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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
SIR -- Ref 'Road Trauma' (The Bunyip,
October 15): I am not one iota surprised
the gravel ramp in Gawler East collapsed
when Eddie Mew was using it.
Council's attention to such provision of pedes-
trian access is absolutely appalling.
When the, now, Golden Fleece Hotel was be-
ing upgraded, to compensate for the footpath in
front of the hotel being unavailable for pedestrian
use, a gravel ramp was in place in front of Subway,
supposedly enabling pedestrians to cross from the
bank to the other side of Murray Street.
This ramp was a recipe for disaster.
Not only was it not safely wide enough for go-
phers or wheelchairs (it was barely wide enough
for even my narrower than usual wheelchair), it
was also a pitfall for anyone walking, as the stones
rolled as people trod on them, causing ankle
Also, the gravel at the roadside edge of the ramp
gradually rolled out onto the roadway, making it
even more unstable.
Along with other concerned citizens, I reported
this three times to the reception at Gawler Coun-
cil.The response twice was that it was not council's
concern, but the contractor's; the third time, my
report was noted on a slip of paper and "would
I queried why a fixed metal ramp was not in
place, as was the case when the Kingsford Hotel
was being upgraded and alternative footpath us-
age was in place. No answer was provided.
The very unsafe gravel ramp stayed in place un-
til the hotel's renovations were complete.
I would like to think that when such construc-
tion is taking place in Gawler, especially in the
high usage main street, council has in place, in
the design of such construction, that safe access
be provided for all users of alternative access fa-
I don't know if other complainants received fol-
low-up calls from council, I did not.
Seems its care factor was total zilch.
SIR -- After reading the various com-
ments about daylight saving in this week's
Bunyip, I was reminded of the attached
cartoon which was sent to me.
I don't know who originally made it but I
thought it may give other people a laugh if pub-
It said: "Only the white man's government
would be so stupid as to cut a foot off the top of
a blanket, sew it onto the bottom, and think they
have a longer blanket".
I think you'll get a laugh out of it.
I, personally, think it's great.
Name and address supplied.
SIR -- In answer to Carl Pfeiffer's 'In My
Opinion' article in October 15 of The
Bunyip about daylight saving, I beg you to
publish these facts.
The normal time used is not even over South
Australia but somewhere over Dimboola in Vic-
toria, not even on the hour of Greenwich mean
The true zenith for daylight saving should be
on the longitude that passes near Port Lincoln and
over Elliston and Darwin for true central time.
This would make each state much nearer to
true daylight time, also on the hour of GMT.
While much of Eyre Peninsula is west of the
zenith, being highly productive with mining and
After 70 years of farming on the West Coast
of Eyre Peninsula during the normal time, except
for a stint of daylight saving during World War
II, I have developed a body clock that refuses to
change; even to the point of affecting my health.
I respect that most city dwellers work at a sed-
entary job and need to exercise, could this group
start an hour earlier?
The first hour of most jobs is not the most pro-
The children of the rural community need to
get their sleep and not travel home in the hottest
part of the day.
SIR -- The decision by the Tanunda Town
Committee to abandon the Barossa Christ-
mas Parade, due to "increasing red tape
difficulties", is a most regrettable one.
The Christmas parade has given much pleasure
and unification to the wider Barossa community.
The cancellation of the parade, rumoured to
have been caused mainly by insurance costs of
approximately $12,000, which could not be met
by voluntary groups associated with the parade,
could easily have been prevented if the Barossa
Council had covered these insurance premiums.
It's all about priorities.
The Barossa Council saw fit to spend the best
part of $1 million on a shower block for cyclists,
which is hardly ever used and was simply not re-
quired, but can't find $12,000 to ensure that a
very successful and popular Christmas parade can
Merry Christmas to all.
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