Home' The Bunyip : September 10th 2014 Contents Page 8 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, September 10, 2014
SIR -- I have heard talk that Councillor
Redman abstained from voting at the DAP
meeting on the monument because she
was frightened of the political fallout if she
chose one side or the other.
This is simply not true.
All three councillors on the DAP were required
by current advice to councillors to declare a con-
flict and remove themselves from the DAP deci-
sion because they were in council in October 2013
and voted on the issue then.
This is not the same as abstaining to avoid mak-
ing an unpopular decision.
The system that requires this may perhaps be
wrong but all three councillors were following the
Obviously, Ms Redman and I are competing for
the mayoralty, but it is unfair of anyone to criticise
her for this. I certainly don't.
Tra c feedback
SIR -- Residents of Evanston Park may want
to respond to the (Gawler Council's) 'Draft
Gawler Transport and Traffic Management
Plan Community Consultation'.
There is no mention in the management plan of
any initiatives to upgrade Adelaide Road between
Krieg Road and Ames Drive.
The community consultation concludes on
Monday, September 22, so, like me, please have
your say if you believe this stretch of road requires
There is a survey you can complete.
Page nine asks for 'other feedback'.
This is the only place you can indicate you be-
lieve there are other priority traffic management
issues in the Gawler Council area.
Alternatively, you may want to email or write to
the Gawler Council about your concerns.
SIR -- I was reading Morgan Smith's letter
in The Bunyip (Not in my name, September
3) regarding the plight of refugees attempt-
ing to come to Australia seeking safety and
a better life but finding themselves virtually
imprisoned by the government of the land of
safety and opportunity they were seeking.
Perhaps we should remember that the majority
of citizens are descended from people who risked a
long sea journey to come to Australia looking for a
better life for themselves and for their children.
This included the parents of Tony Abbott and
Joe Hockey and many of the others who now 'gov-
They also enjoyed a free university education,
even as newcomers.
The idea that people come here to sponge off
welfare and take jobs away from our own people
shows a very shallow attitude.
Australians should remember that all of us, or
our forebears, came here looking for a better life
and we should be sympathetic and generous to
those who want to join us in our good fortune.
Where there are skills shortages, by all means,
let's go out there and bring in necessary graduates
to fill the vacancies.
At the same time the majority of jobs do not need
university degrees but rely on hands-on experience
with the addition of common sense, enabling them
to fill a vacancy for these necessary everyday jobs.
They, thereby, become useful contributors to so-
ciety and taxpayers, like the rest of us, even while
they're still learning to become Australian.
Let's make our next New Year's resolution to be
more welcoming and generous.
SIR -- I was having breakfast in a Java ho-
tel with Indonesian friends when a ruckus
broke out in the foyer.
It was highly unusual as Indonesians tend to
regard raising one's voice as extremely low-class,
and I could not understand the shouts, but an
Indonesian told me they were speaking Arabic,
were well-off Arabs waiting to go to Australia and
that many Arabs were in the Bogor area waiting to
"catch a boat".
One of the Arab women started to speak but
a fierce backhander put an end to that subordi-
nation, something I've never seen an Indonesian
man do in my many years here.
Throughout the day and night their male chil-
dren ran amok and the men smoked in their non-
Morgan Smith may regard them as refugees
who "cannot live in their own countries so they
need to live somewhere else" (letters to the editor,
September 3), but the truth is they are country-
shopping and Australia's welfare system makes it
far more attractive to them than Indonesia and the
other countries they passed through.
Australia still welcomes refugees and takes many
thousands each year, but now they are people gen-
uinely in need of refuge.
SIR -- To the panel members, in particu-
lar CEO Karen Raffen, of the (Brand SA)
regional awards selection committee: hav-
ing just received a phone call (on Monday)
and also an email on Monday to let me
know that by a "mistake" (and the "wrong"
Stephen?), I am not a finalist (as confirmed
last Wednesday, September 3, via an email,
that I was a finalist) for this year's upcom-
ing Regional Awards Artist Category, I was
very, very disappointed and (feel this is)
very, very unprofessional.
Please, do not let this happen again in the fu-
The awards pride themselves on excellence in
the community, so the person who made the mis-
take needs to practise what you preach.
Kind regards and I will try again next year.
Sort it out
SIR -- No place is perfect.
Wherever one chooses to live there would be
things that thrill you and things that will baffle you.
It is a question of balance and what is important
to you which determine where you decide to live
and how content you are with that choice.
