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6 - "THE MURRAY PIONEER" www.murraypioneer.com.au Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Walking track rubbish
THANKS to the Berri Barmera Council
for supplying the beautiful walking track
along the northern end of Riverview Drive
This 1.1km section, which is on the
river side of the road, ends at the entrance
to Martin Bend.
Unfortunately the walk along this track
is spoilt by the amount of rubbish which
has been deposited in the adjacent scrub.
Most of this rubbish consists of foam
fruit boxes which have been blown across
the road from fruit blocks.
This concerned me so much I decided
to count how many were visible from the
walking track. Believe it or not the total
This is a conservative number because
when I walked along the track through the
scrub I found many more, along with other
rubbish which obviously had been unload-
ed from a trailer.
Why are the owners of these properties
not made to pick up their rubbish or fined
for not doing so?
It is obvious where the boxes come
This section of scrub is a favourite
dumping ground for any unwanted items
and contains everything from old tyres to
sheets of galvanised iron.
Something has to be done to clean up
this area as it is an eyesore and can only
I haven't changed at all
TO ALL those that commented on my
letter about the rating review meeting last
week with the Berri Barmera Council
('Shock-horror, it was good', The Pioneer,
22/8/14), no I have not changed sides,
gone over to the dark side, mellowed or
caved to the pressure.
My main concern at that meeting was
making sure that everyone understood
there was someone trying to text up a 'rent
a crowd' to vote for the one option that
would bring about a tidy windfall at the
expense of all the rest of the ratepayers.
I didn't want to come away from there
again disgusted with either the council
or the public, and I made sure that what I
considered the important information was
explained to the public.
The Pioneer reporter was polite, but I
did take over the meeting a bit to get that
explained to everyone. Councillor Evans
had to ask me to allow someone else to
speak (whoops, sorry).
At that meeting I forcefully and clearly
told council I was there to stop them using
option 1 (3a). This would mean death
and destruction for the whole district and
would only benefit a very small percent-
age.So, I put them on notice and said, "Ever
try to implement that option and I will
fight you tooth and nail" because I believe
it would reduce the whole region to a
ghost town very quickly.
I have not changed. I still want expla-
nations as to why after eight years they
couldn't set up a system to recycle all
waste and the returns go back into the
I want to know why there are footpaths
in all the towns that are too dangerous to
use, why the back lanes in all towns are a
disgrace, plus a lot of other issues.
In the last couple of years I have helped
quite a few people behind the scenes deal
with council and in all cases it is because
they don't know the rules and council isn't
explaining or listening to them.
This is how I work. If someone comes
to me with a problem, I first make sure it
is a council problem.
If so, I go to the Local Government
Association site and find the relevant leg-
islation. I then contact council and give
them a chance to deal with the problem.
If they don't then I go to the paper.
That will not change. Elected or not, I
will continue to do exactly that.
So, to all those that say I am too neg-
ative, then complain when I'm not, thank
you it is good training for if I get elected.
And there was no need for fireworks
at the meeting. Those present would have
noticed the folder I was carrying. It had all
the relevant legislation.
Sometimes it is more effective to walk
softly and carry a big stick than to be loud
Don't sell the land
SUBSEQUENT TO my question at the
Berri Barmera Council ratepayers' meeting
last week and telephone discussion with
CEO David Beaton, I draw the attention
of council to the proposed sale of blocks
adjoining the units for the aged in Scott
Avenue, opposite 1 Maple Street, Barmera.
After the community outrage at the
Gaston Report recommendation to close
our hospital, it was viewed as good plan-
ning when Barmera's hospital, medical
clinic, community health and aged care
facilities came together on one complex.
It was considered visionary that the blocks
now on the market were earmarked for
future development of those facilities.
It therefore seems prudent to me to
remind councillors about that future pro-
Although Mr Beaton explained to me
that government policies have changed, I
still consider that it would be short-sighted
of council to lose its long-term vision for
that land for short-term gain.
Governments and policies change.
There is also an old drainage system
near the edge of that block which -- the
then council foreman will remember --
caused the road to collapse at 1 Maple
Street in a huge rain storm a few years
ago.There is much to commend this area
for elderly citizens' units and residential
care facilities, with the improved footpaths
to the shops already made by council and
safety of level ground access -- all above
1956 flood level.
