Highway safety concerns

Highway safety concerns

I am originally from Eyre Peninsula and currently living in Queensland, but I've been living on EP for the past six months caring for elderly family. I must say how appalled I am regarding the state of South Australian roads and more in particular Eyre Peninsula. There is no comparison with Queensland and other states' roads.

Having travelled several times around Australia, Eyre Peninsula has won the prize with no passing lanes on some of the most treacherous stretches of roads that carry multiple road trains.

Patched and patched roads, bumpy, holey and some very narrow. It's no encouragement for tourism and people travelling for medical appointments who can't afford to fly.

On many, many occasions I've been cut in front of by trucks at the Cummins turn off (and some cars that follow them around the corner).

They take it for granted that cars will give way when cars are travelling at 110km/h, they just pull out.

All it does is endanger many lives and I'm very concerned there will be a fatality.

I travel the Flinders Highway regularly for family medical appointments and find it totally appalling the lack of road manners by trucks that turn left off Tod Highway on to Flinders Highway.

Following other cars, I've witnessed many near misses with cars tooting in anger at the trucks. I totally understand truck drivers have a job to do, but please do it safely.

Come on local members, lobby government to send some serious cash over this way, we certainly look like the poor country cousins over here. Putting a give way or stop sign on the Tod/Flinders Highway intersection could help eliminate many hairy manoeuvres and possible fatalities.

MARISSA BEADMAN

Julatten, QLD

RACING SUCCESS FOR FORMER LOCAL

For those racing fans in Port Lincoln, it was great to see former Port Lincolner Terry Huish, my next door neighbour some years back, win a race at Pioneer Park, Alice Springs on Saturday with Johnny Akhaton.

The horse is by the impeccably bred but terribly underused stallion Carbon Prince, who once stood here in Port Lincoln.

Terry is an ex jockey who plied his trade in the Northern Territory until weight issues saw him take up horse training.

CRAIG HOLMES

Port Lincoln

COMMITTEE RETIRES

Thuruna's contribution to the wider Uniting Church and to Christian camping is invaluable. The Thuruna Campsite was officially opened on October 27, 1962 and since then local volunteers have given themselves to the oversight, management, construction and maintenance of the site.

The campsite has been managed for years with enthusiasm and passion, thanks to the Thuruna Campsite Management Committee.

In June 2020, it was decided to hand over the management and oversight of Thuruna to the Uniting Venues SA Committee by December 31.

This decision was due to increasing expectations around governance and compliance as well as declining committee membership.

A part-time manager was appointed and will carry-on the day-to-day management of Thuruna. On January 1, Uniting Venues SA (a ministry of the Uniting Church) took over responsibility for Thuruna which now sits within its overall portfolio of five venues and Beyond Limits Outdoor Education.

The Uniting Church is indebted to the commitment of the Thuruna Campsite Management Committee members for their work and it is with deep gratitude the committee is acknowledged for its significant contribution and dedicated service.

The campsite is recognised as a place of Christian discipleship, learning and fellowship. Of note is the recent contribution of Graham and Jeanette Pugsley, Jasmine Shultz and Peter Prime.

Their tireless work has allowed Thuruna to thrive over many years and for many more to come.

MARK LEE

Adelaide