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PO Box 21, Mt Barker, SA, 5251
THERE has been a rigorous debate
in recent months about the future of
electricity supplies to consumers in SA.
We experienced yet another lengthy
period without electricity over the
Christmas-New Year holiday period.
SA Power Network employees spent at
least 10 hours in our street in Stirling
repairing downed electricity power
poles and restoring cables.
They carried out their work in a
cheerful and professional manner.
We should not focus our frustration
on these skilled people but on the
politicians and senior management of
various agencies who seem to lack the
skills to strategically plan for the State’s
future power needs.
Garry Le Duff
Watch your manners
I AM as appalled as I am bemused at
the conduct of a motorist and user of the
Cameron Road car park in Mt Barker on
the afternoon of Thursday, December 29.
As a young man labored at the task of
sorting, separating and collecting trolleys
under humid conditions in this car park –
a passing car park user chose to verbally
I could see the young man was visibly
shaken and I stopped to tell him he was
doing a great job. He told me that such
people don’t really bother him as much
as they used to.
He went on to tell me that Mt Barker is
not as bad as the northern suburbs area
where he grew up.
Is this the face of Mt Barker?
Is this the impression that Mt Barker
wants to convey?
The young ‘trolley man’ has a job and
was working hard at carrying out his job.
Why harass him?
I HAVE just read the article in The
Courier regarding the possible revocation
of the community title on Monomeith
Reserve at Ashton (December 21).
As a long time community advocate,
these sort of issues make me very angry
If a person with wonderful generosity
and community spirit leaves a beautiful
treed parcel of land with the intended
purpose of community use and
enjoyment, then that person’s bequest
should be respected in perpetuity.
To look upon such a gift, many years
later, as a potential source of funds, is an
The photo in the paper depicts a
pristine bird and animal habitat, and it
is presumed that if this reserve is sold,
then someone with possibly no empathy
for a beautiful Hills environment or
potential koala habitat, will want to
build something on it.
To allow anything like this to transpire
would be vandalism and the trashing of
Mr Gepp’s generosity.
What other community reserves would
then be under threat?
People live in the Hills because they
value the open spaces and trees of which
we are only caretakers while we are here.
Councils have the moral obligation to
safeguard these bequests in perpetuity.
Decency and integrity must prevail.
Do not revoke this community title.
I SYMPATHISE with Harold Gallasch
(The Courier, December 14) over his
NBN woes but my experience has been
Given that we are both Hahndorf
residents I have to question whether
the fault lies totally with NBN since we
possibly share adjacent connections.
From his letter I get the impression
that his internet provider may be partly
at fault – and as far as his mobile service
is concerned, totally.
I contacted my provider and requested
a transfer to the NBN service from my
(then) existing ADSL service.
We set a transfer date some two weeks
forward and I received my ‘Gateway’
(modem) within a few days, it sat on the
shelf awaiting installation for about a
I was emailed a couple of times to
confirm that the gateway had been
received and advised of the proposed
change over time with NBN.
At the appointed time I ‘lost’ my ADSL
and simply disconnected my existing
modem and plugged in the (same)
connections to the gateway, switched
it on and waited (the instructions
suggested a 30 minute wait to settle the
Everything lit up and flashed but,
unfortunately the ‘internet’ light
remained stubbornly red. A phone call
to my provider revealed that one of the
pre-sets on the gateway was incorrect
but a change of setting and a green light
appeared – and full internet access.
I also have my house phone service
with the same provider so I simply had
to unplug my phone set from the Telstra
line and plug it into my gateway – presto
I now have a VOIP phone service.
As you may gather I am very satisfied
with my choice, hence I sympathise with
Harold, as he has obviously drawn a
whole handful of short straws.
I have to agree there are indeed a lot of
unhappy customers out there, I seem to
have been very fortunate.
Lack of respect
RUBBISH bins in our area were emptied
during the day on Thursday, December
29, but overnight they were filled again.
To those selfish, self-engrossed, self-
absorbed people who have moved into
the wider Hills area who spent Thursday
night going around putting their
Christmas rubbish, food scraps, wrapping
and bottles into other people’s rubbish
bins we ask you this simple question:
“What right do you think you have to do
It is bad enough that you fill up council
bins at various public areas or simply
dump your rubbish rather than using
your own bins.
To imagine you have the right to come
onto other people’s property and do so is
New fire rules
ONE day I would like to meet the
“genius” who came up with the new
burning off rules.
Perhaps I could have invited them to
join in the line of more than a hundred
cars waiting outside the Heathfield
dump with trailers in tow, waiting for
two hours to dump a load that would
burn in a small fire in three minutes.
Perhaps they could inspect the
mountain of leaves and branches
accumulating at the tip and thank the
tip workers sweating to keep up with
the demand on a very hot day.
They could enjoy the scene of people
arguing as they ignored the queue and
pushed in by coming up from the south
instead of joining the line that went
past Heathfield Road.
Maybe a re-think is needed here.
Perks of the job
WHEN announcing Susan Ley’s
resignation as a Minister recently Prime
Minister Malcolm Turnbull referred to
her as “the Honorable”.
I think it is inappropriate to describe
someone who has been abusing her
position to get free travel as ‘honorable’.
Too many of our politicians on all sides
have been abusing the system by creating
meetings and making announcements to
justify travel at public expense to attend
sporting events, weddings, New Year’s
Eve parties or other personal business.
This behavior is no longer acceptable
to the public who are seeing pensions,
health services and other government
services cut back.
This is not the standard the public
expects or deserves and the fact that
the PM is putting up an independent
committee to monitor these abuses is an
indication of the standard of our members.
THIS gum tree was blown over in the
recent storm that cut off our power for
around 90 hours.
The falling trunk missed our
neighbor's house, but the roots pulled
the NBN conduit out of the ground.
It may be a while before this
broadband connection is restored.
Dr Charles L Hart
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