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AS a nation, we have received
a trio of seismic jolts in the past
From a well-known cricketer dying
doing something many of us do
every weekend, to a terror attack
in Sydney and the murder of eight
young children in Queensland, we
have experienced a collective horror
that has caused much grief.
Amidst all of this, we have
continued to prepare for the most
important family time of our year.
A time when the majority of us
get together and share in all of the
wonderful things this country allows
us to enjoy.
The abovementioned incidents
are so far removed from our normal
experience they have provided much
cause for re ection.
While there has been emotional
turmoil it has reinforced that as a
nation we are, at heart, uni ed.
Our collective response, apart
from an agenda-driven minority, has
been rich in human kindness and
compassion, just as it was 10 years
ago when the Boxing Day tsunami
brought unimaginable horrors to our
Australia is a good country.
At times we might question
the path on which our leaders are
taking us, but essentially we are a
compassionate country with a desire
to do the right thing.
This is a trait we must ensure stays
with us forever and something we
should all re ect upon gratefully
during our holidays.
The Bunyip wishes our readers
a merry Christmas and a safe and
happy new year.
PLACE TO TRAFFIC.
WHAT DO YOU
THINK OF THE
Craig Hosking: And this will
help the tra c on the terrible
main street how?
Kurt Smith: Great idea. Could
use it for pop-up markets.
Wendy Mans eld: Won't worry
me, as I very rarely shop in
Gawler any more.
Dave Trzeciak: Hope they
drop the car-park rates for local
businesses along the main
street while they're at it.
Susan Dowsett: If it's
landscaped with generous
seating, I think it could be an
awesome idea. Don't think it
would impact on the businesses
because who can park outside
the shop of their choice
anyway? Can't remember the
last time that happened.
Sue London: Awesome idea.
Trevor Hall: Great idea; it will
stop the idiots pulling out of
there without looking or caring.
Anne Silvy-Harford: Why does
this street need to be closed?
There is little to no parking in
the street any more due to bus
stops and businesses wanting
outdoor seating. And who
wants to drive from one end
to the other before you can
leave the main street? What will
happen to the businesses in
this street if there is no parking
there...will they close down like
so many of the other Gawler
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
POLICE have arrested two
people following an incident
where a man was shot at early
on Friday morning in Evanston
At about 5.30am, a man and
woman, allegedly, went to the vic-
tim's home in St Albans Road and
confronted the occupant.
A dispute took place and a shot
was fired towards the victim, who
sustained minor injuries from
shrapnel after the bullet struck a
pane of glass.
The man then left the premises
and was driven away by the wom-
an, who was waiting outside.
The victim and the two people
arrested are known to each other,
with police advised of the incident
at about 7.30am by members of
the victim's family.
Following investigations, po-
lice arrested a 24-year-old An-
drews Farm man and a 27-year-old
Gawler South woman at a property
on Twentieth Street, Gawler South,
at around 11am the same morning.
They also seized two firearms,
one of which was, allegedly, in-
volved in the incident.
The man and the woman were
jointly charged with aggravated se-
rious criminal trespass, aggravated
assault to cause harm and possess-
ing proscribed firearms.
They were both refused bail
and appeared in the Elizabeth
Magistrates Court on Monday.
SAPOL Inspector David
Paparella said the public could rest
assured the alleged perpetrators of
the shooting were off the streets.
"This was not a random inci-
dent and police are confident we
have identified the three people
involved in this dispute and wish
to reassure the public that there
are no outstanding offenders," he
"Quick action by police has re-
sulted in the firearm believed to
have been used in this offence to
be seized and removed from the
The victim sustained minor
injuries as a result of the inci-
dent and was treated at the Lyell
Two arrested over
Think of the
SIR -- We celebrate Christmas
because of a birth.
For us it is a time of giving and
receiving -- a festival of joy culmi-
nating with a feast.
There is, however, another side
For millions of animals it is a
time of death.
Most of us abhor the cultures
that inflict cruelty to the animals
they eventually eat, while here in
Australia we pay others to kill our
Bear in mind that no animal
goes willingly to its death -- like
you and me, they will fight to
preserve the only life they have.
We assume suffering is softened
by humane slaughter, but this
does not always occur, as killing
is big business and like most busi-
nesses speed is essential -- alive or
dead the cutting continues.
Some believe the fallacy that
these 'farm animals', unlike our
'pets', don't have the intelligence
to understand their imminent
The smell of blood and the
frantic calling suggest otherwise.
There are alternatives to the
animal roast, despite the humour
and mockery that accompanies
So when we sit down to lunch
on Christmas Day, let's not forget
the other side of Christmas.
"Think occasionally of the suf-
fering of which you spare yourself
the sight" -- Albert Schweitzer.
SIR -- I am very disappointed
with the new council's deci-
sion on the WWI memorial,
situated on Adelaide Road.
It does not matter whether
you wanted the memorial moved
or not, a process was put in
place by council and the RSL
was simply adhering to that
Everyone has right to their day
in court and to pull the rug from
beneath a legitimate process, that
was approved by council, is im-
moral, if not illegal.
This decision was based purely
on the cost of legal representa-
If the RSL had received per-
mission to move the memorial
the cost of the restoration was to
have been borne by the RSL.
Now the restoration is at the
expense of council.
Where are the savings?
As my husband, (Council-
lor) Scott Fraser, stated in his
plea for council to adhere to its
original decision to move the
memorial, conditional on the
applicant (Gawler RSL) submit-
ting a development application,
the council must follow due proc-
ess.Due process being, "the of-
ficial and proper way of do-
ing things in a way that pro-
tects the rights of all the people
involved" (Webster's legal defini-
The two guns seized from the house on Twentieth Street, Gawler South,
(left) appears to be a sawn-o shot gun (right) appears to be a semi-
Police swat team members gather in the car park of the Gawler
Railway Station for a debrief following the arrest of the two people
on Twentieth Street, Gawler South. INSET: SAPOL Inspector David
Paparella speaks to the media following the shooting.
Forensics o cer comb
through the house on St
Albans Road, Evanston Park
following the shooting.
for video of the
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