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Last chance to vote
THIS week is your last chance to vote in the
council elections, and a lot of locals still
haven’t done so.
At the current count, 3650 votes have been
cast in the Copper Coast Council region,
representing just 32.59 per cent of eligible
voters. For Yorke Peninsula Council, 3400
votes have been received. Almost 45 per cent
of Gum Flat ward voters have submitted
their ballot papers compared with about 40
per cent in Innes/Pentonvale and 33 per cent
in Kalkabury. About 40 per cent of Barunga
West Council voters have exercised their
democratic right with 800 ballot papers
These figures show a strong interest in the
local government elections compared with
most of the state, indicating locals are
switched on and care about what happens in
their councils. But we can still do better.
Who hasn’t grumbled about a pothole, or
a lack of footpaths, or a local project they feel
could have been done differently? Well, if
you don’t vote you shouldn’t complain. You
had your chance to make a difference.
And while that difference can seem small
when you are one person among thousands
of voters, each vote in a council election
represents a far greater slice of the pie than in
state and federal elections.
Likewise, the actions of councils have the
most frequent and direct impacts on our
lives. We see council workers all the time. We
are afforded the chance to comment about
councils’ proposed projects as well as their
budgets and future plans, unlike with state
and federal governments, generally speaking.
Local councils have interesting battles for
their elected member vacancies, including
the mayoral positions. Our paper has done
its utmost to remain unbiased, offering all
candidates the same opportunities to have
their messages heard.
But if you haven’t voted yet, you can do
more research. Speak to people you trust,
people who you feel are in the know. Read
the spiels provided with your ballot papers.
Make an informed choice, and make your
Nick Perry, Editor
IN response to Maitland resident Alex Brown
(Your View 16-10-18) and his disappointment
in the Marshall Liberal government breaking an
election promise regarding its proposed Mining
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
David Ridgway made a commitment in
November last year. He said “... we can’t
progress this bill until the local community has
had a chance to have their say”, adding he
would “consult far and wide to ensure we get
Yet — in a surprise to Yorke Peninsula
farmers — his government tabled the bill
without community consultation.
I’ve noticed rapidly-growing concerns on YP
surrounding this lack of consultation, not just
in your newspaper, but in feedback from locals.
Last week, during question time, I asked Mr
Ridgway why he broke his pre-election
promise, and why his government failed to
consult with regional South Australians,
particularly the Yorke Peninsula community,
before introducing the bill.
His response was dismissive to residents’
concerns. Mr Ridgway distanced himself from
his previous commitment, saying “when you
table a bill before a seven or eight-week or
six-week break, that is part of the consultation”.
I also asked Mr Ridgway to clarify if he
recognised the difficult position the Member
for Narungga had been placed in, owing to the
government’s broken promise. Disappointingly,
his response was “I don’t believe I have put
anybody in a difficult position”.
The obvious internal stoush behind the
closed doors of the Liberal Party room needs to
be called out, and voters should question the
integrity of the Liberal government’s
It’s not okay the minister has dismissed
concerns of YP locals. Mr Brown and his fellow
voters have every right to hold this government
to the promises they made before the election,
the very promises that informed locals’
decisions at the polls.
Emily Bourke MLC
Shadow Assistant Minister to the
Leader of the Opposition
MID and southern Yorke Peninsula has, in the
past couple of council terms, been subjected to
manipulative, bully-like tactics to allow the Yorke
Peninsula Council administration to try to push
through its own agenda, whether it is warranted
or supported by the community or not.
This extends from a poor decision to try to sell
community land to cover budget shortfalls; to try
to slam through rate rises with concerning
tactics; to acting, at great expense to ratepayers,
to push through, in this council sitting, an
unnecessary reprimand decision.
Councillor Scott Hoyle, who raised the initial
complaint about Councillor Tania Stock, also
raised several other allegations that were proven
not to be substantiated. Yet Cr Hoyle was not taken
to task by this current administration for making
such allegations against another councillor.
As the date for the close of voting in local council
elections approaches, as ratepayers in this
community, we need to put serious thought into who
we choose to represent us. Will they act in their own
interests? Will they go on holiday with and regularly
have coffee with the council administration, or will
they act independently, on behalf of constituents,
without being manipulated by this council
administration and/or their fellow councillors?
It is important to consider the past actions of
some current councillors and the need for a
change to a team of councillors who will work
with and respect each other, advise the council
administration rather than be managed by the
council administration, and speak up for and
strongly represent the needs of YP in relation to
mining, tourism, agriculture, health and access to
education and services, to state government and
other influential bodies.
A big loud cash splash does not translate into
Nadia Slade, Yorketown
AFTER reading the letter about batteries stolen
from our club (YPCT 9-10-18) a very kind
couple in the community contacted us and
kindly donated quite a large number of batteries.
It goes to show there are still some decent
people out there. Thank you very much.
Rod Franke, Yorketown Bowling Club
FURTHER to my previous letter (YPCT 30-10-
18), the Kadina Show committee is asking
sporting groups and organisations to respond
with historical information about their
association with the current showgrounds, either
participating at showtime or of their own use of
the grounds and or buildings over the years.
The committee asks people who have been
involved with the show society, or have participated
in past events at the show, to go through their old
memorabilia and dig out any photos of the
showgrounds, old show books that might be stored
in a cupboard somewhere, or an old certificate
presented to a family member who received a prize
at the show. Even perhaps a written account of
what their family member did at the show,
anything that may be of interest. Just give us a call
or email it to email@example.com.
This information will be compiled into a book
detailing the history of the show society and will
also add to the history of the district.
Recognition to those who respond will be
included in the book.
Yes, the gates are going to be restored and we are
working behind the scenes to get this done. We ask
all to be patient and continue to watch the space.
Unfortunately, we are like a number of other
organisations in the district who have an ageing
membership and we need assistance to achieve our
150th year in 2020, so we need additional members
and fresh ideas. If you can help please come along
to our annual general meeting at 7.30pm on
Wednesday, November 21 (advert this edition).
Any offers to volunteer to help set up the
showgrounds show week and on show days
would be greatly appreciated. Please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0474 720 716.
Maxine Tully, president,
Kadina Show Society
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