The Friends of the Parnkalla Walking Trail had expected fewer helpers for our rubbish collection on Clean Up Australia Day as the Day on Dorward fundraising event and the Lincoln Orienteers special 500th event were held on the same day.
Luckily, we were wrong.
We thank the 31 participants, with special acknowledgement of the continued support of the Port Lincoln Scout Group with 14 members.
Rubbish was collected along the trail and nearby bush between Kirton Point and Mundy's Mooring, on the beach from Kirton Point to Shelley Beach and along Snook's Landing Road, Slipway Road and part of the seaward side of Bentham Place-Adelphi Terrace.
It was pleasing that much less rubbish was found, especially between Snook's Landing and Mundy's Mooring, than in previous years, and no drug-related items were found.
Along the beach and near Gawler Terrace, lots of alcohol bottles and broken glass had to be picked up as well as some beer cartons.
Broken glass can be dangerous, especially with children playing on the beach.
We urge people who are "partying" to be more responsible and take items home or dispose of them in the rubbish bins provided by council at Kirton Point Jetty and Shelley Beach.
The amount of rubbish and recyclables collected was estimated to weight about 33kg.
Council was alerted about a few large items unable to be picked up by participants.
Each year council workers help our group by picking up the sealed rubbish bags (plus items too large for the bags) on the morning after the clean-up.
This year, when they arrived at the designated site near Snook's Landing, the pile of collected rubbish had disappeared.
We can only hope that a Good Samaritan thought he or she would help and that the rubbish has been disposed of correctly.
Anyone with information about this is asked to contact me (8682 6999) or Justin Clements at the council (0412 597 292).
One edition is enough
I have been contemplating this letter for quite a while now, but feel the time is right.
In the past month, the Tuesday Times has twice published this edition with only 12 pages in it.
The talk on the streets is that this edition is not worth putting out and surely the number sold would indicate this fact.
I feel it is time to go back to one decent paper on the Thursday and scrap Tuesday's paper all together.
Paying $1.70 for 12 pages is a bit strong (14 cents a page) and there seems to be "nothing" in it and can be read in five minutes.
Waiting two more days for sports results, for example, from the weekend's sport would not worry too many people, I am sure.
Have a section for all results, another section for previews and, of course, the general news and Domain section - it would make it a decent paper for all.
Bump the price up to $2 for the Thursday paper, if need be, and bring it back to the old traditional Times with plenty of newsworthy stories to keep the readers satisfied.
I would be interested to see the reaction from your readers about this situation and see what comes of it.