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IF you support local businesses, they will
support the community.
It’s not a new concept and one we have
discussed many times but sometimes we need
a little reminder.
By spending money in our towns and main
streets not only do we boost the economy, we
help businesses to grow and employ more
These business owners and employees then
spend their money in other local
establishments, get involved in community
groups and give back where they can.
Sporting clubs are always well backed by a
range of local businesses, whether they have a
direct involvement or not. They understand
how it all works.
This year my netball club adopted a
sponsorship program, the first for a number
of years, where we asked businesses to donate
vouchers to be awarded each week.
While we’re not reinventing the wheel and I
know others do the same thing, we felt it was
important to encourage our members to visit
and spend money within our towns.
It may not work, but we’re trying to create
Everyone will admit the Kadina CBD
redevelopment has taken its toll on
businesses, and shoppers but it’s getting to the
pointy end now.
The Kadina Chamber of Commerce has
offered incentives for shopping locally despite
some inconveniences and as crews continue
to work through the streets it’s much easier to
put off that visit or purchase online.
Some people haven’t been physically able to
access the street while works are ongoing and
I realise that alters habits, but the rest of us
need to continue to support those businesses.
Our businesses can mix it with the best too,
with Jitter Bean Oasis at Lochiel winning a
national award for the best cafe — as voted on
What could be better proof of the quality
we have on our own doorstep than that?
Rhiannon Koch, journalist
YORKE Peninsula Country Times had a
multipage feature highlighting the Lions clubs
on Yorke Peninsula and the work they do for
local and regional communities through
donations of equipment and/or service work
Additionally, the peninsula clubs use funds
raised to support various Australian Lions
organisations including, Lions Hearing Dogs
(some $35,000 to train one dog), the supply of
mobility equipment for young children who
cannot or have difficulty walking, and the
Australian Lions Foundation and the Lions
Clubs International Foundation (both
philanthropic Lions organisations providing
financial grants for various purposes).
ALF and LCIF are very active in responding
to natural disasters both nationally and around
In Australia after any large natural disaster
you will see $50,000 immediately transferred by
the ALF to a Lions club in the locality of the
disaster (for example, Sampson Flat and Pinery
bushfires) to provide immediate help to those
people who have been affected.
If the disaster is widespread, or major in other
aspects, that initial $50,000 is followed up with
$100,000 from LCIF ( floods in northern NSW
several years ago, or impact of evacuations from
Cyclone Debbie in 2017).
Our purpose for the Country Times feature
was to mainly let you — our community —
know what we do as well as ask what other
services we can offer to make our communities
But of course, we cannot continue to work for
the community as we have done in the past
without members, of which we are critically
So the feature was also a call for help, a call to
arms, if you will!
All the Lions of Yorke Peninsula would like to
express our heartfelt thanks to the Yorke
Peninsula Country Times for publishing the
feature and to those generous and community
spirited businesses and other organisations
which supported the feature by purchasing
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Lions District 201C1
Zone 7 Chairman 2017-18
I HOPE Minlaton is successful keeping Harvest
Corner open as it supports business and
employment in the town.
I am glad the progress association is
supporting them in this endeavour.
I hope Yorke Peninsula Council considers the
repercussions of not supporting this more than
the SYP Netball Association supported
Yorketown when Yorketown’s progress
association put its case forward for keeping
netball matches at both Minlaton and
Yorketown. Yes, it has affected businesses in
Yorketown and some employment.
Liz Curnow, Yorketown
Bring back free
RATES go up and the services for the ratepayer
Copper Coast Council has stopped the
vouchers for residents to take trailer loads of
greens to the depot.
What a load of rubbish!
They simply want to collect more money and
don’t care about attracting new residents and
looking after the ratepayers who foot all the bills.
Wakefield Regional Council allow six loads
per year and they can be tandem-trailer loads too
and Murray Bridge Council has just increased its
free loads to all residents.
I ask council to reconsider this move and
make attempts to support residents, while
beautifying the area.
I also ask council to explain how many
ratepayers were expected to use the vouchers.
Ask the ratepayers and listen to them before
making dumb decisions and don’t use standover
methods, or council may find itself accountable.
Both my wife and I have asked council to clean
up its allotment on the corner of Gilmore
Crescent and Cutter Drive, Wallaroo, because it
is a fire hazard and looks terrible, but ignored
while they send us all clean-up notices.
Get your act together Copper Coast Council
and keep up with other councils.
This decision will only encourage roadside
dumping of rubbish if it’s not reversed.
Graham Klingberg, Wallaroo
I REFER to Janet Cameron’s letter (YPCT 26-6-18)
regarding the uncertain future of Harvest Corner.
The removal of any funding by council to keep
open community-based offices of any kind is an
unhealthy sign of local government’s inability to
set its budgets and manage its expenditure.
Harvest Corner was formed for local people to
sell produce and goods through a voluntary
based cooperative structure. It was designed as
an outlet for locals with craft and cooking skills
to market their wares at a time when the rural
economy was seriously depressed.
It was set up on a sound business base with a
small margin retained to cover costs and was
quickly recognised as ideal for a tourist centre.
Volunteers worked on a roster system and
were trained to handle enquiries.
The premises changed to its current site and a
tourist officer appointed on a permanent basis.
This worked extremely well and Harvest
Corner was a successful award-winning facility
the envy of many other towns.
The removal of funding is closely linked to YP
Council’s recent rate revenue dilemma.
It is also linked to other decisions to build a
new office at one end of council’s area, closure of
the Warooka office, transition of staff to the
central office and continued expansion of staff to
comply with the Local Government Act.
This all means less revenue for essential
services, reducing council presence in the more
remote communities and the funding of many
Many of these are provided by Yorke
Peninsula’s comprehensive network of progress
associations, friends of parks and nature reserves
et cetera — all of whom are volunteers.
Councils must be challenged continually to be
more prudent and fair in the setting and use of
rate revenue, after all it is not council’s money, it
What about Harvest Corner?
The answer is already there, council must find
it. If council is too stubborn to support
volunteers assist the large number of visitors who
boost the local economy through facilities like
Harvest Corner then it is time to install
councillors and change staff that will genuinely
grow the community.
Grantley H. Dodd, Stansbury
z MEGA MANDARIN... Rushton Sims submitted this photo of a giant mandarin
his family grew at their Kadina home. “It is from the first crop we have had from
the tree,” Rushton said. “There were only six mandys, all of which were rather
large in size, this one being the biggest measuring 100mm high and 120mm
across.” If you have an interesting or unusual photo to share with YP Country
Times readers, email it to email@example.com.
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