Also an advantage, as the traffic along
Appleton Terrace can be quite quick, is
that future development will be better
accessed from Scott Avenue (because of
pipelines in the old Maple Street channel
reserve) and that's a better line of vision
from the Scott Avenue/Appleton Terrace
I therefore urge council to reconsider
the sale of this land. JEANETTE STAEHR
Santos should be proud
I was pleased to read the feature on
Santos Ready Mixed Concrete in last
Tuesday's Murray Pioneer.
Over the years they have provided
employment for people in the Riverland
which benefits the community.
I also recall a few years ago when the
Paringa Cricket Club needed to extend a
short practice wicket by 12 metres that
Santos generously donated the concrete to
At that time Paringa was a battling club
with very little revenue base and the club
certainly appreciated what Santos did.
Giving back to the community is some-
thing Santos can be proud of.
Criticism par for the course
As the Pioneer's Viewpoint page proves time
and again, councils are hot topics in regional
communities like the Riverland.
Individual councils might wish they were
less newsworthy, and attracted less debate, but
whenever public money is being spent, news
items and public debate will follow.
Councils are the most grass-roots form of
government, so naturally those contributing to
councils and living alongside them -- ratepayers
and residents -- are likely to crave access to
decision makers and have strong opinions.
Local government elections are looming in
the coming months and soon nominations will
be required for the three local councils.
You're likely to know at least one of the
candidates, be they up for re-election or
gunning for their first term in local government.
By year's end the three new councils will be
decided and the 'new councils' will be settling
in to their four-year terms.
Regardless of the make-up of each council,
the spotlight will continue to shine on local
government, as it should.
Paying rates should give nobody the right to
be rude, aggressive or deliberately antagonistic
towards councillors, who are there simply to
benefit their communities.
However, councillors in turn should expect
scrutiny and even criticism, where appropriate.
Like it or not, they are involved with a tier
of government, and the public has every right
to have its voice heard, particularly when its
money is being spent.
Those contemplating putting their hand up as
potential councillors in the weeks ahead would
do well to remember that fact.
From our files
GOLF CLUBS REASSESS WATER USAGE:
Water restrictions were a major issue discussed
at the annual SA Golf management conference,
held in Renmark last week. Golf club managers
and course superintendents from around SA
attended the two-day conference.
From The Murray
August 24, 2004
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Can someone, anyone, give me one reason why
the Riverland Netball Association played its
finals out of order on the weekend? The knock-
out semi-finals were played on Saturday, and
the second semi-finals, between the first and
second ranked teams, were played on Sunday.
So, whoever lost Sunday's game gets one day
less rest for the preliminary final than the team
that finished below them. That is wrong, not to
Whether the image of a high-taxing Berri
Barmera Council is, as the editor states (The
Pioneer, 19/8/14), portrayed by only a handful
or a reality, it needs addressing.
Yes, Berri Barmera Council, cut some services,
for God's sake. We want lower rates. We need
lower rates. Stop spending so much on
community programs and similar stuff that is
not essential. Get back to your rates, rubbish,
roads and you might actually save some
money and then have to charge less. JOHN X
As was pointed out on local radio on Friday
morning, rates are actually calculated
backwards. So the councils decide how much
they want to make -- they call this word
'budget' -- then factor in the valuations and
how many properties they need to charge.
That 'budget' amount virtually gets divided
by the amount of properties. So, like they said
on radio, it's 180 degrees different to how
businesses work. Councils start at the end (how
much money they'll make) and work back to
the beginning (the customer and how much
money they pay). No wonder they have their
heads in the sand.
I agree with Peter Hunt (The Pioneer, 15/8/14)
that the two towns are looking great. I took
some visitors along the Lake Bonney foreshore
on the weekend and they could hardly believe
how beautiful it was. Well done, council. FRASE
I went to Mildura last weekend for soccer. The
hospitality in the restaurants was appalling. It
proved to me that we live in a wonderful place.
I love the Riverland. At least we are a friendly
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