Home' The Bunyip : June 11th 2015 Contents Page 8 “THE BUNYIP” GAWLER, Thursday, June 11, 2015
SIR – As there is more construction hap-
pening and other residents have voiced a
similar concern, it seems the right time to
write this letter.
In recent times a farm has been subdivided
at Cockatoo Valley, creating a number of larger
acreages, with some smaller allotments along
Near the road, several houses have already
been constructed on these blocks, one of three
is on higher ground.
We are concerned that the council has grant-
ed permission for dwellings to be built in a low-
lying area, where the locals know it can turn
into a swamp.
A visual inspection would have shown the
presence of reeds and other riparian plants, in-
dicating the area gets very wet.
We’re wondering whether the council will
be liable when the area floods and the houses
are damaged, or will the owners need to rely on
their insurance companies to cover them.
A creek just down the road is mainly dry in
summer and a gentle stream during most of the
winter. Several times, however, we’ve seen it as
a raging torrent of 10 to 15 metres and this will
happen again during a future winter.
SIR – We are paying $95 every three
months to have our septic tank serviced.
Perhaps after 12 months it should be serviced
every four months.
It usually only takes 10 minutes.
We are paying more in rates than larger
towns, such as Freeling and Kapunda, which
are on common council effluent and have su-
We were not told about the septic tank servic-
ing when we bought the house.
A third-grade water does come out of the
sprinkler, but you’re not supposed to grow veg-
etables with the recycled water.
SIR – Brett Whitford and Matthew
Wetherbie (Bunyip, June 3, ‘Biding their
time’), I have no problem with you living
together and loving each other, but please
Brett, “we have a child, we’re a standard
family, just like everybody else”!
No Brett, you are not a ‘standard family’. A
‘standard family’ with children have a mother
and a father.
And, numerically, that is the overwhelming
description of a ‘standard family’ in this won-
SIR – The topic of disillusionment
with modern society and people’s angry
and/or apathetic attitudes have recently
been raised by readers.
In my opinion, the provocateur is the inter-
Originally developed for communication be-
tween the world’s people, it has been erroneous-
ly manipulated by online bulliers, paedophiles
and, now, Islamic extremists.
People have become dumbed down and de-
sensitised by nonsense websites and near fanati-
cal use of mobile phones.
One cannot peruse a local supermarket with-
out someone crashing into you because of en-
slavement to phone addiction.
Communication is a vital element of society,
but real communication includes face-to-face
This appears to have been noxiously super-
seded by Facebook and Twitter.
Obviously, there are still decent people out
there, but to quote another source, “the more
people I meet, the more I like my cat”.
SIR – South Australia is home to many
successful and innovative exporters and
it is important these businesses are recog-
nised for their vital contributions to
driving the South Australian economy.
Applications are, once again, open for the
annual Business SA Export Awards, in its 23rd
year, honouring and celebrating the achieve-
ments of South Australian businesses operating
across the world.
The South Australian awards are also part
of a national program, whereby winners from
the state awards progress as finalists to the
Australian Export Awards.
Winners of the Business SA 2015 Export
Awards will be formally announced on Friday,
October 23 at a luncheon to be held at the
National Wine Centre of Australia.
I’m encouraging members of the public and
businesses to put forward nominations to rec-
ognise the outstanding achievements of our
exporters, with applications closing Friday, July
To apply and for more information, visit
business-sa.com/exportawards or email export-
Shadow Minister for Investment and
SIR – Several years ago, visiting
Whyalla, I found this amazing set of rules
in a school room in the museum.
So, as it’s dated just 100 years ago, I thought
it might interest you to print it.
I can’t imagine anyone rushing to apply with
these rules now, can you?
1915 – Female school teacher rules.
1. You will not marry during the term of your
2. You must be home between 8pm to 6am;
3. You are not to have the company of men;
4. You may not loiter down town in ice cream
5. You may not travel beyond the city limits
without permission of the chairman of the
6. You may not ride in a carriage or automo-
bile with any man;
7. You must not smoke cigarettes;
8. You may not dress in bright colours;
9. You may under no circumstances dye your
10. You must wear at least two petticoats and
your dress must be long;
11. To keep your room clean, sweep floor at
least once a day, scrub floor at least once a
week with soapy water; clean blackboard
once a day, start fire at 7am so room is
warm by 8am.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Greg Grace: It stinks, rates rise, but
nothing in return, this is beyond a joke.
