Home' Yorke Peninsula Country Times : December 11, 2012 Contents Dark day
WHAT an appalling act of ignorance for Premier
Jay Weatherill to release the 19 SA marine parks
within 24 hours of the Parliamentary Select
Committee chairperson Dennis Hood handing
down the committee's interim report, which,
amongst a number of findings, recommended a
raft of changes.
Mr Weatherill, you may recall you came into
office promising "openness and transparency."
With this timed release you are completely
ignoring the 170-plus submissions and hundreds
of hours of information provided to the select
committee and wasting tens of thousands of
dollars, rendering the findings totally useless.
Yet is a clever tactic because the marine parks
will not be enacted until after the next election in
2014 and Labor may not be around to fulfil its
impost on communities such as Port Wakefield.
Thursday, November 29, was a dark day for
the residents and fishermen of Port Wakefield
and surrounding areas, and perhaps it may also
turn out to be an even darker day for this
wasteful and wilful SA Labor Government.
Personally, the most galling aspect of this
whole sorry saga was the RecFish SA agenda of
"fixing the garfish and snapper problems" which
in effect locks up 61sqkm of the top of the gulf
forever, and ruins a local community's chances of
survival when the problem could have and
should have been about closures and quotas.
Jeff Sutton, spokesperson
Marine Park 14 Action Group
Recipe for disaster
I WAS surprised at some of the comments in the
last issue of the Country Times (4-12-12)
supporting the concept it is acceptable to drive
10 to 20km/h under the legal speed limit.
Unfortunately this practice is quite dangerous
and is a recipe for disaster.
The general public is quite within its rights to
drive at the speed limit and those drivers who do
not feel comfortable driving at that speed should
politely pull over to the left and let the backlog of
The road is for everyone to use and slow
drivers have an obligation to pull over and not
exacerbate the situation by slowing down further
and thereby creating a hazardous situation.
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DO you have a Bushfire Survival Plan?
We have read the adverts and seen the
television commercials --- we know the
message --- Prepare. Act. Survive. But how
many people actually have a plan in place to
safeguard their property and family?
A quick survey around the office reveals
not everyone is prepared should a bushfire
approach their property.
As seen in the horrific Black Saturday
bushfires in Victoria, making a last-minute
decision can prove deadly.
The majority of people who die in
bushfires decide to flee their homes too late
and are caught in the fire's path.
Last month, we all watched the bushfires
burn on Eyre Peninsula and saw how close
one fire came to Port Lincoln.
But it's not until a fire is in your own
backyard you realise the importance of
bushfire safety and last week it was Yorke
Peninsula's turn to battle a blaze.
There was relief when we heard the words
"Minlaton bushfire reduced threat" and,
later on, "Minlaton bushfire contained".
But things could have been worse and
Friday's fire was certainly a wake-up call for
all property owners about being prepared.
As a reminder, don't contact the CFS
stations, they don't have time to deal with
queries. The Bushfire Information Hotline,
1300 362 361, CFS website or alert.sa.gov.au
should be your first port of call.
A template for a Bushfire Survival Plan is
available on the CFS website, take half an
hour to fill it out and ensure you are prepared
should a bushfire strike again this summer.
The Minlaton fire would have been much
worse if not for the mammoth effort of
hundreds of volunteers, CFS and otherwise.
With International Volunteers Day last week
it is poignant to acknowledge how much
time and effort these people put in long after
the initial threat had passed.
The logistics involved in allocating fire
ground resources, plus distributing fuel and
food for 150-plus volunteers, is staggering.
Managing it all are farmers, truck and bus
drivers, office workers, housewives, retirees
and the like, ordinary people who put their
own lives on hold until the fire is officially
Thanks to all involved!
Amie Brokenshire, Editor
Bushfire in our backyard
AFTER 30 hair-raising days, Movember has
drawn to a close for another year.
What started out as a joke between two
Melbourne mates nine years ago has become a
worldwide phenomenon, with 1.1 million people
in more than 20 countries participating this year.
Beyondblue and the Prostate Cancer
Foundation of Australia are the proud
beneficiaries of Movember and I would like to
thank the thousands of Australian Mo Bros and
Mo Sistas who have again raised millions of
dollars for men's health.
The simple act of growing a moustache for a
month has helped save countless lives by raising
awareness around men's health issues ---
particularly depression and prostate cancer.
Untreated depression is a major risk factor for
suicide and if you don't know the symptoms, and
don't get diagnosed, then you won't get treatment
that will help you recover.
This year, beyondblue used some of its
Movember donations to fund several
ground-breaking research projects including an
investigation into how positive self-help
strategies can prevent depression and suicide.
There are many men's health programs
beyondblue would not have been able to fund
and implement without the support of the hairy
Mo Bros and the Mo Sistas.
Again, I would like to thank everyone who
participated in Movember this year and to all of
those people who generously donated to them.
Together, we really are changing the face of
men's health. Kate Carnell AO, Beyondblue
RE comments from all in the paper
Thank you all for your comments. I can
appreciate some elderly drivers will travel at a
speed they feel comfortable with but they are
showing no consideration for any other drivers
on the road.
As for all the comments assuming you know
how I drive and what sort of person I am, I think
you are all very small minded and judgemental
people. I was merely venting my frustration
through the paper instead of on the road like
many people do these days.
I have held a driver's licence for 32 years with a
very good record to go with it!
As for my patience, I think I have shown you
already, like I said, by venting through the paper.
P. Elliott, Wallaroo
I AM not a speeder, nor a creeper, but I can
appreciate the frustration of so many who are
held up due to someone driving well below the
regulated speed limit.
My only suggestion (and it does work) is next
time take down their number plate and when
you have time send a letter off to the local police
informing them of the speed the person was
driving, the date and time as well as the street it
A nuisance is still a nuisance and is not limited
to tailgaters and other reckless driving behaviour.
This is the silly season and no one wants any
problems when driving, so when embarking on
the road remember your road rules, have
commonsense and show some good manners.
If you wish to drive at a slower speed please
remember the road is shared by others and move
over to the side and not drive on the centre line,
it will make it a lot easier for drivers behind you
to have a safe passage when passing.
It is not hard to do and would make all on the
road very happy. Colleen Kenny, Wallaroo
DURING Friday's Curramulka/Minlaton fire, a
house was saved as a direct result of water
bombers dumping loads on the flames.
They saved the day.
Should the Ceres wind farm project go ahead,
600 square kilometres of land will not be
accessible to water bombers. Who will be
culpable? Who will be held to account?
It is time those in a position of authority and
representatives of the people took a position and
made it publicly known.
The Yorke Peninsula Community Group
which vehemently opposes this project addressed
a packed audience at the Port Julia Hall on
Saturday, December 9, including people from
The Dipper and Sheoak Flat.
We spoke for over an hour, took questions and
at the conclusion were warmly applauded.
Why? Because we have the facts and truth on
If this project goes ahead these coastal
communities and farming families will have their
existence imperilled due to water bombers
unable to fly through said project consisting of
200 turbines at 150 metres tall with a wingspan
of 100 metres.
We will address the Black Point community in
Yorke Peninsula Community Group
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