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The Independent Weekly hear'say
New roadside motorcycle barriers,
the first of their kind in Australia,
have been installed along a 2km
stretch of Gorge Road at Cudlee
Creek in the Adelaide Hills.
The barriers cover normally
exposed posts which can kill or
injure riders, but the system is
also safer for car drivers and
"The technology works on
the principal of absorbing and
distributing the impact of the
crash on riders," says Road Safety
Minister Michael O Brien.
The system is already used
in Madrid, and Spanish experts
worked with the transport depart-
ment to install the barriers.
The 2km stretch of Gorge
Road was identified as a priority
following six crashes, five involving
motorcycles, in five years which
caused three deaths.
You ll remember our story last
week about Keith Evans, the
Government s chief adviser
on alcohol policy. He s director of
the Health Department s drug and
alcohol services, which campaigns
against alcohol abuse.
It s now been revealed that while
doing that work, Evans also had a
role representing an alcohol lobby
group comprising some of the
world s biggest distillers, brewers
In the outrage which followed,
Health Department CEO Tony
Sherbon had some interesting
words with Evans. As a result,
Evans will no longer be undertak-
ing work with the agencies or any
other industry groups -- but he will
stay on at SA Health.
So having been caught out, Evans
penalty is to quit moonlighting for
Also last week, Hear say had the
story of Opposition frontbencher
Rob Lucas s Freedom of
Information request about staffing
levels in the office of Families and
The FOI came
back with the
names of the
staff blacked out.
Rankine said it
was "to protect
the identity and safety of public
We re now happy to reveal that
we can reveal the names. We ve got
It was pretty simple. Another
FOI request went to the Premier s
Office for the full list of all ministe-
rial staff in all ministerial offices.
No probs. Here it is, they said. And
Rankine s staff was included
There s more than one way to
skin a caterwauling.
Starring Botters and Lachy, whose
uncanny resemblance to Mike
Rann s media advisers Jill Bottrall
and Lachlan Parker is entirely
B: Lachy why are you wearing those
L: I am the Dreamwalker.
B: Dream on. I am thinking we need a
L: I can actually canoodle with my
love in 3D under the Hometree.
B: Not that golf course stuff again?
L: Haven t you seen Avatar? It s
B: No time. But we may need a
saviour before the election.
L: Invite James Cameron to
B: Lachy, he is the king of the world.
He won t have heard of Adelaide.
L: Maybe the Boss could tell him
B: A la Schwarzenegger? Gimme a
L: What was it the Boss said to Arnie?
B: I ll be back. Even I was embar-
L: Anyway, it s a top film.
B: Avatar? What s it about again?
B: You re losing me again.
L: A precious mineral only found on a
B: Mining theme, huh? Could we use
L: For the mining boom that never
B: It will. Trust me.
L: That s what the Boss says all the
B: I m telling the truth.
L: He says that all the time, too. But
B: When the world discovers us.
L: Not that best-kept-secret line
B: Reworked, revisited and revital-
ised for 2010.
L: That s politics, I suppose.
B: What was that planet called in
B: And what happened there?
L: The goodies won and the baddies
L: You need a better line than that to
B: Isobel? Indeed. So we rebrand
L: A new name?
B: Synonymous with massive success
and massive wealth.
L: Any ideas?
B: Put those glasses back on and
imagine the Boss.
L: Yuk. Canoodling under the
B: No! As our brave Avatar, the
saviour of the state of ...
L: I m beginning to see a name ...
B: What is it, Lachy?
* Not based on a true story.
Our friend Mark Lloyd tells us
that there s a comedy of errors at
his Coriole vineyard on Sunday,
But it s better than it sounds
-- it s a performance of William
Shakespeare s most popular
Professional theatre company
Essential Theatre has been
touring some of Shakespeare s most
popular comedies around Australia
for eight years.
Under the eye of director Anna
McCrossin-Owen, the drama,
romance and slapstick of this
Shakespearean classic will be
Mark promises an evening of
wine, song and entertainment -- and
the admission price includes a
hamper of Coriole picnic goodies.
Greyhound Racing SA and the
greyhound adoption program
recently gave away 20 former and
would-be racers -- for household use.
"Greyhounds are beautifully
natured," says Greyhound Racing s
Natalie Bailey. "They make great
Like other newspapers, The
Independent Weekly requires
a residential address (not for
publication) for people who write
Letters to the Editor so we can check
the letters are genuine.
In five years, we ve made one
exception to that rule. Veterans
Affairs Minister Michael
Atkinson refused to provide
his residential address, possibly
because he s moved out of his own
electorate. So it was with some
puzzlement that we came across an
email written by Mr Atkinson to a
constituent. "If your email was not
purely for the purpose of abusing
me and you would like a considered
response, please supply me with a
home address (a street address, not
a PO box). The reason I ask email
correspondents for a street address
is the large number of crank,
hoax and abusive emails I get," the
We had no idea anyone would
want to play a hoax on Mick. And
abuse? To thine own self be true.
Fifteen years ago, an Adelaide
bloke called Jim Jacobsen came
up with a novel idea. Why not run a
pipeline from the sewage treat-
ment works to the parklands and
beyond to water our parks, gardens
He pressured and campaigned,
and a decade and a half later it s
no longer a pipe dream. A 32km
network of pipes provides recycled
water from the Glenelg wastewater
treatment plant to the parklands
and city gardens.
Premier Mike Rann, federal
Climate Change Minister Penny
Wong, Environment Minister
Jay Weatherill, City of Adelaide
Minister Jane Lomax-Smith and
Water Security Minister Karlene
Maywald were all there for the
official opening this week.
But not Mr Jacobsen. The
former Burnside mayor is a vocal
public critic of the Government.
No invite for him to the official
The full bottle
Two wheels good
Good for the goose
Make no mistake
Shakespeare at Coriole: bread and bard.
Mick Atkinson learns from his staff that he s been hoaxed again.
Safer riding: The system covers posts deadly to motorcyclists and pillions.
Photos: Kate Elmes
Shades of grey
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