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Letters to the editor
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017
With the Barossa, Light & Gawler Football
Association recognised as one of the most
successful country leagues in the state there
are now new moves to introduce a new
women’s league too.
With the announcement this week that the
B., L. & G. Football Association will commence
Under 14 and Under 17 girls’ teams from July,
this will open up all kinds of opportunities
for women in football within the Barossa and
Whilst these teenage girls just entering
the football domain may initially be less
experienced than the traditional A-grade
men’s teams, within just two or three years
these same young girls will develop the skill
set and confidence to very quickly be able to
fill their own A-grade side.
Sport, and football in particular, is a
wonderful thing for building confidence,
fitness and the concept of working as a team.
It will also be interesting to see how
women’s football in general takes off in the
future. For instance in the AFL it may be
common practice for male footballers to be
earning from $100,000 upwards.
Country teams and the B., L. & G. Football
Assn. are also paying some fairly significant
salaries to players too.
However, with comments last year that
the local league may be paying too much to
players, it will be interesting to see if female
players will be paid on a similar level.
* ON THIS DAY, MAY 17, 1972 *
Eudunda Farmers’ Angaston (now Foodland) were
selling P.M.U. Baked Beans and Spaghetti 16¢ for 1
pound can; Golden North Ice Cream 72¢ half gallon
and Permanent Press Men’s Shirts for $3.50 each.
From “The Leader” - Thursday, May 18, 1972
Seek information on boundaries
of old Angaston cemetery
Ten people attended a meeting at Angaston on
May 4 to consider the formation of a group to restore
and preserve the original Angaston Cemetery, used
between 1847-1869. The meeting resolved that a
request be made to the Angaston Council to ascer-
tain the exact boundaries and actual owner of the
original acre, donated by Mr G. F. Angas, with a view
to taking over ownership of the land. Council had
previously assumed control and management of
the cemetery. A further meeting will be held when
results are known. Many factors about the old cem-
etery are still unknown. It is thought that members
of the public may be able to help in restoration by the
loan of articles, documents or photos of the old cem-
etery. Any person able to assist is asked to contact
Mr M. P. Vort-Ronald, Angaston.
Angaston Council buys land at
Nuriootpa for public park area
Angaston District Council has purchased an area
of land from Nuriootpa Community Centre bounded
by Park and Memorial Avenue and Kokoda and Pen-
rice Road which is recreation area and Council has
agreed to retain area as public park. Subsidy came
from Public Parks Committee. This was reported at
Angaston Council meeting on May 8. All night street
lighting was offered to Angaston Council by Electric-
ity Trust and Council agreed to have no alterations
and to keep half night burning, due to cost. All-night
lighting with 71⁄2 p.c. discount would be $5,712 and
half night lighting $5,239. Enquiries will be made
through the Attorney General’s Office about the old
cemetery, Angaston, to find out who is landlord.
Competition winners at
Messrs David Blenkiron, E. Schrapel and B. Dutton
all won first prize (champagne) in separate competi-
tions organised by Mrs B. Linke when 120 attended
Angaston Football Club Cabaret on Saturday. Miss D.
Kellett 1st and Mr G. Collins 2nd won bottles cham-
pagne from competition conducted by Mr D. Trinne
and Mr B. Rasmus. Keith Jamieson and Peter Sibley
were doorkeepers. Mr C. Cock and M. Harvey were
bar conveners. Music was by Unfinshed Symphony.
Recycle, waste collection
Along with my Council rates notice I
received a pamphlet requesting feedback
regarding waste collection.
I found it hard to believe that options
one, two and three all suggested removing
general rubbish every two weeks.
Disposable nappies and food scraps
sitting in a plastic bin at temperatures
in excess of 40 degrees in the summer
for two weeks would surely represent a
health hazard. Has this been considered
Prior to the yellow lid recycle wheelie
bins we were issued with a black 50 litre
container that was collected fortnightly.
When the yellow wheelie bins were
delivered I was surprised to find that
they were 240 litres which is nearly five
times the size of the original 50 litre black
containers and yet the collection rate
remained at two weeks.
