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Don’t fuel the fire
THERE seems to be an increasing number
of violent incidents reported in the media.
Whilst there have always been
punch-ups, fights and brawls, they are
dominating news headlines recently.
Firstly, there was the incident when
18-year-old Thomas Kelly was walking
through Kings Cross, Sydney, and was
fatally king-hit in an unprovoked attack.
Then incidents started happening in
South Australia. A teenager died after being
stabbed outside a nightclub in August. Jason
Lindsley spent two weeks in an induced
coma after an alleged assault at a city night
spot and a Dutch man died after intervening
in a car park brawl outside a Gawler hotel.
Now, this week, two separate alcohol-
fuelled incidents in Adelaide have left one
person fighting for his life in hospital and a
woman was punched in the face.
Neil Davis and Nat Cook know the
heartbreak of losing a child to violence after
their 17-year-old son, Sam Davis, was a
victim of an assault at a party in 2008.
They have since established the Sammy D
Foundation which runs several programs
including Sammy D Impact, focusing on
safe choices and preventing violence.
Yorke Peninsula isn’t immune to violent
incidents and the reality is it can take only
one punch to turn a good night out into a
tragedy. Judgement is clouded under the
influence of alcohol and wrong choices
made. If you are in a situation which looks
like it could turn ugly, don’t fuel the fire.
Walk away and you could save a life — it
might even be your own.
Let there be light
We turned the clocks forward one hour
on Sunday morning, it’s now darker in the
morning and lighter at night — must be
time for the daylight saving debate.
There are those who like it (9-5 workers)
and those who don’t (farmers).
Farmers want to cram as much work as
they can into daylight hours, especially as
things crank up for harvest, but can’t access
services (or have to pay extra) outside
Like it or loathe it, daylight saving is here
until April 7.
Amie Brokenshire, Editor
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T SKIPPY THE FIELD KANGAROO... David Prendergast took this photo of a
kangaroo happily skipping through a wheat crop on Airport Road, Wallaroo. If
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A secret code
LET me introduce your readers to a secret code
of football, rugby union.
It appears to me country people have been
kept in the dark about the second biggest game
of football played in the world.
To the younger brigade, look the game up on
You can play touch rugby, seven-a-side,
10-a-side or a full game of 15-a-side. Sevens will
be an Olympic sport in 2016. All shapes and
sizes have a place in rugby.
You could be playing around the world. Have a
look. As an old country boy from the Mallee, it
opened many doors for me.
YORKE Peninsula is proud of all its volunteers
and the organisations they represent — from
Moonta to Marion Bay, Wallaroo to Warooka.
One of these organisations is the SA
Ambulance Service, staffed by volunteers from
within our communities.
It is SA Ambulance Service volunteers who
keep the emergency side of our local health
If you are seriously ill or injured these
volunteer ambulance officers can make all the
difference to your condition before you even
SA Ambulance Service at Maitland and the
nearby towns of Ardrossan, Minlaton,
Yorketown, Warooka and Marion Bay are all
staffed by volunteer officers who respond quickly
and efficiently to the needs of the community at
large and visitors to our beautiful peninsula.
We need more volunteers, and SA Ambulance
Service is having a recruitment drive for lower
Training, uniforms and equipment are
supplied, and you can name a time on the roster
which suits you.
These highly-trained and motivated
ambulance volunteers would love to see you, so
talk to one them today.
Find out more, visit www.saambulance.com.au
or give them a call on 1800 655 306. We would
love some more motivated ambulance volunteers
Local ambulance committee, Maitland
MY wife and I were getting out of the car on
Frances Terrace, Moonta, at about 10.30am on
Saturday, September 22, when my wife took a
fall. Two very kind ladies helped me get her back
into the car.
Could they please contact me on 8837 3687?
Eric J. Turner
WHAT a disappointment; having been to
previous Copper Cove Marina Festivals, our
small group converged on the marina on
Saturday expecting another great outing.
What was previously a nice stroll down
Inverness Way past merchandising/local business
displays to the final destination at the head of the
marina mooring with seafood and local produce
outlets with a huge marquee set up for
dining/wine sales and live music was no more.
Our group had to backtrack to a rock strewn,
dusty area alongside the Coopers Alehouse.
We felt sorry to see family groups attempting
to push strollers/prams through this “quarry
Gone were the tents featuring olive products,
no sign of the local mussel/prawn industry, all in
all a disappointing day.
It would seem the festival was all about the
alehouse. It was the last time for us.
On a positive note, the Naval band was
fantastic and the dragon boat races very
colourful and entertaining.
Will you help
SPRING-time is Red Cross Wills for Life time
and Red Cross is now conducting community
wills events in towns and cities right across the
country and online.
Red Cross and local solicitors have teamed up
to help people prepare or update simple wills in
dozens of local halls and community centres.
We are also giving everyone the opportunity to
make or update their will through the internet.
The Red Cross Wills for Life campaign is a
good opportunity to update or make a new will
and to get your personal affairs in order before
the end of the year.
Leaving a gift in your will can also be a
valuable and lasting way to support Red Cross.
It costs nothing during your lifetime but gifts
in wills have a powerful impact for generations
Just one, two, five per cent or more of your
estate can make a huge difference to our work.
To find out more about Wills for Life phone
1800 649 685 or email email@example.com.
For detailed information about Wills Days in
your area you can also go online to
Australian Red Cross
National bequest manager
A PETITION is now circulating throughout
South Australia seeking a moratorium on
installation of further industrial wind turbines
until comprehensive, fully-independent research
has been conducted with national guidelines
created after assessment of the research.
Why is the research needed? Research has not
yet been conducted into aspects of this form of
The engineering has been researched by the
manufacturers to ensure the turbine blades will
turn in response to wind hitting them, and the
generators will respond and produce electrical
However, no independent research has been
commissioned by governments anywhere. Work
has been undertaken by members of health,
acoustical and other professions and they have
found areas of concern.
They have called for full independent research
to see if concerns are founded, but have met with
opposition from those with an economic and/or
ideological interest not to have this form of
energy production questioned/researched.
It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you
sit, research can either prove or disprove
Therefore, there is no reason to oppose it.
The petition is asking the state government to
take this action to avoid what could be a ‘short
term gain for long term pain’ in areas of health,
the environment and the economic impacts of
this form of energy production.
Those who choose to participate are people
with a social conscience and should not be
dismissed as anti-wind energy, climate sceptics,
NIMBYs or other derogatory terms.
For a copy of the petition, call 0457 983 293.
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