Home' The Murray Pioneer : April 4th 2017 Contents Regarding Graham Charlton’s
comments about the Kingston-
On-Murray Bridge (‘Changes
needed for KOM bridge’,
Pioneer, 31/3/17), a 65-tonne
B-double would only be doing
80km/h at the top of the bridge
anyway, west bound. If you drop
the speed limit to 80km/h that
B-double will be doing 60km/h,
only frustrating other motorists.
State Bank being sold was
the result of deregulation, a
global economics obligation.
Gamblers are free to gamble
with our money and the nation
gets to underwrite the risk. We
pay for incompetence. Give
us government-owned and
regulated banks. People would
flock to them.
So, a billion-dollar project in
Morgan, eh? (‘We’re walking on
sunshine’, Pioneer, 31/3/17). I’ll
believe it when I see it.
I think the editorial column is too
kind on Premier Jay Weatherill
(Morgan suddenly a power
player’, Pioneer, 31/3/1&).
“Whether or not you believe the
Premier is... to blame for our
state’s energy problems...” There
is no question he is. Also, I don’t
think the Premier is “winning the
political battle”. Sometimes the
media has to stop favouring Mr
Weatherill so much.
What a low act (‘Vine-dalised’,
Pioneer, 31/3/17). I hope those
who did this don’t think it’s
some kind of joke, because it
isn’t. I feel sorry for the family.
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6 OPINION www.murraypioneer.com.au Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Dose Of Dorin
on at council?
FIRSTLY, I would like to ask
what is going on in the Berri
I have gone back through the
papers, read the letters to the
editor and the texts as well, and
have also seen other papers, such
as The River News, and posts on
There seems to be growing
trend in the dislike of the council
and it seems it is my belief that
even the councillors themselves
are not getting along.
I must say, none of this
is aimed at the staff or other
employees. It is purely the coun-
I found the recent words of
councillor Steven Lynch extreme-
ly good reading.
The article in mention is in the
River News’ Wednesday, March
29 edition, headed ‘Have we
failed?’. In short, yes, you have.
The Berri Barmera Council
has failed. It has lost the trust and
respect of its ratepayers.
Sorry if this offends you, Cr
Lynch, but you asked the ques-
tion. Your job, along with the
others who were elected, is to fix
it and regain our trust.
In my opinion, the council lied
to us about the land sale on the
Berri river front to start with.
Also, upon reading other
letters and such from numerous
people I am awfully curious
as to what or who councillor
Mike Fuller deems is a ‘credible
This is regarding the signs
that the poor lady Shirley from
Loveday texted in to the Pioneer
I actually thought Cr Fuller’s
response was condescending and
demeaning, and to put it in writ-
ing like that, is should be of no
surprise to anybody why no one
wishes to speak face to face with
It’s a good example why peo-
ple choose to use local media.
Is Cr Fuller stating that he
is the only credible source in
Barmera (or even Berri seeing as
represents both towns)?
Does Cr Fuller deem his fellow
councillors incapable of talking
to the ratepayers?
If he has been allowed to get
away with talking to people like
this, it is appalling.
It tends to make me wonder
who really is the mayor of the
Will whoever is the mayor
please take control?
With all the little letters and
texts I have collected over a peri-
od of time, I could consider send-
ing them to the ombudsman to
investigate. We need and deserve
Our chance to fix
THE Member for Barker, Tony
Pasin, announced in the Murray
Pioneer on March 28, 2017,
that $360 million is current-
ly available from the Federal
Government’s Bridge renewal
program (‘Councils’ chance to
build a bridge’).
I wrote to the editor of the
Pioneer in July 2016 strongly
advocating for a replacement
of the Paringa Bridge on the
National Highway 1 route over
the River Murray between
Renmark and Paringa.
Several freight companies sub-
sequently aired their grievances
in the Pioneer, with this ancient
structure severely inhibiting
heavy transport flow and gen-
eral traffic disruption on a reg-
ular basis thanks to its one-lane
Then all went silent again.
Indeed, I asked in that letter
for the local MP, Member for
Chaffey, Tim Whetstone, and
the local Senator, Anne Ruston,
to reassure us voters with the
Liberal Party’s plans for major
works in a region with nearly 15
per cent unemployment.
Sadly no response at all came,
as can often occur in such a safe
electorate. Tim’s predecessor,
Karlene Maywald, would certain-
ly have responded immediately as
I found from personal experience.
It was just like Riverland may-
ors Margaret Evans and Jan Cass,
who earlier got the much-needed
Berri bridge built through their
own determination and a will to
serve their electorates by chasing
applicable funding streams.
Could I please ask what are the
Weatherill Government’s plans
to guide and support the local
Renmark Paringa and or Berri
Barmera councils to apply for this
current funding round before the
What are the Weatherill
Government’s plans to access
federal road building grants to
extend the Monash bypass on
National Highway 1 and build a
much-needed (and immeasura-
bly more suitable for a national
highway) new bridge across the
river flats at Lyrup, bypassing
Renmark and linking up with
Yamba near the border?
