17th July 2017

Shadow Environment Minister 

David Speirs,

 Dear David,

 

There should be NO Natural Resource Management Boards at all. We must go back to the Plant, Animal, Pest and Soil Boards at a local level.

 This is based upon the following facts and evidences.

  Our subscribers are not only from metropolitan and regional South Australia, but right across Australia and it is the consensus of our subscribers and supporters that the NRM structure is not working well at all across the whole state.

 Natural resource management is not balanced and is NOT about the environment as they propose to be. 

 In regards to NRM relationships with landowners, the NRM is the dictator. FLAG Australia has many instances where this has happened. Further, NRM have no respect for landowners and this has been proven over many years with their bully tactics.

 NRM consultation is rubbish, FLAG Australia has been to many meetings where NRM Boards have already made a decision before any consultation has taken place.

 FLAG Australia, without much effort have obtained 7,000 signatures on petitions opposing the right to take water levies on our farms. Ninety six percent of the signatures are from our metropolitan supporters. Even our metropolitan supporters know how important it is that farmers are not hindered in growing clean healthy food here in South Australia and the rest of Australia.

 Low flow by passes are an impost on farmers and do nothing to help low flows or keep creeks flowing in summer.

 NRM want farmers to fence off our creeks and dams, to stop animal faeces going into our water ways, micro organisms feed off animal faeces, it is part of our ecology, so fencing off creeks and dams will not help this issue.

 In conclusion NRM act 2004 needs repealing and the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) needs a complete culture change and reduction in the bureaucracy.

 If the Liberal Party are sincere about getting this state going let food producers farm without this bureaucratic madness. 

 

 

Yours Sincerely, 

     Peter Manuel

     Founder / Executive Director

     Flag Australia Inc.

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30.03.2017

 

 Stephen Wade, 

 Shadow Minister for Health SA.

 

Dear Stephen,

 

1. Kalimna could be changed from Hostel care to a nursing home for around $290,000.

2. The main office building (10a) will have its 1 (one) respite bed removed & be reclassified (class 5)

    Office building will need no building work required. 

3. The Governments contracted building certified survey report of November 2014 stated that from his

    observations on site at the hostel that the facility could be reopened as a class 9a building, ( nursing home

    - primarily for high care needs as well as residences with lower care needs).

4. The Governments estimate over $1,000,000 to reopen Kalimna is based on converting all 3 building to class

    9c, with 1.8 metre hallways.

    This is completely un-necessary and was not even mentioned as a necessary option in the November 2014 

    building certifiers survey report, allegedly paid for by the Government.

5. There is approximately $750,000 in the H.A.C. fund.

6. There was approximately $135,000 put aside for the sprinkler system that was never installed.

7 Strathalbyn would be entitled to at least $100,000 out of the H.A.C. fund, so add the $100.000 from H.A.C. fund

   and $135,000 for the sprinkler system equals $235,000, I am sure the community could rally and come up with

   the balance required to make Kalimna compliant.

8. We the people will not back down on this very important issue.

Yours sincerely

 Peter Manuel

0400 915 083

emailed by Yvette Holdsworth 

0400 266 017

 

3 / 8/16

Dear Minister,

This current Government talks about safety. If the Labor Government is serious about safety, legislation needs to be changed so we can clear debris and grass from the road sides to prevent bushfires starting on the road sides.

With recent storms, the buildup of new fallen branches and trees is massive and with summer approaching, this puts our property, stock, homes and lives at high risk. So please Minister, consider the safety aspect and change legislation so we can feel a lot safer.

Also Minister, I am receiving a lot of phone calls about your decision on No more dams in the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges in the Angus Bremer catchment. This seriously needs to be looked at.

A young couple recently purchased a block of land in this catchment and they needed more water to be viable and run stock. They put down a bore and went down 115m before they struck water. However, the water they did strike was far to salty (8,000ppm). It cost them $10,000 for the privilege of getting water they cannot use. 

If they could have put a dam in at a cost of around $5,000 they would have not only drought proofed their property but also created another ecosystem which would have been great for the environment.

Minister, we are trying to grow a critical need, called food. Could you please think seriously about reversing your decision and let us drought proof our properties and have water also to protect our lives, property and stock in the case of bushfire.

Surely Minister you would like to eat food grown here in South Australia.

Yours Sincerely,

Peter Manuel

Karl Braendler

Secretary 

Flag Australia Inc.

secretary.flag.australia.inc@gmail.com

www.flagaustralia.org

For

Peter Manuel

Founder/Executive Director

Flag Australia Incorporated

Ph: 0447 002 083

PO Box 1062

 

Strathalbyn SA 5255

WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR AN OFFICIAL REPLY FROM

THE MINISTER TO OUR LETTER DATED 8TH APRIL 2015

8th April 2015 

Minister Ian Hunter.

 

Dear Minister,

Would you please clarify for me, the taking of water from a Creek, Dam or

River for stock, domestic and bushfire use is exempt from any levies or

water allocation plan.

This is a yes or no answer Minister, please keep it simple.

Kind Regards

 

Peter Manuel

Founder/Executive Director

Flag Australia Incorporated

Ph: 0447 002 083

PO Box 1062


Strathalbyn SA 5255 

 

12th January 2015

The Hon. Michelle Lensink

Parliament House

Adelaide SA

A BIG THANK YOU

Dear Michelle,

Many thanks for crossing the floor in Oct 2014 to vote with the Labor Government to enforce farmers to pay for their own water.   I never thought I would see the day when Section 100 of The Australian Constitution would be violated and flaunted by a state government, especially by a liberal government.

You finally have shown your true colours.  We now have a truly embedded Labor/liberal coalition government in this state.  I have supported a liberal party financially for forty seven years.  Never again.

I trust you will sit quietly in the chamber till the next election to maximise your severance pay and then slip quietly away without bothering to groom and profile a younger replacement.

At the age of 70 years, I will be directing my political energies to replacing you and your cohorts with independents who are focussed on the wellbeing of farmers and getting rid of bureaucracies such as the NRM EW&NR.

I am terribly disappointed in you.

I have enclosed copies of my extortion invoices for you to put under your pillow.

Sleep well.

Lindsay Gibson.

Prospect Hill   SA     5201

 


 

STILL NO  RESPONSE


 

12th January 2015

Leon Bignell MP

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Minister for Forests, Minister for Tourism, Minister for Recreation and Sport, Minister for Racing, Member of the Executive Council

 

Dear Leon,

Thank you for having your PA call me in regard to the email I sent you on the 30th December 2014 asking you as acting Water Minister to revoke the no more dams in the Angus Bremer catchment area legislation that Ian Hunter introduced. Also thank you for forwarding it on to Ian Hunter now that you are no longer acting Water Minister, here's hoping he attends to it quickly and listens to we the people who are trying to drought proof our properties and protect them from bushfires.

Kind regards,

Peter Manuel

Founder/Executive Director

Flag Australia Incorporated

Ph: 0447 002 083

PO Box 1062

 

Strathalbyn SA 5255

LETTERS TO OUR POLITICIANS

 

 

 

29th Dec 2014

Hon. Leon Bignell,  MP

Dear Leon,

Now you are Acting Minister for water and you believe farmers are the backbone of this country.

Ian Hunter early this year with the flick of a pen banned new dams in the Angus Bremer catchment area, now we can not prepare for drought and he has also devalued our properties.

So with a flick of a pen you can reverse this and we can drought proof our farms and get on with farming.

Regards

Peter Manuel

Founder/Executive Director

Flag Australia Incorporated

Ph: 0447 002 083

PO Box 1062

Strathalbyn SA 5255

 

 

 

8th Dec 2014

Mr Bob Katter

Dear Bob,

You are spot on in-regards to Peter Spencers situation.

Yes Peter's Property Rights Compensation case is certainly as big as Mabo. Good on you Bob for supporting Peter Spencer who has been through HELL, because of RIDICULOUS  Native Vegetation and Land Clearing Laws. 

