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1 ISSUE FOR GRAZ SURROUNDINGS Issue 10, November 2018 Österreichische Post AG / Postage paid cash RM 06A GRAZ Regional medium of KPO Wohnen makes you poor Practical examples Autumn invites you to hike and enjoy the last warm and sunny days. Not only West Styria shows its best side. Those who like chestnuts will get their money's worth now. Page 2-3

2 13 KPÖ regulars 'table in Gratwein The KPÖ Styria welcomes everyone who comes to our regulars' table in Gratwein. From 5 p.m. onwards there is discussion, gossip and politicization. Do you also have a concern or just want to find out more about the KPÖ? Then come to the KPÖ regulars' table in the Marktcafe! Thursday, November 22, 2018, from 5 p.m. in the Marktcafe in Gratwein, Hauptplatz 2. Events in the Graz area: 4th Great Perchten Run on the market square in Feldkirchen near Graz, with around 250 Perchten from all over Austria, clock youth hall tournament of FC Gratkorn For the Age group U8, U9, U11 and U and, each 8.00 a.m., Gratkorn sports hall Info: KinderUNI: Ukulele course for children and young people from 10 years on 3.12., ClickIn youth center, Gratwein street gel costs 10 euros for everyone Unit registration on 0664 / or by mail to Workshop: E-Sports & FIFA 19 professional session With Filip Babic, 1. Österr. Champion of the E-Bundesliga history. Tips and tricks for e-sports and the game of FIFA. From 10 years of age, clock, ClickIn youth center, Gratwein-Straßengel Registration on 0664 / or by email to When shopping becomes an examination Older people often have difficulties shopping in the neighboring community. Many people who live in the communities in the Graz-Umgebung district do their shopping in a neighboring community. Often a corresponding business is missing in one's own community or there is no need due to the proximity to the neighboring community. An example of this would be the communities Deutschfeistritz and Peggau, where many Deutschfeistritzers go to Peggau to shop. If a car is available or if you can easily walk or cycle, this is not a big challenge. For elderly people with limited mobility, however, daily shopping becomes difficult. Pensioners have already talked to us about their situation several times. When you no longer have KPÖ social counseling in Gratwein On November 22, 2018, from 3 to 5 p.m., KPÖ social counseling will take place in the Marktcafé in Gratwein, Hauptplatz 2. is good on foot, a few hundred meters can be a hurdle, explains Claudia Klimt-Weithaler (KPÖ). It is true that there are repeated attempts to create offers in the individual municipalities. However, these are often only aimed at their own community citizens and cannot be used by the residents of the neighboring communities. Klimt-Weithaler: In the past few years, state politics has mainly distinguished itself by dismantling infrastructure in rural areas. Now the state government would be called upon to support the municipalities in realizing appropriate transport offers. The supply of regional buses in the Graz area is inadequate. Better solutions are needed between the communities. You are cordially invited to come by with your questions and concerns! Claudia Klimt-Weithaler, KPÖ club chairwoman in the Styrian state parliament and social advisor Phillip Reininger will be happy to help you. No concern is too small! If you have any questions, please contact Tel /

3 Tell me where the kindergarten teachers are In the Graz-Umgebung district there may be bottlenecks in childcare. The reason for this is that there are too few kindergarten teachers. While the demands are increasing, the working conditions are in need of improvement. The bottleneck in childcare has been a big media issue in the Graz area in recent weeks. Especially in the afternoon care, the shortage of employees could mean that the need cannot be met. Sick leave in the winter months can also have this effect. Good childcare and early support for all children are among the most important tasks facing state politics. How can the lack of kindergarten places be countered? Heavy workload The workload for kindergarten teachers is very high in Styria, explains Claudia Klimt-Weithaler, KPÖ club chairwoman in the Styrian state parliament. Klimt-Weithaler herself worked as a kindergarten teacher for many years. She knows the challenges from her own experience. If one speaks of the shortage of skilled workers with regard to the kindergarten, one must first look at the working conditions, she concludes. For years there has been too little substitute staff in elementary education. In combination with the thin staffing levels, this means that the