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Plains Producer, Thursday January 30, 2014
Flood as new pipeline bursts
Roads election issue
Bob will offer
voice in Goyder
THE removed pipe and valve on Railway
terrace, showing the large amount of
water rushing away.
STATE ELECTION, MARCH 15
CANCER patients in the Gawler area can now
receive their treatment closer to home, following
the opening of a new $623,000 chemotherapy unit
at Gawler Health Service by Health Minister, Jack
Snelling, last week.
The new purpose-built, four-chair unit will allow
the treatment of up to eight patients a day.
"Funded through a Federal and State government
initiative, this new unit will help improve access
to high-quality cancer services for patients in and
around Gawler," Mr Snelling said.
"It will enable patients to receive infusion,
transfusion and chemotherapy services close to
where they live, alleviating the issues associated
with regular travel to Adelaide for treatment and
State Member for Light, Tony Piccolo, said
for the frst time, patients would also be able to
have oncology appointments with specialists in
Adelaide via video conferencing using the digital
The Gawler unit is one of 10 being established
across regional SA. Units in Victor Harbor, Clare,
Naracoorte, Murray Bridge, Mt Barker, Wallaroo
and Port Augusta are already operational.
Federal Member for Wakefeld, Nick Cham-
pion, said: “At what can be a very diffcult time
in people's lives, it is important for governments
to do what they can to make that time easier."
Gawler cancer unit to
help local treatment
THE battle for the seat of Goyder will not be a one
horse race, with Yorke Peninsula man, Bob Nicholls,
announcing he will stand as an independent candidate
in March's State Election.
Mr Nicholls, a current elected member for the
Yorke Peninsula Council, is on his second term with
council and is looking to provide a local voice in
parliament without having to compromise his views
to toe the party line.
He spent 27 years in the banking industry, living
and working in Victoria and South Australia, eventu-
ally settling at Port Vincent, where he took over the
local newsagent and hardware store.
Along with his time on council, Mr Nicholls is also
chair of the biennial Yorke Peninsula Art Exhibition
and is involved with the local Innovative Community
Action Network (ICAN), which helps keep disengaged
local children in schooling.
He is a supporter of euthanasia after losing is wife,
Rosemary, who suffered with her illness until she
passed away a few years ago.
"I do support the concept
of euthanasia, provided it is
worked through properly,"
Mr Nicholls said.
Other political issues
high on his agenda are the
declining health services
available to rural residents,
an improved mining royalties
system to generate state and
He felt remaining inde-
pendent allowed him to be
fexible enough to cater for
the needs and wishes of the
"I was raised Liberal-minded but I will give the
community a commitment that in the main, I would
support the elected party," Mr Nicholls explained.
"If there was legislation going through that was
detrimental to the population of Goyder or to regional
SA, then I still retain the right to vote independently
of any party."
Mr Nicholls comes up against incumbent Liberal
Member for Goyder, Steven Griffths, who holds a
strong margin in the seat.
"Bob was good enough to ring me earlier this week
to confrm that he is running as an independent,” Mr
"I said to him that strong democracies rely upon
the ability of people to make a choice, so I am happy
that he is running."
"Personally, I would like to see some form of public
debate held for all the candidates."
Given the solid margin in Mr Griffths’ favor, he
will be hard to topple again in two months' time.
It didn't worry the challenger too much.
"I'm a reasonably positive person and I'm giving
the constituents a choice," he said.
"Voting trends are also changing and voters are
becoming a little more demanding, looking for good
policies and the likes, so who knows? "I'm in there to
have a go." Mr Nicholls will be travelling the district
in coming weeks to speak to people from various
corners of the large electorate.
SOUTH Australia's grain harvest
this season is on track to be the State's
third largest on record, according to
the 2013-14 Crop and Pasture Report,
released by Primary Industries and
Regions South Australia (PIRSA).
“The fnal estimate for this year
places the fnal crop at 8.6 million
tonnes, with an estimated farm gate
value of around $2.1 billion and an
export value of $2.8 billion,” Minister
for Agriculture, Gail Gago, said.
"Due to a dry spring, and some wind
and frost damage in parts of the state,
this is slightly down from our hopes
of 8.9 million tonnes but nonetheless
represents a signifcant harvest.”
The previous largest crops were 9.36
million tonnes in 2001 and the 10.34
million tonne record of 2010.
