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Channel Nine Adelaide
celebrates its 50th birthday
tonight with a huge reunion in
the same studios where it all
began in September 1959.
The network is expecting
hundreds of people from the
television industry, with past
employees travelling from
interstate and around the world.
More than 40 former Nine
on-air personalities will attend,
including famous faces such
as Joey Moore, who presented
C'mon Kids alongside Robin
Roenfeldt and Winky Dink; Jan
Beasley, who presented Adelaide
Today in the 1980s; The Curiosity
Show's Dean Hutton, and former
Humphrey presenter Leah
Churchill-Brown, who produced
Beautiful Kate, the film starring
Rachel Griffiths, Bryan Brown
and Ben Mendelsohn.
Adelaide's first news presenter,
John Doherty, will also attend.
Doherty saw much change
during the 28 years he worked
in television, and has seen even
more since leaving the industry.
He lists the introduction of the
autocue and portable camera as
two of the biggest revelations
during his time and said the
technological leap from then to
now has been "ginormos".
"The way news is gathered
now, I'd say
it's one of
at the flick
of a switch
city to city,
with technology evolving at an
exponential rate, where will the
medium find itself in another 50
Doherty said it's "inevitable"
that we will look more and more
to online sources for our news.
"I think the younger
generation is getting a lot of
news on ipods and iphones and
computers," he said.
"I think it's inevitable we'll
in the future.
days are so
is the ABC
news page so
I look at that
a couple of
the future of
TV will hold.
I don't think
it will ever go, totally, but I don't
know what direction it will take."
Nine Adelaide's general
manager, Graham Gilbertson,
doesn't think the online medium
poses any real threat to the
existence of free-to-air news,
saying people will always enjoy
"Free-to-air is getting stronger
and stronger," Gilbertson said.
"With the introduction of digital
TV there's more services, a
wider choice of programming.
Realistically there could soon be
50-odd channels to choose from.
"People like traditional free-to-
air television. We're always told
when new technology appears
that the old will die out, but it's
rarely the case.
"We were told that retail would
die when online purchasing
became available, but it hasn't.
People still like the face-to-face
Who actually knows where
television will be in another 50
years? It's hard to envisage how
much thinner sets will become,
or will we even watch television
sets? Will images be beamed
directly into our heads?
When Channel Nine Adelaide
celebrates its centenary the
answers will have been revealed
-- until then, however, use your
Nine turns 50, looks forward
John Doherty reads the news in the 1960s.
Future SA property developments could
go ahead without clearance from local
authorities, under a law left over from
Federal Government stimulus measures.
Under the Rudd Government's Building
the Education Revolution program, schools
were handed money and told to build and
upgrade infrastructure. The Government
said this would create jobs and put cash
back into the economy while also developing
The money had to be spent quickly to
make sure it reached the economy during
the crisis. The Federal Government worked
with state governments to find ways to
fast-track planning applications.
SA, like most other states and territories,
agreed to remove much of the red-tape
around development. As a result all
proposals made as part of the federal Nation-
Building Program bypass council and state
regulations and are instead assessed by a
"We're putting in place a system that
allows benevolent dictators to bypass the
planning system and make decisions which
will be with us for decades," said Greens'
MLC Mark Parnell.
Many of the developments approved as
part of this process have been controversial.
Pulteney Grammar School used its federal
money to destroy a historic blue-stone
building on South Terrace which it is
replacing with a white concrete building.
Parents from the school said the decision
was rushed and made without consultation.
"We've had a building here for 137 years
which has been incorporated in master
plans and then you have one board that sees
the money and goes against all that has
come before," said Peter Neuhaus, who has a
daughter at the school.
Adelaide city councillor Sandy Wilkinson
is also a parent at Pulteney and he says
there is a danger this kind of incident will
happen again under the current planning
conditions. "There are seven dot points
to measure the development against. One
of them pertains to local heritage, but in
most council areas they haven't done local
heritage surveys, so your typical historic
Victorian school buildings are potentially
opened up to destruction," he said.
Mr Wilkinson and Mr Neuhaus say that
with more time and consultation, Pulteney
could have redeveloped the existing
Last week Mr Parnell moved a motion in
parliament to remove the fast-track process
and reinstate normal planning laws for all
developments. The motion was voted down
by Liberal and Labor politicians.
The original agreement between South
Australia and the Federal Government will
not expire until 2012.
Sandy Wilkinson at the site of the Pulteney
Grammar School development. Photo: Kate Elmes
Dingoes dog sheep
in record numbers
Ravenous dogs are tearing
at the throat of SA's sheep
industry, and farmers in
the state's far north are losing
hundreds of thousands of dollars
because of dingo attacks.
The problem has become worse,
says pastoralist Leonard Nutt, a
member of the Natural Resources
"Probably one of the reasons
for the dingo problem at the
moment is the changes in the
dynamics of land use up here,"
Mr Nutt said.
"A lot of sheep properties have
gone to cattle, mining, national
parks, conservation groups and
Aboriginal lands. So there's not
the stock and there's not the
manpower to help out."
The Arid Lands Natural
Resources Management Board
and the SA Sheep Fund have just
launched Biteback, a program
to tackle the explosion of dingo
numbers south of the dog fence,
where the species is considered a
Prior to Biteback individual
landholders were responsible
for dingo management on their
properties. Mr Nutt said this was a
burden to farmers.
"It's the expense and the cost
of controlling the dogs. A big
percentage of their time is spent
controlling dingoes rather than
actually working with their
stock," he said.
Biteback will encourage
farmers to work together in
trapping dingoes, as well as
providing extra baits and the help
of a professional trapper.
Geoff Power from the
Farmers Federation said the
dingoes were maiming calves as
well as sheep.
"People running cattle are
starting to see calf losses. When
you get a few bites on a beast the
carcass gets downgraded so there's
an economic loss there," he said.
running cattle are
starting to see calf
losses. When you
get a few bites on
a beast the carcass
so there's an
-- Pastoralist Leonard Nutt
Dingoes are costing South Australian sheep farmers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Photo: SAAL NRM Board
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