The September Shorebirds Bulletin was recently delivered around Thompson Beach. If you missed out, you can view a copy here.
The following is the September Shorebirds Bulletin message from the TBPA Chair, Ian Telfer:
Spring has returned and so have the weekend hordes that hope to go home with a bucket load of seafood.
We all know the challenges this brings to our township. Very fortunately, the Committee of the Thompson Beach Progress Association had the opportunity to meet the new police officer stationed at Mallala. Brevet Sergeant Brett Siddell has moved into the area with his family and is currently familiarising himself with the area. He will be making frequent visits to our township while he is on duty.
Relative to the presence of these day-trippers, we asked for clarification about a number of issues from the past:-
- If somebody steps onto your property perhaps to seek shade or water, what is the situation? First, anybody has the legal right to enter your property. However, if you don’t want them to be there, they must leave if you ask them to go. If they won’t leave, then in the eyes of the law, they are trespassing and you can seek assistance from the police.
- If you are concerned that somebody has taken undersized crabs, you can certainly challenge them verbally, but do not touch any of their property. If they are not willing to return the undersized items back to the water, about the only thing you can do, is make a note of their car’s registration number and report it to Fishwatch.
In terms of parking, where they do it and how, we can only hope that good sense prevails and nobody gets blocked in or hurt. Cars have already been bogged – not a good start to the season.
It is good news for our community that there is a police officer stationed at Mallala. With 3 stationed at Two Wells, we can feel fairly comfortable that we will be well served and that a greater local presence will produce better behaviour on our narrow streets.
Don’t forget that the Shed is there for your use – Tai Chi, Martial Arts, Darts, Craft, and something new Card-making lessons (more details to follow, keep an eye on the noticeboard) and Pot-Luck-Dinners – it’s all happening at the Shed.
Ian Telfer, Chairperson