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Claire McNamara: I would like to
nominate Kym Gri ths and Ann
McGonigal. Kym and Ann have
volunteered their time at the Gawler
Skating Club for many, many years now.
The Gawler Skating Club is a club that
teaches the discipline of Artistic roller-
skating as well as gures and dance
skating. These two wonderful ladies
volunteer their time after their regular day
jobs to teach and train up-and-coming
skaters, so that they can achieve their best
Matthew Moate: I'd nominate Sarah West
Rowe who has raised awareness, money
and support for so many good causes this
Sarah West Rowe: Peter Harper, Rotary
Club of Gawler Light board, Gawler
Health Foundation board, carols
committee and so much more.
Wendy Mans eld: Scott Rathman, for
bringing the Indigenous culture into our
Kylee N Sean Carmody: Heather Szulc
who volunteers for the Gawler Tennis
Association, Tod St Tennis Club plus the
Hockey in Gawler. She is always giving up
her time to help.
thoughts IT'S A NEW YEAR, BUT WE WANT TO REMEMBER SOME LOCALS WHO SHAPED 2014.
WHO DID YOU FIND MOST INSPIRING IN 2014 WITHIN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
What has been gained?
SIR -- So now that the 13-year-old
war in Afghanistan is officially over,
having resulted in thousands of deaths
of both defence forces and civilians,
and the vast majority of the country
still under Taliban control, could
someone explain what has been gained,
other than vast profits for the arms
Honour and respect
SIR -- On behalf of the residents of
Gawler South and Gawler Blocks, past
and present, and the wider Gawler
community, I would like to thank Brian
Thom and supporters for representing
our views re the relocation of the Gawler
South war memorial.
War memorials are sacred.
Unfortunately, those who erected the me-
morial in 1921 to honour their husbands,
sons, mates and neighbours are no longer with
us to voice their concern.
Nor are the 163 residents who served, in-
cluding the 25 who are listed on the memorial
under 'Faithful unto Death', who would never
have a say.
All of whom, I'm certain, would want the
memorial to stay where it is, if they were still
Given their sacrifice, it is up to now and fu-
ture generations to honour and respect their
wishes. Lest we forget.
Looking for winner
SIR -- The Gawler View Club, through
your letters page, is looking for a major
prizewinner in our recent Xmas raffle.
The raffle was drawn on Monday, Decem-
ber 15, 2014, and all other prizewinners were
contacted and happily received their prizes.
Unfortunately, we have been unable to con-
tact the 1st prizewinner.
If your name is Deanna and you pur-
chased a ticket in our raffle at the Village
Fair, I would dearly love to hear from you.
The ticket number is 1373058 with the tele-
phone number 0401...543 and the name
Deanna on it.
I have the complete phone number,
so if Deanna could ring me (Pauline) on
0413 151 315 and tell me the complete phone
number we can pass the prize on to you.
Or if you still have the ticket stub that
would be helpful also.
Our Christmas raffle is one of our major
fundraisers over the year and we would dearly
love to find the winner of this raffle.
The View Club is a valued part of The
Smith Family, which supports financially dis-
advantaged Australian children with educa-
Pauline La Roche,
Treasurer, Gawler View Club.
The purpose of Anzac Day
SIR -- All across this great nation, there is
a hive of activity as the RSL Sub Branches
and other organisations are making big
plans to commemorate the Centenary of
Anzac on April 25, 2015.
Imagine the embarrassment and disgust I
felt when on reading the article "RSL stoush
over statue", Sunday Mail, 28/12/2014, page
24. I discovered that the RSL Sub Branch, I
belong to and have represented and worked
for, is threatening to deny the local commu-
nity of even a basic dawn service.
I can stay silent no longer; shame on you,
the committee of the RSL Gawler Sub Branch,
for even considering such a threat!
This day is not yours.
It is not about the RSL Gawler Sub Branch,
nor is it about the Gawler South "digger", me-
morial or monument.
It is about honouring those who fell in the
service of their country.
It is a day where we give thanks to those
brave men and women, and celebrate our de-
mocracy and our belief in fairness, justice and
It is not a day where people play politics.
