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Louisa Crowther: There are heaps in the
river bed. They should introduce a $1 or $2
coin fee to use them which you get back
when you return the trolley. It won't stop
it altogether but it may stop some getting
June Davis: I have reported trolleys in
various places several times and have seen
them in the same place about a week later.
Whoever I spoke to didn't seem to care.
Wendy Mans eld: Yes, too many people
think that they are entitled to take what
they want without any thought, never
mind that it costs a lot of money and e ort
to collect the dumped trolleys and return
them to the store.
Nicky Smyth: It is not just supermarket
trolleys, I have seen Bunnings and Kmart
trolleys in our area, Blakeview, I believe
it happens in every area where there are
shopping centres and supermarkets.
Karen Head: You only need to look in the
riverbed when it's dry to see how many
end up there.
SHOPPING TROLLEYS HAVE BEEN DUMPED IN VARIOUS
LOCATIONS AROUND GAWLER, COSTING SHOPPING CENTRES
THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO REPLACE THEM.
DO YOU THINK IT'S A PROBLEM LOCALLY?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
SIR -- When are people going to accept re-
sponsibility for their actions on the Gawler-
One Tree Hill Road?
The speed limit may be 100 km/h but it does not
mean you can do that speed if conditions or experi-
ence doesn't permit it.
There are hundreds of people using that road
everyday without incident, so why should the ma-
jority be inconvenienced or inhibited by a few who
want the limit dropped to 80 km/h?
I'm a former road safety officer who has worked
at times with SAPOL and regularly travel that road
on a high-powered motorcycle and have done so for
many years without any incident whatsoever. May-
be we should look closer at the drivers and maybe
introduce driver retesting every 10 years to have a
curb on the road toll if it's such a problem.
As a motorcyclist, I have very little protection
apart from a helmet and leathers, so therefore my
safety is paramount to survival, so I need to ride to
the conditions, is that so hard to some drivers?
I hope the DPTI ignore this ridiculous push to
have the limit changed to 80 km/h as it seems the
majority don't want it changed to suit only a few
who lack experience or poor judgement that cause
serious or fatal accidents.
Maybe the roads that join the Gawler-One Tree
Hill Road should be blocked off, if it's such a dan-
ger and an issue to residents and others incapable of
making a judgement, and use a different route?
Leave the road at 100 km/h, I say.
Name and address supplied.
Editor's note: Bunyip journalist Carl Pfeiffer has his
say on calls to reduce the speed limit of the notorious
road on page 17.
SIR -- I hope, for their own sake, that the
cycling fraternity, who choose not to use
the cycling/walking tracks leading into and
around parts of the Barossa Valley and else-
where, take note of the report in the Ad-
vertiser (Tuesday, November 4) from the
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's
National Injury Surveillance Unit, based at
Flinders University, which states: "Three
sports -- cycling, motorsports and equestrian
activities -- had a particularly high propor-
tion of more severe injuries, with about one-
quarter of cases considered to be life-threat-
Australian Rules led the way with 3186 hospital
admissions, followed by soccer with 2962 and then
cycling with 2917.
Considering the number of participants in these
three activities mentioned, the disproportionately
high number of cycling admissions must say some-
SIR -- Can't believe the attitude of some peo-
ple with regards to Woolworths car park.
Because they have made it one way, to make it
safe for drivers and pedestrians, Pam Steve Sims has
now gone to Gawler Green to shop.
There could only be four reasons why, to my way
1. She doesn't have any concern for safety;
2. Gawler Green is close to where she lives;
3. Doesn't want to shop at Woolworths or Big
4. Walking is a problem and needs to park at the
Being one way may save a lot of accidents, road
rage and near misses. Well done.
SIR -- A question to Mr Piccolo: how many
loud voices of those opposing relocation by
arrogant people were there?
A new memorial could be built in Pioneer Park
in memory of all wars.
We have complete respect and compassion for
the RSL, but strongly feel and hope that the me-
morial will stay where it is.
We look to the soldier nearly everyday, not three
times a year.
People need reminders in all places about the
horrors of war and in the hope that they will stop.
We live it everyday through family, friends, sto-
ries and history. So painful.
Are some who want relocation doing it for their
own benefit or praise?
We hope the soldier memorial stays in its present
location and rests in peace.
The memorial was erected by Gawler South and
Gawler Blocks, facing down Adelaide Road towards
Joan and David Rolton,
Super cial glamour
SIR -- Amid the fanfare and excesses of the
Melbourne Cup it is easy to ignore the real-
ity of those horses that didn't quite make the
grade in the racing world.
'Wastage' is a term used in the racing industry
which simply translates as a horse's premature with-
drawing from racing, meaning the horse is not prof-
itable, therefore it has to go, usually to slaughter.
