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TICKET HOLDERS... Tenille O'Loughlin, Louis McKie and Bayden
O'Loughlin went along to the first movie session at the Ascot Theatre,
Kadina, last Thursday morning. More than 50 cinemagoers chose to
escape the 40 degree heat outside by enjoying the debut screening of
Wreck-It Ralf in air-conditioned comfort. Movies are now showing
daily at the Ascot and Moonta cinemas.
Movies back at the Ascot
Zero Waste to
ZERO Waste South Australia
will be disbanded in 2014-15,
allowing time for councils to
receive funding they have been
The agency has provided
councils with money from the
state government's solid waste
levy, which is aimed at divert-
ing waste from landfill.
However, it has been
revealed more than $40million
of taxpayer money collected
through levy has not been
The District Council of the
Copper Coast was awarded a
$150,000 Zero Waste grant for
its waste transfer station,
which will be built at Wallaroo
CEO Peter Harder said he is
confident of receiving the full
grant despite Zero Waste's
"We have received two-
thirds of our money from Zero
Waste and will receive the
remaining third once the
Wallaroo transfer station is
operating," he said.
"We are assessing tenders
for the transfer station at the
moment and they are looking
"It is also looking like we
may be able to select a local
company, which is good."
The District Councils of
Yorke Peninsula and Barunga
West received their funding in
full when they established
transfer stations in previous
Minister for Environment
Paul Caica said the govern-
ment does not intend to sub-
stantially change the current
uses of the fund.
However, LGA president
Kym McHugh said the waste
levy funds are "simply going
into a black hole ... only mak-
ing the bottom line for treas-
ury look good".
"It appears as though the
state is growing a bigger and
bigger recycling piggy bank
but actually reducing what it is
doing to support community
recycling efforts," he said.
According to deputy oppo-
sition leader Steven Marshall,
the levy has been a revenue
raising tax rather than a levy
applied toward meeting the
objectives of the Zero Waste
"The solid waste levy (is) yet
another government tax used
incorrectly in order to raise
revenue for this cash-strapped
government, rather than the
purpose for which it was
envisaged," Mr Marshall said.
A solid waste levy will still
continue to be collected via
Less concern for environment
AUSTRALIANS are less concerned about
the environment and believe the natural
environment has improved, according to
the Australian Bureau of Statics.
The statistics show only six in 10 people
are concerned about the environment
compared with eight in 10 just four years
However, Coastcare officer Deb Allen
said people should be more concerned
and play their part in protecting the envi-
"The environment is improving
because we are doing things to help man-
age the impacts," Ms Allen said.
"Our population is increasing so we
have more people using the environment
and if we think of it as a resource we have
more people using that resource because
our lifestyles are very much outdoors and
"We can't deny the fact our climate is
changing and we don't know the impacts;
for example, in the past month we haven't
had any rain and our plants and animals
need water to survive.
"We already have vegetation communi-
ties struggling because of the dryness and
then add cars driving over plants and it's
the last straw for them."
The Formby Bay Environment Action
Group has been working on a number of
environmental projects including the
proclamation of South Australia's first
surfing reserve, which will become official
on January 12 at Daly Head, and baby
lizard access control.
"Recently, there has been more energy
in the group because there are concerns
about the environment and we have been
more focused on degradation," spokesper-
son Ed Satanek said.
"People shouldn't be less concerned
about the environment but more con-
cerned about doing the right thing and
making sure the environment is protected.
"There has been a lot of support and
different programs through the
government but this doesn't mean
everything is done."
ABS director of environmental surveys
Caroline Deans said half of Australia's
population rate the condition of the natu-
ral environment as good.
"This drop in concern about environ-
mental problems in general coincided
with good rainfall across much of
Australia over the past few years which
has led to fewer people worrying about
water shortages," Ms Deans said.
CACTUS REMOVAL... North Beach Progress Association's Joan Hill
said the group cares about the environment and has recently been
removing Agave Americana plants, between Clayton Drive and Otago
Road, which dominate and destroy native vegetation.
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