The editor,
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I would like to respond to Michelle Tucker’s comments re marina fees (Whyalla News, August 6).

Quote ” Here at Whyalla, the launching ramp and car park are part of a marina facility offering a number of services and any comparison with fees at other locations is only meaningful if services offered are also comparable” end quote.

Whyalla Marina ramp offers a ramp, a wash down area, and a fish cleaning table, an unsecured parking area and toilet facilities within walking distance that are locked at night and not able to be accessed after hours.

All of the marinas/boat ramps I have recently visited have all of the facilities listed above and I must say in much better condition and I have numerous photos of other facilities supporting my comments.

Toilet facilities are adjacent to ramps and accessible at all hours.

The ramps are considered community assets and are free.

In case Michelle isn’t aware, recreational fishermen who use boats pay a boating levy which is accessible by local councils for upgrading and maintenance of boating facilities on a 50/50 basis.

Why isn’t council accessing these funds?

There is currently over $12 million dollars available to councils for such work which isn’t being accessed.

There is simply no justification for a 70 percent increase and will most certainly have a detrimental effect on tourism and businesses that rely on the sale of fishing tackle and marine servicing.

On a closing note, I must ask why after a major upgrade of car parks at the Whyalla airport costing x amount of dollars, car parking fees were reduced?

Council minutes, July 15 –



? Council approves a reduction in the current fees for medium-term car parking at the Whyalla Airport.

Alan Hall

Whyalla Stuart

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Tayla Falkenberg, 4. Anthony Hansen, 27, is charged with her abduction. Picture: Supplied SA Police have supplied this image of Tayla Falkenberg.
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Police have charged a 27-year-old man with abduction over the disappearance of Tayla Falkenberg who was not returned to her mother following an access visit.

Tayla, 4, was found on Monday afternoon at a house in the Adelaide suburb of Findon. Police arrestedAnthony Hansen of Murray Bridge and charged him with abduction.

A police spokesperson said he could not confirm the relationship of Mr Hansen to the four-year-old because of privacy laws.

It will be alleged Hansen failed to return Tayla to her mother following an access visit on Saturday, August 10.

Tayla was seen in the company of Mr Hansen and his son, 6,in Murray Bridge on Sunday getting into a small, silver car

Police searched several properties on Monday night before Tayla was eventually found in Findon and reunited with her mother.

Hansen was refused bail overnight to appear at Port Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

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THE BOOKShave been packed up, the authors are collecting their pens and the Mudgee Readers’ Festival is over for another year.
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Attendees at the 2013 event were treated to 14 author sessions, one Bookworms read-a-long, a long, lazy lunch and dinner with a sex therapist before the weekend was through.

“The response has been fantastic and the tickets sales have gone brilliantly,” Mrs Trethowan said.

The Readers’ Festival sold out at least two sessions for the first time in the festival’s history.

Author Susan Johnson was extremely impressed with the size of the 2013 Festival, comparing the relatively new event to the likes of the Sydney and Melbourne writers festivals.

“I’ve been to Sydney and Melbourne quite a few times and I’d have to say the crowds here today are equally as large,” she said.

Authors who attended the event included children’s author Mem Fox, crime novelist Tara Moss, former paramedic Katherine Howell, and poet- turned-novelist Berndt Sellheim.

Author talks and panel discussions posed the big questions to both the audience and authors, with topics ranging from accepting happiness to the books that started the authors’ writing journey.

Mem Fox’s talk was one of the most popular, with audience members ranging from four to 70 reading and singing along with her most beloved books.

Cowra locals Libby Walsh and Kaye Kilby travelled to Mudgee for their second year at the Readers Festival, bringing along their husbands for a weekend away.

“We came to the Readers’ Festival while we were in Mudgee for another event but this year we specifically came for the Readers’ Festival.

“The authors are all just terrific,” Mrs Walsh said.

As well as talks with the authors, visitors to Parklands Resort were able to meet their favourite authors at books signings held across the weekend and hundreds of people walked away from the secondhand book fair on Saturday with bags full of books to add to their reading lists.

“The marketing for the vent was just amazing,” Michele Burton said.

“We received emails from the organisers almost daily to let us know what was happening. We might just have to come back next year.”

The Mudgee Readers’ Festival is over for another year.

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TUMBARUMBA coach Simon Vanzanten believes a shock 36-30 victory over Group Nine heavyweight Cootamundra proves this season is the one that got away.
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In a fight to avoid the wooden spoon, the Greens sparked a manhunt to lead Bulldogs 32-10 at halftime and complete the victory in the final minutes of the game at Fisher Park on Saturday.

