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LETTERS: Send letters to the editor to luca.cetta@faifraxmedia.com.au.

A taste of city entertainment

Much praise to all who made it possible for the opera Barber of Seville to come to our town of Ceduna.

What an experience to have such talented artists perform in our remote country town. A place where these well trained and experienced performers would not normally come.

Their place is usually in the cities and big country towns in our country and the world.

What an opportunity for our country people to experience opera, even if it is not our usual choice of entertainment and music. 

We may not have fully understood it all but we certainly appreciated the quality of the performance of the musicians and singers of such renown. 

It was great to see the range of ages in the audience too. 

So, to the Ceduna Presenters group, and the sponsors, Ceduna Council and The Ceduna Forshore Hotel, the performers, thank you

COLLEEN HOFFRICHTER

Ceduna

Elliston a model council

Congratulations to the Elliston District Council from another SA coastal local councillor for both your local government award for promoting indigenous recognition through the Waterloo Bay monument and your position on opposing exploration in the Bight.

I recognise the courageous and determined work it must have taken to come up with a set of words on the monument that very diplomatically covers all the different views about the word “massacre” and I am adopting you as my model council!

I hope this sort of work challenges and inspires other councils to be leaders in this kind of community representation.

MICHELLE HOGAN

Port Adelaide Enfield councillor

Praise for Elliston District Council

Congratulations to the Elliston District Council and their local government award for promoting indigenous recognition through the Waterloo Bay monument. 

Also congratulations for coming up with a set of words on the monument that very diplomatically covers all the different views about the word “massacre” and doesn’t buy into the issue about the identity of the traditional owners for the area. 

I suspect the words are a joint effort but if it was the work of a single wordsmith they’ve done an excellent job. Well done all round!

PHIL FITZPATRICK

Tumby Bay

Decentralisation policy a ‘fizzer’

It’s a big letdown for regional Australia that the Turnbull Government’s decentralisation policy has turned out to be a fizzer.

On budget night, the government announced just six agencies would move a handful of jobs. 

What they didn’t say was that it was only 98 jobs which would, in fact, be “decentralised”; and that only 16 of those would actually go to a regional centre.

In fact, 80 per cent of the jobs will move from one capital city to another.  

This includes 25 jobs which the government will move from Sydney’s CBD to Parramatta, only 25 kilometres away.

Over the last year, the government has raised considerable expectations in regional Australia about its policy only to disappoint.  

Many councils have put time and energy into making the case for hosting agencies in their regional cities.

The Coalition’s decentralisation policy is nothing more than a complete fizzer. 

If the government was serious about supporting regional employment then it should stop their ongoing cuts to regional public service jobs.

STEPHEN JONES MP

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government