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Lack of nominations
THE format of the District Council of the
Copper Coast Australia Day breakfast will be
somewhat different this Thursday, January
26. This is because there will be no awards
Council received no nominations for
Citizen of the Year, Young Achiever of the
Year or Community Club of the Year.
There was one winner, Moonta Area
School’s memorial trail opening is the
Community Event of the Year.
This will be acknowledged at the breakfast
but, due to Australia Day falling in the
school holidays, the award won’t be officially
Surely there are people and groups in
our community worthy of the other three
awards. If not, then there is something
wrong with community spirit on the Copper
Are we all too busy to submit a nomination?
Is it another case of, someone else will do it?
The awards nomination process is not
difficult. It is one simple A4 page where you
fill out the nominee’s basic details and give a
few sentences about how they have
contributed to the community plus any other
significant achievements. You can attach
supplementary material, but this isn’t essential.
It is going to be a huge year on the Copper
Coast with the Kernewek Lowender and
Yorke Peninsula Field Days. Not to mention
other big events such as dirt kart nationals,
BMX state championships, kayak regatta and
As well as potential for Community Event
of the Year there are people who put
considerable time and effort into these events.
Maybe there is someone out there who is
organising a big fundraiser this year or who
regularly gives time volunteering for one
organisation or another?
Mayor Paul Thomas has said you don’t
need to wait until the end of the year to
make a nomination.
It is often quite busy around the time
nominations are called for in November.
You can put pen to paper now and make a
Come on, show us your Aussie spirit!
Amie Price, Editor
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TO the people of Kadina and surrounding areas.
A couple broke down last night (Wednesday,
January 18) between Kadina and Alford and no
one stopped to see if they were okay. They were
on the side of the road all night.
I went out the next morning to help and get
them going again, and got them into Kadina to
get repairs done.
While I was out there for two to three hours,
up to a dozen cars went by, and no one stopped.
We even had witches hats out.
No one stopping was not a good look for the area.
If you are worried about stopping, lock your
doors, wind down windows a little bit, and ask
the person if they are okay.
It’s not a good look for us up here and word
could get around on Facebook that it is not a
place to break down up here.
So come on, do the Aussie thing and ask
someone if they’re okay.
Tony Power, Kadina
THE question of whether government pensions
should be paid to anyone who believes he or she
‘deserves’ it, rather than restricting payments to
those who actually need them, has nothing to do
with how a civilised society behaves towards
those fleeing terror, unspeakable cruelty and
racial or religious persecution (YPCT 17-1-17).
Taking a punitive attitude towards others to
boost one’s own wish for access to one’s fellow
citizens’ taxes, or as it is usually described,
government money, strikes me as rather
Surely this finite resource should be available
only to those who, for whatever reason, are
unable to support themselves with a modicum of
I understand it must be difficult for some
people to see those who abuse the system
apparently getting away with it.
Rather like some politicians I guess, who also
believe in an entitlement, and assume they too
deserve to dip into government money to
support their chosen lifestyle.
Let’s be clear. The current crackdown is aimed
at those who have assets, not including a family
home, in excess of a certain amount.
The complex problem of asylum seekers won’t
be solved by joining an organisation with
half-baked and very simplistic ideas designed to
appeal to voters’ worst instincts and which
smack of the politics of fear and envy.
Margaret Woods, Minlaton
Care and concern
ON Friday, January 20, I had a nasty fall outside
Leading Edge Jewellers and the adjacent empty
shop on Digby Street, Kadina.
I had some skin taken off but, thankfully, at
my age of 75, nothing was broken.
There was a young man sitting on a stool at
the coffee shop on the corner.
He ran to my aid and was very concerned for
He offered to get me a drink of water and
stayed until I could walk on my own.
I wish to say thank you publicly as I didn’t get
his name and just let other people know youths
and young ones do care and are worth
something if given a chance.
So, again, thank you for your help and concern
and I hope your parents are proud of you.
B Olsen, Wallaroo
I HAVE an enquiry regarding the fact the public
can’t see and is not informed exactly what the
changes are to Yorke Peninsula’s Order Making
Policy and Community Engagement Policy open
for public consultation period until January 25.
Questions like this should be in the public
arena and publicly heard. The director of
development services is changing the Order
Making Policy, but not saying what the changes
are — good, bad or ugly.
An old copy of the Community Engagement
Policy wasn’t provided with the new one online
(www.yorke.sa.gov.au) or with a report outlining
the reason for revision and what the changes will
be, for the community to submit proper feedback.
Council can’t just go around thinking it has all
the power and say “community consultation”
was given with such poor communication and
Kristian Mumford, Port Vincent
I ENJOY and appreciate reading the YP Country
I regularly check the rainfall listings to
compare with my own records and I’m
beginning to wonder about the reliability and
accuracy of your reports.
During the period December 20-31, Minlaton
was listed as receiving only 0.2mm of rain.
I can assure you during that period there was
indeed a good deal of rain.
My place is only two blocks from the post
office and my gauge recorded 24mm in that
If the figure printed in the YPCT was for
Minlaton airport, then that is misleading as the
airport is some seven kilometres northwest of
the town, but I would also be very surprised if
the rainfall at the airport was not similar to that
of the township.
Robert Martin, Minlaton
Editor’s response: We get our totals from the
Bureau of Meteorology, and the Minlaton totals
are from station 22009, not the airfield (22031).
Unfortunately, BoM relies on people
responsible for the rain gauges to report the
figures and, in some cases, like the period you
mention, they don’t submit their figures and
therefore we get inaccurate reports.
From now on, if it looks like the rainfall doesn’t
match with figures elsewhere on the peninsula, we
will print “not available” so people don’t get confused.
I hope this helps and thanks for bringing the
issue to our attention.
FOR years, my wife and I have seen various
specialist doctors in Adelaide, and the Patient
Assistance Transport Scheme has paid travel
fees, plus accommodation, at times.
Now, all of a sudden, country people are being
discriminated against by having to go to visiting
doctors who may or may not come to country
If you don’t go to one of these specialists,
PATS will say you are free to attend any
specialists you wish, but don’t expect to get paid
travel or accommodation.
My wife, a very sick lady, has seen a top
neurologist in Adelaide. This doctor was called
in to see my wife by another doctor when she
was very ill in hospital about four years ago.
Since then, my wife had seen this top
neurologist about twice and PATS have paid
travel expenses but, in November, she had to see
him again at North Adelaide and PATS refused to
pay travel expenses, saying there is a neurologist
at Port Pirie, closer to us than Adelaide.
They claim my wife should pull up stakes with
the doctor, who has all her history and treated
her for four years, and now start afresh with a
How many people have found themselves in
this stupid situation?
It’s discrimination against country people and
comes across as blackmail, forcing people to use
specialists not of their choosing.
What a medical system we have!
P. J. Paule, Kadina
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