Come on councillors that are there to
represent us, the ratepayers, we’re all sick
of paying for that Rex that I’ve never gone
to and never will. Stop raising our rates.
Kylee N Sean Carmody: I am happy to
pay if the services increase accordingly.
Kerry Wordley: I’d be happy if they
offered hard refuse collection each
Andrew Hurst: Too much, compared to
real income increases. The DPI is flawed
and needs reviewing.
Andrew Porter: Why is this above CPI?
What extra services are going to be
None, I bet.
Ilario Roccisano: You’ll get a shiny
new brochure telling you about the
CPI increase. And maybe, just maybe, a
recycled envelope for your council bill.
BAROSSA HOME-OWNERS COULD BE FACING A 4.5 PER CENT
RATE RISE. IT IS AMONG THE RECOMMENDATIONS PROPOSED
AS PART OF BAROSSA COUNCIL’S DRAFT BUDGET FOR 2015/16.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PROPOSED RATE RISE?
OSCAR Wilde is recorded as having said,
the only thing worse than being talked
about is not being talked about at all.
And over the past week, people have sure
been talking about The Bunyip, inundating
us with comments about our wraparound
featuring SipnSave’s alcohol specials in the
June 3 edition.
Often a week goes by and we will not
hear little regarding that week’s edition – it
is, sadly, rare that we receive compliments
regarding the positive community story
we ran, or our important investigation into
a social issue, or even the great front page
photograph taken by our staff.
Often, The Bunyip only hears from people
when they’re annoyed or angry.
This week, The Bunyip received phone
calls, emails, Facebook messages, texts to the
editor and even personal visits from people
wishing to express their concern about the
So, it is safe to say people were annoyed
Sure, it is different to our normal front
page and we acknowledge that it featured
alcohol, but the product is entirely legal and
is consumed in households throughout the
community and often in front of children
including by many of those who actually
complained about the advertisement.
We regularly feature alcohol
advertisements in our publication
sometimes full page.
This time around, our long-standing client
wanted to make a splash and we were
willing to accomodate them.
And a splash they have made.
Our loyal readers can rest assured that
the decision to place this advertisement at
the forefront of our publication was not one
made lightly – but it is not unusual, as we
have previously had wraparound editions.
Some people criticised us for putting the
almighty dollar before good sense.
While The Bunyip is a community resource
and does much to support the people of
Gawler, it is still a business.
Ultimately, staff, suppliers and contractors
all must be paid. This advertisement helps
us ensure that our business, of keeping our
community informed, continues to flourish
and people are employed in our town.
The Bunyip acknowledges the comments
from our readers and the public, not all of
them negative, and and your feedback will
always be considered.
Letters to the Editor
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and daytime phone number must be
included. The editor reserves the right to
edit any letter for legal, space and other
reasons. Anonymous letters will not be
considered for publication.
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Why would you advertise alcohol on the
front page? I’m sure there was something
nicer to advertise.
Dianne, Gawler Belt.
Well done for addressing the ice/drugs
issue in our local communities, but isn’t it
a little contradictory to then wrap it up in
an advertisement for alcohol, which has
been destroying families for generations?
Julie, Gawler South.
Don’t think much of The Bunyip front
page, will put me off buying it.
Yum, black label on special.
Bill G., Gawler South.
I wish someone could train the employee
smokers that sit in the multi-level car park
near Woolies how to use an ashtray!
BANDTASTIC: Gawler has been announced as hosting the 2016 Australian Band
Championships, with Trinity College students Isabelle Stimson, Shannon Miller, Emily
Otterspoor and Vasilios Tryfopoulos keen to ensure they will be at the top of their games
when their school hosts the event in March. Full story - page 20.
PHOTO: Alec Urqhart
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