Knocking Bulldogs out of fourth spot on the Group Nine ladder, the triumphant upset has confirmed Vanzanten’s suspicions that Greens should have claimed more this season.

“It was awesome, we sort of had a chat to each other before the game and said we wanted to prove to each other where we should have been from the start of the year,” he told The Daily Advertiser.

“We were pretty confident going into this game, because when we played them earlier in the year they lead 30-0 in the first half and we came back at them, and that was without our Fijian blokes.

“We knew that with the way we’ve been playing and with everyone on board we’d be able to give them a fair shake.

“They’re a quality team and we gave them a few penalties and you really can’t do that, I’m just happy that we had 12 players at two points in the game and were courageous enough to win.”

A slow start to the season has proved costly for the Greens, who have hit form to win its last three games with three rounds left until finals.

Vanzanten said his team is full of confidence to round out the season on a high.

“We’ve got some big games coming up, we’ve got to knock off Tumut to avoid the wooden spoon and then we’ve got Gundagai and Southcity,” he said.

“It means everything to finish well, we’ve got to try and build for the future, even though we signed a lot of players this year you can’t go from bottom to the top straight away, it doesn’t happen.”

Tumbarumba coach Simon Vanzanten believes a shock 36-30 victory over Group Nine heavyweight Cootamundra proves this season is the one that got away.

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ANSTO marked the start of Science Week on Monday by hosting a special tour of the OPAL reactor for journalists and science bloggers.
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Usually off limits to the public, the reactor tour at Lucas Heights gave journalists a rare chance to witness the glow of the nuclear reactor’s cooling pond, and take in its highly specialised and clean machinery.

Rod Dowler, from ANSTO’s Discovery Centre, said the organisation was determined to do its bit to help halt the decline in the public’s general knowledge about science.

‘‘Despite the amazing science work done at places such as ANSTO, science literacy among young Australians is actually on the decline,’’ Mr Dowler said.

‘‘ANSTO wants to address the issues behind this lack of knowledge, so we can be instrumental in making a change.’’

Science Week is on until Sunday, August 18.

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THERE was much chatter yesterday about the debate between Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, and surprisingly much was said of the PM’s apparent flouting of the rules decided between the two parties prior to the election.
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The agreement was not to use notes. Analysis by the commentators reveals the PM was using his.

We suppose it’s not such a big deal apart from the departure from the agreement made before the debate.

But what we think was a pretty big deal the complete lack of attention to regional and rural Australia.

Perhaps we’re being a bit oversensitive, but surely the economic generator that is primary industry should not be overlooked.

Both speakers lamented the end of the mining boom, but surely they are being a bit short-sighted especially if the Aussie dollar keeps to its exchange rate of 10 cents [or more] below the US dollar. That gives Australian mineral produce an distinct market advantage.

The low Aussie dollar will also revitalise the meat, grain and fibre production industries. These are renewable or sustainable industries, which is more than can be said than shipping a train load of coal or mineral ore to the ports for processing in another country.

Six months ago there was much discussion about Australia being a food bowl to the many millions of people in Asia. Nary a word was spent on the same topic on Sunday evening. Perhaps debates two and three will cover these topics.

Leading rangeland conservationist Allan Svory was in Orange and Dubbo last week and made this telling point: “Every human endeavour is dependent on agriculture, there is nothing more important in our lives.”

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PREMIER SUPPORTS RENEWABLE ENERGY: Labor candidate Eddie Hughes and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill stand among the components of wind turbines that will be constructed in Whyalla and transported to the Snowtown II Wind Tower Project.South Australia’s largest wind farm has turned to Whyalla manufacturers to help power its turbines.
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The wind tower project is a collaboration between the state government, global technology company Siemens, which is building the wind farm and local manufacturer E&A Contractors.

The first locally-built tower for the Snowtown II wind farm is near completion at the E&A Whyalla plant.

The state government contributed $2 million towards upgrading the E&A Whyalla plant, which led to the company securing the project.

Premier Jay Weatherill, who toured the E&A plant last week said the project demonstrated South Australia’s ability to participate in major technically complex projects using local capabilities.

“This is a great example of how we can make things locally for major projects, working in collaboration with local companies like Siemens,” Mr Weatherill said.

“About 20 of the 90 towers for the Snowtown II wind farm are being made here at E&A Contractors in Whyalla and I am pleased to be commissioning the first one today.

