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Players and Hird bid to stop ASADA

Essendon, its 34 current and former players and James Hird have warned ASADA they will seek an injunction that would stop the issuing of infraction notices if the drugs body does not halt the investigation.
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Lawyers representing Essendon, the 34 players with show cause notices and Hird have each sent letters to ASADA today requesting a halt to the investigation, or it will seek what sources said was ”an urgent injuction” to have any further action – such as infraction notices – stopped.

Those representing Essendon, the players and Hird want ASADA to allow their case to be determined in the Federal court before ASADA takes any further action. The AFL, on the recommendation of an independent doping panel, could issue infraction notices before the case is heard – an outcome that the club, the players and exiled coach are seeking to prevent.

ASADA only has to give the players 10 days to respond to the show cause notices, prompting the players to ask for an extension – which ASADA said it is considering.

The Federal court hearing is due to begin on June 27, meaning that ASADA could issue infractions before the matter is heard. Essendon is seeking to challenge the legality of the joint AFL-ASADA investigation, and to have the investigation shut down. The club contends that the joint investigation was unlawful.

Essendon wanted an answer from ASADA by 10am Thursday, while the legal team acting for the players requested a response earlier, by 5pm Wednesday. ASADA had not yet responded to a previous request by the club. The letters suggest that each party will injunct ASADA if it does not comply with their wish.

Essendon and the players’ legal teams – and those of Hird – have been united in their wish to have the case heard in the Federal court, where Justice Middleton will preside. The AFL has said Essendon is entitled to take legal action as it sees fit and has largely stayed out of the conflict between the club and the drugs body, whose chief executive Ben McDevitt has been forceful in his public comments since the show cause notices were sent out.

Essendon is being acted for by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and Peter Young, QC, while the players’ legal team is spearheaded by Tony Hargraves and David Grace, QC, with the AFL Players’ Association’s legal counsel Brett Murphy supporting them. Hird is being represented by Steven Amendola, with constitutional law specialist Peter Hanks, QC, and Nick Harrington also in the coach’s legal corner.

ASADA’s chief executive can grant an extension for the players to respond to the show cause notices, recognising the difficulties that players may have in responding to the notices in that time.

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Where will the pool money come from?

Pool discussionCarol Veldhuyzen puts up a very convincing argument as to why Port Lincoln should have a heated indoor aquatic centre (Times, June 17) and for the most part I agree with her reasoning.
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Carol quotes statistics and the results of council’s survey, but what Carol is not revealing is that 10 per cent of the survey respondents are neither residents nor ratepayers in Port Lincoln so one would assume they would all agree with a new pool and taxing the ratepayers to help fund it.

When you discount the opinions of that 10 per cent there is less than 3 per cent of the city’s residents who participated in the survey.

What about the other 97 per cent?

Do we ignore their opinions because they failed to complete the survey or should we make a better attempt at seeking their opinion?

As I said, Carol’s reasoning is sound, but I ask – at what cost?

I do not believe that a city of 14,000 people with 8200 rateable properties can afford an aquatic centre that has been costed at $17 million.

At this week’s council meeting the council adopted a plan to borrow $10.2 million in the next two years, but where will the other $6.8 million come from?

I would like a new bright red Ferrari but I can’t have it because I can’t afford it.

Federal treasurer Joe Hockey is trying to convince us that we have to learn to live within our means, but apparently Port Lincoln does not have to be part of this.

While previous councils have operated within this principal, delivering considerable community infrastructure and upgrades with no debt and rate rises of only 30 per cent in the 10 years from 2000 to 2010, this current council has raised rates and charges by almost 30 per cent in four years as well as planning to have the city in debt of over $ 10 million by 2016.

Future rate rises are planned to be 80 per cent by 2024.

I ask that the community remembers this when council elections are held later this year. I will not be part of it.

MICK BASCOMBE

Port Lincoln City Council councillor (for not much longer)

We have plenty of water available

I’m sending this photograph of Port Lincoln’s very own Tod River flooding after our mid-June rain.

This is merely what is flowing out to sea by the airport after what water is caught by the Tod Reservoir.

With Port Lincoln’s water supply diminishing, talks of desalination plants make me shudder.

It seems to be the quick fix answer, but at a cost my grand kids will have to pay off.

