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THE BUNYIP HAS RECEIVED COMPLAINTS FROM RESIDENTS, WHO SAY GAWLER
PETROL STATIONS ARE CHARGING MORE THAN PETROL STATIONS IN OTHER
METROPOLITAN AREAS. HAVE YOU NOTICED A PRICE DIFFERENCE?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
SIR -- Just thought you may consider
investigating the scandalous prices of fuel
Last weekend my husband and I travelled to the
city and most of the way down the prices were
133.9 compared to 147.9 at all the stations in
Today I compared the prices of Woolworths
petrol station here in Evanston Gardens (145.7)
and Blair Athol (119.7).
What is going on here? We are being ripped off
up here in Gawler.
SIR -- You should be telling the people who
buy your publication that they should be
saving money and not purchasing fuel from
the providers in Gawler!
They are charging as much as 10 cents per litre
more than almost all other service stations within
Adelaide and the surrounding suburbs.
They will continue to do so if the people of
Gawler just sit back and accept this.
SIR -- We are being ripped off by petrol sta-
tions here in the north.
Service stations closer to Adelaide have an aver-
age price of $1.32 to $1.33 for unleaded ($1.46 in
Gawler last Monday) and $1.39 for diesel.
SIR -- In response to The Bunyip's recent
item where it was revealed Gawler RSL
representatives met with Minister for
Veterans' Affairs Martin Hamilton-Smith
behind closed doors to discuss the possible
relocation of the town's Gawler South war
memorial, I emailed the Minister's office
concerned that he was only hearing one
side of the story.
The following is a copy of this short corre-
"I am an ex-serviceman, born in Gawler where
I have resided these past 40 or so years since leav-
ing the Royal Australian Navy. My grandfather
and great uncle both served in WWI, with Uncle
Frank Alan Clifford Ryan being killed in action
near Corbie, France.
"His remains are there in a marked grave. Both
names are on the Gawler South memorial 'digger'
and I oppose it being shifted both out of respect
for these men and for others who represented this
small country town at that time.
"I can email certain papers that will interest
"My son has served in Persian Gulf (Navy) and
is still serving.
"I am concerned you are only hearing one side
of the argument.
"Over 2000 people signed a petition in opposi-
tion to the RSL's demands.
"I am friends with all concerned at the RSL but
firmly believe a new monument would be a more
progressive and modern action. I look forward to
Mark Nottle's dignified article (In My
Opinion, The Bunyip, December 3) hits the nail
right on the head and I would like to urge the
many like-minded members of the Gawler com-
munity to contact MP Hamilton-Smith either by
phone (8226 8520) or email (minister.hamilton-
firstname.lastname@example.org) to allow him to be aware of their
concerns as he deliberates Gawler RSL demands.
SIR -- I am referring to footpaths in
Finniss Street (Stepping up with new
footpaths, The Bunyip, December 3).
A while ago now, we got what you call new
footpaths and most of the residents were not im-
pressed with the final results; loose gravel, patches
broken away, not at all level and very hard for
We walk on the road, which is much better
for watching traffic, then we quickly go to the
footpath when a car comes and then when the
coast is clear we move back onto the road again.
Finniss Street is declared heritage.
So, why can't we have one side with a walkway
of concrete, the same as Jacob Street, with a slate
I would cross the road from my residence and
be very happy to use it.
I have spoken to others and we all agree that
we deserve it.
I walk for my paper most days and it would be
safer for schoolchildren, too.
Not happy, Jan, as the saying goes.
SIR -- On behalf of the Paralowie Lions
Club Inc. I would like to congratulate our
daughter club on their charter, and we
wish them well for their future in Lions.
Paralowie Lions Club, president.
SIR -- Have we given up our search for
missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370
or are we still forking out millions of dollars
looking for the 'needle in the haystack'.
I suggest the file gets stamped "NBI" -- no
SIR -- Dyslexia Action Group, Barossa and
Gawler Surrounds has had a very successful
year which has only been possible because
of the support of the wonderful commu-
nity that we are members of.
We have completed the accreditation of the
first three Dyslexia Aware Schools, held numerous
workshops for principals and school leaders, edu-
cators, parents and students, hosted a movie night
and the inaugural Dyslexia SA Gala Dinner at the
National Wine Centre.
The evening was a fantastic success with dys-
lexia being showcased and much-needed money
We are so proud to be part of this community
and are so very grateful for the ongoing support of
local businesses, community members and schools
as we work together to improve the learning out-
comes for dyslexic students in the region.
We would like to thank Minister (for
Education) Jennifer Rankine, Member for Light
Tony Piccolo, (Member for Wakefield) Nick
Champion and (Member for Stuart) Dan van
Holst Pellekaan for attending our recent Dyslexia
SA Gala Dinner.
We would also like to acknowledge our major
sponsors NAML (Northern Adelaide Medicare
Local), Michael Steinborner, Gawler Council,
Bunyip Print & Copy, and Barossa Fine Foods for
their sponsorship, as well as many, many other lo-
cal businesses which have supported our activities
throughout the year.
We have many plans for next year and look for-
ward to our community's continued support.
