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PO Box 21, Mt Barker, SA, 5251
A VIBRANT LETTERS
TO THE EDITOR PAGE
SIGNALS A HEALTHY AND
A NUMBER of SA Best candidates so far
announced have had lengthy associations
with the Liberal Party.
Clearly the cause of Liberalism is not
something they truly understand or are
prepared to fight for.
In standing for SA Best, they appear to
be simply grabbing at what they perceive
to be an opportunity, having had little
success in advancing their personal
political/career ambitions previously.
Leaping onto the SA Best media-driven
bandwagon out of sheer desperation
is hardly an indication of the sound
judgment needed for a life in government.
The SA Best operation is at best a rickety
house of cards on very unstable ground.
It is little more than a political version
of a lawn mowing franchise.
At the end of the day, with the current
preferential system, our local SA Best
hopefuls may have no effect other than
delivering SA into the chaos and confusion
of a Labor-controlled political abyss.
IN COMMENTING on the recently-
released final report of the Royal
Commission into Institutional Responses
to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia, Pope
Francis is quoted as saying that the report
“deserves to be studied seriously”.
I think he really meant to say that
the report “deserves to be looked at and
A compensation scheme for victims
must be largely funded by those churches
and bodies (in particular the Catholic
Church) whose employees were guilty of
perpetrating and covering up such crimes.
The fact that more of these perpetrators
and conspirators have not been jailed is a
blight on our society.
Scourge of blackberries
I WOULD like to support the opinion of
letter to the editor writer Algis Snarskis of
Norton Summit (The Courier, December
22) in urging the Adelaide Hills Council
to review and re-double it’s efforts to
control and eliminate the scourge of wild
blackberries along road verges in the
Along with increasing fire risk,
blackberries crowd out native vegetation,
pinch water supply, promote soil erosion,
and provide food and shelter for pest
animals like foxes and blackbirds.
The blackberry is one of the worst
weeds in Australia and is a declared
pest plant under SA’s Natural Resources
Management Act 2004.
While I appreciate that some people like
to pick blackberries along road verges at
this time of year for eating and making
jam, this needs to be balanced against the
overriding need to protect our precious
environment and reduce fire risk.
In some areas, it is very clear that the
council’s current strategy for blackberry
control is not working.
I WAS appalled when I read of the
plight of the Mt Barker South Primary
School (The Courier, December 13).
Is it any wonder our NAPLAN results
are not what they should be when a
primary school has to dismantle its
library to provide classroom space for
ever increasing student numbers?
It beggars belief!
The response of the Department
executive director of infrastructure, Ross
Treadwell, clearly demonstrates utter
contempt for the value of primary school
His comment that they will have access
to improved facilities when they start
secondary school clearly demonstrates
Children need a good grounding in
the basics in order to progress to more
abstract concepts. A sound education at
primary school level is vital.
This current government is keen
to promote unfettered expansion of
housing but very reluctant to provide the
infrastructure necessary to support it.
If Jay Weatherill cancelled a couple of
his “big battery” adverts he could redirect
the money to where it is needed.
It is all about priorities.
IT IS undoubtedly annoying when
crowds of tourists squeeze out local
residents from the services and amenities
of Hahndorf ’s main street.
But finding somewhere to park in the
first place is a worse problem.
Unfortunately the Mt Barker Council
has always had a love/hate relationship
with Hahndorf. With its unique history
and culture it was more trouble than
it was worth, and so were some pesky
people who wanted to protect it.
Eventually, however, the council
discovered that Hahndorf was actually
becoming a terrific cash cow, with ever
increasing hordes of tourists bringing an
economic boom to the district.
It now seems that anything that will
further increase the number of tourists is
considered to be a good thing.
Certainly the traders are very happy,
but unfortunately the quality of life
of the residents and the protection of
Hahndorf ’s heritage simply has no place
in the scheme of things.
The council’s own development plans
that were intended to protect Hahndorf
continue to be ignored.
The council’s cavalier attitude to
Hahndorf is very clear in its Council
Assessment Panel’s recent approval of
a non-complying development on the
corner of River Road.
The size of the proposed operation will
be more than double what is permitted
and the approval will encourage other
businesses to be established along the
road from the freeway, turning it into a
continuous commercial zone.
The rural approaches to Hahndorf will
disappear and traffic and tourism in
Hahndorf will increase even further.
Don’t hold your breath if you are
hoping for relief from Hahndorf ’s traffic
Just go elsewhere for shops and
services, and cross your fingers that you
don’t ever need an ambulance or a fire
truck when the main street is flooded
with the tourists whose dollars are more
important than our quality of life, our
history or our heritage.
Chairperson, Hahndorf Branch of the
National Trust of SA
BEING retired and at home most of the
time, your senses are alert
When you go ‘out to work’ you have no
real idea what goes on in and around
Domestic pets become lonely and make
noise, they toilet, they roam, they cause
bother and vexation.
People not picking up their pet’s
droppings in the warmer weather fills
the air with quite obnoxious smells.
If people walk their dog they must pick
it up but seem happy to let it ‘pile up’ in
and around their yard.
Clean up the stench!
VIDEO may have killed the radio star
but complacency and apathy will kill
In the upcoming election we have the
arrogant and out of touch incumbent
Labor Party and the insipid, don’t know
whether they are coming or going,
We also have this time around the
Iceberg Party – SA Best.
Why Iceberg? Because they are a party
of no substance and when the heat is on
they will go to water.
Presumably they are looking to
influence Government policy but when
it goes pear-shaped not to be held
Nick Xenophon, when asked about the
credentials of his candidates and the
policies of his party, does more ducking
and weaving than Muhammad Ali.
There is no denying Mr Xenophon is a
popular bloke, but so is the leader of the
country of stars and stripes – and look
at the mess that country is in now!
In this important election, apathy is
not an option.
It is incumbent on all of us to scrutinise
all candidates in all parties and all
If an old snagger like me who is as
thick as two short planks can take the
time to do this so can everyone else.
It is imperative that we all do this so
that we can make an informed vote.
The results will be SA Great.
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