preparation time is too short. Overtime and overtime are also on the agenda. Upgrading the best remedy for shortages As a countermeasure to the impending shortage of staff in day nurseries and kindergartens in the Graz area, Klimt-Weithaler suggests a number of improvements for educators: If you reduce the groups and improve the staffing ratio, it not only makes the job more attractive , it also raises the quality of care for the children. Decently paid full-time positions would counteract the impending care shortage in the afternoon. A measure that the KPÖ has been working towards for years is now finally to be adopted: the exemption of the heads of multi-group care facilities. This takes the pressure off the staff and improves care. Kindergarten teachers want the best for the children If you want comprehensive, good childcare, you also have to listen to what those say who work with the children every day, says Claudia Klimt-Weithaler. For this reason, the KPÖ convened a kindergarten summit in 2012, at which elementary educators meet, exchange ideas and work out demands to improve the situation in kindergartens and crèches. Klimt-Weithaler: Our children are our future on their backs must not be saved! Invitation to the kindergarten summit on November 27th at the Volkshaus Graz, Lagergasse 98a, 8020 Graz KPÖ-Bildungsverein, information and exchange for kindergarten teachers. We are at your disposal for any questions! Claudia Klimt-Weithaler (KPÖ Landtag Club), Tel .: 0316 /, Mail: 14 Tickende Zeitbo Umweltverschm Contaminated sites In mid-October it became known that a mining dump in Schrems near Frohnleiten poses a health hazard for residents. Impurities in Prenning too. Elevated lead levels were measured in plant samples in Schrems. The residents were called on not to eat vegetables from the garden and not to drink groundwater. The soil was examined on the basis of the contaminated site remediation law. Dozens of other contaminated sites lie dormant in Austria's soils. According to a 2014 report by the Ministry of the Environment, 141 contaminated sites are known but not yet remediated. In addition, there are 1881 suspected areas. The example of Schrems near Frohnleiten shows how slowly the remediation of contaminated sites is progressing. Mining activity in this area dates back over a hundred years and stopped at the end of the 19th century. Nevertheless, it took until 2018 for an investigation to take place and the population to be warned. Toxins from contaminated sites also find their way into vegetables and drinking water

4 15 mbe: use by In Prenning near Deutschfeistritz there is a contaminated site in the form of the Styrian Montanwerke AG landfill. Here, too, leachate from the landfill has been released into the environment for decades. Arsenic contaminated the Zitollgrabenbach and the source of the Zitoll water cooperative, which is why it had to be closed. Although it has been entered in the contaminated site atlas since 1992, the remediation of the landfill has still not been completed. Limited funds are a major obstacle to faster remediation of the contaminated sites. The income from the contaminated site contribution, a federal levy, is nowhere near enough to cover the billions in costs. On the contrary, they have even decreased in recent years. In 2002 they were just under 100 million euros, in 2017 they were only just above the 60 million mark. A new regulation of the contaminated site contribution is therefore necessary. Households are not allowed to foot the bill for the garbage fees, because the pollution usually comes from industry, mining and commerce. The cultural association neither damisch nor derisch! In 2015, Wolfgang Schober and Christian Ebner, two passionate music lovers, wanted to enable a concert by the Viennese songwriter Heli Deinböck in the Graz area. After all, they organized it themselves and for this purpose also founded the Damisch-Derisch cultural association. Christian Ebner remembers: After a long break, Deinböck started with live concerts again. We learned through word of mouth that the Kalsdorf community wanted to convert a former pizzeria into a culture cellar. And so there was a sold out Heli-Deinböck concert and an excellent three-year collaboration with Michaela Geiger, the cultural advisor of the Kalsdorf community (the community also organizes its own events in the culture cellar). Joachim Steinacher, who soon came across Damisch-Derisch and can look back on many years of activity as an organizer: In the beginning almost exclusively people from Graz came to our concerts, but now the locals have taken up our cultural offerings very well. The three music