For further information, contact Kylie
Fotheringham (0410 404 476 or sandra@dag-
Dr Sandra Marshall,
Chairperson, Dyslexia Action Group.
SIR -- In October this year the Gawler Ref-
ugee Association held its annual multicul-
tural social in the Zion Lutheran Church
The occasion was a great success with one of the
highest attendances ever.
The association committee would like to thank
all those who attended, all those who helped en-
able the social to happen and especially the Zion
For many years now, the Zion Church has al-
lowed the refugee association to hold these social
events in their hall free of charge, and the com-
mittee would like to put on public record its deep
appreciation of the church's generosity.
Next year will be the 35th anniversary of the
Gawler Refugee Association and the committee
is planning to mark this milestone with a special
celebration on Saturday, October 10.
We hope to have a special guest speaker and
If anyone is interested in participating in the
planning of this event, or in contributing an item,
the committee would be pleased to hear from
Contact people are Jill Talbot (jta95051@big-
pond.net.au), Pat Sheahan (caltonpat@bigpond.
com) or Jill Polkinghorne (email@example.com).
Gawler Refugee Association.
Red Cross thanks
SIR -- As the festive season approaches and
as we reach the end of our centenary year, I
am reminded of the wonderful work of our
Red Cross volunteers.
Each year our volunteers give hundreds of hours
of their time to help people in crisis, not only in
our local community, but right around the world.
I am also constantly humbled by the generous
public support we receive for our everyday work.
Your regular donations to Red Cross help pro-
vide a healthy breakfast for kids who might oth-
erwise go to school hungry, allow us to make a
phone call everyday to check that elderly or isolat-
ed people are okay, and help ensure remote com-
munities in the Asia-Pacific region have access to
clean drinking water.
We also work in communities to help vulner-
able families cope with the pressures of life, build
pathways out of homelessness and work in part-
nership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Despite our best efforts, however, there are al-
ways new families that need our help each year, new
communities that find themselves in crisis and a
growing number of lonely, elderly people who find
themselves cut off from friends and family.
At this time of the year, when the generosity of
all Australians shines through, I would like to urge
everyone to put a little something aside for people
and families in crisis.
To give to the Red Cross Festive Appeal, go to
redcross.org.au or phone 1800 811 700.
Your tax-deductible gift to the Red Cross
Festive Appeal in our centenary year will make a
Call 1800 811 700 or visit redcross.org.au
Australian Red Cross, executive director, SA.
Well how bad are things going for lolly
companies, gee wizz. A ritual for kids
sport on Saturday morning is to grab a
bag of pythons to share a nice treat. Well,
the latest bag I picked up this week is
my last ever. They have reduced to just
above a snake lolly size. Well, I guess the
shareholders need their money don't they,
scrappy big companies hit again!
Ozzy Sherlock, Gawler East.
Can anyone please explain why there is
such a big price variation between Gawler
and Adelaide in petrol prices. I understand
a few cents but the price di erence is 14
cents! Gawler is rst to put prices up and
the last to drop them, what is going on?
Anthony Fisk, Gawler.
To the lady that reckons the pond at
Spring eld Waters is toxic -- why would
you get into the pond to retrieve dead
animals, rubbish, etc in knee-deep water
without any protective clothing?
0448 912 966
Petrol price anger
UNDERSTANDABLY, there has been
considerable road rage among The
Bunyip's readers regarding petrol prices
around the Gawler area of late.
It would seem that anyone north of
Elizabeth is getting ripped o when they
visit the bowser.
No matter who you are, petrol prices
a ect you and your budget, so it is with little
surprise that local people emailed us en
masse to express their disappointment and
disgust at local fuel prices in the past week.
Petrol price gouges provide an example
of how little sway government has over oil
companies and how toothless regulatory
bodies are when it comes to ensuring fair
The only lobbying petrol companies
understand is when motorists put the brakes
on spending at particular outlets.
With the lead-up to Christmas and
the annual price upswing that always
accompanies the holiday season, it is time to
send a not-so-festive message to fuel outlets
throughout the Gawler area.
The RAA says there is no reason fuel
prices should be so high in the region, as
compared to other Adelaide suburbs.
For local residents, it is time to vote with
your feet and shop elsewhere for the best
prices available, otherwise this petrol price
trend will continue to drain our wallets.
Frank Kinross: I think it's absolute rubbish
how we're paying 15 to 20c a litre more
than some other places. Stop ripping us o
this close to Christmas.
Rebecca Mudge: Yep, at least 10 cents
dearer in Gawler than closer to Adelaide.
Lynette Kennett: Yes. I work at Modbury
and it's sometimes nearly 20 cents cheaper
Samantha Charmaine: Absolutely. I'm a
Gawler resident and refuse to use Gawler
petrol stations unless I'm almost empty.
Emily Backshall: Yes, I never use petrol
stations in Gawler because ve minutes up
the road in Munno Para the di erence in
price is huge.
Andrew Chapman: Yep, Gawler through
to Elizabeth are charging way too much for
petrol. Avoid lling up in Gawler if you can,
it may force them to drop.
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