It is true that in our household there
are only two people but by complying
with the instructions on the top of the bin
and flattening cardboard boxes and milk
cartons etc we only take out our recycle
bin for collection every six weeks, perhaps
four weeks during heavy times such as
Has the possibility of extending the
collection rate of the recycle wheelie bins to
three or even four weeks been considered
This would represent a huge saving in
fuel, vehicle maintenance, manpower and
In fact if the recycle collection rate
was extended to four weeks the cost of
the recycle collection to Council would
Should an occasion arise whereby a
household was able to justify the use of
more than one bin then an application
for a second bin could be negotiated with
Businesses would also be able to
negotiate with Council regarding how
many extra recycle bins they needed to
cope with the extended collection rate.
In recognition of the huge fifty per cent
savings in recycle bin costs made possible
by the four weekly collection rate, all extra
recycle bins approved by Council, be they
domestic or commercial, should be issued
free of charge.
Above all, it will help to reduce our
extortionate Council rates here in the
Let’s sort out the rubbish
Congratulations Ian Brown and I Gillies
on your letters to the editor in The Leader
May 10, 2017.
Unlike Council’s survey, you have
provided concise information that is
valuable to both residents and Councillors,
but will they take notice?
We will be surprised if anyone from
Council addresses these points and
publicly explains reasons for the clearly
Yes, Council’s survey is misleading in
both how it is presented and what it does
not say, leading to the conclusion they
misrepresent issues to ensure their own
This is a much bigger problem than our
rubbish collection and we would like to
hear how Council is going to change this.
Back to rubbish: When we first came to
the Barossa Valley, included in our rates,
was weekly collection of a large 240 litre
bin for all household waste.
Hard rubbish including bricks and
furniture and most recyclables including
green waste, scrap metal and even
batteries were able to be dropped off
by showing evidence of being a Barossa
rate payer, at a local recycling station in
In the last 20 years the service
has, in our opinion, been significantly
downgraded, while shifting the cost back
to the individual. ie: - green bins collection
is currently negotiated directly with the
contractor by the resident at their cost,
currently $65.80 p.a.
Council now wants to further reduce
the service and is concealing this as an
environmentally responsible move that
will reduce “their” costs.
This portrays a them and us image, so
no wonder Councils are now perceived as
large self serving corporations and not as
the people’s representatives.
In the meantime Council engages
private enterprise to collect our refuse
and these companies clearly make a profit
Maybe Council could represent their
constituents by re-assuming the task
seen traditionally by most rate payers
as Councils responsibility ie: - ensuring
public health and safety by collecting all
household waste weekly.
Council, like private enterprise, might
even return a profit doing this and pass
the benefits directly to ratepayers in the
form of rate reduction.
We don’t think the alternative of
freezing our waste for up to two weeks
before disposal, to prevent it stinking out
the neighbourhood, is environmentally
responsible or cost effective.
As for the collection of business waste,
it would be fair and responsible for anyone
generating waste in excess of 240 litres
per rubbish type, to establish alternative
means for weekly disposal, or negotiate
with Council to take extra quantities at
It may not be as convenient, but we
could all assist by not purchasing products
packed on styrene trays wrapped in
plastic, and drink from a mug or recyclable
This would not only reduce the
volume and change the type of rubbish,
but force the manufacturers, fast food
outlets and supermarkets to stop using
environmentally unfriendly packaging.
JANE AND PETER STRAWBRIDGE,
Waste disposal concerns
I’m very disappointed with The Barossa
Council’s decision to consider reducing our
red bin rubbish collection from weekly to
My concerns are with the health and
hygiene, particularly during the summer
Imagine the smell of baby nappies; flys,
ants, etc. would love it, not to mention
the attraction for mice, rats, cats, dogs
I visited the website as an option to
have my say on this matter, only to find
that my options for filling out the survey
were impossible with the available format.
Replying via the printed material was
designed to confuse and force people’s
hand into making decisions that suited
Last Friday (5/5/17) I heard Mayor Bob
Sloane state on radio that The Barossa
Council is a wealthy area.
Would this be because they charge the
same rates as the Unley Council, but only
deliver half the services?
When the Mt. Pleasant Council
amalgamated with The Barossa Council,
we were told - the move was going to
reduce costs, by sharing infrastructure.
All I have seen since has been increase
after increase and now the council wants
to reduce our rubbish collection.
The ratepayers in the Unley area receive
a free hardwaste and E waste collection
annually (collected from their footpath)
plus a mobile library van visit monthly,
all for the same cost as our council rates.
