Letters to the editor

Calling the Barossa Valley to help beat blood cancer

In March, the iconic Australian fundraising campaign World’s Greatest Shave will be celebrating its 20th birthday and to commemorate this milestone, the Leukaemia Foundation is calling on record numbers of Australians to register and join in the fun.

Over the past two decades, more than 1.9 million Australians have supported the campaign to help the Leukaemia Foundation’s continue its vision to cure and mission to care.

Every day, another 35 Aussies are diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, myeloma and  lymphoma and thanks to those extraordinary Aussies, blood cancer patients and their families continue to receive free emotional and practical support, educational resources and transport to and from vital medical appointments from the Leukaemia Foundation.

Your support also means regional families continue to be provided with free home-away-from-home accommodation near their treating centres.

Our commitment to fund research projects continues to help more Australians with blood cancer survive and live a better quality of life.

I’d like to take this opportunity to invite the Barossa Valley to join us and register for World’s Greatest Shave in 2018 to help beat blood cancer. Let’s make this year the boldest and bravest year ever! Register today at www.worldsgreatestshave.com

Bill Petch, CEO, Leukaemia Foundation.

Name pronunciation

I may be right or wrong, but perhaps our Premier can enlighten me on this small “tongue in cheek” question?

Our Premier’s surname is “Weatherill” as in pill, kill, spill, till, mill  etc, not “Weatherall” as in call, ball, tall, mall etc. 

So why do so many media and news people not to mention parliamentarians, pronounce the name as “Weatherall”?

Tell me, our Top Man, which pronunciation is correct or don’t you know either? If that is the case, then we are in deep trouble!

Peter Shaw, Mount Pleasant.

Sad symbol of reality

How sad! As we were walking away at the conclusion of Australia Day celebrations in Gawler, around 9:30 am, there was a single Indigenous brethren sitting on a table smoking a cigarette together with a cask of wine.

An extremely sad and unfortunate picture, symbolising just how far we still have to go.

Rick Drewer, Gawler East.

Land exchange upset

I am writing regarding the Proposed Community Land Exchange with Chateau Tanunda. I believe that a lack of consultation by Council with the community by not having a Public Meeting regarding the Proposed Land Swap and the publicity about the development proposal has overshadowed this whole matter.

In 1996 the District Council of Tanunda specifically requested the purchase of said community land and railway station to enhance the township of Tanunda as a Deed (Elma Linda Keil) bequeathed the sum of $65,000 for this to occur. The District Council agreed to an undertaking “the said land was to be purchased for the purposes of park gardens or sporting facilities within the area, that the said land would be used in perpetuity for the purpose and not sold at anytime in the future thus preserving the said land for such purchases”.

Gone is this vision to what I believe is the proposed swap of ‘lesser’ valued land. This area was a ‘shunting’ yard and there is no recording of an EPA report of this area on the possibility of ground contamination. Council has not obtained two independent valuations of the existing Community Land and I wonder if the swapped land is of the same value and area?  I believe retaining and developing the existing Community Land into parkland gardens and a recreation area is more benefit to the people.

Shelley James, Tanunda.