Letters to The Islander | Oct. 10

A cartoon by Frau Vieux of Pelican Lagoon about Kangaroo Island's heritage buildings being for sale.
A cartoon by Frau Vieux of Pelican Lagoon about Kangaroo Island's heritage buildings being for sale.

Planning matters

In the Council Matters section last week (The Islander, Oct. 3) we, the public, were urged to study and comment on the State government's proposals for a new, all-in-one Planning Scheme. The aim of the scheme is "to introduce a quicker, more simplified and more consistent planning system. "Sounds good, I thought. Quicker, more simplified, it said. Of course,one could only have a look at the draft online, so if you don't have or can't use a computer you're out of the game, unless you want to spend an hour or two hanging on the Enquiry hot line.

Anyway, I typed in the website address, ploughed through a few links and finally arrived at the Rural Phase document. Here's where you'd find out what you need to know if you want to put up a carport in the future. Well bugger me, it was 1,833 pages long!! And replete with Section A, paragraph three,sub-section two, Overlay 5 - click on the interactive map then return to page 974, DP137H. You know the drill.What was it like before it became quicker and more simplified!?

Les Montanjees, Penneshaw

Fox in charge

Thank you, Rebekha Sharkie MP for raising issues about endangered flora and fauna on KI in Federal Parliament. Rebekha asked the Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley why she had not invoked the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC), which protects endangered species and communities in the case of the Australian Walking Company's proposal of private luxury villages in Flinders Chase National Park.

Sussan Ley answered was that the Act relied on self-assessment and voluntary referral. And that the AWC, did not believe their proposal would have a "significant impact on matters of national environmental significance".

Really? Do developers usually volunteer to put themselves under close scrutiny? Rather, I think that many developers often choose the "Move Along. Nothing to See Here" option.

So, how's that working out so far for the endangered Carpenter Bees, Kangaroo Island Dunnart, Hooded Plovers, and the White-bellied Sea Eagles, amongst others?

I smell a fox in charge of the chicken coop. I smell Dracula in charge of the blood bank. "A person and a society only begin to grasp the true meaning of life when they plant a shade tree under whose shade they know they will never sit."

Ann Prescott OAM, Adelaide

Show Time: Wool 

I am writing the remind the wool-growers to please support the Legacy Wool sections in both Kingscote and Parndana shows. For details please refer to the current show books.

The Legacy Wool section began in 1970 at the Parndana Show and is always well supported, thanks to the generosity of the Island farmers. Please help to continue this support by donating a fleece, or fleeces. All entries are judged and trophies awarded to the winning fleeces. Also we are always happy to accept any donations of fleeces, (not necessary show entries.) After the show the wool is sold, all proceeds go to Legacy, supporting Legacy Widows and Wards. This is one of the main fundraisers for Legacy on KI and all support is very much appreciated. Your kind donations will still be accepted after the show.

Neil Arnold, KI Legacy

Honey prize

Have you checked out the Honey section in this year's Kingscote show book? We have for the first time secured sponsorship from NUPLAS Beekeeping Supplies for an award for the champion jar of honey, receiving the most points over all honey categories. If you can only enter one or two jars of honey in any section, your jar could be the winner! Entries must be received by me at 15 Rawson Street by 4pm Wednesday, Oct. 30 for judging. Bee in it to win it!

Lynne Bell, Kingscote