Dave Lewis, PIRSAGrainsAccount
Manager, said yields across the State
were average in the Murray Mallee and
above average elsewhere, despite the
dry, warm spring.
"Value is down slightly from last
year due to declining prices in recent
months, as well as the impact of lower
protein and some smaller size grain in
"Earlier districts, including the
Eyre and Western Districts, the Upper
and Lower North, and the Murray and
Mallee Districts, completed harvest by
Cereal yields in the Lower North
were generally 20 per cent below ear-
lier expectations with many producers
only harvesting 4t/ha in crops with 5t/
Grain quality was highly variable
with high screenings and low protein
in parts of paddocks.
Even crops with high applications
of nitrogen fertiliser had low grain
"Wheat yields are generally above
average but signifcant yield losses oc-
curred in barley crops from the strong
winds in mid October," Mr Lewis said.
"Across most districts of the State,
stubbles are providing a large amount
of high quality feed for livestock and
many livestock producers have stored
large feed reserves in the form of hay
and grain on farm."
SA's grain industry contributes up
to $4.6 billion to the State's economy,
with about 80 per cent of our grain
exported around the world.
RAA is calling for upgrades to eight of
South Australia's rural roads in the lead up
to the March election, following feedback
from its members.
RAApublic affairs general manager, Penny
Gale, said some of SA's rural roads have been
left to deteriorate and are below a minimum
"We receive consistent feedback from
members telling us that a number of our ru-
ral roads are in dire need of repair, our inner
city roads are becoming more congested, not
enough is being done to help our learner driv-
ers become safer drivers and public transport
isn't up to scratch," she said.
"This election we will be making sure these
issues are on the agenda, with rural roads our
number one priority," Ms Gale said.
"Last year we asked South Australians to
nominate the roads and intersections they felt
were unsafe in our Risky Roads campaign.
"We received and assessed almost 4000
nominations from the community.
"Unsurprisingly many of the most nomi-
nated roads were rural and these specifc roads
have become our focus this election."
Four of the eight roads highlighted are
located in the Goyder electorate, which came
as no surprise to local MP, Steven Griffths.
"The condition of roads in Goyder has
concerned me for years, long before I sought
to be elected to Parliament in 2006," he said.
“The roads identifed in the RAAcampaign
are just some of the roads people contact me
about, and the survey the RAA conducted
last year just enforced the thoughts of many.
"If I am re-elected and the Marshall Liberal
team are elected to government in seven weeks,
we will be focussing on spending the money
the State Government has more effciently,
and like all regional MPs roads are high on
my list of priorities.
"Regional roads are a priority area for us
because we live here and we know many of
the people who travel on them every day and
we know how important a good road network
is to the economic and social prosperity of
The roads on RAA's list are:
Tod Highway; Bute to Kulpara road;
Copper Coast Highway; Kulpara to Maitland
road; RM Williams Way (Clare to Spalding);
Maitland to Yorketown road; Strathalbyn to
Goolwa road; Karoonda Highway.
"We are asking all parties and candidates
to take the needs and priorities of the South
Australian community into account when
committing tax payer's money," Ms Gale said.
"We have asked our members which roads
they want fxed and this is their feedback.
RAA is calling on its members and the
South Australian public to join the drive for
improved roads by becoming an RAA Road
Champion and going online to 'honk for
"We need to send a strong message to
our politicians and the best way to do that is
through people power."
n What are the worst roads in the local
region? Email email@example.com.
au or phone 8862 1977 or write to 9 Howe
street, Balaklava, 5461.
A BURST on the Auburn to Port
Wakefeld pipeline at Balaklava sent
thousands of litres of water cascading
down Railway terrace and along Port
Wakefeld road on Saturday morning.
The Wakefeld river also got an
unseasonal drink, with water fowing
down stormwater drains and into the
Local police cordoned off part of
Railway terrace to direct traffc around
a large pool of water on the road.
"The cause of the burst was a joint
failure between the pipe and a ftting,”
an SA Water spokesperson said.
"Repairs on the pipeline continued
throughout the day and the water supply
was restored by 9pm.
"At this stage we're unable to de-
termine how much water was lost due
to our crew focusing on repairing the
pipe as quickly as possible."
Contractors will be doing some fur-
ther repairs on the pipe in the near future.
Harvest 'mixed bag'
Bob Nicholls, Goyder
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