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Great weekend, except
for boat ramp woes
ALL in all the October long weekend was a
great success with plenty to see and do on
Yorke Peninsula from tip to toe.
Visitors flocked to the annual rubber duck
race at Port Broughton and dropped into
markets at Kadina, Moonta, Port Victoria,
Stansbury and Warooka.
Enthusiasts from Adelaide and beyond
motored to either the Copper Coast Show 'n'
Shine or the Edithburgh Gala Day and Show
'n' Shine to admire the polished chrome on
display. For the kids, there were plenty of fun
activities at the Kooky Kidz Markets.
It was a credit to all involved in organising
the variety of events for locals and the large
number of tourists taking advantage of the
school holidays, long weekend and first taste
of nice weather.
The only dampener on the weekend was
the trouble fishers had launching and
retrieving their boats at Port Hughes.
The problems with the ramp were brought
to the fore with low tides experienced on
Monday and Tuesday.
Boaties were left stranded waiting to
re-enter the ramp or high and dry in the car
park unable to launch.
Luckily, there was no emergency in which
a boat had to get in quickly or Sea Rescue
had to deploy from Port Hughes.
The region's reputation is on the line; if
word gets around the Port Hughes boat ramp
is "no good", fishers will go elsewhere.
Bad experiences stick in people's minds
more so than enjoyable ones.
Anyone standing on the shores around the
peninsula during the weekend could clearly
see by the number of boats on the water
people come here to fish.
Hopefully, when they come into shore they
stop in at the local pub for a feed, fill up with
petrol at the service station and even spend a
night or two in a caravan park or motel.
There has been much said about the Port
Hughes boat ramp over many years. Plans
have been drawn, scrapped and redrawn.
Yes, there needs to be consideration given
to environmental impact, but things need to
start happening quickly or we will lose the
tourists who have been so loyal to YP.
It's too late for this summer, but hopefully
by the next October long weekend there will
be action at the Port Hughes boat ramp.
DAYLIGHT saving starts this Sunday,
October 7, at 2am, when clocks will be put
for ward by one hour, so don't
forget to put your clocks
forward before you go to
bed Saturday night.
Daylight Time will
remain until 3am,
Sunday, April 7.
Daylight saving start
BEACHCOMBING... Keith "Bucky" Buck sent in this photo of his dog Toby
checking out a large marker buoy abandoned from the now-defunct mussel
farm. "It was found by one of our locals washed up on the beach near Bird
Island; cut in two it might make a good flower pot!" Bucky said.
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Lethargy by the
AS outgoing presiding officer of the Health
Advisory Council of Yorke Peninsula, I am
dismayed at the lack of interest in the
administration of the health facilities provided at
Maitland, Minlaton and Yorketown from the
aspect of the council.
Several advertisements have been displayed in
our local papers letting people know about the
forthcoming annual general meeting and the fact
members of our broad community can nominate
for positions on the Health Advisory Council of
Just before that meeting, to be held at Minlaton
on October 10, I have been advised there are four
To me, that is, to say the least, disappointing.
It was not that long ago we had more than 500
people attend a meeting at Yorketown Town Hall
about issues relating to a revamp of health
services in regional and rural South Australia.
Soon after, there were more than 300 people
attending a similar meeting at Maitland.
Why has that public interest and enthusiasm
To attract more interest in our council, do we
need to say the "minister is winding back health
services in country South Australia" merely to
again attract more attendance at our AGM?
Now, I know our minister would never come
out with such philosophy --- he cares for the
health service he provides in country South
What has happened to the recent vibrancy and
commitment of the people of Yorke Peninsula in
regard to our health services?
Why can't you take on a responsible, positive,
proactive attitude to assist with the formulation of
health services and so offer yourself as a member
of our Health Advisory Council of Yorke
Peninsula? Such a commitment involves a
I would welcome late nominations from people
to be a part of our council.
Our annual general meeting is on October 10,
1.30pm at Minlaton Community Services meeting
room. See you there with your nomination form.
TRAVELLING around Australia we see many
towns which display a feature depicting its identity.
Now with the large stone at the eastern
roundabout in Kadina, we are recognising our
history and growth came from copper mining at
From 1860-1923, the areas of Jericho, Matta
Flat, Jerusalem, Newtown and Kadina grew as a
result of successful mining operations.
Could we please stop the sniping and griping
about cost and time expended by council workers
and appreciate our heritage is now recognisable for
travellers, et cetera, at the entrance to the region.
Thank you District Council of the Copper
Coast councillors for your initiative.
Helen Williamson, Kadina
I AM writing to express my view about some of
the proposed changes to snapper fishing by
PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture.
It is quite obvious there has been a depletion of
snapper stocks so something needs to be done.
In the past season, there was an increase in the
professional snapper catch of some 420 tonnes,
and yet the fisheries department seems to look
only at the amateur catch as a way of improving
I would suggest the best way to improve the
situation would be to reduce the professional
catch, and to stop long lining completely.
Amateur fishers contribute so much more to
the SA economy than professional fishers.
One has to only look at the number of boats
which launch at Port Hughes and Wallaroo in the
holiday periods to realise how much money is
spent on fishing and how much benefit it brings
in the form of tourism to Yorke Peninsula.
Finally, I think it's time the amateur fishers got
a fair go from the fisheries department.
Brain Souter, Moonta Bay
I RECENTLY attended my granddaughter's
classroom for Family Day and was very
Her teacher's name is Luke Atkinson and he
explained to us (in good detail) what he was
teaching and how.
What a fantastic way of teaching.
If I had a teacher like Mr Atkinson when I
went to school, I would have finished my
schooling because I would have had the
confidence to do so.
Keep up the good work Mr Atkinson.
Michelle Sletten, Moonta
Open for business?
I WANT to communicate my disappointment at
being turned away from two Moonta Bay
hospitality businesses yesterday (Monday).
I had my family in tow, including my
90-year-old great-grandmother, mother-in-law
and the kids.
We were hoping to go out for coffee, cake and
milkshakes and to take in the ambience of the
bay from the Patio (we had heard good reports!)
The business had a huge advertising banner
and sandwich board on view to entice trade in
(open seven days!)
However, when we got to reception we were
quite politely told they weren't opening today!
In their defence, we were told they should be
able to do coffee and cake but would check first.
We respectfully declined that offer and made
our way across to the Seagate.
Again, we were politely told if we wanted
coffee and cake then we should go next door but
could come back in half an hour for lunch. We
Feeling quite deflated and somewhat bemused
we headed back up to Moonta and to the
comfort and cosiness of a tried and true business,
Henry on George.
We were not disappointed. We received
fantastic customer service, had excellent coffee
and an impressive range of tantalising cake.
We all left feeling our faith had been restored
by the diligent and customer-focused staff and
management of the quaint little cafe (and
I sincerely appreciate businesses are facing
very tough times and overheads in terms of
wages are an impost to open on a public holiday.
I also appreciate days off are precious;
however, for a bustling seaside community like
Moonta Bay which relies heavily on the tourist
trade, I'm sure it wasn't only us left questioning
the business decisions on what was the best day
(in terms of weather) of the long weekend.
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