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HUNDREDS OF LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS AND
EMERGENCY SERVICES WORKERS HAVE WORKED
TIRELESSLY TO PUT OUT THE SAMPSON FLAT FIRE
THIS PAST WEEK. IF YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR
OUR LOCAL HEROES, LEAVE IT HERE.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
SIR -- I recently visited a tourist centre
seeking information about a few towns
in our state that may be of interest to my
overseas pen pals.
Among the information I found a very
informative brochure telling me how ex-
ceptional Kapunda is, so congratulations
to the one responsible for its printing.
I realise many small towns don't have as many
attractions as others, but the most amusing one
informed me that if I wished to attend the town's
airshow it will be on a Sunday in April -- wait for
it -- in 2010.
SIR -- As a life long resident of Gawler
South and now Evanston, I object to the
removal of the monument from its present
location, but I think it is time for the issue
to be settled.
The only way to solve it is for the council and
the RSL to have a referendum, and the process
should be by compulsory vote by Gawler resi-
dents on the electoral role.
Whatever the result, at least the people have
This issue has gone on far too long, so what-
ever the outcome, let it be finished.
As for the RSL saying they may refuse to con-
duct a ceremony for Anzac Day, they are acting
like kindergarten children.
SIR -- The recent South Australian fires
have been devastating to local commu-
nities, having caused the loss of property
and displaced many families.
I would like to thank everyone who has con-
tributed to fighting the fires and keeping fellow
South Australians safe.
In particular the volunteers, the emergency
services personnel, community organisations
and all those who put their lives on the line to
help protect others.
My office is available for those requiring as-
sistance with federal government matters during
In particular those who have lost property,
pets and livestock during the bushfires.
My office can be reached on 8284 2422.
Nick Champion, MP,
Federal Member for Wakefield.
Community spirit alive
SIR -- This last Christmas the Gawler
Salvation Army, Vinnies, Gawler Rail-
way Station Cafe and UCare all gave out
toys and hampers, many of which had
been donated, to families that otherwise
might not have had presents or food this
The Gawler Community House cooked up
Christmas Day lunch for those who may not
have had it otherwise and Conversations Café
cooked up a pancake breakfast for the local kids
Conversations Café also had a donation tree
set up in the weeks leading up to Christmas, this
meant the kids also received a gift and breakfast
on Christmas morning.
The look on the faces of the seven children at
the café on Christmas morning was priceless and
a heartwarming moment; café owner Mignon
was behind the idea and worked with Baptist
Care to organise the breakfast.
The recent fires in the Adelaide hills that came
very close to Gawler are a reminder of how lucky
we are to have such a great community.
Together, the local community groups worked
day and night collecting goods, distributing
them, cooking for firefighters, providing relief at
local ovals and staging areas and so much more.
The outpouring of support was truly amazing
and shows that when needed we can all work to-
gether for a very positive outcome in a bad situ-
Gawler, your community spirit is alive and
SIR -- I wish to thank all the people of
the Gawler district who so generously do-
nated to the Children's Cancer Institute
through the recent antler fundraiser.
Over $5500 was collected to supplement the
state efforts of over $65,000.
Well done, everybody.
Now we will all dig deep again to support those
who have lost so much in the local bushfires.
I am grateful to be part of such a wonderful
Change to dawn service
SIR -- In response to a couple of articles in
recent Advertiser and Bunyip editions, I,
as secretary of the RSL Gawler, would like
to put my personal feelings to the people
of Gawler and the surrounding areas re-
garding the upgrade and removal of our
World War I memorial at Gawler South,
plus the 2015 dawn service.
We as a club took it upon ourselves to ap-
proach Gawler Council for us to restore and
move the WWI memorial to Pioneer Park and
add World War II veterans and veterans of any
other conflicts that has involved our country
over the years.
We must remember that we still have a lot
of our young men and women still involved in
Afghanistan and Iraq, let alone our many peace
We had grants given to us to restore and up-
date the memorial with lighting and paving with
veterans' names on all pavers, which would have
given Gawler a true and special area for locals
and visitors to remember our fallen service per-
We were given four weeks to run a petition,
whereas Brian Thom ran one for a period of
Originally, we were granted permission to go
ahead, but permission was then revoked.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, which
I know that most of you are tired of reading
and hearing about this (just as we are), we are
considering to let the so-called professional
council members perform the 2015 dawn serv-
ice.We as a club are looking at removing our me-
morial from Pioneer Park and bring it to our clu-
brooms, where we plan to hold our own dawn
service with our members, which is what a lot of
our ageing members are quite happy to do.
So, in closing, I feel that because Gawler
Council thinks that that it so knowledgeable
with what it takes to run a dawn service, well,
so be it.
We had big plans for 2015, of which they
wouldn't have a clue about, so all I can say is
that as a club we are very disappointed with how
council has treated us.
All we wanted was for either the council to
upgrade the memorial, where it now stands, or
to let us to repair it and put it up with their other
mates and family members that fought in other
wars and conflicts after them.
Secretary, Gawler RSL.
Stephie Washere: Thank you ever so much
to you all and a huge thank you to the
police who manned the road blocks and
let our convoys in to supply much needed
supplies to the locals and for letting us get
our little van in for Jo and Greg Morris on
Jamie Scott: Thank you CFS members, you
couldn't have handled the situation better!
Well done especially to the One Tree Hill
CFS team who have been ghting for their
own homes as well as others. So proud
that dad was out there ghting in the CFS
too! Love you all!
Jayne Guerney: THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Shell Keynes: As we once lived in SA and
were also part of the CFS, we would love
to say we are very proud of you all and a
job well done! This goes out to everyone
involved CFS, CFA and the council workers,
all of the logistics side of it and especially
the community. Love all the way from
Amanda Bull: Legends!
Christina Maloney: Don't even know
where to start! So I'll keep it simple. Thank
you, thank you, thank you!!!!
ONE of the most dangerous actions
performed by drivers on country roads
these days is also one of the most
I'm talking, of course, about tailgating.
It seems in the country, some drivers feel
they have the right to get to where they
want to go at whatever speed they
If a driver has decided they are skilled
(or dumb) enough to travel over the
recommended speed limit to get to their
destination a few minutes earlier, God forbid
any other motorist who gets in their way.
Anyone who has been tailgated before
knows it is not a pleasant feeling.
Having an impatient motorist sit right up
your rear creates unneeded pressure and
anxiety for a driver -- it is simply something
no-one should have to put up with.
It is the sort of behaviour that can easily
cause accidents -- something country roads
experience far too often as it is.
The solution is simple -- be more patient.
Wait for a safe and appropriate time to
pass a slower vehicle, and nine times out of
10 you will still get to your destination on
What a country we live in.
Raging res burning out of control at
Sampson Flat, followed by thunderstorms
and lightning -- which sparked more res
-- then throw in a ood at Two Wells, to top it
o for good measure.
We have seen nearly all extremes of
Mother Nature in the past two weeks.
Although many properties have been
damaged or destroyed, thankfully no lives
have been lost as a result of the extreme
Find us on
Two Wells floods -- page 4
Bushfire coverage -- pages 5, 9,10 & 11
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