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Locals give roads seal of approval
Mallala resident hospitalised
following shock dog attack
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DISTRICT Council of Mallala has
completed the road sealing of the in-
famous five-road intersection at Long
Plains years after locals first raised
The Wild Horse Plains, Daniel, Ly-
ons and Ridley roads intersection now
features sealed stretches to the edge of
the township and as a consequence dust
Councillor Steve Jones, who
initially put the motion forward, was
impressed with the sealing.
“Council needs to be congratulated
they have done a very good job,”
Local residents expressed their relief
to Cr Jones since the road sealing was
completed at the start of November.
“I spoke with a group of ladies and
one said that her son can now participate
in sports activities at the recreation
ground because he has asthma that
flares with dust inhalation,” he said.
“They said they approached council
40 years ago, so it has been a long time
coming, but was a worthwhile project
to be involved in,” he said.
The next step is to seal the Long
Plains to Mallala road. Cr Jones said
council would need external funding
to complete the 15km stretch of road.
“It isn’t impossible. Residents are
still experiencing dust issues but are
happy that it is under control.”
“We need support from council but
for now I think we need to congratulate
them on completion of the project,”
Local Long Plains resident Tracy
Starr said she was thrilled with the result.
“It has helped heaps. I’ve never
before been able to open windows
during harvest; the dust was just too
much,” she said.
“It has stopped most people speed-
ing through here, but some still don’t
realise it (speed limit) is 50.”
Ms Starr said although the dust had
reduced around her house, the dust
hasn’t diminished all together.
“The dust from the east still picks
up and blows across the netball courts
on windy days.”
Ms Starr said she would like to see
the Dublin to Long Plains road sealed
next as it would cater for traffic coming
from the highway.
AN elderly Mallala resident was
hospitalised after being attacked by a
dog last Tuesday.
The 93-year-old woman was walk-
ing home from the local store on Tues-
day morning when she was approached
by two small dogs.
It was the second dog attack within a
space of two weeks, after two alpacas
were killed near Two Wells recently.
District Council of Mallala dog
management officer, Peter Buttery, said
the dogs were from Adelaide and being
cared for by a relative living in Mallala.
The dogs escaped from the yard after
the front gate was opened by the carer,
who was on their way to get something
out of their ute.
Mr Buttery said the victim reported
everything happened quickly and was
It is believed one of the dogs bit the
victim on the leg.
“It made quite a gash, so she was
taken to Adelaide for treatment before
being transferred back to Balaklava,”
Mr Buttery said.
“The dogs had no prior history
of aggressiveness and the breed is
not known to be an aggressive
The dogs were placed on a control
order, meaning they must be well-
contained within the yard.
Fines were also issued to the carer
of the animals.
A STATE spike in smoking
rates in young people two years
after the plain packaging was
introduced has been labelled
a ‘failing policy’ by a tobacco
Recently released statistics
showed a 32 per cent jump in
the number of 12 to 17-year-olds
British American Tobacco
Australia spokesman Scott McI-
ntyre said the figures highlighted
the policy as counterproductive.
“One of the key objectives
of plain packaging outlined by
the Australian Government was
to reduce the attractiveness and
appeal of tobacco products to
“There’s a third more young
people between the ages of 12 to
17 across the country who smoke
now that weren’t previously fol-
lowing the introduction of plain
packs,” Mr McIntyre explained.
The growth in these national
and state based figures bucks a
long-term trend which has seen a
gradual decline in smoking rates
for well over a decade.”
However, others beg to differ.
The Shadow Parliamentary
secretary for Health and Media
and policy advisor for Nick
Champion MP, Richard Brooks,
said the statistics were mislead-
ing and the plain packaging
had made a difference to teen
“More people are quitting
smoking, there has been a sus-
tained increase in the use of the
Quitline,” he said.
The authoritative information
and statistics to promote better
health and wellbeing (AIHW)
outlines that the proportion of
both males and females aged 14 or
older who smoked daily declined
between 2010 and 2013.
The change is not statisti-
cally significant and should be
interpreted with caution due to
the high relative standard error.
Balaklava High School prin-
cipal, Mark Healy, said smoking
on school grounds had certainly
reduced over recent years.
“This could be to a broad range
of factors, better education and
knowledge of the harmful impacts
of smoking, media regulations,
price and or the plain packaging,”
Claims youth smoking up
despite plain packaging
“I think it would be better to
have that strip done but the Mallala
road will probably be next,” she
The Long Plains to Dublin road
is about 14km long, versus 15km
for the Long Plains to Mallala road.
Either way the further sealing
of the roads will connect the Long
Plains area with the rest of the
Adelaide Plains community.
The sealing cost $197,000.
TRACY Starr with DCM councillor Steve Jones, (back) Abbie
and Leigh McArdle, Tahneil McArdle, DCM councillor Marcus
Strudwicke and Will, Sharyn and Brooke McArdle.
PHOTO: LISA REDPATH
“ They said they approached council 40
years ago, so it has been a long time
coming, but was a worthwhile project to
be involved in.” - Cr Steve Jones
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