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z BIG APPLE... Forget New
York, the real big apple was
on the Ritter family’s tree in
Bute recently. The Ritters’
five-year-old Granny Smith
tree is usually overloaded
with fruit but this year was
this year it did not appear
to bear any fruit and we
assumed it might be due to
the wind and storms,”
Jacky Ritter said. “My son
was playing in the back
yard recently and noticed a
large bright green object in
the centre of the tree, only
to find a huge apple — our
only one for the year.” If
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Support RSL clubs
IT was heartening to see a good turnout at
the march and ceremony for Wallaroo RSL
sub-branch’s 100th anniversary on Sunday,
The sub-branch turned 100 last
Wednesday, August 1, and members
organised a range of activities for the five days
leading up to and including the ceremony.
There will be several more centenary
celebrations for local sub-branches in the
near future — Moonta already has one
planned — and I hope public interest
continues to grow.
Every year local dawn services are
absolutely packed. This shows the
community’s appreciation for those who
served our country in war and the
characteristics they displayed which would
form our national identity.
Sub-branch events allow people to focus
more specifically on locals who paid the
For example, a book entitled Wallaroo
Sub-branch Centenary, released to coincide
with the 100th anniversary, features the
town’s entire enlistment history — 278
names — as well as extensive research and
stories about locals at war. The book
remains for sale at the sub-branch and I’d
expect anyone with Wallaroo forebears
involved in war, or who are interested in
military and local history, will want a copy.
Author Craig Wharton has supplied
profiles of Wallaroo soldiers for the paper
every few weeks this year. Like the war
documents provided by Dr Don Longo in
our monthly News from the Front series,
each article has been fascinating reading.
The most recent shared the story of Isaac
Leonard McLean, whose courage I could
barely believe. An officer noted Isaac’s
bravery and planned to nominate him for
the Victoria Cross, but was killed before he
had the chance.
Such history is well worth retaining.
As local RSL sub-branches contend with
ageing memberships, including the last of our
World War II veterans, they deserve our support.
Nick Perry, Editor
SECOND Beach and the other beaches to the
south of Port Victoria represent excellent and
unique walking opportunities.
However, these opportunities are losing their
attraction due to the behaviour of those who
view the beach as a pathway for more
Last week I spoke to interstate visitors while
walking on Second Beach. They were high in
praise of its tranquility and beauty.
On Saturday of the same week I walked
again. But this time the tranquility was quite
shattered. At the first cutting at the southern
end of the beach shots could be heard coming
from behind the first sandhills and some
minutes later one was joined on the beach by
five motorbikes being ridden at considerable
While I have no objection to people driving
onto the beach in an appropriate manner, I
really do wonder why it is people can use these
beaches in a manner not permitted elsewhere?
David Amery, Port Victoria
Death of paradise
GOOD morning people, or is it?
I see in the paper Yorke Peninsula Tourism
keeps reporting how clean and green Yorke
So why allow this proposed Hillside copper
mine at Pine Point?
We have Windara Reef (good news) at
What is the Environment Protection
Authority doing about the mine? Has the EPA
conducted any surveys?
We think the only people who want this
mine are the ones with shares and most do not
live over here in beautiful YP.
To me, all the public meetings about Hillside
are just a smoke screen. Do they think we, the
locals, are crash test dummies?
As always when big money is involved,
everything goes out the window — the
environment, people’s safety and health.
Let’s hope the government makes the right
decision for all parties involved.
See you on the roundabout, people.
J. Gibson, Pine Point
BEFORE the state election the Liberals made
Within only a few short months two have
already been broken in regional South
Promises were made to farmers here on
Yorke Peninsula that no bill would be drafted to
change the Mining Act without extensive public
consultation. And that was the Libs’ main
reason for not passing Labor’s bill, the lack of
consultation with the public.
The second promise was to make sure any
changes to the Mining Act would protect the
farmers’ right to farm, a policy the Libs copied
from Robert Brokenshire from the Australian
Both these promises have been broken.
Not only has the amended bill been
compiled with zero consultation but it has also
been tabled in parliament which now makes it
so much harder to achieve any changes. Very
few amendments have been made to the
original Labor bill and none have been made to
allow a farmer to deny mining companies
coming onto their land and mining it against
I am very concerned for the future of these
farms and wider communities as there is not a
single regional resident representating South
Australia in the Legislative Council.
Robert Brokenshire was the only advocate
we had, and he blocked this bill several times.
Now we have no voice and no say. It looks like
the mines are coming and the Liberals are
already counting the money.
Rebecca Hewett, Bute
What has happened
to North Beach?
ENOUGH is enough. What has happened
to our beautiful North Beach, Wallaroo?
Now it is an eyesore.
Sand is taking over, awful old straw bales on
entry are breaking down. We walk on the beach
every morning, picking up rubbish as we go.
We talk to many tourists from the caravan park
on our walks and they do not have a good
opinion of our beach at the moment.
I can’t believe sand was heaped up to move,
then had to be all put back. This has made it
It’s great we are going to get a cafe, but where
are you going to park?
North Beach is a people’s beach, a
playground to walk, swim, drive, and have our
special fun days.
Please clean our beach up – it’s a disgrace.
Pam Bennett, Wallaroo
Big four banks
The big four banks were kept afloat by
guaranteed government (taxpayer) funds when
the global financial crisis struck in 2009.
Since then, though, a suspicious odour has
increasingly wafted around the big four. This
raised the likelihood of a proper inquiry into
their suspected greedy behaviours.
The need for such an inquiry was vigorously
opposed right from the start by the LNP
Coalition in response to the powerful banking
Now such an inquiry is actually in progress,
outrageous banking practices have surfaced
almost daily, fully vindicating the need for the
inquiry in the first place.
Thus, we, the taxpayers, will now not stand
for the LNP-mooted $17billion banking tax
break reward. It is both morally and just plain
If the government ignores this fact, then
many of the silent majority will be driven to
vote irrationally at the next election.
Brian Smith, Kadina
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