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UNCOVERED... Chris Barclay, of Moonta Bay, sent in this photo of a backyard
water well which was uncovered during the demolition of an old 1880s house in
George Street, Moonta. He said the well was six metres wide and 2.5 metres deep.
The site will be rebuilt as a new Braddys Books, the second-hand bookshop which
has been operating for the past 12 years in the front garage and bedroom of the
old house. The Barclays bought the house when they moved to Moonta 12 years
ago and have decided to demolish it and rebuild as two shops, one which they will
use and one they will rent out. The Barclays hope to re-open sometime in the New
Year. If you have an interesting or unusual photo you would like to share with
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LAST Friday, I went to use the ATM at BankSA
in Moonta. I proceeded with my transaction and
removed my card from the machine.
I was waiting for my cash but the transaction
seemed to be taking longer than usual to process
so I thought I would need to go into the bank for
As I walked away from the machine, a young
man who was waiting in line to use the ATM
called out to me saying, "Don't you want your
You can imagine my shock when I realised the
money had actually dispensed.
I thanked the young man at the time but upon
thinking about this incident further, I felt the
need to publicly thank him for his honesty and
hopefully he may read this. He has restored my
faith in human nature.
I LIVE at Moonta Bay, approximately 160
kilometres from Adelaide.
Over the past three years, my wife and I have
had to attend lots of specialist medical
appointments in Adelaide, including for some
major operations. This usually means a two and a
half hour trip in both directions by car.
During a visit to the Yorke Peninsula Field
Days, I found out about the health bus.
This wonderful service is funded by Country
Health SA with assistance from the Department
of Transport. Local councils also support and
assist this service.
Head office for Yorke Peninsula is located at
Minlaton, where all bookings and travel
arrangements are made by phone and confirmed
the day before travel.
The health bus serves patients and their carers
on Yorke Peninsula (including Moonta, Moonta
Bay, Port Hughes, Wallaroo and Kadina) and
pick-ups are made in time to be in Adelaide
between 10.45am and 11am.
The health bus drops patients almost at the
front door of their specialist/doctor's rooms or
hospital and picks them up around 1.30pm-2pm,
whereby they are driven back to their respective
drop-off points in their hometowns.
There is a courteous and knowledgeable driver
and volunteer bus companion who ensures
patients are comfortable and makes sure people
know when and where they will be picked up and
This amazing service costs the patient just $11
return. Carers travel free of charge.
In closing, I would like to thank Country
Health SA and the Department of Transport,
participating councils on Yorke Peninsula and all
the wonderful volunteers, drivers and YP
Community Transport people who make my life,
and those of all other patients who need to go to
Adelaide for treatment, so much easier.
Your blood is worth bottling! Again, thank you
C. D. Mines, Moonta Bay
First CWMS levy
THIS matter has been on the District Council of
the Copper Coast agenda for a long time.
But for many years the estimated costs were
outrageously expensive, preventing the
Community Wastewater Management Scheme
from going ahead.
Council now believes it has a viable plan to
implement the project at acceptable costs.
DCCC has made a good start by being open
and transparent through initiating community
involvement at the beginning of the project.
Access to information has been available
through public meetings and the council website.
It is not surprising ratepayers will require
regular reassurance a large and costly project such
as the CWMS is worthwhile and properly funded.
With the first quarter rates, including the
CWMS levy, now collected, council has been
provided with the timely opportunity to provide
specific and important information to ratepayers.
Here are some questions on our minds.
What is the total CWMS money that should be
collected by council by each quarter?
How much money has actually been paid this
Are the CWMS levy funds to be paid into a
dedicated trust fund so if the project falls over
monies collected are returned to ratepayers and
not simply absorbed into general council revenue?
With The Dunes development now in
receivership, but having many hundreds of blocks
of vacant land and some houses to be serviced,
how much money has been collected from this
group in the first quarter towards this mandatory
While answers to the first two questions are
naturally of close interest to us, the timely
collection of the CWMS levy from The Dunes,
which is in liquidation, is considered by many
residents as the key to the overall CWMS project
being successful. Don Morley, Port Hughes
WHAT a fantastic and generous community we
live in! On behalf of the Upper Yorke Peninsula
Relay for Life Committee, I would like to
congratulate all who took up the challenge this
year to participate in the Relay for Life during the
An outstanding $90,000+ was raised for the
Cancer Council of South Australia.
Those much-needed funds will make a
difference to the lives of many people who are
diagnosed with and are living with cancer.
A special thank you to the dedicated team
captains and your team members, the amazing
service and sporting clubs within our community,
the individuals who helped set up and pack up,
the entertainers (some of whom were thrown in at
late notice), caterers, businesses and sponsors.
Without all of these important groups and
individuals this event would not be possible.
We hope you have all enjoyed being on board
this incredible journey with us and you take away
some beautiful memories and the desire to be
Let's continue the fight back against cancer.
Well done to you all.
Janine Mercer -- Chair manager,
Upper YP Relay for Life Committee
LAST week, myself and three friends decided to
have lunch and a wine at the Coopers Alehouse,
Discussing the steak special we were advised by
the manager this meal was for Tuesday dinner
and not an option for lunch.
It was pointed out to the manager the steak was
advertised for Tuesday and not Tuesday night and
this could be misconstrued by diners, especially
visitors who we are encouraging to dine in the
Unfortunately, the manager told us this was
a mistake by his staff and we could try
My friends and I hastily retreated to the
Anglers Inn, Wallaroo, where we were met by
courteous staff and enjoyed a delicious lunch.
We all know the customer is not always right,
but surely the manager should have the ability to
apologise to the customers if a mistake is made
and treat people the way he would like to be if the
shoe was on the other foot.
Sadly, I will not be recommending this dining
option to friends in the future.
Dianne Pearce, Wallaroo
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Relay inspires hope
John 20, verses 30-31: Jesus worked many
other miracles for His disciples, and not all of
them are written in this book. But these are
written so you will put your faith in Jesus as the
Messiah and the Son of God. If you have faith
in Him you will have true life.
Supplied by NYP Inter Church Council from
the Contemporary English Version.
RELAY for Life is a wonderful event, it draws
people together from all walks of life, united
in a mission to fight back against cancer.
For 19 hours, team members take turns
walking laps of an oval to remember those
who have been lost, celebrate those who have
survived and fight back against the dark dis-
ease. In the wee hours of the morning, there
is plenty of time to ponder the disease which
has taken so much, but the event is also a lot
of fun, with plenty of entertainment.
Whilst there were many moving moments
throughout the weekend, the Upper YP
Relay for Life was also an opportunity to cel-
ebrate. To celebrate those who have survived
their battle with cancer and their carers who
were with them every step of the way.
It was also a chance to acknowledge
months of hard work raising funds which
will hopefully help find a cure for cancer.
The message for the weekend was hope ---
hope that one day we will not have to
fundraise to find a cure for this disease.
Several people shared inspiring stories
about their own personal cancer journeys
throughout the weekend, living proof you
can dare to hope.
A lot of work goes into organising an
event of such magnitude and it was obvious
the committee was passionate about making
it a success.
Congratulations to all involved in the
upper YP event and don't forget to mark the
SYP Relay for Life on the calendar, March 23
and 24. Support the bottom end teams'
fundraising or attend on the weekend to
encourage the relayers as they make their
way around the Yorketown oval.
Amie Brokenshire, Editor
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