Our View (9-1-2018): Plenty to come in 2018

THE past year has delivered some mixed results for Yorke Peninsula.

It often felt like the bad news was outweighing the good, especially with ongoing and long-running negative stories, which mostly related to health and hospital services, or the lack thereof.

But amongst the dour there have been some truly lovely things happening in our region.

Little Lucy McGregor finally received a lifesaving heart transplant after spending 281 days in the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.

We also had many stories about groups and individuals lending a hand to those in need and volunteers helping create better communities.

There has also been a bit of a government cash splash, something which could be contributed to the state government recognising the need for major infrastructure works, or the upcoming state election.

Work began at Federation Corner and it seemed towards the end of 2017 almost every week there were press releases announcing grants.

We also reported on the start of some projects which will continue to deliver benefits and grow this year.

The first stage of the Windara Reef, near Ardrossan, was officially opened and will become Australia’s largest artificial shellfish reef while the plans are ongoing for the Rewilding Yorke proposal where southern Yorke Peninsula would become a huge wildlife sanctuary.

There are plans for a $100million solar farm at Snowtown and SYP will become  home to the state’s second ‘big’ battery facility.

Yorke Peninsula was also the place to be in 2017 with thousands heading here for Kernewek Lowender, Festival of Bowls and field days.

Not to not to mention the tourists this Christmas and New Year with record crowds reported at markets and other events, boat ramps at capacity and shops reporting their best sales for many years.

While we don’t know what 2018 will deliver yet, we see plenty of positives on the horizon.

Jenny Oldland, Senior Journalist

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