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news July 16 - 22, 2010
South Australia is still
measuring the cost of wild
storms which swept across the
state s south and west over the past
While there were losses
associated with extensive electricity
blackouts -- more than 70,000 ETSA
customers in the Hills and southern
suburbs were without power, some
for more than 30 hours after the
storm hit on Friday night -- some
people will be entitled to a rebate
payment of up to $370.
"We had a huge crew
deployment," ETSA spokesperson
Sue Filby said.
"We moved crews around
and across the state as the event
progressed or the event didn t hit.
We brought in extra contractors
in South Australia and we even
recruited some people from
But the greatest losses may be
on the west coast, where up to
200,000 abalone were lost when a
farm near Elliston was lashed by
storms. Damage has been estimated
at up to $5 million. More than 32
wrecked sea cages were washed up
on West Waldegrave Island, a region
protected because of its sea lion
"It s a disappointing situation
for a company which has done
a lot to progress from voluntary
administration last year,"
Australian Bight Abalone managing
director David Mazengarb said.
But conservationists say they
have been warning for years about
the dangers of abalone farming at
"It should not have been
located here in the first instance,"
conservationist Sandra Kanck said.
"How many times are we going
to have this sort of thing happen
before our decision-makers at the
State Government level, the EPA
and the Department of Fisheries
and so on get to understand that this
is the wrong place for it."
Tribe case back in court next week
Ark Tribe will again face
the criminal division of the
Magistrates Court on Tuesday
as hundreds of workers rally to
Mr Tribe is charged with failing
to attend an Australian Building
and Construction Commissioner
(ABCC) inquiry in 2008 and could
face up to six months in jail.
Set up by the Howard
Government and maintained by the
Labor Government, the ABCC has
the power to force building industry
workers to attend inquiries and
answer any question put to them.
In refusing to attend the meeting
to make a stand for workers rights,
Mr Tribe has become a cult figure
on Australian construction sites,
with many workers wearing "For
Ark s sake" T-shirts and hoodies. If
Mr Tribe is jailed, the Construction,
Forestry, Mining and Energy
Union (CFMEU) has pledged that
construction workers across the
country will strike.
The union s SA secretary, Martin
O Malley, said the ABCC powers
were a breach of workers civil
"It is one of the most serious
attempts to undermine people s
civil rights in that a person who has
been charged has a right to silence,
but in this industry a person who
hasn t been charged has no right to
silence," Mr O Malley said.
He said if civil rights were eroded
in one industry, "there s no reason
why the same can t happen to every
person in Australia".
Adelaide Fringe benefits
The Adelaide Fringe continued
its growth spurt this year, with
research showing it attracted
more than one million people who
boosted the local economy by
Fringe director Greg Clarke said
this was a significant increase on
the amount of money brought in by
the event in 2009.
"It s roughly a 28 per cent
increase on the previous year,
which is a huge increase. I don t
find that so surprising, having
been here at this year s Fringe and
seeing how big it was," he said.
Up to 300,000 tickets were sold
to a record 705 events this year,
with visitors also spending money
in sectors such as hospitality and
The figures are worked out using
a model devised by Associate
Professor Barry Burgan from the
University of Adelaide.
"An event like the Fringe
produces two levels of benefit," he
"It attracts tourists who spend
money, create jobs and generate
incomes, and also benefits local
attendees who get value beyond
what they pay in enjoying the
events. The analysis of the
outcomes recognises both of those
levels of benefit."
Arts festivals are regularly
measured economically, but some
argue their benefits should be more
"Economic impact is easy to talk
about but if you re talking about
the true bottom line for festivals
and events, it s economic, social
and environmental impact," said
Steve Brown, a specialist in events
from Flinders University.
"All of them need to be
"Until we start talking about
social and environmental effects,
we just have a one-dimensional
view of these events."
Mr Clarke agreed and said he
hoped future Fringe events would
have a greater impact on the "vibe"
Next year the Fringe will
feature several free events
throughout the city, including
a stage in Rundle Mall, which
Mr Clarke hopes will add to the
festival s presence.
Abalone cages on the West Waldegrave Island Conser vation Park. Photo: John Haagmans
Making an impact: The Adelaide Fringe attracted more than one million visitors in 2010.
Photo: Split Image
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