Home' Yorke Peninsula Country Times : January 8, 2013 Contents THE future of a proposed
skate park in Maitland is
in doubt, with a lack of
funding and community
support likely to spell the
end of the project.
The District Council of
Yorke Peninsula set aside
a preferred site for the
skate park in 2008 after a
petition was presented
with more than 300 signa-
tures requesting the
It was then left up to the
community to raise the
required funds, estimated
to be about $50,000, but
less than $5000 has been
Skate park advocate
and Maitland local Andy
Hendryx has been the key
fundraiser for the project
and was disappointed to
see the sign promoting
the skate park removed
"It does appear the
council and the commu-
nity have given up on this
project, which is a real
shame as there should be
a focus on supporting
youth in the area," Mr
"There are more kids
than ever riding skate-
boards and scooters in
Maitland and with no
skate park they are forced
onto streets, footpaths
and in carparks --- it is
only a matter of time
before someone is hurt.
"The site that is ear-
marked, on the corner of
Robert Street and Clinton
Road, is perfect for a skate
park and to lose it would
be a huge shame."
DCYP CEO Andrew
Cameron said the council
is neither for or against
the skate park, but admit-
ted it has caused a fair
amount of angst amongst
other community groups.
"The council noted at
the time the project would
require the support of the
progress association and
the greater community to
achieve a positive result,
along with significant
external grant funding,"
Mr Cameron said.
"In November 2008,
the council committed
$5000 for a concept
design but it never even-
tuated as no plans were
He said the sign was
only removed due to its
untidy state, but acknowl-
edged there is other inter-
est in the site.
"There are other
groups within the com-
munity who would like to
see the area used as a car
park, but no formal sub-
missions have been made
to council," he said.
Hugh Wearing said while
progress initially support-
ed the skate park, he feels
the project has run its
"Nothing has happened
in five years and in our
opinion nothing will," Mr
"There are already
enough calls on people's
generosity in Maitland at
the moment with the
footy club, health centre
and airstrip all needing
attention, so it not some-
thing the progress associ-
ation feels we should pro-
mote at this time."
6 Yorke Peninsula Country Times Tuesday, January 8, 2013
THE $1.3 billion, 600 MW CERES wind farm
project located on the state's Yorke
Peninsula has taken a major step forward
with the lodging of its project Development
"This represents a major milestone for the
project and a culmination of over a year's
work with our expert consultants PB
Consulting and a variety of specialist
sub-consultants. This has resulted in one of
the most comprehensive development
applications for a wind farm anywhere in
Australia", said Peter Sgardelis, Head of
Development at REpower. The wind turbine
manufacturer will manage the CERES Project
on behalf of its parent company the Suzlon
The project was originated by local
farmers and SA developers with REpower (A
Suzlon Group Company) joining them to fully
develop the project which involves 36 local
landowners hosting the 199 turbines over a
large land area of around 18,000 hectares.
The CERES project is named after the
1800s vessel that would traverse Gulf St
Vincent carrying grain to Port Adelaide. The
name was chosen because the CERES
project features a unique electrical
connection straight to Adelaide via 70
kilometres of underground and undersea
cables -- each of 300 MW in capacity. The
connection uses state of the art HVDC
technology, widely used in Europe, from ABB
(global leader in power technology) which
provides an invisible "network friendly"
connection to the SA power grid in Adelaide.
"We are very proud of the final project
design which incorporates three key design
First, 1,300 metres setbacks of turbines
from non-involved dwellings and 600
metres spacing between turbines resulting
in the least densely populated wind farm in
Second, there are no overhead power
lines anywhere in the project -- not where
the turbines are and none all the way to
Adelaide, resulting in the avoidance of over
180 tower structure transmission lines and
allowing greater use of agricultural aircraft.
And finally, a strong policy of "prudent
avoidance" -- which is all about avoiding
issues by designing them out upfront. This
involved the careful placement of turbines
and relocation of cable routes to avoid any
environmental and planning issues from the
"We are also very pleased to say that we
have achieved Commonwealth EPBC
clearance, as a non-controlled action, which
paved the way for us lodge the
development application with the
Development Assessment Commission
(DAC) last week."
The CERES project, through its unique
connection, has the potential to be enabler
of other developments on the Yorke
• Potential supplier of power to the Rex
Minerals' Hillside copper gold project.
