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‘My family is Christian. It was primarily corruption and a lack of opportunity that drove them away
from their homeland, although the pressure of being a tolerated minority played a part’
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LORD MAYOR ‘HEDGING’
LORD Mayor Stephen
Yarwood remains tight-lipped
on why a flyer asserting the
City Council’s control over
the Adelaide Park Lands was
pulled at the last minute.
The flyer was due to be
inserted in the latest Sunday
Mail, at a cost of thousands
of dollars to city ratepayers,
but was personally cancelled
by the Lord Mayor at the 11th
But it was not a waste of
money, he told Indaily.
“We were hedging our
strategies,”... Read more
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Posters needed to lift city soul
ADELAIDE bus tickets used to have happy little
pseudo-religious sayings as guides for living.
Things like, “A smile is a curve that sets a lot of
things straight”. Or, “If at first you don’t succeed,
you’re doing about average”.
We lost our soul when magnetic strips replaced
paper tickets on the buses. Read more
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<p>LORD Mayor Stephen Yarwood remains tight-lipped on why a flyer asserting the City Council’s control over the Adelaide Park Lands was pulled at the last minute. </p>
<p>The flyer was due to be inserted in the latest Sunday Mail, at a cost of thousands of dollars to city ratepayers, but was personally cancelled by the Lord Mayor at the 11th hour. </p>
<p>But it was not a waste of money, he told Indaily. </p>
<p> “We were hedging our strategies,” he said, adding that the flyer was no longer necessary. </p>
<p>Headlined “We tick all the Adelaide Oval boxes”, it spruiked the City Council’s case to retain care and control over the Park Lands, in the face of draft legislation to place the area around the oval under the Stadium Management Authority. </p>
<p>However, Indaily understands the flyer had to be pulled over a line that incorrectly stated “…the Park Lands belong to you, the ratepayers and residents of Adelaide”. </p>
<p>In fact the Park Lands are cared for by the council on behalf of all South Australians. </p>
<p>Yarwood made the decision to pull the flyer on Saturday but the council would still expect to be billed by the Sunday Mail bill for such a late cancellation. </p>
<p>Though his signature and photo appeared prominently on the material, he said the content was the administration’s responsibility. </p>
<p> “I don’t sit around writing leaflets. I don’t project manage things. That’s what we pay staff to do. The CEO has the ultimate responsibility.” </p>
<p>He said the decision to pull the flyer was “specifically based on advice received”. </p>
<p>Asked who supplied the advice, he said: “This is basically ongoing negotiations with the Liberal and Labor parties, which we have made it our policy not to discuss. </p>
<p> “My decision was based on ringing every councillor and discussing with those available. </p>
<p> “I think all political parties and independents have been generous in making time to listen and letting us put our position forward and we are pleased negotiations are progressing and look forward to seeing what the result is tabled in parliament [today].” </p>
<p>Yarwood said the leaflet was just one of many scenarios the council had been preparing. </p>
<p> “There is this whole sense of doing a range of things and we were at the point were it was not necessary or appropriate to do this.” </p>
<p>The flyer is still displayed on the ACC home page. </p>
<p>Councillors including Anne Moran want the leaflet to be removed. </p>
<p> “One has to fess up, mea culpa, that it was pulled 100 per cent because of that mistake,” she said. </p>
<p>Moran said it was a “perfectly good brochure” that would not have otherwise damaged council negotiations. </p>
<p> “It’s even worse to say that we’ve wasted all this money because we decided at the last minute it wasn’t needed.” </p>
<p>But Yarwood said there wasn’t any problem with the content and that it wasn’t the reason it was pulled. </p>
<p> “I didn’t read the Saturday (sic) paper, I was spending time with my family, so it wasn’t influenced by my personal position,” he said. </p>
<p> “The Park Lands are in the care and control of the city of Adelaide. </p>
<p> “I’m not going to get into semantics. The council collects fees, invests significant money watering and maintaining them and to a certain extent I think this is a bit of a storm in a teacup.” </p>
<h1>Posters needed to lift city soul</h1>
<p>ADELAIDE bus tickets used to have happy little pseudo-religious sayings as guides for living. </p>
<p>Things like, “A smile is a curve that sets a lot of things straight”. Or, “If at first you don't succeed, you're doing about average”. </p>
<p>We lost our soul when magnetic strips replaced paper tickets on the buses. </p>
<p>It’s a sort of reminder that one of the side joys of using the transport systems in such places as London and New York – to pick a couple at random – is the civic soul displayed evoked by city posters. </p>
<p>By using striking designs, the posters often are fine artworks that say something heartfelt about a city, intended as much for the citizens as for visitors. </p>
<p>The timeless I ♥ NY. Or the poster for London’s Tate Gallery, a stylised map of the Underground network using squeezed lines of coloured oil paint. </p>
<p>Such posters fulfil a civic desire to make a city feel better about itself. They help to brighten the day for those held captive on the underground rail networks</p>
<p>Then the advertising hoardings also get in on the act, aiming their messages at people who carry around in their heads an unheard laugh track. </p>
<p>A poster in the New York subway asked: STILL A VIRGIN? To which could be added: “Would contraception have saved the Virgin Mary from immaculate conception?” </p>
<p>The only time an arty-quirky poster appears in Adelaide is whenever a festival pops up, mainly in March. </p>
<p>How about having city posters all year round, as a visual treat, a talking point and a mood lifter? </p>
<p>It should be right up the alley of our unflaggingly optimistic Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood. Perhaps his council might like to sponsor an annual competition for graphic artists, from which a dozen different posters could be selected for monthly display around the city, at bus stops and the like. </p>
<p>Unlike the mindless tweets that pass for political dialogue these days, posters can be truly insightful on all sorts of artistic, cultural and social levels. </p>
<p>REMEMBER TO VOTE? “Because being wrong, far from being a sign of incompetence, is a crucial step on the path to the next election.” </p>
<p>‘My family is Christian. It was primarily corruption and a lack of opportunity that drove them away from their homeland, although the pressure of being a tolerated minority played a part’ </p>
<p>Myriam Robin, a young Adelaide woman from Cairo, on the Egyptian Revolution</p>
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