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The Independent Weekly
March 5 - 11, 2010
The Independent Weekly is a South Australian owned and operated newspaper, taking an independent view of local news, issues, business, sport and culture for all South Australians.
Printed by Rural Press Printing, Adelaide Rd, Murray Bridge, for the publisher.
Publication Date: March 5, 2010. Recommended and maximum price only.
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No speed camera flashed to
let 18-year-old P-plater Max
Thring know he had been
Instead, a police officer used
an old-timing method reliant on
human accuracy and gave Mr
Thring a $350 fine for a speed
almost 10km/h faster than he
believes he was driving.
The teenager is at risk of losing
his licence and plans to complain
"I said I thought I had been
travelling in the high 60s and he
told me it didn t matter because
I d still get the same fine," Mr
"I asked him if he had caught
me on a speed camera and he
said no, that he d used a timing
method, but I didn t ask more
because I was nervous."
Matthew Salleh had a similar
experience driving in the quiet
side streets of Torrensville, but
after questioning the officer he
was let off with an unofficial
"The police car behind me said
they timed me going 57km/h, but
I d only been travelling on that
stretch of road for a few seconds,"
Mr Salleh said.
"I was between roundabouts
so I don t think I could have been
speeding and, anyway, I drive like
Mr Salleh said he doubted
police could accurately work
out someone s speed in a short
distance without using an
But despite the myriad
technological options available,
SA Police said non-electronic
methods of speed detection were
Police traffic training officer
Paul Warren initially claimed
no manual methods of speed
detection were legal. However, he
later revealed Mr Thring could
have been fined legally using a
"very old method used commonly
before laser and radar".
Police can legally fine a person
for speeding by following a car for
about 300 metres and reading the
police car speedometer to gauge
the speed of the car in front.
"If that method is used, then
certainly it relies on how well the
officer followed and timed the car,
and is open to scrutiny in court,"
Mr Warren said.
He said other methods of speed
detection included lasers, radars
and hand-held guns.
which calculate speed based on
how long it takes a car to travel
between two fixed points, are
being trialled on Port Wakefield
The Centre for Automotive
Safety Research said that
ideally, all police cars should
have electronic speed detection
"You wouldn t want all
enforcement done like that, but
you d want police to have the
opportunity to stop cars speeding,"
centre director Mary Lydon said.
a very fine line
Two contrasting stories emerged in the
world of local publishing this week.
Independent publisher Wakefield
Press celebrated a milestone, while
across the city a street magazine, with a
devoted following, closed the cover of its
Yet both groups are optimistic about
Adelaide street magazine Merge
published its first issue in mid-2007. It
was started by journalism graduates
Owen Lindsay and Joshua Fanning,
with graphic designer Tom Pascale.
"Adelaide has a bad reputation," Mr
Fanning said. "I thought I d try and do
something which made the best people
want to stay here ... something which
keeps people interested and creates a
dialogue to connect the creative people
who live here."
Last month, the publication s
financial backer pulled out, leaving
three men, an office, a stack of
magazines and a lot of disappointed
But Mr Fanning said the trio had
learned much from the experience of
"Business isn t some big mystery
anymore, like it was when we started.
It s about relationships and Merge
developed really strong relationships in
the community which will help us with
anything we do next," he said.
In a near-perfect mirror, Wakefield
Press was toasting 21 years in the
publishing business on Monday night.
Stephanie Johnston has been running
Wakefield for 20 years after joining
friend Michael Bollen, who bought the
business 21 years ago. Ms Johnston said
the company s endurance could largely
be attributed to its unique Adelaide
"We certainly have an advantage in
Adelaide, being the main kid on the
block," she said. "There s lot of good
children s publishers here, but in terms
of adult trade we have pretty much
flown the flag."
After surviving more than two
decades of change in publishing, Ms
Johnston is confident there is still a
place for Wakefield Press, despite the
pressures of the digital age.
"We work in the world of making
something public, so that part of it
doesn t change. It s really just how we re
going to deliver the material that is
changing," she said.
Meanwhile, the Merge founders
intend to find a new niche. Plans include
setting up their office as a venue and
art gallery called "Magazine". A new
publication is also being discussed.
"We re not going to evaporate because
we can t. The city won t let us shut down
and dry up because there s demand for
what we do," Mr Fanning said.
"For us, it s about making a
contribution. It s not about money. It s
about doing something."
Those writing the stories of
independent publishing in Adelaide
may have different histories, products
and experience, but they are all
New chapter for
Merge magazine founders Tom Pascale, Joshua Fanning and Owen Lindsay.
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