KI history, plastic bags and bushfire lessons | Islander letters

Neville Cordes with his 20-page, full-colour brochure detailing the History Pavilion concept at Reeves Point.
Neville Cordes with his 20-page, full-colour brochure detailing the History Pavilion concept at Reeves Point.

History Pavilion concept

Thank you for your coverage of the Settlement Day event at Reeves Point during which my concept of a History Pavilion for the site was launched.

As a former Islander of 50 years, I have been working on a concept for a KI history trail, culminating in an iconic history pavilion at Reeves Point.

I would like your readers to know that the 20-page, full-colour brochure detailing the concept is available free by email at

My wife Ros and I were thrilled to be with you for a quick four days of touring.

The fire damage was emotionally draining even after seven months. We extend best wishes to all who suffered.

Your readers may be interested to know that I am now working on the last five of a 10-year, 50-book KI history series project. A catalogue of the books is available by email.

Neville Cordes, Glenelg

Soft plastic recycling

I was pleased to see that Drakes supermarket in Kingscote now has a soft-plastic recycle bin.

Since the waste recovery centre stopped accepting soft plastics, including plastic bags, cling wrap etc, many of us have taken them over to Adelaide where the major supermarkets have accepted them for recycling.

I commend Drakes Kingscote for taking this initiative and encourage everyone to take the opportunity to drop off their soft plastics, preferably clean, into the bin.

Drakes have also introduced compostable bags made out of plant material for customers' use for fruit and vegetables.

The speed at which the soft-plastic bins fill will be a constant reminder of the amount of single-use plastic that wraps so many of our products.

I look forward to the day when there will be no need for these bins as single-use plastics become a thing of the past.

Bev Maxwell, Kingscote

Rural counselling available

Farming and small business ownership in rural South Australia certainly has its challenges at the moment, with some managing the ongoing impact of drought, others recovering from bushfire and now there is the overlay of COVID-19.

This triple-whammy is testing the financial and emotional resilience of many families and, in turn, that of our rural communities.

Rural Business Support (RBS) is passionate about supporting farmers and small business owners in rural areas to develop the financial and business management capabilities to manage current challenges, build resilience for the future and strengthen rural communities.

While agriculture will always be a challenging industry in which to do business, our Rural Financial Counsellors can work with eligible farmers who are experiencing financial hardship to help them make decisions, and take action, to improve their position.

Through the Australian Government's Regional Recovery Small Business Support and Program and Drought Communities Small Business Program, and the South Australian Government's Disaster Small Business Transformation and Growth Program, RBS now has a Small Business Team working with small business owners outside primary production.

With backgrounds in banking and in running their own businesses, our specialist Small Business Financial counsellors can be another set of eyes to help our clients take a clearer look at their situation and find a way forward.

They can help people to find the calm in amid the chaos.

The team has access to information and options that may provide financial relief, together with the expertise to understand and clarify your short, medium and long-term business goals.

It's been a year to remember for all the wrong reasons, but during these times of uncertainty we want to reassure your local communities that RBS is here to help.

We encourage any farmer or small business owner with concerns about their financial situation to call 1800 836 211 or visit find out more about the free service.

Brett Smith, CEO Rural Business Support

Boardwalk lessons learned

I have been most impressed, but not surprised, by the amazing resilience and determination of the KI rural sector to regroup and move forward following their devastation in the bushfire earlier this year.

Having spent my first two years in South Australia, arriving in 1953, and having my 21st birthday in Flinders Chase with one of the finest National Park rangers and special constables George Lonzar and his wife Joyce, I cannot speak too highly of these people with their local farming community.

Reading in The Islander that the reconstruction of Flinders Chase was proceeding was excellent news, following the almost total destruction.

As the Island and particularly Flinders Chase will always be prone to bushfires every 10 to 20 years, very serious consideration should be given to the reconstruction of the tourist track from the car park to the world-famous Remarkable Rocks.

Before the construction of another boardwalk is implemented, I would most strongly recommend the replacement should be of crushed rock and bitumen sealed path, such as the one that Kangaroo Island visitors use at the Kelly Hill Caves.

Extremely durable and virtually fire-proof, I would modestly suggest that this may be a more effective alternative.

A replacement boardwalk suggests that history is about to repeat itself because people have not yet learned from history.

Doug Seton, Tea Tree Gully 


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