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DOORS to the refurbished District
Council of the Copper Coast adminis-
tration building in Kadina are set to
open, with Katnich Building and
Design having handed over the keys.
CEO Peter Harder has earmarked
November 5 for the reception counter
to open, which gives staff a week to
The $2million project has been
delivered on time and under budget,
allowing for extra work to be done at
the front counter to assist visitors with
a wheelchair or mobility-aid.
Stage one of the project, the con-
struction of the Taylor Street offices,
was finished in early August and staff
moved into the new premises while
the original building was renovated.
Staff will move back into the refur-
bished building this week, allowing
planning staff to return to Taylor
Street from their current makeshift
offices at The Farm Shed.
The planning department will start
working from Taylor Street on
Mr Harder said the disability-
friendly front counter is a major plus
of the refurbished building, which has
also features open-plan offices.
"The front counter is now disability
compliant; we only committed to that
four weeks ago once we realised the
budget would allow for it," he said.
"We have never had a split-level
counter before so it now allows for
people in wheelchairs and is just gen-
erally more user-friendly."
The administration office upgrade
had been on the table for a number of
years, and council allocated $2.8mil-
lion in a provisional budget in 2008.
Council sought tenders for the
project in June 2010, aiming for a
$2.5million budget but plans were
scrapped after the estimated cost
came in at $4million, which members
felt was unacceptable.
Locum CEO Geoff Sheridan
brought the project back to the top of
council's priority list in February 2011
and after Mr Harder took up his posi-
tion in June that year, DCCC went out
to tender with revised plans.
WELCOME... District Council of the Copper Coast customer
service officers Leanne Muller and Sarah Morris at the disabili-
ty-friendly front counter, part of the refurbished offices which
will open on Monday, November 5.
TWO days after his unsuc-
cessful challenge for the
Liberal Party leadership,
Member for Waite Martin
spoke at a Liberal Party
convention in support of
Member for Goyder
Steven Griffiths last
Thursday, after losing by a
single vote to opposition
leader Isobel Redmond in
Tuesday's party room bal-
lot.He told the Country
Times he is optimistic
about the party as it moves
forward with Ms
Redmond at the helm.
"The leadership (chal-
lenge) was about policy
directions, different views
and pathways forward;
that decision has been
made and it's onwards and
upwards from here," Mr
He said people should
not be discouraged by the
perceived lack of unity
caused by the challenge.
"People need to look at
the quality of the message
we have for change and
policy, our platform and
what we have on offer," he
Mr Griffiths was the
man charged with advising
Ms Redmond he had
received a letter signed by
the required 25 per cent of
for the leadership chal-
lenge on Friday, October
19.During Tuesday's secret
ballot, he was the key vote
counter and, as such, is one
of three people that knows
who voted for whom.
"No doubt people who
observe politics are sick of
division and don't like it;
they want to see a united
team," Mr Griffiths said.
Ms Redmond has
pledged to reshuffle her
shadow cabinet, which
could mean a return to the
front bench for Mr
Griffiths, who said the
positions should not come
down to alliances within
"I believe Isobel
Redmond needs to ensure
she selects the best possi-
ble shadow cabinet," he
"I am in politics in the
hope of representing peo-
ple and also being a minis-
"I was a member of the
shadow cabinet basically
from the day I was elected
for a five-and-a-half year
period --- workload does
not scare me."
Since losing his portfo-
lios last December, Mr
Griffiths said he has been
able to spend more time at
home attending local
visits Yorke Peninsula
MARTIN Hamilton-Smith has family ties to Stansbury
as it is where his grandparents lived and met.
"The boys had a boxing match in the main street
of Stansbury to determine who would take my
grandmother out," he said.
"I used to visit Stansbury lots as a child and I still
"The people of Yorke Peninsula believe in family,
private enterprise, freedom and are good, solid,
conservative folk; they're a wonderful community.
"YP has good mining prospects, but also issues
with marine parks and tourism, as well as roads.
"The people really are well served by (Member
for Goyder) Steven Griffiths ... he is one of the best
country members and is an honest and decent,
upstanding representative for the community.
"I'd like to chat to Steve (Griffiths) about a master
plan for YP which brings all these things together; it
might be worth putting them all in one package."
THE Central Local
Government Region has
employed Natasha Hall as
a climate change coordina-
tor to support councils,
Australia and Natural
CLGR CEO Anita Crisp
said Ms Hall's role was a
long time coming for the
She has been employed
to focus on recommenda-
tions in the Vulnerability
Assessment Report and
the Regional Climate
"There are about 50-60
are quite broad including
economic, social and envi-
ronmental impacts and we
have to work through
those and figure what is
most important," Mrs
"A lot of people aren't
concerned with climate
change because it's not an
issue we will see in our life-
times, but when planning
infrastructure which is
going to be around for 50-
80 years we need to under-
stand how it is going to
affect us long term."
Ms Hall will also work
with specialised NRM
groups such as Landcare
For more information,
contact Ms Hall by email-
Climate change officer appointed
CLIMATE CHANGE... Natasha Hall is the new
Central Local Government Region climate
about the peninsula
GUEST SPEAKER... Martin Hamilton-Smith makes a point during his
speech at the Liberal Party convention in Ardrossan last Thursday.
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