet and would
encourage others away from the open
facing windows of the units where we are
left vulnerable to the insatiable curiosity
of the occasional person.
We are not permitted to build fences as
has been suggested, nor would we want
I am a member of the Uniting Church
on Bridge Street and would have to agree
that there are far more cars parked along
there on a Sunday morning than at any
other time. Occasionally when there is a
big football game on at the Balhannah
oval, that too uses many spaces.
We have yet to see more than two,
maybe three lots of people using Gilleston
Reserve at any one time.
Jo and Malcolm Scott
LETTER to the editor writer Deborah
Warland (The Courier, August 17)
suggests getting rid of the Development
Assessment Commission (DAC).
Anyone who has developed any house or
building knows how difficult it is dealing
with the plethora of council and State
The DAC and new State-wide approval
rules for councils are fantastic and I wish
we had them 20 years ago.
ALL good things must end ... which
isn’t one of Joan Clayton’s cryptic
crossword clues in The Courier.
It’s the real thing, and inevitably a sad
day when Joan Clayton, your arts editor,
has to hang up her keyboard in order
to retire. Joan’s a great and loyal friend
to the Hills arts community and she’ll
be missed by painters, sculptors and
theatre people generally.
I WOULD like to publicly thank the
person who helped me after I was bitten
contacting them personally as I didn’t get
It was an extremely traumatic
experience and I thank you so much for
stopping and coming to my aid when
I flagged you down. Your cool head and
efforts to keep me calm and re-assured
during that stressful time was the act of
a good Samaritan.
THE letter from the Cat Supporters
Group of SA (The Courier, August 17)
titled ‘Illegal to shoot feral cats’ needs
There are a range of situations where it
is lawful for a person to seize, detain and
even destroy a feral cat.
The law authorises any member of the
public to seize and detain an unidentified
cat, provided that, within 12 hours,
they take it to a vet, the RSPCA, the
Animal Welfare League or a council cat
An unidentified cat is one that is not
microchipped or does not have a collar
with an identification tag.
It is also an offence to abandon a cat or
to release a cat into the environment.
Prevention is better than a cure and
we encourage all owners to microchip
and desex their cats and to keep them
confined as much as possible.
Dog and Cat Management
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