|Coober Pedy News|
|No. 55 30 April 2004|
Letters to Editor
Memorials Policy Adopted
The District Council of Coober Pedy voted to adopt its Draft 'Memorials Policy'.
Being a relatively new council it previously had no cause to have such a policy. But it received a request to give permission for the erection of a memorial in a public place, so it had to get one. The Council found one that might do the job in another local government body's list of policies. This one was announced as being considered for adoption, with a required time for the public to make any comment. In the meantime the relatives of Andrew 'Wilbur' Williamson, who was murdered in Coober Pedy several months ago, were notified that no decision on their request to erect a memorial to 'Wilbur' could be made until it could be considered in the light of a pending policy adoption.
The April Council Meeting Agenda listed the consideration of the adoption of the Draft Memorials Policy, as the required time for public comment had lapsed without any comment being received. When the matter of the adoption was about to be discussed, Councillor Harry Blobel said that although it was "nothing personal", he was opposed to the council giving permission for "Wilbur's" relatives to erect a public memorial to him, because he "has been known to be a drug dealer".
Council's CEO Trevor McLeod pointed out that any discussion at this stage, on the Williamson family request was pointless, because the Council has not yet adopted any policy, and that had to be attended to first.
Following that, the Council voted to adopt the policy. Then the Mayor, Steve Baines, pointed out that the Williamson request could not be granted as it did not comply with the requirements of the policy.
Councillor Roanna Wardle said, "Why?"
Mayor Baines replied that 'Wilbur' Williamson had not served the community for ten years.
A letter would be written to the relatives to say that their request, in the form that they had made it, was denied, as it did not comply with Council Policy.
New Power Station Footings in place
Statewest, the newly appointed supplier of Coober Pedy's future electricity, said that it was very happy with the progress in construction of the new generating plant. "Everything is on time and on budget", said the General Manager Steve Price, at his presentation at the District Council April meeting.
He said that Statewest, owned by Wesfarmers, has built 33 power stations.
The concrete footings, for the new generators, and the bulk fuel.
For all the day to day scuttlebutt in the town about the doings of the District Council, only one interested resident turned up at the April meeting to check out what was going on.
Development Plan Public Meeting
Seven people have indicated that they, or their representatives, intend to speak on their submissions, at the May 5 public meeting on Coober Pedy's future development plans.
They are Mark Bell, 'Big' Yanni Athanasiadis, Dean Clee, Trevor Berry, Robert Coro, Peter Rowe and Darryl Borrett.
The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, starting at 6 pm.
The Mayor, Steve Baines said at the recent council meeting that he required all councillors to attend the May 5 meeting.