LETTERS: Search to solve Sunny Brae puzzle

LETTERS: Search to solve Sunny Brae puzzle

I am an artist researching a letter written by Daisy Bates to an Ararat school principal in 1947. Daisy gives her address as Sunny Brae Farm via Streaky Bay.

I visited Streaky Bay Museum last year and saw a photo of Daisy, Ernestine Hill, Vida Thompson, Phyllis Matthews, Bert Thompson and grandchild Natalie Thompson, taken at Westall.

However, in her book on Bates and Hill, Eleanor Hogan claims it is the Mathews family and thinks Sunny Brae Farm was the Westall property. Daisy Bates stayed at Westall and Pantoulbie farms owned by Vida and Cyril Thompson.

Another photo shows Daisy on a swing at Pantoulbie. The house has a distinctive chimney which I later found depicted in a Streaky Bay Heritage Study, giving Hospital Drive as the address.

This house is now used for health services associated with the hospital.

I assumed Daisy Bates must have stayed at the property near Eyre's Waterhole, but Pantoulbie was originally more extensive so maybe she stayed there.

I am trying to find Sunny Brae's location. Was it another name for Mount Westall? Was it the name of one of the Pantoulbie houses, either adjacent to the hospital, or farther out of town? Or another property run by the Matthews family?

I hope someone with a long memory of Streaky Bay's history can help me solve the puzzle of Sunny Brae Farm - send an email to fifthcreek@optusnet.com.au

CHRISTINE GOODWIN

Glenelg North

Care for what we have

Peter Davis's letter (The Times, April 29) covers all the issues of our council's proposed development. It is a pity that he is not still mayor.

Port Lincoln's climate and the mixture of unspoiled development and beach attracted me from Port Augusta, a city with a very large debt caused in part by inappropriate decisions, resulting in high council rates.

I hope this does not happen here, but some councils seem to want to leave their mark. A plaque mentality.

Look after what we have because it can't be replaced. What we have is very good and does not to be changed.

PETER LOCK

Port Lincoln

Ratepayer concerns

I feel the council is not listening to what the community wants, which I appreciate isn't an easy job, but with the current funding offered it gives Port Lincoln Council a chance to do things right.

By that I mean, not spending it on an architect's vision eg, viewing platform on the toilet block and cluttering up the foreshore with man-made structures. Or demolishing a historic building like the Flinders Theatre.

Leave the facade at least and build a picture theatre with two screens whereby you can have two films showing, lot more feasible option and more profitable than the so called "boutique" cinema.

The recent letter written by Peter Davis would have to be the best suggestion I've seen yet, by way of repairing/setting things right.

By way of the pontoon being placed over the over side of the jetty (which is what should have been done in the first instance), removing the unsightly 'tuna rings'.

His suggestion of fixing the lack of car parks is the best yet, which has been on going over 20 years now with nothing been done, which you really have to feel for business owners along that strip.

Also doesn't require losing any of the beautiful green areas along the foreshore, brilliant!

HEATHER FAUSER

Port Lincoln

Issue not only in SA

Seeing it as a political opportunity, the Labor opposition lays the blame for ambulance ramping in Adelaide on the decisions and funding arrangements of the current state Liberal government.

It ignores the probability that the huge, but intermittent surges in health conditions requiring medical assistance, are the core reason behind this predicament

The fact that Victoria and Western Australia, both with Labor governments, are also experiencing ramping, brings into question the attempt to politicise an issue which goes past party lines.

In January 2021 in WA, ambulances were ramped for a record 4111 hours, while on Monday, April 19, 2021, 120 ambulances were ramped in hospitals across Victoria.

To expect our ambulance and medical services to be staffed and funded at high levels, during times of exceedingly low demand, which do occur more frequently, is financially unsustainable and unnecessary.

Other measures, not just increased funding and staffing, can assist: quickly prioritise the needs of those requiring medical services and facilities; redirect patients to alternative locations and facilities; and have the ability to call in emergency staff to meet increased demand.

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna