Thursday, August 25, 2016

AUSTRALIA DAY - TO BE OR NOT TO BE

Australia Day being celebrated on the 26th January acknowledging the arrival of Governor Philip and the First Fleet. A group of ships sent with Convicts to be exported by the landed gentry of our British forebears often for crimes so petty it makes one weep.

I am a proud Aussie, so let's get that out of the way right up front. I regret the horrendous acts our forefathers committed against the indigenous population of our Country. I can comprehend that the Aboriginal People of this country are also unhappy that we celebrate the day we confiscated their homeland and claimed it as our own.

So the Fremantle Council has taken a very bold step to seek an alternative. The hue and cry is ringing from the roof tops. 

I just ask, can we all stop and think about this with compassion and empathy. The events in AFL football even in the last week has highlighted a desire of our Community to become the “one mob” and Eddie Betts and Nic Naitanui fantastic your personal responses to situations, that our media would have us become raving antagonists, is magnificent.

We today are a nation of such diverse cultural blend, maybe it is time to sit around the campfire and agree on a day that we can call as a celebration of our future, and yes let us have a new flag that can be truly a reflection of our dreaming of the future. 




WE ARE THE ONE MOB

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Baseball and Softball - a Galaxy Far Far Away

Many moons ago in a galaxy far far away my dear friend Don Rice went to a spot at Gepps Cross and planted the first sod of grass for what could have been a dedicated Baseball Stadium in South Australia. That site is now a Woolworths Bulk Store surrounded by The Croatian Community Club, a splendid facility, a Velodrome and Hockey SA. For reasons well documented in legend we did not complete the deal struck with the Government. In 1996 we were well advanced in negotiations with Government to make Thebarton Oval our home ground. Regrettably, the ground was owned by the Town of Thebarton who handed the facility to West Adelaide Hellas.



The Chunichi Dragons were well primed to become a major supporter of our game in South Australia with large economic benefits to our great game and the State. I personally remain convinced that these opportunities remain very much on foot and call on the ABF, the ABL and Baseball SA and for that matter Softball SA to start thinking how to bring in the big money required from Overseas to get our home up to scratch.

Yep, the Adelaide Bite are on the move to West Beach and Diamond Sports Park and the howl of dismay rises again. Seriously people the Government,  despite our best attempts to really piss them off again, has said here you go Boys and Girls we have chucked $4 million at you to make this your home. I am also pretty certain that the State Government has or will chuck us a bit more cash to start making those steps necessary to achieve our goals.



A new dawn is with us we have a surface, we have lighting, we have a great indoor training facility and we really do have it, it is ours! 

It is time to stop whining, it is time to get behind the venue and show the world we have a home, with a home run fence that is not the joke of the league, that had us recognised globally as a shit facility. We have a home, a home we can make great over time, a home that can be the birth place of our legends of the future. 

Unless you have $15 to $20 million to pay for a better solution stop complaining and start supporting. West Beach is our home.

Baseball, Softball is back in the Olympics in 2020, let's make sure Australia and South Australia bat above its weight and get on board with Diamond Sports Park and Bennett Field. 

GO BITE!!!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Operation K9

The Semaphore Port Adelaide Sub-Branch of the RSL have started a fundraising campaign to support the great work of 4 Paws K9 Care Packages in support of Operation K9.



Operation K9 is a joint programme of the RSL and The Royal Society for the Blind to train Assistance Dogs for Defence Force Veterans suffering PTSD.




It has taken Governments and the People of the world far too long to recognise the psychological effect of war, training for war, on our service men and women. The program is having a significant effect on sufferers of the dreadful condition and is well worth our support. 

The cost of training just one dog is in the order of $50k to $60k. Every dollar raised will go directly to supporting this project - please get on board and support this great initiative.