On page 6 of last week’s edition of The
Leader, Liz Alderslade’s article mentioned
the ‘Alexandrina Council’s waste collection
I believe they have succumbed to rate
payer’s pressure and reinstated weekly
rubbish collection for the summer holiday
I have also noticed that since
amalgamation the outlying areas’ roads
get graded annually (before the car rally
visits) and the main drag of Springton
gets a spruce clean just prior to the Tour
Down Under’s arrival.
Glad to see that the tourists to our
beautiful piece of SA get a good deal, while
the locals pick up the tab.
Perhaps it won’t be so beautiful in the
near future with rubbish spilling out onto
Laying off some administrative staff
members, could be another option to help
reduce management costs for the council.
Approximately 80% of the Alexandrina
rate payers voted against their change to
rubbish but still lost.
So much for democracy.
Nuriootpa - the place
Well Nuriootpa certainly was the place
to party for the 70th Anniversary of the
Barossa Vintage Festival with a perfect
sunny day on April 22.
With a crowd of around 4,000 people,
the Nuriootpa oval was a great community
event made possible by sponsors.
It was a true local celebration with most
food and wine vendors from our locality
and local musicians; Supersessions, Jitters
of Nonchalance and The Barking Ants.
The Youth zone run by YAC ( Youth
Advisory Committee) and the Vintage
Games for the children organised by
Rebecca Reynolds, who also organised a
maypole dance demonstration.
The highlight was the grape treading
with 12 teams competing from all ages.
Ron Leibig brought this tradition to our
event along with donating trophies and
grapes to tread.
Helpers on the day were Deb Sheldon,
Julie Baird, Steve O’Loughlin, Kirsty
Waller, Mandy Talbot (MC) Martin and
Jane Willson and her team of volunteers
made hot dogs as an extra fundraiser for
the NFA, sterling effort!
Barossa Lions Club assisted with
marshalling the Vintage parade floats.
And the assistance of the managers of
the Barossa Tourist Park, John and Jane
Mylchreest was appreciated.
Nuriootpa’s Long Lunch had 62 people
who enjoyed a five course degustation by
Callum Hann of Sprout and wines.
Pianist was Aiden from Faith Lutheran
College. Help came from Jodhi from
Eldertons, Zac from Yelland and Papps
and Chris Linden Vine Inn. Marina Walker
helped make the bunting; while Julie
Baird, Adrian Kitson and Richard Start
helped set up and clean up.
The day ended with the Vintage Ball
at the Soldiers’ Memorial Hall thanks to
Alison Hockney and the Nuriootpa RSL.
It was a great way to end the festival
events in Nuriootpa.
And thanks to the Nuriootpa and
Barossa Community for coming out to
enjoy our events.
Nuriootpa Futures Association
I would like to thank Anthony Schubert
for a ‘trip down memory lane’. I read his
article (The Leader May 10) with interest
but would like to point out a couple of
He wrote that Harry Petts, the Barber
(my father) used to ‘delve into horse
It was a previous tenant who ran a
bookmaker’s shop. Dad’s interest was in
I remember purchasing my first Beatles
album from Merten’s electrical shop across
the road - contrary to Anthony’s comments
that his records were ‘too old’.
My first job was at Eudunda Farmers
working with several of the people
mentioned in the article.
CYNTHIA RICHARDSON (NEE
Every time I hear an utterence from
the self-proclaimed leaders of the “anti-
vaccination” campaign organisations and
their brain-washed followers, reminds
me of the numerous religious cults and
doomsday theorists that, over the years,
come and then simply collapse after being
exposed as a con.
The very sad reporting of a 22 month
old toddler becoming the first child to
contract tetanus in 17 years indicates,
clearly, the effectiveness of immunisation
programmes. (“Toddler struck by tetanus”.
Summed up perfectly by SA Health’s
chief medical officer, Professor Paddy
Phillips, “The risks of getting a preventable
disease far outweigh the risks of having
your children immunised.”
To the “anti-vacs” campaigners - here
endth the lesson.
Prof. Phillips continued, “Vaccination
was the best protection against a wide
range of preventable diseases.”
Choccies for grumpy old
There is Mother’s Day, Father’s
Day, Volunteer’s Day, Nurses’ Day, etc.
How about having a Lonely Grumpy
Old Men’s Day? And give us boxes of
From this grumpy old man.
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