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ARE we losing the plot?
That is the question from
Wakefield Regional Council
central ward councillor, Owen
Chapman, who raised concerns
of the remaining space at the
Balaklava Cemetery at last
week’s council meeting.
“I think council needs to look
at the situation soon,” he said.
The grave subject is com-
monly avoided in general
conversation but Durdin and
Forgie Family Funeral Direc-
tors proprietor, Mark Forgie,
believed Cr Chapman’s sugges-
tion deserved due consideration.
“I commend council for
looking into it because some-
times people will shut their eyes
to the potential issue until the
graves start hitting the fence,”
Mr Forgie said.
“Any planning matter for the
cemetery is worth looking into
to see if there is an issue.
“If a new plot needs to be
made eventually, at least the
planning has been done for it
in 20 to 30 years time.
“Forward planning has been
abysmally lacking in some Ad-
elaide cemeteries and in some
cases, they’re in a mad panic
He cited Centennial Park
in the city facing this very di-
lemma, where they have started
reusing land previously buried
on after leases had expired.
In those cases, the plot is
exhumed and dug deeper, the
headstone from the previous
grave is photographed for re-
cords and then crushed.
The new grave is then formed
above the previous grave and a
new headstone replaces the area
where the old one once stood.
In South Australia, plot leas-
es can be 50 or 99 years, whereas
some states such as New South
Wales have perpetual leases.
Mr Forgie said it might not be
a pressing issue at the Balaklava
Cemetery at the moment but it
is best to be prepared, given the
sensitive nature of the subject.
“People expect it to be ca-
tered for when they need it,”
“The issue may not be press-
ing for the next five years but
it pays to at least look at it, so
Cr Chapman should be com-
mended for raising it.”
WRC infrastructure services
manager, David Hassett, said
Cr Chapman’s request would
be taken as a question without
notice and he would prepare a
report on the matter, which will
be published in an upcoming
council meeting agenda.
A MORATORIUM on baiting
rabbits in the District Council of
Mallala area has been lifted after
council voted to support the prac-
tice at last week’s meeting.
The moratorium was intro-
duced in 2010 under a motion
moved by DCM councillor, Steve
Jones, on the back of photographic
evidence of off-target poisoning
DCM had been preparing to
bait the coastal areas in the dis-
trict as a rabbit control measure
but community opposition to the
poisoning process, mainly due to
the low number of rabbits in the
area, caused council to rethink the
As a result, a pre-baiting
program was carried out and
subsequently, low rabbit numbers
were reported and the poisoning
program was abandoned.
“Council were informed there
was no need to do it this time but
has endorsed the procedure for
us in the future,” council chief
executive officer, Charles Man-
“Pre-baiting will always be
the first part of that process, to
determine if there is a problem
there or not.”
Community notifications and
special bait protectors to avoid
off-target poisoning, were also part
of the poisoning program.
Cr Jones was disappointed
council had opted to support poi-
soning practices in the area.
“My personal view is I think
it’s unfortunate, as it’s not what
residents along the coast wanted,”
“I think we need a scientifi-
cally backed study done into the
off-target collateral damage these
programs have, particularly on the
back of what happened when we
poisoned in 2010.”
by Les Pearson
IT’S hard to see the logic
behind the State Govern-
ment’s intention of providing
$7.5 million to a private com-
pany to assist with building
a motorsport park at Tailem
Yes, we’re all for creating
jobs and bolstering the state’s
economy but take a step back
for a second.
The excited proponents
behind the project claim it’s a
great location, being so close
There’s already an estab-
lished racetrack at Mallala,
used regularly for racing
events and driver training.
Tailem Bend is some 40
kilometres further from Ad-
elaide’s CBD than Mallala.
The proposed site at
Tailem Bend is the former
Mitsubishi Motors test track
and there is also an old drag
strip there as well.
There is no established
and maintained racing track
or facilities there.
Not only is Mallala closer
to Adelaide, it has a track
Mallala is less than 20
kilometres off Highway One,
with dual lanes all the way to
The Premier championed
the employment opportunities
this proposal could generate.
After the recent demise of
Holden in Adelaide’s north-
ern suburbs, the area is crying
out for employment genera-
tors but Tailem Bend is a long
way from Elizabeth, when
compared to Mallala.
