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Grants a bonus for some
THE state government's latest sweetener, an
$8500 Housing Construction Grant for
anyone building or buying a new home, will
be a surprise bonus for some but won't keep
Those who have recently purchased or
built a new house will have sour grapes they
missed out on the "free" money.
Additionally, those who have established
properties on the market will be concerned
this grant will entice potential purchasers to
change their mind and build instead.
Those with vacant blocks will be hoping
to make a sale to someone planning to take
advantage of the grant and build.
The construction industry should be
happy; with new home builds at their lowest
levels in a decade, hopefully the grants will
breathe some life back into the industry.
This will have a flow-on effect for all
tradies and keep people in jobs.
First home buyers need to strike while the
iron is hot. They can get $15,000 through
the First Home Owners Grant if they decide
to build or buy a new home. This is ongoing.
But as of June 30, 2014, the grant for first
home owners who purchase an established
home will be phased out altogether.
Essentially, this means those entering the
housing market for the first time will be
significantly better off purchasing something
new or building from scratch rather than
buying an existing home.
However, this could trick some young
people excited by the prospect of a new
home but unaware of the many additional
costs such as a pergola, landscaping, fixtures
and fittings, furniture, et cetera.
The "free" money will be eaten up quickly.
The latest chapter in the Liberal Party
state leadership battle came to a head today
(Tuesday) with a party room showdown
between Isobel Redmond and Martin
For anyone who cares, Redmond won by
one vote. It was a numbers game and came
down to who is friends with who and which
side the alliances decided to side with.
The Labor Party simply enjoyed sitting
back and watching the show.
The curtains have come down ... until the
next leadership challenge.
Amie Brokenshire, Editor
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SLEEPY SEAL... Jodie Ames' son Logan and his friend Jake were walking on
the beach at Billy Goat Flat, Pine Point, when they came across this huge seal
fast asleep up on the sand. "They rushed back to get me and we sat and
watched him for over an hour," Jodie said. "He would scratch himself and
wave; then, when the water touched his nose, he got up and moved back. I left
the boys and they said sometime later he got up and rushed into the water."
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IN response to the article DCCC community
grants announced (YPCT 9-10-12); I just want to
express my horror at the once again blatant
disregard for areas which are not Kadina or
Wallaroo, and also the comments from Councillor
Quite obviously, you don't live in the
Moonta/Moonta Bay/Port Hughes areas or you
wouldn't have made such ridiculous comments.
Aside from that, going on what you said, can
you please explain to me if we are all one area,
why is Moonta/Port Hughes solely paying for our
Community Wastewater Management Scheme?
Surprisingly (not) we are all one when Kadina
and Wallaroo require works, but when it's for our
area, it's ours alone to bear. By the way, this is not
rhetorical. I would appreciate an answer.
I am also curious why the council continually
says there is no money to upgrade the boat ramp
(at an approximate cost of $2million as stated in
the Country Times 9-10-12), yet there was
$2million available to upgrade the council
chambers, not to mention the $600,000 for the lift.
We won't even get into the decorating of
Every person in the Moonta/Moonta Bay/Port
Hughes areas should be as outraged as I am. It's
time we made some much overdue noise.
J. Phillips, Moonta Bay
Relay for Life notice
AS you may be aware, upper Yorke Peninsula is
hosting a Relay for Life event to raise funds for
Cancer Council SA at the Kadina oval this
Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28.
The reason for this letter is to inform you there
will be a large quantity of people attending the
event as well as increased noise levels due to the
The event runs from 2pm on Saturday until
9am on Sunday, but we will be reducing the noise
level from approximately 1am. We hope this will
not cause too many disturbances and appreciate
your patience in this matter.
Relay for Life is a major fundraising event for
Cancer Council SA and we are proud to be able to
run such an event in Kadina.
You are most welcome to attend this event at
any time as it is open to the public. At 8pm, we
have a candle-lighting ceremony to celebrate the
lives of those who have been touched by cancer.
We thank you in advance for your
understanding. If you have any queries or
concerns, contact Scott Mercer on 0418 859 119
during business hours.
Sheree Williams, Event Secretary
ON Sunday afternoon, October 14, we attended
the concert at the Wallaroo Town Hall organised
by the Kadina Wallaroo Moonta Band.
It was a wonderful afternoon of entertainment.
The local band performed together with
members of the Adelaide Metro Band and had the
audience tapping their feet all afternoon.
The Kadina Memorial High School Jazz Band,
ably led by teacher Josh Cowley, performed two
brackets very capably.
These young people are to be commended for
their talent and necessary dedication to reach
such a high level of performance.
Congratulations to all performers and thank
you for all the effort involved in putting on such a
polished concert which I'm sure everyone
This district is lucky to have such a band (some
members travel great distances to participate) and
we wish them well in their future endeavours.
We hope the public continue to support these
Wendy and Peter Rowe, Wallaroo
DECLINING numbers of members and players
are having serious effects on golf clubs.
Unless golf clubs combine in an effort to
achieve growth and replenishment of interest
and competitors, the future of many clubs will be
very bleak. Individual clubs cannot go it alone, it
has to be total YP participation or face inevitable
closure of clubs.
Attempts to encourage the sport seem to be
hampered by the ever-increasing number of
people, mainly youths, participating in Saturday
sporting events, and this is a good thing.
Some clubs have tried to promote Friday
twilight or Sunday events while maintaining
normal Saturday competition without success.
We should form a body of delegates from each
club on Yorke Peninsula to contemplate all clubs
changing to a Sunday competition.
As most families support their juniors with
popular Saturday events -- netball, hockey,
football, athletics, et cetera -- it is only reasonable
particularly for fathers to relieve mothers who
have had the kids five days a week for school and
Changing to Sunday golf would encourage the
family to become involved in another sport in
which all can participate.
One only has to observe the changes in our
local media, the YP Country Times; only a short
time ago, sport was covered in a few pages and
currently it is about 10 pages.
People buy papers to read news and results.
A change such as this would take at least two
or three golf seasons to implement.
Edward "Ted" Crosby, Alford
Boat ramp woes
TODAY, Thursday, October 18, after an
enjoyable morning's fishing from the Port
Hughes ramp, to be able to retrieve my boat I
had to get out of it and push it over the sand
build-up in the entrance to the basin.
I was the only occupant and my boat doesn't
draw much water.
There was a strong north wind coming up and
I was not the only person in this predicament.
When are you going to dredge it?
As a local ambulance officer, if we had to deal
with an emergency with somebody coming in on
a boat, which has happened, are you going to
accept the responsibility of a bad outcome
because they can't get in?
It is a joke having to pay a state government
facilities levy as well as a launch fee for a
Kevin Partington, Moonta Bay
1 Peter 5, verses 5-7: The scriptures say,
"God opposes proud people, but He helps
everyone who is humble." Be humble in the
presence of God's mighty power and He will
honour you when the time comes. God cares
for you, so turn all your worries over to Him.
Supplied by NYP Inter Church Council from
the Contemporary English Version.
ONCE a week, I travel to Kadina from Ardrossan
and every time I do so I drive at the specified
speed. It really irks me when I have motorists
tailgating me to go faster; in the end they
overtake me travelling at speeds of up to
Sadly, the majority of these drivers are
displaying P plates. I guess one day I'll come
across one of these senseless drivers at the scene
of an accident and have to assist them.
Buckle up and adhere to the road rules before
you hurt yourselves or someone else.
C. Stoddart, Ardrossan
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