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A HUGE crowd overflowed out of the
chambers as the District Council of the
Copper Coast prepared to accept this
financial year’s budget last Wednesday.
The meeting was a small victory for
disgruntled ratepayers, and for council.
On one hand, the budget passed just as
DCCC had intended. On the other, locals
showed a united front and gave elected
members plenty to think about before next
year’s budget planning begins, not to
mention the next local government
This budget, on its surface, was no more
controversial than usual. In fact, in some
ways, it was more of a back-to-basics
budget focusing more on roads and less on
flashy projects than in previous years. The
suggested rate increase of about five per
cent was no larger than any of the past
The difference is this time around
people decided they weren’t going to take
another increase in silence. And they
certainly have not.
In the grand scheme of things, council
rates make up less than five per cent of the
taxes paid by the average person. Many
households would lose more money
through income tax every month than in
council rates for an entire year.
But the work of councils is more tangible
than higher levels of government. We see
council work almost every day. We can deal
directly with elected members and staff. We
have some say in the budgeting process.
The negative reaction to council
decisions and rate increases is real, but it
also speaks to a larger problem. So many
costs are going up and people need a
break. There are not many ways people
can easily take a stand against these
increases, and try to take control of the
ever-ballooning cost pressures.
If residents can ensure council rate rises
are limited, and council funds are being
used wisely, that’s a start. But there is a
long way to go before it is truly easier to
make ends meet.
Nick Perry, Editor
z MORE ZUCCHINIS... For the
third week straight zucchinis
are featuring in the YP Country
Times What The? section. This
time the huge zucchinis are
being shown off by Louis and
Georgina Brown, of Koolywurtie.
“Louis loved his big bent
zucchini so much he cuddled it
all night!” mum Rebecca said.
“Who needs soft toys?” Can
you beat this effort? Or do you
have any other interesting or
unusual photos to share with
YP Country Times readers?
Mental Health Prize
THE statistics regarding mental health in
Australia are both startling and unacceptable.
One in three Australians will experience a
mental health issue in their lifetime.
Suicide is the biggest killer of young
Australians and accounts for the deaths of more
young people than car accidents.
We need to acknowledge those who are doing
groundbreaking work in this area.
The Australian Mental Health Prize seeks to
recognise Australians who have made
outstanding contributions to either the
promotion of mental health or the prevention
and treatment of mental illness in areas such as
advocacy, research or service.
I encourage clinicians, health professionals
and the public to nominate the people they feel
should be recognised for their work.
More information and nomination forms can be
obtained from www.australianmentalhealthprize.org.au.
Entries close on August 31.
For those who are living with the burden of
mental illness every day, thank you for your support.
Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Australian Mental
Health Prize Advisory Group chairperson
Cost of war
LET me assure Kim Bray (YPCT 4-7-17)
Australia’s foreign aid is small change when
compared with the billions of dollars Australia
spends on following the United States in its
war-mongering in the Middle East.
How much did the invasion of Iraq cost
Australian taxpayers? And how much is it still
costing us? Ditto Afghanistan and now Syria.
Just as well those countries won’t send us the
bill for all the destruction and human misery we
have caused there. Germany had to pay a hefty
price in reparation after World War II but I can’t
see any country game enough to apply the same
rule for the US and its acolytes, not in the near
Karin Ey, Point Turton
Port Augusta power
ONE has to wonder what planet “Wind Turbine
Tom” and “Jay the Janitor” are living on.
Their refusal to keep the Port Augusta power
station running for another three or four years
has caused my power bill to go from 26.4 cents a
kilowatt hour in January 2017, to 41.8 cents as of
The cost of now repairing the damage they
have caused will be far greater than keeping Port
Augusta going. “Turbo Tom” boasts with their
new initiative power prices will go down. I
believe he is telling porkies.
With a coal-fired station they can’t be started up
or shut down at a minute’s notice, so when supply
exceeds demand we should get cheaper electricity.
With wind and solar power it can be turned on
and off at a minute’s notice. Now if supply exceeds
demand they just flick a few switches and that
reduces the supply so the price is kept up.
Apparently, our government didn’t take this
into account. The grab from the banks won’t
help either. Self-funded retirees like my wife and
me get very little interest from our bank
investments. If the bank cash grab goes through
we will get even less. I rest my case.
Malcolm Butler, Poad Port Broughton
I WAS invited by a friend from Berri to attend a
concert with young people from all around our
state who had been at a musical camp at Port
Hughes for a few days, learning and playing
musical instruments and just improving their skills.
The concert was held at the Wallaroo Town
Hall, and ran for an hour. The music they played
If this is the youth of today, we have something
great to look forward to into the future.
Pam Levi, Moonta Bay
Minlaton blue light
I THANKthe southern Yorke Peninsula
community for its support of the blue light disco
held at Minlaton Town Hall on Saturday, July 1.
About 130 children aged from reception to year
8 attended the lock-in event run by the Minlaton
Progress Association and the blue light team
Jeannine and Michael from Kadina. Jeannine is
an amazing DJ and the children loved her music.
Local police Andrew, Athalie and Tyler
attended the disco looking after crowd control
and clean up.
Kim, Deb, Phillipa, Letitia, Austin and Paul all
helped on the night as well.
The children had a great time and their
behaviour was a credit to them with very few
issues. We did have more games organised but
because of the huge numbers we could not
execute. Feedback has been wonderful with
parents also supporting local businesses while
their children attended the disco.
This is a yearly event and we look forward to
the next one.
Janet King, Minlaton Progress Association
LAST week’s meeting of the District Council of
the Copper Coast (5-7-17) showed the many
ratepayers and residents present, how council
apparently holds us in total contempt.
Having just received a petition signed by more
than 2000 members of our community (62 per
cent of the number of votes cast in the most
recent DCCC election), the councillors again
showed their arrogance by voting to provide an
access road for private development Wallaroo
Shores at a cost of $5.25million when they have
recently told the residents and ratepayers living
on unsealed roads they would have to help pay
for their roads to be sealed.
I for one cannot see any value to ratepayers
and residents from this project. I can see the
developer would gain substantially by having the
necessary loan and therefore debt on council’s
book and not theirs. The council cannot recover
all of this money, with interest, through rates for
The financial risk to the residents and
ratepayers is the developer goes bankrupt, as did
The Dunes and Wallaroo marina developers
more than once.
I would love to hear from our elected
representatives and our employees at the council,
just what benefit the community will get,
especially as there is an oversupply of housing
and commercial premises in this council area.
This is just another example of “rolling
projects” being out of control. I believe if our
council was a company and our councillors the
directors, then ASIC would by now be
investigating it and the company secretary
(CEO) for all sorts of breaches.
John Powell, Moonta Mines
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