Home' The Bunyip : November 12th 2014 Contents Page 26 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, November 12, 2014
STUDENTS at Elizabeth
Vale Primary School are cel-
ebrating reading with their
involvement in the national
'Books in Homes' program.
Universal Charitable Funds
is sponsoring the school so
that all of its 280 students
get three books, three times.
School principal Julie Murphy
said the program provides an
opportunity to promote reading
among her pupils.
"The idea is that books be-
come things that are celebrated
because, I think, quite often in
schools reading becomes this rit-
ualised process that the students
just do, it is not something that
they enjoy," she said.
"This is about children be-
coming empowered by reading.
"We will build a whole cul-
ture around these books."
The students are given a cata-
logue of books to choose from,
so that they are involved in the
entire process of getting their
From within that choice, 25
per cent of the books are written
by an indigenous author to en-
sure that literature is culturally
The school is also issued a
box of books to acknowledge
children who are doing the right
Students will receive their
book packs on December 2, ac-
companied by a magic show for
students, parents and siblings.
"We don't want them to just
take their books home and for-
get about them, we want this
event to be memorable so that
the kids have an emotional con-
nection to their books," she
"In each book there is a 'this
book belongs to' label to en-
courage ownership and the
students will have to perform
book reviews about their chosen
"We certainly like to encour-
age our children to engage and
celebrate reading in lots of dif-
Books in Homes is an Aus-
tralia-wide initiative that is
committed to providing high-
quality literature to socio-edu-
cationally disadvantaged Aus-
tralian children, who may come
from bookless homes.
A SENATE inquiry into the
extent of income inequality in
Australia, and more specifically
northern Adelaide, was held
at Elizabeth's Northern Sound
System on Monday.
The inquiry focused on the antic-
ipated consequences of the Holden
closure on the northern suburbs re-
ferring to unemployment and the
disparate economic situations for
people living in Adelaide's north.
Greens Senator for South
Australia Penny Wright told
The Bunyip that she was determined
to have the hearing come to north-
ern Adelaide because the Holden
closure is an unprecedented event
for South Australia.
"Everyone knows there are big
challenges on the horizon for Ad-
elaide's northern suburbs, where
unemployment can be up to three
times higher than average," Senator
"We know that the northern
suburbs are a disadvantaged area
anyway, and what we heard today
was that the Holden closure has the
potential for serious implications
for Holden workers, associated au-
tomotive industries and many other
supply industries and smaller busi-
nesses that rely on that manufactur-
"It is the closure of an entire in-
Automotive Transformation Task-
force board member Reverend Peter
Sandeman provided evidence sug-
gesting that the predicted direct job
loss is between 7500 and 13,000
from the automotive supply chain.
He added that there are also asso-
ciated risks to small businesses, like
lunch bars and other businesses, that
rely on people having an income in
"We are talking about potential
huge social and economic disloca-
tion if we don't manage this tran-
sition properly and the evidence
that we heard today was that there
is only a small window to manage
that transition without impacts,"
Senator Wright said.
"We need to have enough invest-
ment from state and federal govern-
ments to be able to do that.
"It needs to be happening now."
The evidence provided in the
forum suggested that long-term
implications, such as an increase in
crime, an increase in domestic vio-
lence, an increase in homelessness,
an increase in mental health issues
and an increase in suicides, will arise
if the Holden closure is not man-
Currently there is a $155 million
Federal Government growth fund
that is to be shared between South
Australia and Victoria, but, accord-
ing to Senator Wright, that is not
enough to manage the transition.
"From the inquiry, there will be
reports written and recommenda-
tions made to the Federal Govern-
ment and we will be looking to see
that they take up the issues around
income inequality in Australia and,
for me, in particular, the potential
crisis in the northern suburbs."
According to Senator Wright, in-
equality is a critical social issue that
even the more affluent should care
about because it adversely affects
productivity of a society.
Greens' post-Holden enquiry
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FIVE new elected members have
been welcomed into Playford
Council this year, following the
recent local government elections.
Only two of the six council wards
remained unchanged in the results,
which were announced on Monday.
Peter Rentoulis and Carol Muzyk
will join Dino Musolino in ward
one, replacing outgoing council-
lors Julie Norris and Geoff Boundy.
Meanwhile, Jane Onuzans will replace
Nick Cava in ward two.
Finally, Samantha Blake and Shirley
Patricia Halls increase the overall quota
of women on Playford Council in wards
six and four, respectively, succeeding
retiring councillors Coral Gooley and
Incumbent Mayor Glenn Docherty
had already been re-elected unop-
Councillor election results:
Ward 1 -- Peter Rentoulis (866), Car-
ol Muzyk (334), Dino Musolino (360);
Ward 2 -- Gay Smallwood-Smith (567),
Jane Onuzans (361), Adam Sherwood
(236); Ward 3 -- Andrew Craig (564),
Joe Federico (518); Ward 4 -- Max
O'Rielly (394), Denis Davey (276),
Shirley Halls (196); Ward 5 -- Marilyn
Baker (533), Joy Michael (241); Ward
6 -- Duncan MacMillan (577), Saman-
tha Blake (508), Nik Skrob (290).
PLAYFORD'S recently redevel-
oped John McVeity Centre will be
managed by the South Australian
YMCA for the next five years.
City of Playford Mayor Glenn Do-
cherty said this partnership with the
state's YMCA branch will encourage
the local community to live a healthy
lifestyle supported by community en-
"The redeveloped John McVeity
Centre will deliver benefits to the entire
community, and provide state-of-the-
art facilities for families in the north
to enjoy a range of sports and leisure
activities," Mr Docherty said.
"We want Playford residents to have
access to the best facilities possible, and
council has left no stone unturned to
ensure the John McVeity Centre will be
of the highest quality."
YMCA South Australia area manag-
er Bronwyn Commandeur said City of
Playford residents are passionate about
their community facilities and that the
YMCA's management of the Peachey
Road property will positively affect the
"It's an extension of our strong rela-
tionship with the City of Playford with
whom we have worked closely for more
than eight years, successfully managing
recreation facilities and building com-
munity spirit," she said.
The $8.2 million redeveloped centre
will officially open on Sunday, Decem-
ber 14, followed by a family fun day.
-- Kimberley Pratt
Jordan Smith and Lily Jarret hold up their books in a celebration for
reading. INSET: Lily is looking forward to taking home her three new
books as part of the Books in Homes program.PHOTOS: Kimberley Pratt
Five new councillors
Centre's new management
Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Penny Wright visited the City of
Playford on Monday as part of a Senate inquiry.
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