As a rural Riverland voter, I
am immensely pleased we now
have the ‘Fatchen’ (Northern
Expressway) into Adelaide from
the Sturt Highway above Gawler
that is both safe and an absolute
joy to traverse with its quality
Equally, I am pleased with the
multi-lane, faster connection to
Outer Harbour, the South Road
overpass extensions and the
myriad works continuing that
are extending South Road even
I am incredibly pleased we
have the newest and best state
hospital in Australia (the southern
hemisphere actually) about to
open and I visited the brilliant
research facility alongside just
For this rural resident who
visits Adelaide infrequently, the
adjacent new university build-
ings are evidence of the North
Terrace profile in the city that has
changed enormously under the
It demonstrates the leadership
and future vision I need and want
for my children and grandchildren.
Please extend that vision
north-easterly to the Riverland
and ensure someone, somewhere
does something about replacing
the well worn-out Paringa Bridge.
We need a new bridge now,
to advance tourism, enhance the
National Highway transport cor-
ridor and especially to avoid an
inevitable vehicular or structural
disaster that will surely occur the
longer we do nothing.
An election promise to build
the new Monash bypass exten-
sion across Lyrup flats to Yamba
(ensuring local employment
content in the construction work-
force) would cement my vote
and I surmise a great many other
voters in this region.
the right move
THOSE complaining about the
State Government’s rejection
of a request to prop up Alinta’s
dirty, coal-fired power station in
Port Augusta are missing the big
The transition to cleaner sourc-
es of power in South Australia is
inevitable In the short term, the
cost of propping up a dirty old
station that has already been paid
for by taxpayers over decades
will always be cheaper than the
cost of building newer, cleaner
sources of electricity.
But at some stage we as a state
have to make a choice – and that
choice is incredibly simple.
Our state’s future lies in clean
renewable energy, not dirty fossil
fuels like coal and gas.
Like other economic transi-
tions, those states and countries
that make the choice to change
earlier end up stronger in the
long run by gaining a first mover
Our transition has become far
harder than it should have been
because of the woeful policy con-
fusion at a federal level. This has
severely impeded investment in
Protecting people’s health is
not an ‘ideological issue’.
The decision to reject a res-
cue request from Alinta was the
right thing for the health of Port
Augusta’s residents, the right
thing for the climate and the right
thing for our state’s economic
What the State Government
needs to do now for the people
of Port Augusta is to replace
their old dirty power station with
a large-scale solar thermal with
Be a bigot if
you have to
UNDER Australia’s present
laws, if someone accuses you of
having ‘offended’ them you can
wind up facing a tribunal.
If you complain that this
arrangement unfairly restricts
freedom of speech you risk
being labelled a bigot.
I suggest that if one isn’t
called a bigot, at least occasion-
ally, one is probably a weakling.
Have enough commitment to
criticise wrong things that are
done. Take the risk of being
disliked. Meanwhile, make sure
your attitude to the person whose
actions you criticise is basically
a loving and charitable attitude.
That is the right way to be.
Nichols Point, Victoria
THE Monash netballers deserve somewhere
to play as much as any other Riverland
Unfortunately, their courts are in a state
of disrepair, so for this season at least,
they’ll be hosting teams at the Barmera
This particular shift to a centralised
facility was unplanned, but in future years
we could see sporting hubs – or at least the
idea of them – become a major talking point
across the Riverland.
Local momentum is towards ‘bigger and
better’ facilities, as evidenced by Berri’s
rapidly expanding Glassey Park facility
(including the relocated bowling club, and
the soon-to-be completed stadium), the push
for a new Loxton stadium, and an ambitious
bid to establish a heated indoor pool in
But where does this rush leave towns like
Monash, and even Barmera, that have older,
more humble facilities?
The ‘centralisation or die’ debate brings
up many questions, not all of which
necessarily have simple, or even popular,
1. Will offering upgraded facilities attract
major state or national events to the region,
in turn generating precious out-of-town
dollars for local businesses?
2. Loxton is 20km from Berri. Should
both towns have new, multi-million dollar
3. Are we balancing how much can we
afford to spend on sports stadiums – and
council-maintained sporting facilities –
against the fact the region has a declining
population? Not to mention an ageing
4. How much money should be spent on
facilities that don’t get used every week?
5. What about duplication with local
6. Remember when all six Riverland
Football League A grade clubs seemed
determine to host night games and lights
were upgraded left, right and centre? Any
lessons to learn from that?
7. Given concerns over cost-of-living
pressures, would moving towards a more
‘user pays’ system help councils keep future
rate rises down? Or would it unfairly burden
people who already pay rates and expect
a certain level of services from their local
8. Are sports participation rates in the
region increasing, or decreasing? If it’s the
latter, should that influence our decisions
about sporting facilities?
sport or not?
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