Some are sold for riding but the majority are sent
The number of horses bred for racing and the ac-
tual number racing at any given time is enormous.
About 15,000 thoroughbred foals are bred each
year and around 10,000 racehorses are sent to Peter-
borough, here in SA, to cop a bullet in the head.
The lucky ones die outright. Green pastures are a
reality to very few retired racehorses.
The killing box is the final home for literally
thousands of horses that either haven't earned their
owners enough money or suffer injury, mostly mus-
'Wastage' is a very nasty term for a very nasty
The average Australian punter need not remain
ignorant of what happens behind the superficial
glamour of racing.
SIR -- A very successful fashion parade cel-
ebrating Gawler's 175th anniversary, with
fashions by Alison of Sorbet Fashions, and
organised by the Gawler View Club was
held recently at the Gawler Arms.
On behalf of the Gawler View Club, our very
sincere thanks to all who attended, which made this
event such a great success.
All profits enable the sponsorship of disadvan-
taged students in the Smith Family Learning for
The Gawler View Club takes great pride in spon-
soring quite a number of these students, through
various fundraising activities, of which the fashion
parade, was a first for us.
We would also like to acknowledge many of the
businesses in and around Gawler which continue
with their support in various gifts and donations,
including the generous ongoing support from the
Barossa Financial Services.
SIR -- On behalf of the members of Heart-
beat Inc Gawler Branch, may I express our
sincere thanks to the businesses and indi-
viduals of Gawler and district who so gen-
erously provided the prizes for the Monster
Village Fair Raffle which was drawn at the
Village Fair on Saturday, November 1.
There were 2000 tickets available and we sold
all except 83 of them and, after deducting costs
of printing, the amount raised was just short of
All winners have been notified and have collected
These funds will be used to purchase cardiac-
related equipment for the Gawler Health Service.
The Heartbeat Inc. constitution requires that all
funds raised by the various branches must go to the
health service in the area in which the branch oper-
This means that all money raised by Heartbeat
Inc. is destined for the Gawler Health Service and
therefore stays in the community.
Heartbeat Inc. is entirely voluntary and can
proudly say that all money raised after meeting ba-
sic costs is used for the purpose I have mentioned.
And we must say thank you to the hard-working
members of our group who gave a lot of their time
to locate prizes, distribute and collect raffle books
and do the record-keeping which is required for
such an effort.
Congratulations and thank you to the sponsors
and everyone involved.
Heartbeat Inc. Gawler Branch, chairman.
SIR -- On behalf of the Gawler Suicide
Prevention Group, I would like to sincerely
thank all the local businesses which do-
nated prizes for the GSPG raffle held at the
Your support, together with community mem-
bers who bought raffle tickets, the proceeds of
which will help towards the work of the group to
break down stigma, provide information and edu-
cation with the aim to prevent suicide.
Also, a big thank you to Bunyip Print for its
$100 donation towards printing of the group's in-
A mighty contribution by all and thank you for
playing a part to positively impact on lives.
Gawler Suicide Prevention Group.
Ironic, but considered good news that
the Woolworths back ip to redirect
their car park to one way. I spent hours
canvassing for this very change a few
years ago. I took hundreds of photos as
evidence of vehicles gridlocked while
drivers hurled verbal abuse at each other
on the pharmacy end of the car park.
Good result, but why the manager refused
to make a change back then is anybody's
Paul Reeves, Gawler South.
When attending a local council function
recently, I asked the mayor re the local
elections. He advised me, "there are
several malevolent clowns running for my
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THERE he stood yesterday, alone.
Some stopped to mark their respects,
but so many passed by, not paying him any
heed as he stood, stone-faced and staring
down Adelaide Road, re ecting on the past
and all that he had seen since he began
guarding Gawler's northern entry.
In his time, the Gawler South soldier has
seen much, the end of the horse and buggy
days and the mechanisation of society.
He has seen Gawler grow and the
suburbs come ever closer to his country
He has been fenced in, he has had his
gun stolen and he has been the source of
In recent days, he has even seen the
announcement of Gawler's rst publicly
elected female mayor.
The Gawler South soldier, standing
sentinel, has seen it all.
One wonders what he would make of
modern Gawler, as he re ected on all that
has passed; as he re ected upon his mates
who had given so much and who did not
get the chance to see Gawler sprout into
the large community that it is today.
Yesterday, we all remembered those who
fought at the battlefronts for our country,
sacri cing their lives to do what was right.
For one minute at 11am, the debate over
the Gawler South war memorial's location
Over coming months, as the debate
continues into the commemoration of the
centenary of Gallipoli's landing, it is to be
hoped that all embroiled in the battle for
'ownership' of the statue take time to re ect
on the part they are playing and the reasons
for which they are involved.
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