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June 25 - July 1, 2010 letters
It is incredibly frustrating to read
stories such as The Independent
Weekly s "Local corruption
scrutiny" where serious inferences
are made suggesting corruption,
behind-the-scenes deals and lack of
transparency in a particular land
The City of Prospect had been
lobbying the Government for many
years to have the disused transport
inter-modal land on the corner
of Churchill and Regency roads
converted to residential use.
Council s desire to have this
parcel of land rezoned residential
has never been "hidden from the
The sale did go out to tender and
PG Properties won that tender and
negotiated a sale price with the
Land Management Corporation.
(Opposition frontbencher) Vicki
Chapman states erroneously
that Prospect Council "has also
proposed to spend $1 million in
landscaping on the adjoining
City of Prospect has no plans
now, nor in its 10-year financial
plan, to spend any money on any
land adjoining this development.
Council refutes the suggestion
that any deals were done with the
developer in support of the sale of
this land. For Ms Chapman to sug-
gest otherwise through the media
does the City of Prospect, elected
members and staff a considerable
CEO, City of Prospect Council
Trail of a trial
If Euthyphro does indeed relate to
the "trail" of Socrates (IW, June
18), I m not surprised David Roger
missed the way.
I empathise with Don Wilson (IW,
June 18). My private fax number
begins with 8370 and fax spammers
may have incorrectly assumed they
were spamming a business.
I also tried stopfax, stopfaxing.me
etc. The result was an increase in
email spam. I also contacted some
of the spammers but to no avail.
My solution was to keep a
stack of the marketing garbage.
I composed a letter detailing
the inconvenience, the cost and
the futility of fax spam, and my
intention to respond to each spam
fax I received.
I then faxed the letter and my
stack of garbage to each offending
Some businesses fail to include
their fax numbers with their spam.
A quick phone call to their recep-
tionists was usually productive.
While this method did involve
some expense, the personal satisfac-
tion was worth every cent.
My fax is now comfortably quiet.
Robert E Foreman
Mt Barker development
In a media vacuum on the Thursday
before the last long weekend,
Mount Barker learned a ministerial
development plan amendment
(DPA) had been released for this
The DPA ignores the wishes of
the people and the stated concerns
of the council for this regional
The Government plans to
rezone more than 1300ha of prime
farm land for cheap intensive
housing over the next 15 years to
accommodate the state s planned
immigration program of 600,000
Rezoning forces farmers off their
land due to the huge rate increases
imposed by the change in permitted
use from "rural" to "housing"
This system will see all farm land
lost, when we should be producing
more food locally and importing
Almost one-fifth of the submis-
sions received by the Government
on the 30-Year Plan for Greater
Adelaide came from Mount
Barker residents opposed to such
"imported", fast-tracked growth in
a mere 15-year time frame. Now the
15,600 growth target in the 30-Year
Plan has increased to possibly
The Government, dealing
directly with developers (brokered
by consultants Connor Holmes,
acting for both State Government
and developers), has overridden not
only the District Council but also
The young woman in your photo
on page five last week was part
of a group representing the
Government or ALP.
The barrister is carrying some
papers and his wig, the gentleman
in the centre, has a few papers,
while the man on the right, Labor
secretary Michael Brown, has none.
By far the largest load is being
carried by the young woman. It
would be simply good manners to
help her carry this heavy load.
If you added together the papers
carried by the barrister and solici-
tor, I do not think they would match
what this young woman is expected
to carry by the group of men.
I think this picture is a sad
reflection on the good manners
which appear to have gone out the
door in our current society.
I buy The Independent Weekly
because I believe in having a
different perspective of the news
from that in the established media.
The term independent conjures
up notions of non-alignment,
impartiality, unbiased and neutral.
For months, Hendrik Gout has
waged a constant attack on the
Premier. Over recent weeks there
were snide references to secret
meetings in London and this
culminated in last week s story,
"Rann s secret assignation".
In the same issue, Mr Gout
backed Kris Hanna with a heavily
biased report about his court case.
He reported a market researcher s
evidence without mentioning that
his methodology was flawed.
I will continue to buy The
Independent with the same reserva-
tions that I buy The Advertiser each
day, but it has lost credibility by
undermining its true independent
What was your "exclusive"
("Rann s secret assignation")
about? Was it providing tips
on skirting Qantas Club entry
procedures? Was it maybe about
government funding of private
universities? Public servant
spending on overseas junkets? A
spy thriller set in London with fast
cars and dark-haired women?
Tell me it wasn t just another run
for the "Thinker designs own job"
conspiracy theory we had in May.
In reality, it was all of these
things, and none of them. In the
absence of fact you ran gossip and
labelled it exclusive. Sometimes
more really is less.Timothy Horton
Chapter president, Australian
Institute of Architects
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