freaks who are friends run the club on a voluntary basis, in addition to their daily professions. About once a month they present small but fine concerts in the Kulturkeller Kalsdorf, often from the fields of folk, blues and country. For example, the Texan songwriter and crime writer Kinky Friedman (a long-time friend of Joachim Steinacher), David Olney from Nashville, the unfortunately deceased Austro-pop bard Wilfried or the well-known blues singer V. l. To the right: Wolfgang Schober, Joachim Steinacher, Christian Ebner. Dana Gillespie found her way to Kalsdorf. The artists usually eat and spend the night in the village and are consistently enthusiastic about the culture cellar. Wolfgang Schober, himself a musician and recording studio operator in Gössendorf, emphasizes the cozy and intimate atmosphere: audience and artists are much closer here than in larger locations, which is perhaps a trademark of our concerts. The bustling Damisch-Derisch trio has also organized away games, for example a blues festival in Gössendorf and concerts in the beer embassy in Wundschuh and in the Grazer Volkshaus. A reading trilogy with Johannes Silberschneider, Reinhard P. Gruber and Boris Bukowski was so well received by the Kalsdorf public in spring 2017 that it will be reprinted next year. The team from damisch-derisch, that is the three musketeers Christian Ebner, Wolfgang Schober and Joachim Steinacher, and, most importantly, the indispensable helpers, who often come from relatives. The atmosphere is familiar, very personal and, in a friendly way, professional and yet self-made. Our principle when selecting the program is that two out of three have to be for it, explains Wolfgang Schober, but so far everything has ended 3-0, adds Joachim Steinacher. The current program of damisch-derisch can be found on the homepage of Dana Gillespie with the Joachim Palden Trio in the Kalsdorf cultural cellar

5 In the last issue, the presented tips for excursions in the Graz-Umgebung district. This time we dedicate ourselves to an insider tip nearby: the Sunfixl cave in Kohlschwarz (municipality of Kainach near Voitsberg). An association takes exemplary care of the mining historical monument. Sandstone was mined in western Styria as early as the 13th century. The material was used to make grindstones, millstones and as a building material. Since the iron processing industry needed large grindstones, the products were sold over long distances, for example, companies near Trieste, Bruck an der Mur, Zeltweg, Piesting (Lower Austria) and Stainz were supplied. Excursion into the history of mining Since the 18th century, mining has been intensified. When the master stonemason Johann Ortner died unexpectedly in 1929 at the age of only 43, the company was closed in 1929. The dismantling continued until after the Second World War. The tunnels were used by horse and ox wagons and were located on a steep slope. There was no driveway, the heavy stones had to be transported down with ropes and chains over a transport channel. There was a forge there, where the material was worked by stonemasons. In 2001, with the help of Dr. Ernst Lasnik and the Province of Styria set up a hiking trail in the cave and erected display boards to familiarize those interested with the history of local mining. STEIERMARK There for you Claudia Klimt-Weithaler Your representative in the Styrian Landtag Barbaraverein is committed to preservation 16 In May 2018, the Barbaraverein was founded by Norbert Marhold. It is very important to the members that the show mine and grindstone museum be continued. They are very committed to this and offer exciting tours. When visiting the Sunfixl cave, culinary enjoyment is not neglected either. Erika Hohl and Elsa Stückelschweiger from the Sunfixl Grandla association (Tel. 0664 /) serve a snack in the adjacent tavern that leaves nothing to be desired. In the future there will be new display boards in the cave, these are currently being developed by the Krenhof AG company in cooperation with the Köflach polytechnic course. The members are very pleased about this cooperation, which came about through Mag. Matthias Hartmann and specialist teacher Masser. The Barbara Association is non-profit and is financed through membership fees and donations. If you also want to support and become a member, you can do so at any time on 0650 / (Norbert Marhold). Guided tours are only possible by calling the Kainach municipal office (Tel / 236) in advance. From the Graz area, the Sunfixl cave can be reached by car in about an hour, depending on the place of departure, and is ideal for a day trip. Tel / miners in front of the Sunfixl quarry, 1932.