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z NOT NIPPERS, GIANTS... Kathryn Whitbread, of Port Hughes, didn’t expect
these self-seeded parsnips to end up so big. “Measuring 50 centimetres, they
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among the ashes
YORKE Peninsula has experienced two
serious fires in as many weeks.
Both threatened people’s homes and,
yes, both were started after burn-offs
either escaped control or flared up after
I hope for all involved valuable lessons
have been learned.
But too often the media can be so
focused on appointing blame, the positives
are forgotten. And there are a lot of
positives to take away from both incidents.
For starters, thanks to a lot of hard work
from CFS and farm firefighting units,
homes in the line of both fires were saved.
This feat involved no luck. There are
more farm firefighting units around these
days, many have a greater capacity than
before. Importantly, communication has
also improved. If a fire breaks out, nearby
farmers know almost immediately and are
often first on the scene, since they only
have to jump in the ute and take off. CFS
members are never far behind even
though they have to drive to the station
and kit up before attending. The CFS and
farmers work well together to achieve the
best outcomes for all affected.
Despite the recent examples, there are
not many burn-offs going wrong. This
indicates most farmers are doing the right
thing although, of course, accidents can
still happen. Councils, which issue
burning permits, also keep a close eye on
burning activity and Yorke Peninsula
Council in particular has been a leader in
The paper has received far fewer
complaints from readers about smoke
from burn-offs than in previous years,
which further shows the vast majority of
people involved are trying to do the right
thing by their neighbours and the wider
If something does go wrong, we are in
safe hands thanks to our many wonderful
Nick Perry, Editor
REGARDING the Easter traffic congestion on
the Port Wakefield road, I feel a Port Wakefield
bypass road has to be constructed to fix the
problem along with an overpass system at Crash
I think an overpass road system on its own
will make crash corner much safer to negotiate,
as the roundabout at Federation Corner has
done, but will do little for traffic flow. The main
culprit is the 50km/h bottleneck through Port
Wakefield as borne out by the northbound
traffic hold ups into the town on holiday
weekends. Even if there are two lanes through
Port Wakefield it is still 50km/h.
The present roads could be used for travellers
wanting to use the facilities offered by Port
Wakefield. Others, including the many road
transporters, could go around.
Why is Port Wakefield so special? When the
highway was upgraded and realigned it bypassed
towns like Crystal Brook and Snowtown, both of
which had business which depended on through
Ron Hocking, Port Hughes
Traffic no worse
THE article about the Easter long weekend
traffic (YPCT 4-4-18) states traffic was the worst
experienced locally. I have lived here for decades
and usually travel through Port Wakefield at
least three times during Easter.
The traffic this year was no worse than any
other. Traffic banked up to Port Arthur years
ago but not recently. The reality is if a there is a
mass exodus from Adelaide to Yorke Peninsula
the road system will not cope unless we have
dual-lane highways from Port Wakefield to
Kadina, and from Federation Corner to
Edithburgh. That will not happen.
For most of the year, apart from about four
long weekends, the YP road system is adequate.
Country people have hold ups entering Adelaide.
To reach the city from Bolivar on a Friday
afternoon, for example, may take longer than the
time city people take to go through Wakefield on a
long weekend. Try South Road once school comes
out, or going through Adelaide during the Clipsal
or the Tour Down Under. Talk about hold ups.
Peter Harder claims millions could be lost
because people went home a half-day earlier. A
quick calculation working on 5000 tourists finds
they would have to spend $200 each on the one
day. That is unrealistic. If a few of the 5000 go
home early the figure is nowhere near the
hyped-up figures quoted.
We should look at real issues like widening the
Arthurton to Yorketown or Moonta to Maitland
roads so trucks can pass other road users from the
opposite direction safely. This would benefit all
road users. For now, I can handle the few times a
year there is a bottleneck at Port Wakefield. I’m
sure others can too with a little patience.
Malcolm Eglinton, Maitland
DUAL lanes through Port Wakefield will never
For a start, where will the land come from? We
don’t need more Bandaid solutions. We’ve had
the T-junction and the wire crash barrier, neither
of which have solved the gridlock.
The only solution is a bypass to the east of the
line of stobie poles (east of Benno’s Road)
running due north from a point one kilometre
north of the army proof range, meeting the
Augusta Highway about 600 metres northeast
from the T-junction.
The Copper Coast Highway would then be
realigned using the road reserve south of the
chicken farm (Matthews Road) and on a
southbound overpass crossing the new Augusta
Highway bypass. The north-bound access would
come off the new bypass. Those who need a
Chiko roll could exit from the realigned Copper
Coast Highway. Better still, offer the business
owners a suitable site on a slip road to re-establish
Why should all travellers, especially truckies, be
inconvenienced by a small number of traders who
service a tiny fraction of the traffic? I was stuck in
a conga line of at least 1000 cars from 12.45pm to
1.25pm on Good Friday. There were no trucks —
they knew what to expect.
Coles had about 10 cars on its driveway and
about the same number on the road. BP had
about 20, and another five or so under the trees,
which equals about five per cent of the traffic
stopped. So, 95 per cent of traffic was impeded by
this ludicrous situation. In 2007, Peter Costello
promised $120million to fix the roads from
Wakefield to Port Augusta, including a bypass. It
never happened. It’s time federal politicians
Rowan Ramsay and Nick Champion, and state
Minister for Transport Stephan Knoll, put
forward a joint proposal to make it happen.
Geoff Phillips, Fullarton and
REGARDING State’s recreational fishers rejoice
about Liberal victory (YPCT 27-3-18) I and the
majority of recreational fishers are flabbergasted
with the comments made by Les Rochester.
His statements paint an ill-informed, one-sided
view. Mr Rochester is entitled to his views but to
infer he represents all recreational fishers is totally
And yes, recreational bag limits were reduced
along with compromises in the professional
sector to address major stock declines. Is a 40 bag
limit per person for King George whiting still
manageable or even achievable compared with
the 10 we have now?
As I have been a RecFishSA member and am
privy to the background workings of its members
there are facts to support the scuttle bug Mr
Rochester alluded to. The best way of knowing
the facts is to be a member of RecFishSA or at
least sit down together to discuss what we all want
a sustainable recreational fishing sector in
Kym Woolford, Black Point
REGARDING Price’s Bakery closes doors (YPCT
27-3-18), I would like to clarify the following.
I ceased being an employee of the bakery in
December 2017. I further tendered my
resignation as a director on January 1, 2018.
As such, I am not a director and have had no
involvement with the business since that date.
I was not informed Matthew Lee and Greg
McDonald had decided to close the doors until
after their decision had been made.
The reasons cited to me included an inability to
pay the bills, and Mr Lee did not have any time
nor interest in operating the business.
Enquiries from creditors should be directed to the
company’s directors, Mr Lee and Mr McDonald.
Nicholas Price, Moonta Bay
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