The Islander letters to the editor | April 12

BIG ADVENTURE: Local nurse Linda Hudson is on the verge of a truly memorable adventure and rode into Kingscote last week. Photo courtesy 5kixFM
BIG ADVENTURE: Local nurse Linda Hudson is on the verge of a truly memorable adventure and rode into Kingscote last week. Photo courtesy 5kixFM

Linda rides into town

Residents and tourists alike would have been wondering why two horses were hitched to the veranda at local radio station 5KIxFM last week.

Local nurse Linda Hudson is preparing for the Bicentennial National Trail. She and her horses Dan and Jasper have started exploring the Kidman Trail, beginning at Willunga and finishes at Kapunda.

This is the only part of the Heysen Trail where horses are allowed and covers a distance of 550 kilometres. This pales in comparison to the BNT, which measures 5330 kilometres!

One of the longest multi-use, non-motorised trails in the world, it begins at Cooktown ,Queensland and follows the eastern side of the Great Dividing Range, ending at Healesville just north east of Melbourne.

Linda is accompanied by Allysa Gray, an author whose books include “Terang Trouble”. Allysa will be driving the support vehicle and writing the rough draft for her book. During her interview at 5KIxFM, Linda mentioned that it would be her personal odyssey and would take two years to complete. The staff at 5kixFM wish Linda and Allysa a safe journey.

Mike Cosgrove, 5kixFM program coordinator 

Cost-saving measures

It is pleasing that the KI council is hopeful that some of the KI airport expansion cost overrides can be recovered to reduce the $2.8 million burden on the ratepayers (The Islander March 27).

Perhaps KIC can rise to the challenge and commit to internal cost saving measures and improved operational efficiencies before the easier option of rate increases.  Such cost saving measures could include reducing travel expenses and making use of advanced technology to communicate with the mainland. Another smaller saving but one that would resonate with islanders, would be for council to pay for their own Christmas party.

Also council as a matter of priority, needs to review and justify the benefits gained from having a CEO, deputy CEO, mayor and a KI Commissioner. Exactly what gains have been achieved by the Commissioner to the Island? John Stevenson’s call for a ratepayers association (The Islander letters, March 5) is a good one.

Rhonda Avard, Flour Cask Bay

Prospect Hill chairlift

Steve Berzel celebrated the anniversary of Mathew Flinders sailing to Prospect Hill through Pelican Lagoon. The languid description of the short journey is fantastic and celebrates a voyage we can still make to marvel at the wonder he and his companions enjoyed on that day, April 4, 1802.

Prospect Hill has been a big drawcard for visitors for years and has earned the Island heaps in tourism dollars. The tired, old steps weren't given the maintenance their use deserved.

Better in this 21st century would be a sort of nautical pilgrimage from the River to the Hill aboard “The Independence” with a modern cable lift from Flinder's landing point on the Lagoon at Muston corner across about 400 metres via cable car.

Possibly three or four pylons and a viewing platform at the summit. This would sit very lightly on the terrain and possibly be comparable in cost to steps.

John Childs, KI

Interesting times

KI Probus Club committee met recently to draw up the program for the ensuing year. The interesting program should suit all with Island outings, special guest speakers meal functions, musical fun and more. Check notice boards and The Islander for dates. 

The highlight is a special mainland 3-trip designed especially for Probus members, friends and visitors.This trip takes in parts of the Fleurieu, Adelaide Hills and Murray River areas and is fully inclusive from Cape Jervis.

Dates are November 1-3. Please book early.

Jaffrey Drinkwater, KI Probus