This is not the spirit of an RSL and defi-
nitely not the spirit of Anzac!
Anzac Day belongs to the people and the
It is theirs to reflect and remember the qual-
ities which Australians have seen their forces
exhibit in war.
And these qualities cluster around several
ideas: namely, endurance, courage, ingenuity,
good humour, and, of course, mateship.
These qualities collectively constitute what
is described as the Anzac spirit. The Anzac
spirit is all about helping others.
Some call it teamwork and others call it
leadership, but it's just about recognising what
the right thing to do is and getting out there
and doing it for others.
On this day, Anzac Day, it is the responsibil-
ity of the RSL to lead!
If the RSL Gawler Sub Branch chooses not
to commemorate Anzac Day with a dawn
service, I will still be at Pioneer Park at 0615
on April 25, 2015, and I am confident people
from the Gawler and surrounding communi-
ties will demonstrate the Anzac spirit and be at
the cenotaph to commemorate with me.
We will remember them.
Let them move it
SIR -- It is absolutely reprehensible that
once again the Gawler Council looks
like a total fool in the eyes of the State
(Sunday Mail, December 28, page 24).
For crying out loud, if the diggers are so
insistent of moving the statue to our remem-
brance gardens -- then what is the issue?
They fought in the wars, not us.
Why is the statue where it is and what is its
current prime purpose of its current location?
It does look wonderful, I will grant you
It is located on a fantastic prominent visual
location as you enter Gawler, makes you re-
member and note that there is a church on
that corner, but that is not a good enough rea-
son to keep it there.
In fact, if you asked about where something
was in that particular area, I would guess that
most people would mention McDonald's
in their description...not the statue or the
If you are going to fight another legal battle
and waste the money of Gawler residents,
think carefully before you go ahead; make sure
that you have exhausted all of the options.
Consider how much 'another' pointless le-
gal battle will cost the residents; consider if it
would be worthwhile putting that money into
building another statue for our diggers (I am
sure that the RSL may consider the same).
Consider that if you move that statue, it
opens the idea to building something new and
exciting to welcome visitors to Gawler. I am
sure that there will be many local people who
can offer something 'special' for such a promi-
nent corner -- perhaps the church would like
to donate something.
It is time the Gawler Council got down off
its high horse and looked and considered the
voice of the people -- stop flexing your muscles
and listen to the hearts of those who went to
fight so that you could have a say.
Thankyou to Gawler people for not
smashing bottles on the digger for the
last few days. I check it most days and it is
great not to have anything to clean.
Paul Little, Gawler RSL vice president
Well done to the community for all the
support provided during the Sampson
Flat bush re. The CFS volunteers are also
Bob Watson, Evanston Park
A special mention to all our emergency
workers who worked tirelessly over the
Christmas break and continue to keep us
Rosie Hargraves, Hewett
0448 912 966
THE past ve days have seen many local
residents on edge, as some of the worst
bush res in the state's history tear through
the Adelaide Hills.
With conditions said to be easing in the
coming days -- there is hope relief is on the
The Sampson Flat re has already devastated
many communities in the region, with almost
30 homes lost and many people injured.
But the resounding thing to rise from the
ashes of this tragic event is the resilience
shown by the majority of South Australians
-- those who are both directly and indirectly
impacted by the blaze.
Gawler's residents have opened their hearts
to their Hills compatriots, donating not only
food, water and other items, but opening up
their homes and businesses as well to victims
When the going gets tough, Australians
pride themselves on sticking together and
helping out their mates.
Indeed, the community is determined not to
let this re burn out their spirits and is acting
When the blaze rst broke out on Friday, I
ventured out of the o ce to attempt to get
some photos for publication.
I was taking some snaps from a paddock in
Kalbeeba when a car pulled up beside me.
Inside was a local resident and her daughter,
who asked what I was doing.
It turns out they suspected I might be a re
bug myself, and were making sure I was not up
to any mischief.
"There are already enough res around, we
don't need anymore," she said.
This demonstrates how people in times
like these, are willing to go out of their way
to protect their friends and neighbours from
Provided this sort of community spirit stays
strong, we are in good hands, no matter what
mother nature throws at us.
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