“The project is supporting our economy with 120 local jobs and it is a great vote of confidence in our advanced manufacturing capabilities.”

Mr Weatherill spoke of Whyalla and the manufacturing renaissance that this project could bring to the city and other regional towns in South Australia.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for towns like this that have had such a strong manufacturing past to actually have an advanced manufacturing future,” Mr Weatherill said.

“Looking at technologies of the futures such as renewable energy gives us a fantastic set of opportunities for people to be able to work in interesting, well-paid , sustainable jobs.”

Mr Weatherill also brought to light the opportunity for previously shelved projects to be able to possibly make a return as a result of this wind farm win.

“It provides lots of opportunities for those renewable technologies to be pursued in towns like Whyalla and the other Upper Spencer Gulf cities.”

Mr Weatherill said projects like this would help South Australia diversify into new industries.

He said South Australia’s future was as a mining services hub and all the related industries that entails, including renewable energy.

“We think that we can service not only the mines in Australia but mines all around the world and there is some evidence that we’re already doing that with some fantastic mining services companies here,” Mr Weatherill said.

“People can live here in South Australia and also travel to other places to do business.

“So our relative livability is another key strength for us.”

In total, South Australia’s support of wind farms has led to about $3 billion capital investment in the state, which has translated to more than 800 direct jobs.

Siemens chief executive officer Jeff Connolly said that Siemens set a high quality standard for all supply elements in such projects.

“It is extremely pleasing that E&A Contractors have been able to prequalify for this type of work,” Mr Connelly said.

“It’s a great outcome for Australian manufacturing.”

Mr Connelly said with the desire of project companies to support the development of local companies, and through the right sort of Government assistance, local manufacturing can be an integral part of major projects.

“I congratulate the South Australian government for their determination and E&A for taking on such a technically complex project.,” Mr Connelly said.

“And we look forward to continuing our pipeline of projects to consolidate and expand the expertise gained on successfully establishing local manufacturing capability.”

Construction of the $439 million Snowtown II wind farm commenced in October 2012 and will be completed and operational by the end of 2014.

The Snowtown II wind farm will be South Australia’s largest wind farm, generating enough electricity to power 180,000 homes.

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LOCAL Tammin boy Simon Mackin and Marcus Harris from the Warriors and Ash Endersbee from the Western Fury are coming to Merredin to meet the next generation of Eastern Districts and Merredin cricketers.
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They will be running super clinics on the Merredin Regional Community and Leisure Centre’s oval.

Schools involved on the day are Merredin College, St Mary’s, Nungarin and Trayning primary schools.

The cricket clinics will start about 9am and finish about 3pm with each school coming in turn throughout the day, starting with Merredin College. The students are from years 4, 5, 6 and 7 and each group session will last for about an hour.

The visit is designed to promote junior cricket registration in the area for junior cricket and In2cricket.

One of Australian cricket’s most loyal servants, Geoff Marsh, has boldly declared that a team with country influence will be a “stronger side”. Marsh made the comments as the PlayCricket state registration period for regional areas draws near.

The state registration period will be held across WA areas on August 22 and August 23.

Boys and girls interested in playing cricket can visit the PlayCricket website through at playcricket南京夜网.au.

For more information on PlayCricket registrations or cricket in the Wheatbelt contact Paul Reid on 0429 201 216, or email [email protected]南京夜网.au.

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Close clash: Merredin beat the undefeated Cunderdin on Saturday in the East Avon Women’s Hockey Association.ON Saturday in the East Avon Women’s Hockey Association, Merredin travelled to Cunderdin to play the undefeated Cunderdin team.
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Merredin were attacking early and within the first 10 minutes Kate Dixon scored from a deflection off Cunderdin’s defence.

The game was hard fought, but relatively even throughout the remainder of the game with both Cunderdin and Merredin’s defence constantly under pressure.

Cunderdin had several short corners but Merredin’s defence, led by Pip Kirby in goals, was strong and managed to clear the ball and keep Cunderdin from scoring.

Merredin’s mid line through Maxine Christie, Deb James, Nic Lane, Meg Brown, Jamie Arthur and Bec Bowler worked hard passing the ball through to the attacking twentyfive, but Cunderdin’s strong defence kept Merredin from scoring again.

Best player went to Pip Kirby for her excellent defence in goals and coach’s award went to Meg Gethin for her strong work in the back line. Finals start this weekend with Merredin going up against Meckering.

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