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BOATIES again encoun-
tered problems at the Port
Hughes boat ramp caused
by low tides mid-last week.
Ramp users had trouble
launching and retrieving
their boats and were par-
ticularly upset when they
heard the necessary and
long-awaited approvals to
dredge had been received.
The District Council of
the Copper Coast had
hoped to dredge at the
ramp during the low tide
to rid the area of sand
However, CEO Peter
Harder said the approval
arrived late on Wednesday,
by which point dredging
was not possible.
"The approval arrived
two days late so we missed
the low tide... We needed
to do it Tuesday or
Wednesday and got the
night; the tide was still rea-
sonably low Thursday but
it was still too late," Mr
"We had trucks pen-
cilled in for Tuesday and
Wednesday but couldn't
use them --- it certainly
wasn't for a lack of trying."
Mr Harder said council
has already booked in all
equipment and trucks nec-
essary to dredge the ramp
in mid-November, which
is the next time the tide
will be low enough to
complete the work.
But too late for low tide
WIND farm developers must now
consider the impact of their proj-
ects on low-altitude agricultural
aircraft movements, one of several
changes to the state's Development
Minister for Planning John Rau
announced the changes last
Thursday, the result of an eight-
week consultation period last year.
"I have taken note of and
responded to key issues raised
through the consultation process
which yielded 276 written submis-
sions from the public and coun-
cils," Mr Rau said.
He said key issues raised during
the consultation period were the
areas where it was appropriate to
plan wind farms; balance for third
party comment, notification and
appeal rights; and the visual
impacts of the developments.
Other changes include turbines
must be at least one kilometre
from dwellings and two kilometres
The DPA also states:
• Developments within two
kilometres of dwellings, towns and
other zones such as airfields will be
classed as category 3 (all other
wind farm developments are cate-
• Wind farms in the Barossa
Valley and McLaren Vale areas will
• To remove policy envisioning
wind farms in valuable environ-
mental and scenic areas such as the
Clare Valley, Fleurieu Peninsula
and the Murray River; and
• Wind farms and other devel-
opments must occur in sparsely
populated zones such as general
farming, primary production and
Changes to wind farm DPA
Council wind farm
guide in the works
THE Central Local Government Region is
working on a Wind Farm Development
Guide to assist councils with decision
Regional CEO Anita Crisp said the
guide will draw upon information
previously gathered by wind farm liaison
officer Trevor White and other sources.
"The purpose of the guide is to clear
up any conflicting information and give
councils and developers some clarity,"
Ms Crisp said.
"We applied for the funding and
received $32,000 from the LGA to direct
our resources to upgrade our planning
"The current guidelines are a bit broad
so we are trying to include more detail.
"At the moment, it comes down to
(each) individual council's interpretation,
so it is really up to them and the
developers to ask the right questions of
each other to find out the answers.
"We need our plan to reflect the
current situations and it will not only be
useful for councils but developers too."
Ms Crisp said the guide will take about
six months to compile.
SMALL charter operators are con-
cerned they could lose business
due to new snapper limits which
come into effect on November 30.
As reported last week, all fishers
will face an extended closure peri-
od next year but recreational and
charter fishers can continue to fish
during the extra two-week closure
this year with some restrictions.
It is these restrictions, particu-
larly on fish measuring more than
60cm, which concern smaller
In the Spencer Gulf, fishers on a
charter will be able to catch one
fish per person if there are three
passengers on board, three per
boat for four to six passengers and
one per person with seven or
more on board.
Ashley Perkins, of Wallaroo
Charters based at Balgowan, said
the restrictions could result in a
loss of business.
"Some people spend upwards of
a couple of thousand dollars a day
for the chance to catch a big fish,"
Mr Perkins said.
"For operators with seven or
more customers the restrictions
aren't that bad, but for those with
six or less people on board, it's not
good, they can basically catch half
a fish each.
"I think they are going to think,
why come out onto my boat to
catch half a fish when they could
go to another bigger charter and
catch what they want.
"South Australia is known for
its bigger snapper and particularly
people from Victoria and New
South Wales come here to catch
them and get them stuffed as a
trophy fish ... If they cancel, I can't
see us replacing the money we
make from those two weeks in any
Aquaculture executive director
Professor Mehdi Doroudi said the
concerns of the charter industry
about an extended closure were
taken on board.
"However, during this 15-day
period, reduced individual and
boat limits for snapper have been
applied in order to minimise the
impact of this fishing activity on
spawning aggregations," Professor
"This is a temporary reduction
and outside of the 15-day exten-
sion period and the annual clo-
sure, the size, bag and boat limits
for snapper have not changed for
recreational or charter fishers.
"From 2013 onwards, the 15-
day extension to the snapper fish-
ing closure will apply to all fishing
sectors --- commercial, recreation-
al and charter.
"In effect, snapper fishing will
be completely banned in all South
Australian waters from midday
November 1 to midday December
"It is vital for the charter boat
fishery there is a sustainable and
healthy fishery to support their
businesses and attract customers
to fish for snapper in South
DRIVING AWAY FISHERS... Local fishing charter operator Ashley Perkins is concerned
the new snapper regulations will drive business away from small operators.
LAST Friday, the Sea SA ferry from
Wallaroo to Lucky Bay carried its 25,000th
passenger since the service restarted in
Some 9000 cars, 1700 trailers and cara-
vans, 220 trucks, 35 buses and 570 motor-
bikes have taken the ferry ride in the same
"It's gratifying to see so many have
embraced the Spencer Gulf ferry service as
a major tourist and transport route, reduc-
ing driver fatigue and CO2 emissions by
taking more cars off our roads," Sea SA
managing director Stephanie Dawson said.
Shirley Madeley, from the UK, travelling
with her husband Graham, was the
"We made a last-minute decision to
travel on the ferry as walk-on passengers
to surprise our son Andrew who is cur-
rently riding with his friend Matt from
London to Sydney raising money for the
charity Warchild, a small international
charity which raises money for children
living in war zones," Shirley said.
She said meeting on the vessel gave the
couple an extra two hours of catch-up time
with their son.
Ferry carries 25,000th passenger
PASSENGER RECORD... Sea SA skipper Dirk Visser pres-
ents Shirley Madeley with a bottle of champagne for
being the 25,000th passenger since the ferry service re-
started. She was travelling aboard the ferry with husband
Graham and son Andrew last Friday.
Snapper limits a snag
for small charters
WIND FARM CHANGES... Developers
must now consider low-altitude aircraft
when planning wind farms.
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