Youth unemployment in
the northern suburbs of the
city is also at a staggering 45
Clem Smith, one of the
biggest names in South Aus-
tralian motorsport, claimed
Mallala Motorsport Park was
not even included in the dis-
cussions of this Tailem Bend
It’s a fair countering argu-
ment to suggest the caravan
park and hotel proposed on
top of the building of the
racetrack perhaps wouldn’t
have the same traffic Tailem
Bend would offer, compared
But camping facilities,
an airstrip and pilot training
school and convention build-
ing could easily work in the
The opportunity to create
these facilities in reasonable
proximity to a district deci-
mated by the downfall of its
largest employer, I feel, has
been completely overlooked.
MALLALA’S motorsport mes-
siah, Clem Smith OAM, is baffled by
the State Government’s intention to
pour $7.5 million into the construc-
tion of a racetrack at Tailem Bend.
Premier Jay Weatherill announced
last week a re-elected Labor Govern-
ment would contribute the funding
towards a privately built and operated
Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend,
capable of hosting a second V8 Su-
Mr Smith scoffed at the suggestion
Tailem Bend could draw the crowd
to make the race viable.
“You’re never going to get the
numbers through the gate as it’s that
far from Adelaide.”
The $65 million motorsport park,
proposed by the Peregrine Corpora-
tion, would provide for circuit racing
for cars and motorbikes, drag racing,
drift racing, rally car racing and also
Mr Smith quizzed why the govern-
ment should be pouring money into
a private enterprise venture.
The Peregrine Corporation is one
of the state’s largest companies, with
more than 30 sites across Adelaide.
According to IBIS World, Aus-
tralia’s largest provider of industry-
based research, the company runs a
number of brands under the “On The
Depending on the site, this can
include several or all of the follow-
ing brands: Smokemart, Giftbox,
Happy Wash, Subway, Wok in a
Box, Brumby’s, Chill, EAT Bakery
and C Coffee.
Peregrine’s proposed Tailem Bend
development would also include a
commercial and industrial precinct
across approximately 40 hectares
and is predicted to bring more than
300,000 extra visitors to the region
The plans include a hotel, a cara-
van park and camping facilities, an
airstrip and pilot training school and
The State Government estimated
once the park was fully operational,
it would have the potential to create
about 1600 jobs and provide an annual
economic benefit over $200 million
to the South Australian economy.
Again, Mr Smith was perplexed
by those suggestions.
“What are 1600 people going to
do there all day?” he posed.
“I can’t believe they could have
put together a proper business case
to warrant the dollars they’re plan-
ning to invest.
“They must be off with the fairies.”
Mr Smith felt the motorsport park
was a strange proposal, given the slow
decline in motorsport participation
rates in recent years.
“Racing in South Australia is un-
fortunately dying in most categories,”
he said. “You look at all the promotion
they do in the lead up to the Clipsal
and there’s nothing about motorsport,
it’s all about the entertainment and
Keith Urban concerts.”
Recreation and Sport Minister
Leon Bignell said the motorsport
industry and enthusiasts had lobbied
for a new facility for some time.
“We asked Confederation of
Australian Motor Sport (CAMS)
to consider the options for a new
Motorsport Park and the Tailem
Bend proposal is the best possible
outcome,” Mr Bignell said.
“There are so many different op-
tions for bikes and vehicles.
The track can also be used for
training our young people to drive
and will be an excellent facility for
our police and emergency service
Mr Smith said if constructed, the
new track at Tailem Bend would
definitely operate in direct competi-
tion to the Mallala Motorsport Park
CAMS chief executive, Eugene
Arocca, said the proposal would
be the biggest development for the
sport in South Australia since the
“Situated less than an hour out-
side of Adelaide, an event at Tailem
Bend could become SouthAustralia’s
equivalent to Bathurst.”
Mr Smith said if provided with the
funding, the track at Mallala could be
improved to host a V8 Supercar race
but he saw little value in doing so.
“We could use that $7.5 million
on a number of projects here and we
could even upgrade the track for V8
Supercars but I don’t think it would
work,” he said.
DCM lifts poisioning moratoriam
Tailem chosen over Mallala track
A time to invest in the north?
Council to investigate grave situation
Cr Owen Chapman
SIGN OF THE
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