In SA the Natural Resource Management Act 2004. As well as the Water Allocation Plan and Native Veg Act are not only taking away our Property Rights, but destroying our ability to grow FOOD on our FREE HOLD Properties. 

The Powers to be say we are going to have a World shortage in FOOD. They are absolutely right, not because of an increase in World population 

But the DRACONIAN LAWS that are been forced apon us FOOD PRODUCERS which is making it so difficult for MUM and DAD farmers to grow healthy FOOD. 

Unless we get big change in this country we are very close of relying on other countries to supply us with FOOD.

That puts us in a very vulnerable and DANGEROUS situation. 

Keep batting for Peter Spencer Bob, FLAG AUSTRALIA INC. Commends you.

Louise Wittkop

Secretary 

Flag Australia Inc.

www.flagaustralia.org

For 

Peter Manuel

Founder/Executive Director

Flag Australia Incorporated

Ph: 0447 002 083

PO Box 1062

Strathalbyn SA 5255

 

 

 

28th November 2014

To Senator David Leyonhjelm,

How disappointing to hear your heartless words Senator.

In your own words I quote,

"Farmers who cannot survive drought without help from their fellow Australians should not be propped up or encouraged to sit on their hands until it rains. The only incentive they need is the one that motivates any business which is to remain profitable and sustainable. If they cannot do that they should sell their property to someone who can".

    You are completely out of touch and out of order Senator. How can any farmer prepare for a drought that could last 5 years or more. A two year drought is bad enough. To suggest a farmer should just sit on his hands and wait for rain is not only heartless, it's plainly insulting.

   How would you like to have to go and shoot your livelihood because of no water or feed and all because of no fault of your own? Maybe you should have your salary taken from you for a few years and see how you survive on what 'Patty shot at'?

Next time you sit down for lunch or dinner, just think long and hard as to who produced it. A Farmer!

And to suggest selling the farm to someone else! Guess what, they won't be able to survive either!

   So the best thing for the people of your electorate is to remember your heartless comments and kick you out. You do not deserve to be serving We the people.

You're a disgrace.

Sincerely,

Peter Manuel

Executive Director

FLAG Australia Inc.

 

 

 

 

Mr Dean Crabb,

The board of Flag Australia Incorporated and our Subscribers believe LPSA

should be lobbying the government, the opposition, the greens and the

independents to repeal "The Right to Take Water Levy" in the Eastern and

Western Mt Lofty Ranges, we have paid for our water that falls freely from

the sky when we purchased  our properties.

Louise Wittkop

Secretary

Flag Australia Inc.

www.flagaustralia.org

For

Peter Manuel

Founder/Executive Director

Flag Australia Incorporated

Ph: 0447 002 083

PO Box 1062

Strathalbyn SA 5255




Dear Minister Joyce,

                      Please find attached our organisations position letter in relation to this subject, supporting Senator Leyonhjelm

 

Kind regards,

John Michelmore & Peter Manuel 

 

 

 

4th July 2014

To the leader of the opposition the Hon. Steven Marshall,

Dear Steven,

I read recently where the Labor government are making budget cuts to the natural resource management community grants program. Finally looks like a Labor government are waking up that this so called environmental department are costing this state and are not producing a thing.

Michelle Lensink allegedly states the Weatherill governments disastrous cuts will leave our farms and national parks vulnerable to invasive weeds, and feral animal infestation. I am really missing something here Ms Lensink re us food producers have to buy our rabbit bait, fox and mice poison and also chemicals to spray our weeds. 

Until there is a bounty put on foxes like there use to be, and food producers get real help in the way of subsidies for the mice, rabbit and fox bait and chemicals to spray our noxious weeds to actually help us to grow food for this state, nation and export market and nip this natural resource management in the bud, we the food producers will be a thing of the past. 

A true Liberal wouldn't have a bar of these draconian laws that us food producers are putting up with. Until the Liberal party make big change, I like many others could not vote for a party that obviously has been infiltrated by a green agenda. To think low flow bypasses and meters on dams could've been stopped last year but the Liberals supported them. 

Yours Sincerely,

Executive Director

Peter Manuel

FLAG Australia Incorporated