Having moved to Gawler five months ago and,
more relevant, having moved from South East
Queensland to this part of the world, one thing that
is continuing to baffle me is rubbish or, more specifi-
cally, what to do with it and how to dispose of it.
The town of Caboolture, where I previously
lived, run a number of refuse tips and I was a
There was nothing I could not legally dispose
of at these facilities and at no charge for any rate-
payer -- batteries, oils, paint, gas cylinders, green
waste, concrete etc.
One of the last items I disposed of there was the
old rusty trailer that I used to carry the rubbish.
It had finally become too dangerous to use so I
left it at the rubbish dump on its last trip.
They were happy to take it off me.
On the radio this week they were discussing the
issues of some hazardous waste disposal facility
only opened once a month and that was for the
whole Adelaide area.
It seems a bit sad that the whole of inner- and
outer-metropolitan Adelaide is so poorly served
compared to what is an outer rural shire district
north of Brisbane.
It was suggested that because it is so difficult to
legally dispose of certain types of waste people are
forced to do the wrong thing and either bin it or dis-
pose of it illegally by other means or else it sits in their
garage for years, a pile of dangerous material.
We pay enough in rates and state taxes to be
supplied with suitable facilities.
It simply amazes me that considering we are part
of the same country there could be such disparity.
Come on, South Australia, sort this one out.
SIR -- Great to see roadworks going on in
Gosford Street, Gawler West; no speeding
up or down the hill and surrounding areas
(oh, boy, did they hate having to slow down
to 25 km/h).
It has been peaceful for a week and the kids have
been safe, when they are riding their bikes and skate-
boards home from school or on the weekends, hav-
ing a bit of fun, without the you-beaut idiots doing
their thing up or down the rise on Gosford Street and
through the puddles on the surrounding areas.
Give us a break!
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Steve Cleland: It's not the intersection, it's
the stupid drivers.
Darryl Fish Fisher: Patience, common
sense and following road rules is all that is
needed here. Don't drive to just the end
of your bonnet. Plus, the speed has now
been dropped to 90km/h.
Andrew Chapman: This intersection is a
death trap and has been for many years.
How many serious accidents have there
been there over the years? I only ever
turn out of Dalkeith Road in the very early
hours of the morning, otherwise I will go
down to Curtis Road.
Jodie Herraman: This intersection needs
an upgrade, for sure. I drive past this
intersection every day going to work. How
many bad accidents that have occurred is
ridiculous. Why can't there be traffic lights
just like Tiver Road? Dalkeith Road should
have been upgraded way before Tiver
Andrew Strawbridge: Yes, I use everyday.
Jack Hudson: It's dangerous, yet it's
inattentive drivers at the same time. My
dad was involved in a car accident after
a driver pulled out in front of him in that
intersection, and that was four years ago.
A lot of the times, we see pieces of car
lights on the corners or some sort of issue.
Traffic lights are needed.
Chris Spacky Anspach: I use it every day
and once a week someone pulls out in
front of oncoming traffic, turning right
onto Main North from Dalkeith. I quiver.
Kerrie Wolf: Merging lanes, yes.
THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS DECIDED NOT TO UPGRADE THE
DALKEITH ROAD/MAIN NORTH ROAD INTERSECTION DESPITE CALLS
FROM RESIDENTS. DO YOU THINK THE INTERSECTION IS DANGEROUS?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Infamous local intersection upgrade
knocked back -- page 9
ISLA screamed. She screamed, once.
Twice. And a third time.
The hits kept coming. She cowered,
wondered what she had done to
She took it for as long as she could.
The screams no longer came, as
breathless, she took what was coming
to her. Another hit. A stream of abuse.
Foul, lthy language that reinforced
her helplessness; that reminded her she
was worth nothing.
No-one came to help. Isla's
neighbours stayed in their homes,
despite the terrible noise.
She knew, the next day, adults would
turn the other way, their eyes avoiding
her own blackened shells. Why didn't
Later, Isla woke up. It was daylight.
She was shivering, still in shock at what
had occurred the night before.
She got ready for school and stepped
outside and, just as predicted, her
neighbours looked the other way
-- ashamed of what they had heard and
their own timid reaction.
In her mind, pleading for help, but at
the same time hoping people would
ignore her, Isla knew she was alone.
Head down, she walked to school as if
nothing had happened.
But she would never forget. Not
when it happened again and again.
The Isla in this story is not real
but, sadly, there are many children
experiencing this nightmare on a daily
basis. Will you turn your back on them?
Protecting children is everybody's
business, if you know of someone
being abused, ring 131 478.
Take a stand.
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the win Danny!
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