Letters to the editor

60th Anniversary of South Para Reservoir

On behalf of the South Para Anniversary Committee, I’d like to inform your readers of the planned 60th Anniversary celebrations of the official opening of the reservoir in October this year.

The dates are Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14, 2018.

Saturday’s activities begin at 11am with the launch of the book Twenty Houses – an anecdotal history of the building of the South Para Reservoir 1948-1958.

This book relates first hand experiences of former workers and their families who had lived out at the construction site during the period 1948-1958.

The book launch will be held in the Senior Citizens/Williamstown RSL Hall and will be followed by a public BBQ in the car park opposite the Post Office.

The weekend activities will also include tours of the original sites of the Twenty Houses, Seven Houses and Single Men’s Quarters, look-out area of the spillway, dam wall and outlet tower.

Sunday’s activities will begin at 11am with a morning tea at the Hall where visitors can view the photographic display and purchase a book.

For this to run smoothly, the committee needs to have an idea of numbers, so if you, or your group, wish to attend please email me at: youngandjohnson@bigpond.com or ring me on 8522 4268 – ideally before the end of August.

This event will celebrate a significant period in the social and cultural growth of working-life history in South Australia and is proudly supported by SA Water, The Barossa Council, Williamstown Post Office, Williamstown Hotel and Smith Brothers Transport.

We hope to hear from all interested parties from the general public and community groups through to historical societies.

If you are seeing this for the first time and you happen to be a former South Para resident or a descendant of one, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Martin Johnson, Evanston.


I would like to wish Hamilton-Smith a happy retirement, and from one ex serviceman to another I would like to thank him for saving the Repat.......NOT!!!

Sleep well Marty! 

Geoff Bowden, Williamstown.

Who else suffers in extreme heat?

It’s hot and getting hotter. While we struggle to cope, let’s not forget our companion animals.

The last two years (2016-17) have set records as the hottest ever.  It’s not even the middle of summer yet, but we are already seeing reports of highways melting and people are being warned that the extreme heat can be a killer.

PETA receives reports every year about animals who suffer horrifying deaths during the summer months. Never leave an animal in a parked car in warm weather, even for short periods with the windows slightly open. On even a mild 30-degree day, the temperature inside of a car parked in the sun can reach 54 degrees in just minutes.

Dogs need their exercise, but in summer, it's best to do that early in the morning. Think about the surfaces they will be treading and try to walk on grass or in the shade. You have shoes; they do not. Make sure they don't pick up any dropped food – it spoils fast in hot weather. Avoid exercising in the heat of the day – some dogs will keep running until they go into heatstroke. Dogs can also get sunburnt, particularly if they are pale in colour or like to bake their tummies. You can use sunscreen, but not the ones with zinc or salicylates as they can be toxic if licked.

Indoor animals can also overheat if they like to sleep near a window: make sure there is somewhere shady they can move to. And always make sure there is plenty of cool, fresh water for them to drink.

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia.