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WE are not far out from the state election, so I
wrote to Nick Xenophon asking he lay his cards
on the table as to who he will support.
Unfortunately, he chose to hedge his support
and gave no clear indication.
No doubt Premier Jay Weatherill will try to
make a deal with Mr Xenophon.
We do not need another four years of failed
left-wing socialist Labor government. Mr
Weatherill has done nothing beneficial for this
state. He boasts of his new hospital, premium
priced but budget quality. Money can be found
for projects of dubious worth in Adelaide, what
about country roads? All the government will do
is reduce speed limits. The Federation Corner
rebuild is a nightmare in the making and will
increase prangs rather than reduce them.
Country health has been trashed by Labor,
not to mention the Oakden scandal, the Repat,
taxes going through the roof. Do we really need
the O-Bahn tunnel or the tramline extension?
This government’s obsession with renewable
power has not had the expected results. We
need baseload power. Nuclear is the only real
Mr Weatherill has botched recreational
fishing with marine parks and reduced bag
Nothing shows his personality more than the
dummy spit he threw over his bank tax. Hats off
to Duncan McFetridge and Dennis Hood, who
offered to pass the bank tax in return for axing
the massive ESL hikes. Mr Weatherill refused, so
these two walked out and the bank tax lapsed.
Sixteen years of Labor mismanagement have
overseen the loss of Mitsubishi, Bridgestone,
Holden and many smaller businesses.
I worked at Uniroyal/Bridgestone for 36
I have a very good idea as to how I’ll vote, and
it will not be for Nick Xenophon.
IN reply to Branko Milosavljevic concerning
ALDI (YPCT 3-1-18), I couldn’t agree with
People think ALDI will create jobs but
someone else will suffer, probably one of
our local businesses.
It’s a bit like all these On The Run fuel stations.
They will take over local stations, own the
whole lot and name their own price for fuel.
Australia is sadly being taken over.
Santa’s Cave Kadina
I HAD a wonderful time again at my Kadina
Santa’s Cave. Thanks to my very special elves
Ann, Min, and Bev.
I heard we had many comments about the
new-look Santa’s Cave; I certainly thought it
So, so, busy again. Thank you to all the
mums, dads and grandparents for letting me
talk to your children, asking their wishes for
Some presents were a little difficult, but we
did our best. I’m sorry if some children didn’t
receive what they asked for. Animals are very
difficult to deliver, with some animals jumping
out of my sleigh.
Our new photographer Chelsi Harris did an
excellent job, as did Copy King in producing the
The biggest thanks go to the committee of
Christmas in Kadina, which pays for the goodies
or lollies we give to each child.
We certainly kept Sweet Tooth staff busy,
packing the sweets for us.
One of the many highlights was when I held
the YP Country Times editor’s newly-born baby
daughter, Piper Perry. Other memorable visits
were from the babies club where lots of mums
with their babies paid me a special visit.
And among my photos with animals was a
visit from three gorgeous Golden Retrievers, and
a lady with two rescue dogs, two cheeky
Finally, a very special thank you to the
management and staff of Enfield Furnishers for
their generous donation, and for allowing us to
have Santa’s Cave on their premises.
Until next year, I hope you all have a great
year until it’s time to visit me again. Ho ho ho!
As told to Len Munchenberg
Stay the course
SURELY Nick Xenophon’s premiership
aspirations have peaked.
He was equal first cab off the rank in
criticising SA’s world-leading renewable energy
program after the state was decimated during the
unprecedented storm of 2016. In fact, state
emergency workers were still battling the
aftermath, risking their lives, while Mr
Xenophon was issuing his critique from the
safety of his Canberra office, as did Prime
Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Have either of them mentioned that SA’s big
battery intervened in the Loy Yang power station
trip interstate, startling insiders as to its amazing
capacity to respond in record time?
More recently Tea Tree Gully mayor, Kevin
Knight, ruled out running as an SA Best
candidate. He was not in agreement with Mr
Xenophon’s criticism of the recently-completed
Adelaide O-Bahn tunnel. Of the tunnel Mr
Knight said, “It’s just brilliant — credit where
credit is due, the government has built some
Once a source of entertainment, Mr
Xenophon’s provocative stunts are wearing thin
with an increasingly sceptical SA electorate.
Now here is a fact for country doubters to
ponder: tech giant Tesla will build an additional
50 car-charging stations in regional SA, for free.
Surely this is real news, something to
celebrate. Tourism operators and local
economies will be keen to see this come about.
Elon Musk believes in the future of renewable
energy, that it will prove cheaper in the long run
and dramatically lessen carbon emissions, or
SA is not out on a limb, it has the increased
backing of major industry, despite what the coal
lobby and its political acolytes would have you
SA is cutting the mustard. We should stay the
course. Our future depends on it.
Chris Hunter, Moonta
ON our recent hot Saturday, we were pleasantly
surprised when we entered Woolworths at
Kadina and found a container with bottles of
water sitting on ice and a note saying “Stay
hydrated, take one”.
What a wonderful gesture!
Thank you to the management and staff for
Robert and Jill Lawrie, Kadina
TO the young couple who trashed our Father
Yes, we do know who you are, and that you
did this juvenile act at about 7pm on Thursday,
Silly putting it on social media.
We would appreciate Santa’s head back.
Hope you are proud of yourselves.
Lyn and Jim McKenzie, Yorketown
Plenty to come in 2018
THE past year has delivered some mixed
results for Yorke Peninsula.
It often felt like the bad news was
outweighing the good, especially with
ongoing and long-running negative stories,
which mostly related to health and hospital
services, or the lack thereof.
But amongst the dour there have been
some truly lovely things happening in our
Little Lucy McGregor finally received a
lifesaving heart transplant after spending 281
days in the Royal Children’s Hospital
We also had many stories about groups
and individuals lending a hand to those in
need and volunteers helping create better
There has also been a bit of a government
cash splash, something which could be
contributed to the state government
recognising the need for major infrastructure
works, or the upcoming state election.
Work began at Federation Corner and it
seemed towards the end of 2017 almost
every week there were press releases
We also reported on the start of some
projects which will continue to deliver
benefits and grow this year.
The first stage of the Windara Reef, near
Ardrossan, was officially opened and will
become Australia’s largest artificial shellfish
reef while the plans are ongoing for the
Rewilding Yorke proposal where southern
Yorke Peninsula would become a huge
There are plans for a $100million solar farm
at Snowtown and SYP will become home to
the state’s second ‘big’ battery facility.
Yorke Peninsula was also the place to be
in 2017 with thousands heading here for
Kernewek Lowender, Festival of Bowls and
Not to not to mention the tourists this
Christmas and New Year with record
crowds reported at markets and other
events, boat ramps at capacity and shops
reporting their best sales for many years.
While we don’t know what 2018 will
deliver yet, we see plenty of positives on the
Jenny Oldland, Senior Journalist
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