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Tackling the issues
with female footy
AT a time when female football is finally
kicking some goals, some opinions remain
well behind the times.
South Australian football legend Graham
Cornes has suggested tackling should be
banned from the AFLW competition.
Cornes thought banning the tackle could
create less congestion and therefore a better
game to watch. But he also said the “wanton
physicality of the AFLW is not a good look”
and it’s better to treat women like superiors
princesses — than to afford them equal
I’ve found the physicality of AFLW a
highlight. It will take a few years for the skills
to reach a high level, because that’s what
happens when players have limited junior
development. But they go in hard.
The next generation of girls will learn the
skills of the game from a young age. This
will lead to a superior product. It will take
time, but you have to start somewhere.
The impact of the AFLW is already being
felt on Yorke Peninsula, where a female
football competition is being held for the
first time. Plenty of girls are signing up and
are obviously not deterred by the prospect of
AFLW players are not the only ones
young YP girls look up to. We also have five
locals starring for West Adelaide in the
SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League
competition. On the weekend one of them,
Nicole Hooper, snapped both bones in her
lower leg during the Westies’ win against
Norwood. It’s one of the worst injuries you
could see on a footy field.
But girls who choose to play footy
understand and accept the injury risk.
Perhaps it’s time blokes stop telling girls
what they should and shouldn’t do. I have
known Hooper for a long time through
basketball and she never shirks an issue on
the sporting field. I highly doubt she’d want
tackling banned from women’s footy. In
fact, she has already posted to Facebook
saying the win against Norwood had “made
this worth it”. As for her broken leg? It
didn’t happen in a tackle. It was a
completely accidental collision. It was footy.
Nick Perry, Editor
Disclaimer: Fraser Ellis is the Liberal candidate for Narungga
in the next state election. Fraser is the son of the owner and
publisher of the YP Country Times, Michael Ellis.
No Planning Concern
IN reply to letter by Peter Boaden (YPCT
30-1-18), addressing his planning concerns
regarding Inverness Way, Wallaroo.
Firstly, a soil erosion retention barrier was
installed to stop soil draining and contaminating
marina basin waters, not a front fence as
suggested by Mr Boaden.
Secondly, the development guide allows
landholders to build to two storeys or 15.1
metres Australian Height Datum. The build in
question is two storeys and 13.53m AHD. I
selected the height of build to give consideration
to residences to the rear.
Thirdly, I excavated into existing land to
created flat build envelope. The excavated soil
was pushed forward to fill the front of the block.
The build envelope the residence is sited is on
existing hard rock and soil, not uncontrolled fill
as suggested by Mr Boaden.
The marina was designed in a considered,
terraced way to allow all residences behind
Inverness Way to retain their views.
I was aware of the development guidelines of
all properties when purchasing this property. My
particular build came together throughout 18
months of careful consultation, working with the
Copper Coast Council to achieve the desired
build form to what I consider to be a very good
Perhaps Mr Boaden should give consideration
to others who may wish to live here.
David Franke, Wallaroo
IT was interesting that “Wind Turbine Tom”
Koutsantonis has been telling everyone recently
there is plenty of electricity, and to turn on your
Tom, that is good advice if you can afford the
prices. Through your government’s lack of
foresight we have electricity prices only the
well-off can afford. Allowing Port Augusta to close
caused the end of any hope of cheaper electricity.
With steam-powered turbines you can’t shut them
down at a minute’s notice; however, with wind
and solar if there is an excess of supply, they just
turn some turbines off and they reduce the output
of their solar panels so consequently there will
never be an excess of electricity.
Perhaps Tom should have listened to the
British climatologist, Professor David Bellamy,
instead of all his “experts” who in one form or
another seem to have some sort of financial
interest in renewable energy supply. In the 1980s
Professor Bellamy was a climate change exponent.
Since then he has studied the effect of human
activity on global warming and now he and many
of his colleagues have decided human activity has
very little effect on climate change. He states
climate change is a natural phenomenon.
Sadly, current state government members
only consult people who will give them the
answer they want to hear. They can’t afford to
upset the Greens and their preferences,
otherwise they would be out on their ears.
Malcolm Butler, Port Broughton
AS a regular swimmer at what’s left of the
Wallaroo swimming enclosure I was disappointed
to see access to the enclosure denied, again, on
Saturday morning, February 10.
The previous morning(s) we gained access
down the northern ramp as hundreds of people
have done for the past six weeks.
What changed in the 24 hours between Friday
morning and Saturday morning?
The northern/western ramp access was not
ideal but with a reasonable amount of care it
could be negotiated by most people. It is surely
better than having people scrambling down the
rocks or wading around to the enclosure and
clambering over the net.
I also have trouble understanding why the
“snorklers’ steps” were built where they were, and
why no steps were built which actually provided
more sturdy and reliable access to the enclosure.
I had a sentimental attachment to the old
Wallaroo jetty and was heartbroken and angry
when it was neglected to the point where it was
allowed to blow down. That jetty nobly served
generations of Copper Coast swimmers. Summer
came and it was ready, all summer, every summer.
Here we are, two summers later, with no jetty,
newly-installed steps that lead to where the old
jetty was, and an obstacle course to gain access
to the enclosure.
Could the council just give us reasonable
access to what’s there while the blame game,
finger pointing, buck passing and meaningless
spin goes on and we hopefully end up with
something that even remotely approaches what
John Duncan, Wallaroo
I RECEIVED a reply dated 24-1-18 from
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey regarding,
among other things, the hiking of the pension
age from 65 to 67.
As per normal, Mr Ramsey plays the blame
game, like a typical politician. No other country
has hiked the pension age, and it is not the first
time Coalition governments have walked away
from their responsibilities. We had John Howard
obsessed with his gun laws, and his treasurer,
Peter Costello, splashing around super-generous
Successive federal governments for years have
known of the ageing of Australia’s population,
and what have they done? Absolutely nothing.
Mr Ramsey tries to justify business tax cuts
and, on top of this, the wastage on foreign
handouts, when we have big social problems of
our own, such as homelessness and poverty.
If the Turnbull government can afford this,
then they can easily afford to keep the pension
age at 65. Baby boomers like myself built this
country and paid our taxes. We deserve much
better than to be trashed in this way. No matter
what the age pension costs, federal governments
must provide for these people. If necessary, take
money from less deserving things.
The hiking of the pension age is going to cost
this out-of-touch federal government very
dearly. I have just turned 65 and guess who I will
not be voting for next federal poll – Turnbull
and his clown show of talking heads. He and his
government should be looking after those
approaching pension age, but pigs may fly. They
do, when shot out of a cannon!
With a federal government that has a
majority of just one, and facing a hostile upper
house, things don’t look good. Good riddance
to bad rubbish! I will not be sorry to see this
Kym Bray, Port Victoria
Swimming enclosure access denied again
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