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Doing mo to
AFTER cancer touched the
life of Evanston resident Carl
Whitaker, he knew he needed
For the sixth year Mr Whitaker
is joining thousands of men
around the country growing facial
hair as part of Movember which
wraps up this Sunday.
"My motivation is to celebrate
the memory of two dear friends
lost to prostate cancer in recent
years, my father-in-law Doug
O'Reilly and work mentor
Detective Senior Sergeant Brendan
McGee," he said.
Mr Whitaker said while some
people describe the upper lip fuzz
as a "seedy porn-star mo" the facial
growth has helped him raise more
than $1000 for a good cause.
"A lot of people describe it
as scary, as disgusting and I
wear those as a bit of a badge of
honour," the local resident said.
"Through a little bit, I think,
of good humour, you create
awareness and as a result people
feel motivated to donate."
Mr Whitaker is also the
captain of the mo-growing team
Elizabethan Hirsute Crew, which
has raised more than $2000 as a
This year Mr Whitaker has
organised the event 'Mo on
Murray' to promote men's
health issues and raise money for
To be held this Sunday from
midday at Murray Street Vineyards
in Greenock, the event will feature
food, drinks, music and an auction
where event-goers can bid on
signed AFL guernseys and a short
holiday at Carrickalinga.
To donate visit mobro.co/
Evanston resident Carl Whitaker is
growing a moustache this month to
raise money as part of Movember.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
THE BUNYIP'S SENIOR JOURNALIST CARL PFEIFFER
DRIVES UP THE DEBATE ON PARKING ISSUES
"DON'T park there, you will
get fined by the council."
The lovely old lady had
emerged from her house on
Dawson Road, Evanston, to issue
me with a friendly warning.
I had just pulled up beside the
South Gawler cricket nets to have
a hit with The Bunyip's sports
editor Grady Hudd.
Because the road was busy -- it
was around school pick-up time
-- and there were cars parked on
the other side, I thought it would
be wise to park on the verge so
my vehicle didn't risk getting
side-swiped by oncoming traffic.
How wrong I was.
The lady proceeded to inform
me that her husband had
received a fine from Gawler
Council previously for doing
exactly the same thing.
I thanked her for the warning
and promptly moved my car
further down the road to park in
a 'legal' spot.
The incident reminded me
of another story a friend of
mine told me recently, where he
attempted to attend the Gawler
Parking around the area during
show time has always been an
issue and after driving around for
some 15 minutes, he settled for a
spot a few streets back from the
Again, because the road was
narrow and other cars were
parked on either side, he made
the fateful decision to park
partway on the verge to make it
easier for traffic to pass.
When he returned, he was
greeted with a parking ticket
from Gawler Council.
He said he will never attend
the show again because of that
What really stands out about
these two incidents is the lack of
communication by council on
There are no signs on most
suburban streets in Gawler
informing motorists about
parking requirements, or if
motorists are able to park on
verges or not.
On Gawler Council's website,
parking on a verge is not even
listed as a common parking
offence; in fact, it is not
mentioned at all.
"Obstructing access to and
from a footpath or driveway"
is listed, meaning it appears as
though motorists are free to park
on verges, provided they are
not on a footpath or blocking a
But despite this, it appears
as though drivers are still being
Gawler Council has remained
tight-lipped on the matter, with
this journalist making an enquiry
in July about council's stance on
I finally received a reply in
August, saying council was
planning to discuss the issue at
its next council meeting.
We are now in November
and the issue still has not been
discussed at a monthly council
Transparency is needed on
the issue and it's time council
let motorists know where they
In my opinion...
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