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YOU may be aware the AFL has just entered
one of its busiest periods of the year — trade
Talk inevitably begins about player
movement from as early as the middle of the
Who is out of contract, who is looking like
trade bait, who wants to go home are all
thoroughly dissected by pundits in the
newspaper and online.
Naturally, bigger changes come next month
with draft week when the brightest and best
talent across the country is recruited and the
hope for the upcoming season is at its highest.
It might be a bit of a stretch but I see some
huge similarities to the upcoming council
There has been conjecture about who is
running in all three council areas in the
community for most of the year, with a lot of
the conversation happening online.
The pros and cons of the current “players”
have been weighed up and judged based on
their performances, the nods they’ve given to
projects or their work within the community.
Information is starting to surface about
what the candidates will bring to the table,
with the YP Country Times offering every
nominee an opportunity to say their piece in
This research process is the equivalent of a
potential player speaking to the footy
manager or recruitment officer — they’re
researching to see if they are a right fit for the
direction their organisation is heading and if
they’re going to be the much-needed
Once elected, everything is shiny and new
and if your preferred candidates get in,
everything looks rosy.
While opinions can differ on what our
community needs, everyone agrees the role of
council is to serve the people.
Voting packs will start going out in
October and voting closes on November 9 so
it’s imperative we all do our bit and ensure
vote to get the best people for the job.
CHRIS Hunter (YPCT 25-9-18) misses one very
important point in his passionate defence of
Both solar and wind power are part-time. We
need a 24/7 power generation system, what
happens when we have wind speeds too high for
safe turbine operation or several days of 10/10
overcast. We need power at all times.
Germany said it would be 100 per cent
renewable — and it has one thing we do not —
those three great Ruhr dams. It did not take long
to realise they were trying to draw an
undrawable bow. Guess what it is seriously
looking at, coal power!
Japan has an extensive nuclear program and it
is looking at ‘clean burn’ coal technology. It has
also reactivated its nuclear program — put in
abeyance after Fukushima. The reality is the
world usage of coal is increasing, not decreasing.
Mr Hunter said China is manufacturing solar
panels in huge quantities, such as lawnmowers,
bicycles, spearfishing gear, fishing reels and
tackle, chainsaws, vehicles, motor bikes, cutlery
and kitchen appliances, to name a few, as well as
clothing, both casual and safety.
What is his opinion of India asking for
$2.5trillion over 15 years to cut its emissions? Let
them stuffocate in their own rubbish! This is no
more than blackmail.
Mr Hunter also said Weatherill’s bank tax was
a missed opportunity. In reality, it was an impost
we certainly did not need. Who will be paying
for this gem? No doubt home buyers, mum and
dad investors and those getting personal loans, to
name a few. When faced with a financial
impasse, his solution was to tax his way to
prosperity. Like a Ponzi scheme, it never works.
He also wanted to hike the GST to 15 per cent so
he could service his over-bloated public service.
Weatherill hiked the ESL to make up for
mythical money he expected from Gillard which
would never have eventuated. We needed an axer
but got a taxer and we paid dearly for it.
Of all the renewable energy sources, only one,
geothermal, ticks all the boxes. It is not reliant on
wind or the sun, and will supply 24/7 power.
Unfortunately, it seems to have died a natural
One final point: If renewable energy is cheap,
why is it subsided? This ups the cost.
How to vote
IT’S council elections time again and no doubt
for many the sinking feeling one really should do
something intelligent about it.
But how to distinguish between competing
candidates, especially if none of them are
known, is the problem.
Often candidates provide glowing press
statements about their devotion to their
community and stress their eagerness and
indeed their enthusiasm to listen to voters.
Alas, from experience these self-assessments
often lead to a deafening silence after a candidate
So what to do? Firstly, I urge everyone to
Grumbling about the make-up of a local
council when one has not voted will change
nothing but sometimes it’s difficult to make a
I have contacted candidates only to find they
decline to answer questions at all or happily
indicate support for my concerns only to find
their voting record shows the opposite.
I tend to ask myself is the candidate a local
with roots in the community?
Is he or she already involved with community
Does he or she actually turn up to support
Is he or she looking to boost their self-image
rather than address local concerns?
Does he or she see becoming a local councillor
merely a stepping stone to grander things like the
proverbial big frog in a small puddle?
And most importantly, do I actually know the
Margaret Woods, Minlaton
THE Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol 109 was
called out to rescue us at 6pm due to failed
batteries on Sunday, September 30.
It was low tide mark at the entrance of the Port
Turton boat ramp.
The Coastal Patrol boat got stuck on the sand
entering the boat ramp at 9.45pm and they
became grounded for around 20 minutes. With
several attempts they managed to enter.
We were unable to lift our motor due to having
no batteries and got grounded in the sand
because we were unable to manoeuvre.
Our boat got very close to the rocks at the
entrance due to the Coastal Patrol boat getting
grounded and we had local residents come down
onto the rocks to help push our vessel away.
The whole exercise was difficult and caused a
lot of panic.
Council has been notified of the situation and
we hope something can be done about this
before something more serious happens.
Michael Buttner and Louise Vermeulen
LIKE other struggling clubs and community
groups, we are always looking at ways to raise
money. Ours was collecting used vehicle batteries.
Imagine our disbelief last Thursday when we
discovered that roughly 1000 kilograms’ worth of
batteries in our stock pile had been stolen.
So well done whoever decided they needed
them more than us, I hope you can sleep at night.
Of course we now have an added expense, having
decided security cameras will need to be installed.
Rod Franke, Yorketown Bowling
Club greens manager
I HAD an accident in my wheelchair which
tipped over to its side while recently holidaying
in Adelaide. The ambulance was called and I was
taken to hospital.
I would like to thank them for the wonderful
care given, it was exceptional.
The ambulance personnel and Wallaroo
Hospital nurses were surely the best in the world.
Thanks also to nearby residents Lorraine Securo
and Nick Watkins for their assistance on the night.
Cathy Renigers, Adelaide
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