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Port Road parking
IT seems many people are unhappy with
the District Council of the Copper Coast's
no-parking trial along Port Road.
I urge all of them to contact council with your
On Monday, November 19, my wife needed to
fill a script at the chemist; it is our preference to
use the new chemist at the medical centre as
there is usually far less waiting time.
As is common now all street parking is not
available, the centre's small car park was full, and
I also noted the hardware store park was full.
I'm sure the owners of the hardware store
would not be happy to find some of their
parking might be used for non-customers as I
suspect may be happening.
This situation was an inconvenience as far as
the chemist, and I am certain they do not want
to lose customers, but if someone has a doctor or
dental appointment, where do they go?
You cannot just park in one of the local
I do understand the issues with traffic around
the medical centre as I have experienced them
But it still does not make sense to punish all
the other businesses along Port Road.
RE: Hood-winked (YPCT 13-11-12), about the
Hooded Plover signs installed at beaches across
Yorke Peninsula last year.
I manage the national Beach-nesting Birds
Project at BirdLife Australia and we helped the
Friends of the Hooded Plover Yorke Peninsula
apply for a grant to implement these signs.
The Hooded Plover used to be called the
Hooded Dotterel and it would have been a lot
easier if its name hadn't changed!
Many people confuse the species with the
Spur-winged Plovers (name changed to Masked
Lapwing) which swoop when you go near their
eggs or chicks, and have grown up cursing those
If the Hooded Plovers also swooped and didn't
use camouflage to the degree they do, there
wouldn't be a need for signs. But the issue with
conserving these birds is they are so good at
hiding themselves and their nests you have no
idea how to avoid crushing them.
The signs are meant to help beach users know
when they are accessing a beach where there is a
threatened species present --- the Hooded Plover
is vulnerable in South Australia with an
estimated 650-800 birds.
Foul Bay is a good spot for this species and we
know they have hatched chicks there in the past.
The project I work on mostly covers the South
Australian and Victorian coasts, and it is a
pleasure to visit the beaches on Yorkes and know
they are far less visited than those closer to
Adelaide and Melbourne; you feel like there's a
bit of hope for this species yet.
More than 40 volunteers participated in the
recent "hoodie" count on YP and the number of
chicks recorded has more than doubled since
education programs have been in place.
Beaches which are stunning, isolated and still
have so much habitat potential are a rarity on the
Australian coast and I hope you can see the
reason why we want to protect them.
There's room enough to find space to let the
dogs off the lead and to give these birds the
space to survive.
RE: Tailgating (23-10-12), I live in Wallaroo and
drive daily to Kadina.
I just want to say I am sick and tired of the
older generation having a go at P-platers all the
time in the paper.
More often than not I get stuck behind elderly
drivers who can't even do the speed limit.
In a 60km/h zone they sit on 50km/h.
In an 80km/h zone they sit on 70km/h.
In a 100km/h zone they sit between 75km/h
They are very quick to judge the younger
generation, and sometimes with good reason,
but they are ignorant to the fact not doing the
speed limit is sometimes just as dangerous as
If they can't do the limit set then they
shouldn't be on the road.
I HAVE read today (20-11-12) with concern the
small article in the YP Country Times which
states the District Council of the Copper Coast
"may operate golf course" --- referring to The
Dunes golf course.
With so much going on in our world today
where banks and big business fleece the people
of the community, I must object.
I have been a Kadina resident all my life and
my parents, my grandparents and their parents
have all resided and paid rates here.
In fact, my great-grandparents came to mine
copper in the 1800s.
The rates we have paid over the years (having
faith in our council to spend it wisely) will be
wasted when there is nothing here for the
people because banks and big business
(developers and corporations) make decisions
to line their own pockets with the hard-earned
taxes from communities.
If the council thinks it can hoodwink the
ratepayers by going into bat with our money to
save a failed development, they have another
This golf course will leech taxpayers' funds
($130,000 next year) and make use of water
which should be rightfully used by resident
Why should we pay so the Rural Bank does
not lose money on this venture?
Why should we volunteer (it would have to
be a community project involving volunteers) to
prop up these friends of council?
Do our children and their children need a
bunch of thirsty grass in Moonta which
ultimately benefits only the rich who can afford
to live and golf in the exclusive Dunes.
I suggest the council not deceive ratepayers
by buying into this deal. Let the Rural Bank
take the losses for a decision that was theirs,
made to rake in profits from our area with no
regard for the community.
Council, do not even consider this deal. To
do so lays wide open your agenda to the people.
OUT IN THE OPEN... For the past three years
had to share his clothesline with a family of Willie Wagtails. The parents
have returned each year to set up home on a different part of the line, rais-
ing their chicks in a nest open to the elements. In the hot weather Peter has
noticed the adults fanning the babies with their tails. They don't mind him
hanging out the clothes but are quick to chase other birds away. If you have
an interesting or unusual photo you would like to share with Country Times
readers, email it to editorial ypct.com.au.
PHOTO: Jeffrey Robinson
SANTA Claus is coming to town in four
weeks and the Country Times is getting into
the festive spirit and giving away a holiday
to the Gold Coast!
The catch is you need to spend your
money locally when doing your Christmas
shopping this year.
A number of local businesses have
jumped on board and by spending money in
their stores you will be given an entry form
to go into the draw to win the holiday.
The prize includes return flights for two
people from Adelaide to the Gold Coast and
five nights' accommodation at the Grande
Florida Beach Resort.
Local businesses have ordered in lots of
extra stock so you can find something to suit
most people you are buying gifts for this year.
When shopping in a local store, you know
the products are good quality, the right size,
and you don't have to pay shipping!
If all the shops closed down we would
complain so we need to show our support so
they can continue to operate.
Because we are feeling extra buoyant that
2013 is going to be a good year, we are also
giving away a Telstra 4G Tablet with WiFi to
one lucky reader of the Country Times.
This giveaway is also to celebrate the
launch of our online edition, YPCT-e, which
would make a great Christmas present for
friends or relatives who have moved
interstate or overseas.
Whilst on the subject of Christmas
shopping, you will see an article on page 14
about the Operation Santa Christmas tree
appeal at Target Kadina.
This is one of many charity appeals which
happen at Christmas time.
If you are able, spare a gift for those less
fortunate and donate it to an appeal. Maybe
you could spend a few less dollars on each
family member, contribute to a good cause
and put a smile on the face of others who
are doing it tough.
Amie Brokenshire, Editor
Shop local and win
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