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z CLOSE ENCOUNTER... Those participating in VacSwim classes at the
Edithburgh pool had lessons from a professional last Wednesday, January 11. Terry
Braund took this photo of a very friendly seal which spent 20 minutes frolicking in
the water near the pontoon. Those watching from the pool deck said the seal was
obviously ready to have some fun and a great sight as it showed off with flips and
twists. At one stage, the seal even rested a flipper on the pontoon and looked up
as if to check on the people using its personal sunbed. If you have an interesting
or unusual photo to share with Country Times readers, email it to
Game, set, match
I LOVE this time of year when it comes to
television viewing — almost 24/7 coverage of
the Australian Open.
As well as watching the elite players at
their best, I love the Aussie success stories,
particularly from wildcard entries.
However, our local tennis competitions are
In recent years, the NYP Tennis
Association has become weaker and the size
of the competition has shrunk, condensing to
one division until finals.
On Saturday, half of the six scheduled
matches didn’t proceed due to forfeits. There
have been seven other forfeits since
November 26, 10 in total from the 30
programmed matches. That’s one-third of
matches which didn’t get played.
For captains, it’s like pulling teeth to get a
team together each week, making a million
phone calls and sending out plenty of text
In addition to harvest, which has been
prolonged this season, there are just too
many social commitments on Saturdays
The SYP association has also struggled
with forfeits and teams calling on numerous
“fill-ins” to take the court each week.
The mid YP association is only small but
seems to have played most programed
matches — all of which are on a Friday night.
Promisingly, a lot of people have put their
hands up for the NYP association match in
Adelaide on Sunday, February 5.
There are still people out there passionate
about tennis, and a lot of good players on the
However, there needs to be a revamp to
make competition strong again.
I believe Saturday afternoons just aren’t
suitable for tennis anymore, especially for
those who have already committed every
Saturday during winter to sport.
Fridays nights seem to work well for the
mid YP association. Although, for some, this
would mean making a choice between tennis
Another alternative could be Thursday
nights. Particularly passionate teams could
still train on a Monday or Tuesday if desired.
It’s worth a shot!
Amie Price, Editor
Hot cars can be
AS temperatures soar and reach new records all
over the country, please remember dogs should
never be left in parked vehicles, which can
become death traps in a matter of minutes.
Even on a mild, 25-degree day, the
temperature inside a car parked in the shade can
soar to between 37 and 50 degrees in minutes,
and on a 30-degree day, the temperature can
reach 70 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
Leaving the windows cracked (or even halfway
down) and/or leaving water in the vehicle will
not keep animals comfortable or safe.
With only hot air to breathe, dogs can
succumb to heatstroke in as little as 15 minutes,
resulting in brain damage or death. Symptoms
include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy
panting, lethargy, lack of appetite and
coordination, dark tongue, and vomiting.
Please, when it’s warm outside, leave animals
at home. If you see a dog left in a car, have the
car’s owner paged at nearby stores or call 000
immediately — the dog’s life depends on it.
Associate director PETA Australia
Alright for some
WHEN I was younger, I worked up to three
jobs, starting at 5.30am and finishing at 6pm.
Sometimes I worked seven days a week.
My wife was a nurse so she worked shift
It was hard when we bought our house
and there were times when we didn’t know
where the money was going to come from to
pay the bills.
We had three children and life was tough.
Our family has worked hard all our lives.
We’ve saved and invested.
When we were nearing 70, we thought we
deserved the pension, and so did Centrelink,
so we became pensioners.
It wouldn’t keep us afloat but our savings
Now that wonderful Prime Minister
Malcolm Turnbull has decided we’re getting
it too easy, and so are hundreds or
thousands of other pensioners.
We are Australians who have worked for
Australia and thought we might get a
helping hand in later life.
Mr Turnbull thinks more of those
claiming to be asylum seekers.
These are some people who belong to a
network which keeps them up to date with
every possible way to cheat the system and,
to prove it, many have been caught.
There’s “day care centres” where different
families look after each other’s children for
federal government grants.
Their “I’ve got six wives” scam, and so it
Ninety-three per cent of refugees have
failed to gain employment in Australia!
Why would they look for work?
There have been no cutbacks in refugee
Just cuts to Centrelink payments to
Australian pensioners who have worked a
lifetime making Australia such a great
It’s such a pity, Mr Turnbull, a man who
has never wanted for a thing in his life, can
show such a lack of understanding and make
life so hard for elderly people of his own
I hope there’s a political party at the next
federal election that supports pensioners,
because I’ll be encouraging all my friends to
change their vote from Liberal.
A sign of the times
WITH the world turning to the internet so
often for so many things, it is, I guess, only
natural people turn to the internet for
However, it is a sad sign of the times that
with every purchase made online, a local shop
suffers a loss.
A town is a town not just because people live
It lives and breathes because there are
businesses alive and well, providing
employment, and a place for those people to do
These businesses help provide a reason for
there to be schools and hospitals along with
When one shop closes it can become a
domino effect. The heart of the town slowly
We have tried so desperately to keep a part
of this town’s heart beating.
Unfortunately, we were not successful.
We began the closing down process of our
shoe shop yesterday (Monday, January 16).
We thank those who helped us keep this
business going for as long as it did.
We have met some beautiful people and will
miss them dearly. Our run is over.
Kay and Leah Thom
Give way to
I WOULD like your readers to know that vehicles
entering or exiting the Moonta Foodland car park
from George Street have to give way to pedestrians.
During the past few years, I have come close
to being hit by cars leaving the car park, even
when they can see I am using a walker or a
four-prong walking stick.
In the past couple of weeks, a person in a big
four-wheel drive has come close to hitting me,
and even stuck their head out of the car window.
I could not understand what they said, but I
don’t think it would be complimentary.
Foodland has said it is not its problem. I don’t
know who is responsible for this problem, but it
only needs a sign which reads, “Please give way
It needs to be a double-sided sign for cars,
whether they are entering or exiting.
I believe car parks are governed by existing
laws, as anywhere else on the roads.
I am not the only one who has come close to
being hit. A broken leg or hip will not hurt any
less, even if you are in the right. My wife and
others have had the same problem.
Peter Kraack, Moonta
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