Adelaide’s desal unit was at a huge cost the state couldn’t afford, especially when it is not even being used.

As with the Adelaide Oval being revamped successfully, we should be revamping the Tod Reservoir and also catching runoff on the sea side of it.

By utilising the Tod again it would take the pressure off our underground basins. Using the combination of both it just may solve Port Lincoln’s water problems.

Watching the runoff down the streets, heading to Liverpool Street, and flooding it has started my thought process that we should be utilising the free water we have.

PETER WOOLFORD

Port Lincoln

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Creek crossings flowing for riders

RIDING: Pearl Dessart riding Wally at Milton Stephens’ property at Yallunda Flat. Photograph: Images of Iris Photography
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THE Eyre Peninsula Equestrian Association Riding Club rode at Milton Stevens and Jodie Hare’s property at Yallunda Flat on Sunday, June 1 in perfect riding conditions.

Once a short shower had passed, 18 riders mounted up and headed off, knowing that a ride among some beautiful countryside was in store.

The club is always thankful to hosts for inviting riders twice a year into their home to share and experience some fantastic riding opportunities.

Yallunda Flat has spectacular heritage and large timbered hills, and pastoral and grazing farmland, which makes for an ideal setting for a trail ride.

The regrowth from the 2005 bushfire had grown dense and tall, exciting riders by single file trail as they made their way through the dense growth without leaving much of a footprint.

There are always native animals and plants to admire, and the creek crossings were flowing, but also the evidence of investigative mining, which always saddens riders to some degree and they can only hope this area is left untouched in the future.

One of the youngest riders on the day was Pearl Dessart. She rode brilliantly on Wally, a borrowed horse from Milton Stevens that she hadn’t ridden before, and after lunch she swapped horses with Sarah Hare to Compass, who was also a new mount for Pearl. It was wonderful to see such confidence in the junior riders.

Younger riders on the day were Maya Lloyd on Zac, Rochelle Milnes on Murphy, Sasha Povey on Tinkerbell, Sarah Hare on Compass and then after lunch Wally, and Zahli Liddicoat on Jessie.

This group laughed and chattered enjoying the great outdoors with their ponies.

Many riders took advantage of fallen logs along the way with Karen Milnes on Johnny, Grace Kemp on Gus, Kathy Nottle on Billy Bob, and Nadine Davies on Monsignor and a few juniors all having a go at the logs.

Other adult riders were Cheryl Ganley, Glenn Fowler on Brown Boy, Lisa Povey on Gabby, Jodie Hare on Cass, Milton Stevens on Hope, Judith Searle on Ranger, Kali Searle on Kat, and Sandi Burke riding Sunny.

Milton Stevens and Jodie Hare will be hosting a spring ride as a Saving Our Sustainability (SOS) fundraiser for SOS activities, with lunch provided. For further information about this ride call SOS chairperson Milton Stevens on 8688 5032.

The club meets for a trail ride on the first Sunday of each month. Please call Sandi Burke on 0428 846 135 or Judith Searle on 0428 846 133 for information.

There is also a juniors club that meets once a month at the Mortlock Park grounds in Tumby Bay. Contact Nikki Bowers on 0455 682 589 for further details.

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Councils review mine impact

HOUSING for potentially hundreds of Iron Road mine workers will be part of a master plan being investigated by the Wudinna District Council.
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Iron Road has submitted the development application for its Central Eyre Iron Project infrastructure to the state government detailing the infrastructure to be located outside the proposed mining lease at Warramboo including its Cape Hardy port at Port Neill, a workers village and a rail, power and water corridor.

Wudinna District Council chief executive officer Alan McGuire said accommodation for 200 to 300 people could be required at Wudinna along with the mine site construction camp.

He said so many additional people living in the town would impact other infrastructure such as the hospital and school.

“We’re just trying to envisage what that’s going to look like,” he said.

On Tuesday the council gave the green light to investigating a structural master plan on potential infrastructure.

Mr McGuire said the plan would look at where new residential areas could go and what would be required in terms of other infrastructure.

“We’re trying to get ahead of the game on this.

“We’ll look at securing information about the specialist advice that’s available and whether we can get supported funding.”

The council will now be able to use information from the company’s development application details.

“It’s a positive development and gives us something we can work with.

“While we’ve had many discussions with the company it’s only ever been in terms of ‘what ifs’.

