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IT is disappointing the new Wallaroo
swimming enclosure isn’t going to be ready
for use anytime soon.
Even more disappointing is to learn there
could be extra delay due to sabotage.
The floating pontoon project was pushed
forward after the May storms.
There was a short public consultation
period and councillors were required to make
a decision quickly so the new enclosure could
be up and running as soon as possible.
Initially, District Council of the Copper
Coast expected it to be installed by the end of
This was then pushed out to Christmas,
then the end-of-the-year, then in time for
January VacSwim lessons.
Anyone who has ever built a house knows
the process is frustratingly slow.
Builders very rarely reach the “handover”
date originally set.
Delays are inevitable and due to a range of
factors out of the builder’s, or in this case the
contractor’s, control such as availability of
supplies and weather.
When there was late delivery of a part for
the pontoons, it seemed the work wouldn’t
be done in time for VacSwim swimming
lessons, January 3-11.
The VacSwim instructors have struggled
with no real place from which to teach
lessons and it has been a bit of a juggle.
Now, the installation date has been delayed
further due to a police investigation and extra
work to repair the severed pontoon ropes.
Our current influx of tourists will not get
to see, or use, the new swimming enclosure.
Hopefully, it will be ready in time for
school swimming lessons during term one.
If not, there’s always next summer!
z BLUE BEE... Kadina’s Jude Gordon noticed this unusual bee when deadheading
pelargoniums. “I think it’s a blue banded bee, a solitary bee native to Australia,
according to internet,” she said. “Looks like it died head first in its lunch, but what
a way to go!” If you have an interesting or unusual photo to share with Country
Times readers, email it to email@example.com.
Boat ramp flaw
I HAVE been watching with great interest the
construction of the new Port Hughes boat ramp
and, although it looks good, there is one glaring
When returning from crabbing yesterday
(Wednesday, January 4) at low tide the ramp
does not extend far enough in the water for
more than one boat at a time to be tied to the
pontoons whilst the owners are getting their
cars and trailers.
The old ramp’s pontoons which are still in
place could easily hold two boats.
Launching is no problem as most people
come at differing times, but when the wind
picks up all the boats tend to head in at once.
Who did the calculations of the length of the
Did they consider low tides? I doubt it!
It would be good to see the old ramp kept in
place as well as the new ramp, this would truly
make Port Hughes a great place to launch and
retrieve your boat.
My guess is the people responsible for this
decision will have their heads buried in the sand
and pull out the old ramp and lose a golden
opportunity to fix this newly-formed problem.
Gary Ey, Warburto
AS a consulting rosarian, I refer to the
photograph of Judith Pedder’s burgundy
Iceberg rose (What The? YPCT 4-1-17).
The appearance of white flowers on a
burgundy Iceberg rose is not unusual and it is
possible the bush will revert to a white Iceberg.
This is because the burgundy Iceberg is a sport
A sport is caused by some sort of gene
mutation and a flower which is different from
the parent plant appears. I have seen burgundy
Iceberg flowers which are half white and half
Ms Pedder should keep an eye on this rose
and if the white Iceberg flowers appear to be
increasing, she must decide whether to remove
the bush and replace it or to keep the white
Whether the bush is a standard or a bush rose
does not make any difference.
Burgundy Iceberg was, in fact, discovered in
Australia. Iceberg is the world’s most popular
floribunda rose and it was bred in Germany by
Kordes in 1959. It is the winner of many awards
John Bradshaw, Rogues Point
THE 2016 season in Kadina’s Santa’s Cave was
one of my busiest yet.
I was also very busy before Christmas visiting
preschool, Star of the Sea, intellectually disabled
people and the Anglican church — all at
Wallaroo. Special thank you to Father David
McDougall for that privilege.
In Kadina, I visited the NYP Little Athletics,
the Lions Christmas party at Kadina Golf Club,
Community Kids child care on Port Road, and
the party in Victoria Square. Also, a wonderful
morning was spent at Peninsula Nursery where
Snow Walker and myself witnessed a special
moment with one of the children.
Back to Santa’s Cave at Enfield Furnishers.
The children were very good waiting for their
turn to see me and have a talk.
It’s my fault for the waiting, I love talking to all
the children about how they decorated their tree
and tell them stories about the new sleigh the
reindeer and elves had built for my deliveries this
The photography girls — Lisa Gray, Bev and
Ann — did a wonderful job, Lisa clicking the
camera many times! Copy King finished the
photos in its very professional way.
We had a special donation of money for
underprivileged children, again the photo girls
handled that very well. Thank you to the donor,
what great Christmas spirit.
With Christmas over, Santa’s Cave is all
packed up for another year.
The Kadina Apex Club has told me it will store
it in its new shed until we need it at the end of
this year — thanks Apex.
Have a good year and see you at Christmas.
Father Christmas (Len Munchenberg)
Uni graduate oversupply
Busy season in Santa’s Cave
THE removal of student capping has resulted in
a massive oversupply of university graduates.
I am one of many graduates who is affected by
this conundrum, but I am not a quitter and nor
am I looking for hand-outs, but merely a fair go
and a hand-up, totally different to a handout.
As a mature-aged student, I studied whilst
working a full-time job, and ultimately gained a
Bachelor of Government and Public
Management in 2013 with excellent academic
Looking to better myself through higher
education and totally committing myself to the
rigours of work and studies and the delicate
balance between them, I was certain that this
commitment would pay off.
Having invested time and money into this
project, naturally I am disappointed that, after
three years since graduating, I have failed to
secure a position of any kind.
In applying for more than 200 positions
where my qualifications were suited, I found I
was competing with up to 4000 other applicants
for a mere handful of vacancies.
With the public sector’s limitation of three
years since completing their degrees for
graduates to secure a position, and without
being able to gain experience, the prospect of
finding gainful employment is sadly quite
Not one to sit on my hands and wait for
offers, and thinking ‘the world owes me’, I have
approached countless local and state
government departments for unpaid work
experience, just to gain the experience I need to
provide me with a better likelihood of success,
but due to many reasons they cannot offer this.
I have also written to many politicians
regarding my concerns of the massive
oversupply of university graduates that has
caused the lack of job opportunities, and have
been extremely disappointed with the lack of
feedback or encouragement of any kind and, on
many occasions, not even the courtesy to
acknowledge my letters.
The limited feedback I have received by their
staff is to say sorry to hear about your struggles
in finding employment but just ‘keep trying’.
You would not be criticised for thinking I am
mad, but I still believe higher education is the
key to success, along with dogged perseverance,
and with that in mind I am now studying my
Master’s in Public Administration (Policy).
Due to constant rejections, I have felt quite
overwhelmed, frustrated and disheartened about
the prospects of future employment; not to
mention the burden of paying back a $48k
HECS debt. I have a strong passion for politics
and keen to obtain even a basic entry level
position, and for that reason I am reaching out
to anyone who is willing to offer me such an
opportunity. I have a great CV that clearly
underpins my dedication and academic
achievements, and I am prepared to relocate to
anywhere in Australia.
Anyone willing to provide such an
opportunity will not be disappointed.
Kristin Young, Wallaroo
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