Virus highlights changes

The impact of the COVID-19 virus has reached every corner of society's activities.

It has revealed some practices which could be changed to provide a benefit even beyond the dilemma.

A good deal of office computer work can be done at home. The employee can receive work to be done and return it by email to the office.

This would reduce the need for travel to work by car or public transport providing immediate relief from traffic and parking problems. Another gain would be fewer emissions. One day per week at the office would allow for personal interchange if necessary. The virus and subsequent economic implications have emphasised the need to be independent and this applies from the individual right through to the state and nation.

We have become too dependent on foreign countries in all areas. Problems have arisen when we depend on them to supply our needs and when they can no longer access our products.

The remedy will involve reconsideration of Australia's commitment to schemes like the Lima Agreement (Agenda 21 etc) where we agree to allow our industries to go off-shore to assist developing nations. Trade Agreements can have a similar effect.

The negative side of globalisation has been clearly exposed. Will we take heed?

KEN GRUNDY

Naracoorte

Bowls on hold

In considering the COVID-19 impact on the bowls community, Bowls South Australia notes that our sport's national governing body, Bowls Australia (BA) issued a circular, which provides an update on the latest COVID-19 developments in addition to previously providing guidelines for participants to follow when participating in bowls activities.

Bowls SA also notes that the Bowls Australia Circular acknowledges each pennant competition administrator will also need to consider and respond to local factors and circumstances to postpone pennant competition until further notice. It is acknowledged that several associations and clubs have already completed their respective season or alternatively closed their facilities.

Having considered the announcement by Bowls Australia and the latest advice from the federal government, Bowls South Australia advises all clubs and associations that, effective immediately, it is suspending all scheduled fixtures in the following Bowls South Australia administered competitions, programs and events until further notice.

  • MGA Women's Country Carnival March 30 - April 5.
  • Alexandrina Senior Supa Series April 6 - 8.
  • Prestige Medley April 18 - 19.
  • Champions week April 26 - May 3.
  • Bowls SA Awards night May 22.
  • Regional and State FiveAA Night Owl Finals: Mallala March 18 - Semaphore March 24 - Toorak Burnside March 24 - Victor Harbor March 25 - Salisbury March 25 - Ascot Park March 31 - Ascot Park April 5.
  • Berri Barmera Senior Supa Series May 4 and 5.
  • All State events inclusive of remaining Champion of Champion matches, State Multi-Disability and Australian Indoor Qualifying.

All Elite program trainings inclusive of under 18, development, state training squads and elite squad trials.

Entry Fees for all events that have yet to commence will be refunded in full. Bowls SA ask for your patience as we administer this process.

This decision to postpone has taken into account the impact of the playing matches behind closed doors, the availability of teams, officials, volunteers as well as feedback and input from players, club and association officials in relation to what is appropriate for their respective broader bowls community.

In addition, it is the recommendation of Bowls SA that all clubs and associations' training and social events should also be suspended for this period of time.

Bowls SA intends to use the period of postponement to further consult with its clubs and associations, health experts, government and the Bowls in Australia national framework.

Competitions and events are suspended and not cancelled. We will consider potential options to reactivate our competitions, including reformatting or extending scheduled seasons as we are better informed and placed to make those decisions.

Where possible, Bowls SA is looking to reduce face-to-face contact with groups of people. This will also impact the delivery of proposed Club development workshops, training centre courses, coaching courses and committee meetings. Bowls SA will attempt to provide electronic training resources for clubs and members throughout this difficult time.

Bowls SA will continue to inform all stakeholders of further developments, in this every- changing environment.

MARK EASTON

Chief Executive Officer, Bowls SA

Thank you for fire assistance

Brett, Vicki, Bodie, Sax and Tamara Siegert would like to thank all the pilots, trucks, council and farm units that assisted with the Coffin Bay fire on 29/1/20. Such a great job done by all, thanks to all involved.

TAMARA SIEGERT

Coffin Bay

Pay ahead

With everyone locking down (COVID-19), I paid ahead for my coffee appointment for next few weeks and you could do it with hairdressers or any other small business you patronise.

I have usually budgeted for it anyway and it may help them to keep going.

HUEY BREEN

Port Lincoln

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