“We’ve talked about it for awhile but realised we were getting ahead of ourselves and didn’t want to invest a lot of money on a maybe.

“Now we’ll start to get more specific detail about their project intent and that will give us some direction regarding to how we need to respond.

“We haven’t yet heard anything on whether they will be able to secure funding for the project which we’re all waiting on.”

Tumby Bay District Council chief executive officer Trevor Smith said the council would find out the details of the application and how they would affect the district at a meeting with the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy in early July.

Tumby Bay District Council chief executive officer Trevor Smith said the the Cape Hardy port could generate potential long-term benefits for the Tumby Bay district in terms of employment, with a workers accommodation camp at the port end and the mine end.

He said the Cape Hardy port could generate potential long-term benefits for the Tumby Bay district in terms of employment, with a workers accommodation camp at the port end and the mine end.

While the initial construction phase – about two to three years – was expected to involve fly-in fly-out workers, the company would most likely require a stable locally-based long-term workforce.

Cleve District Council chief executive officer Peter Arnold said the most significant effect on the Cleve district would be the creation of a new rail corridor from the most northern to the most southern boundaries.

“The new corridor is expected to create up to an additional 12 rail crossings across our district.

“Council will be ensuring that any new rail crossings are constructed in a manner and to a standard to minimise inconvenience and address safety concerns of all road users.”

He said the council was waiting for more detailed information from the company before determining further details on how the district would be affected.

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Leisure centre pool helped me to world championships

Pool success storyMine is one of many stories to have come from the leisure centre pool here in Port Lincoln.
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I was brought up on a farm near Lock and so didn’t have the opportunity to learn to swim, I somehow managed to survive our once a year holiday at the beach without drowning!

At the age of 50 I started taking swimming lessons at the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre, something I could not have done in the sea.

My instructors were horrified; I could not float, I swam backwards, couldn’t breathe and so on. I have also noticed several other “retired farmers” taking lessons of late and learning to swim at the leisure centre pool.

Two years later in 2000 I entered my first triathlon (swim, bike, run) and managed to get through the swim leg and finish the event, what a feeling that was!

I have since competed in many different triathlon events with swim distances ranging from 750 metres up to a lengthy 3.8 kilometre swim in the ironman event.

This has only been possible thanks to the many swimming lessons given by Carol Veldhuyzen, Sylvia Dansie and Deb Wareing at the leisure centre pool.

While I swim in the sea over the warmer months, the lessons given at the leisure centre pool would have been impossible in an open air environment.

Fast forward 13 years to 2013 when I competed in two ironman triathlon events and finished both. They involved a first up 3.8 kilometre ocean swim, one with a wetsuit (Melbourne, definite help) and one without a wetsuit (Hawaiian Ironman).

That was a fantastic feeling but I also raised over $6000 leading up to the Hawaiian Ironman (Ironman Foundation), to repair plumbing in a secondary school in Tanzania.

Over my time swimming at the leisure centre, I still swim there two to three times a week, I can’t help but notice the other people involved in aquarobics, swim fit, learn to swim, rehabilitation etc.

There is no better way to exercise if you have had a knee or hip replacement. Water is a non-weight bearing medium. It is much easier for overweight/obese people to exercise in a pool; in fact the pool is the best exercise facility in the city as it caters for the very young and very old and all ages in between.

It is not gender or age specific and is open all year round; you can swim there any month of the year!

Obviously there are some people in the community who believe a swimming pool is an extravagance, if you haven’t been there or don’t go there it would appear that way.

But take the time to visit, sit down for an hour or two and observe those using the pool. You will be surprised at the different ages, the different programs, the different swimming styles (?) but most of all the number of people using the facility.

Children as young as six months take swimming lessons, which is most appropriate as children drowning in backyard swimming pools is something we don’t want. Conversely you don’t hear of many children drowning in the sea!

Is that because they have learnt water safety at a pool?

There are some people now making statements on the future of a pool in Port Lincoln having had the benefits of the leisure centre pool in the past but are now willing to deny future generations the same; this is shameful on their behalf.

The climax of my swimming story from the leisure centre pool was undoubtedly taking part in the 2013 Hawaiian Ironman World Championships, not only learning to swim but being able to swim 3.8 kilometres competently!

PETER SHERIDAN

Port Lincoln

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