The Islander editorial – Shearers, the Warrior and Christmas time

It was an honour to attend the KI Shearing Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, where Vickie Chapman was the guest speaker. Listening to Kerry Brinkley talk about his early trips around the State, the dust and the colourful characters, makes you appreciate how tough they did it back then. Well done to all the inductees over the years, as well as the organisers and this year’s speakers.

Those who pay attention to comings and goings on local waters would not have only noticed last week’s first cruise ship but also the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior, which is currently conducting oceanic research around Kangaroo Island.

The ship made a brief visit to Nepean Bay on Wednesday, November 28 to pick up research scientists before heading south through Backstairs Passage on Thursday. Subsequently it was seen off Emu Bay.

The Rainbow Warrior will drop anchor at Kingscote on Wednesday this week for a brief visit and to meet with Kangaroo Island locals. Kangaroo Island/Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch coordinator Tony Bartram and Bight campaigner Linda Irwin were among those looking forward to going on board the Warrior.The vessel will then depart for Eyre Peninsula and the Great Australian Bight, stopping at Port Lincoln and Ceduna on the way.

“We really want to raise awareness and get the story out about the uniqueness and biodiversity of the Great Australian Bight, which happens to be one of the most unsung parts of the Australian coast that really can be mentioned in the same breath as the Great Barrier Reef,” a Greenpeace spokesman said.

Now moving on, it is well and truly Christmas time on Kangaroo Island. You should have all started on your entries into the Drakes Advance Kingscote Christmas Parade. The parade will have a new start time of 6pm on Friday, December 21.

Driving down Stokes Bay Road on Sunday, I noticed a couple of signs from the Kuchel and Westbrook families claiming roadside Christmas trees. The story is apparently both families claimed the same tree last year and so decided to use signs this year to make it clear. Somehow the Westbrook’s sign ended up next to the smallest spindly tree. It’s this kind of sense of community spirit and high jinks that makes it so special to live on Kangaroo Island.

Speaking of special and Christmas, don’t forget the Penneshaw Carols on the Coast on this Friday from 6.30pm at the Lloyd Collins Reserve. See you there! – Stan Gorton

Congratulations to Kerry Brinkley, who along with Ron Hams, was inducted into the KI Shearing Hall of Fame at the Parndana Hotel. Deputy Premier Vickie Chapman was guest speaker.

Congratulations to Kerry Brinkley, who along with Ron Hams, was inducted into the KI Shearing Hall of Fame at the Parndana Hotel. Deputy Premier Vickie Chapman was guest speaker.

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