• Up to a 20 MW biomass project using
excess straw as feedstock -- estimated to
involve over 150 farm properties within 30
to 40 kilometres of the CERES wind farm.
• Bringing forward the NBN to the Yorke
Peninsula by concurrently laying additional
optical fibre which is needed to control the
sophisticated electrical connection to
The project is planning to achieve its
development approval in the first half of
2013, with commercial close during Q3 2013
and project completion by the end of 2015.
"We have consulted widely with a variety
of stakeholders in both council areas and
with various levels of government state and
federal. We will be running three
information days in January as part of
bringing the community up to speed with
the project and its development application.
"The information days will be conducted
in three different locations and provide a
high level summary of our 1,500-plus page
The DAC will advertise its own
consultation process as part of its
assessment of the CERES Project and will
seek comments from the public.
The benefits to local community and the
state are expected to be significant with
500 jobs during construction, 50 ongoing
jobs for 25 years and $8 million in direct
benefits injected annually.
"Our aim is to develop Australia's best
wind farm and we believe we are well on
track to do just that", claimed Mr Sgardelis.
Ceres Project Media Release
for Natural Resources
Applications are invited for Community Grant
funding of up to $30,000 for natural resources
management projects in the Northern and
The scheme is funded by the Northern and
Yorke Natural Resources Management
(NYNRM) Board for projects in the following
• Local Government: up to $30,000 (projects
of up to $50,000 may be considered in
• Community groups: up to $10,000;
• Natural Resources/Landcare/Coastcare
groups: up to $10,000;
• Schools and other educational
organisations: up to $10,000.
Grant guidelines and application forms are
available on the NYNRM board website at
www.nynrm.sa.gov.au or phone the Clare NRC
on (08) 8841 3400.
The closing date for expressions of
interest is 8 February; applications close
15 February 2013.
THE District Councils of the Copper Coast and
Barunga West have received funding to assist with
electronic waste recycling in the community.
After the success of a free e-waste drop-off service
in Kadina last May, both councils applied for fund-
ing to purchase shipping containers to accept and
"We have more and more e-waste coming in all
the time with people updating their televisions and
computers," DCCC CEO Peter Harder said.
"This $9000 in state government funding will help
purchase two 40-foot shipping containers, which
will be on-site 12 months of the year and make e-
waste disposal much more convenient and cost-
"Previously, we have been storing the waste in a
shed then having to transport it ourselves to
Adelaide, but the containers will put an end to this
Mr Harder said the money saved through this
new program will assist with the development of the
Copper Coast Recycling and Transfer Station, which
is due for completion in the middle of this year.
"Once the new site is up and running in Wallaroo
the Kadina sites will be closed, and the containers
will be moved along with the rest of the existing
infrastructure," he said.
The District Council of Barunga West received
$5590 which will go towards one shipping container
and any associated site works at the Port Broughton
Waste Transfer Station.
"Previously, we have had no convenient option for
ratepayers to dispose of electronic waste, so this
funding will really benefit the community," council
representative Kim Thomas said.
"Hopefully it will reduce the incidence of illegal
dumping and ensure as much e-waste as possible is
captured for recycling."
Items which will be accepted at the e-waste depots
include computers, laptops, monitors, televisions,
printers, mobile phones and home entertainment
The e-waste containers at both sites are expected
to be up and running within the next two months.
END OF A DREAM... This sign promoting a proposed skate park in
Maitland was removed last month, with less than $5000 being raised
towards the project in five years.
No support for Maitland skate park
Barunga West Australia Day award winners
THE District Council of
Barunga West chose its 2013
Australia Day award winners at
its December council meeting.
The Port Broughton District
Citizen of the Year is Keith
Daniel who has been recognised
for his services to the Port
Broughton Combined Sporting
Megan Bellman has been
named the Port Broughton
District Young Citizen of the
Year for organising a Pink Party
which raised money for the
Breast Cancer Foundation.
The Mundoora Centenary of
Proclamation, organised by the
Mundoora Progress Association,
will be presented as the Port
Broughton District Event of the
Raelene Taylor is the Bute
District Citizen of the Year and
the Bute District Event of the
Year will again be awarded to the
Award recipients will be offi-
cially presented at Australia Day
breakfasts in Port Broughton
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