Northern Argus apology
Northern Argus apologises to the Clare Valley wineries and restaurants for its incorrect publishing of a photo from the Barossa Valley in last week’s (May 9) Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend edition.
We wish the wineries, organisers and visitors all the best for a weekend of success ahead. Gourmet will be held this weekend, from Friday, May 18 to Monday, May 21.
School Bus policy
I was most disappointed to read yet another story in the Northern Argus regarding issues related to school buses (Northern Argus 9.5.18). Like many other parents with children who travel to and from school on DECS buses, I want to see these issues addressed – issues which have been ignored by the previous government.Why should a student attending a private school be treated any different to a student who attends a public school? Both parents are paying the same taxes.Why should parents in rural and regional areas be forced to send their children to a public school so that they have access to free transport on a school bus? This takes away choice.In regional areas there’s no public transport access and children can’t ride their bikes to school if they live 30 kilometres away. I don’t think students living in rural and regional areas should be disadvantaged by a policy which is obviously outdated and I have made my views well known to the State Education Minister John Gardner.
Kendall Jackson, Port Pirie
Leave test cricket alone
Undoubtedly, the day/night pink ball Test matches, at Adelaide Oval have been a financial and popular success. Unfortunately, however, the day/night matches fail, dismally, at providing the major and all significant factor, in a sporting contest, of providing equal playing conditions throughout the entire contest.
Richard Earle's ill-informed and ignorant comments ('India keeps blinkers on' - The Advertiser Wednesday, May 9, 2018) that "Virat Koli's India has turned first-class coward, cynically and perpetually opposing change that is vital to cricket's survival", reeks of a man lacking in the understanding of how a five-day Test match actually plays out. Most, if not all other sports, that have successfully moved to a night time zone are activities where both teams/individuals are performing the same activity, at the same time.That does not apply to cricket. One team is batting, one team is bowling.
The advantage of ball over bat, in the twilight hours, is overwhelming! I suggest to Richard Earle and his like, before putting pen to paper, that they carefully study the results and individual performances in the pink ball Tests, which indicate the imbalance of a fair and equal contest, between bat and ball. Test cricket is the ultimate contest in cricket; let the 20:20 giggle format raise the money, and leave Test cricket to continue as the ultimate prize for any and all aspiring young cricketers.
Rick Drewer, Gawler East
Help save local birdlife
There are countless examples of Australia’s nature laws failing to protect our unique birdlife and their habitats, and with one of the highest extinction rates in the world, the time for real change is now.
Now is the time to send a loud and clear message to politicians that we need strong nature laws and independent institutions, not only to protect our native birdlife, but all of nature. Strong nature laws will restore the health of Australian landscapes and the species they support.
Join us in calling on all major parties to commit to a new generation of national environment laws to protect the places and birds we love.
Sign our petition to demand stronger nature laws that genuinely work to protect our environment. The petition can be signed at www.actforbirds.org/petition/
Margaret Quixley, conservation manager, Birdlife Australia