Home' The Bunyip : September 9th 2015 Contents Page 8 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, September 9, 2015
SIR -- Recent articles and letters to the editor
suggest the Gawler community should
support council's proposed alternative routes
to the original Gawler East link road plans,
suggesting these routes would have less of
an impact and alleviate traffic congestion on
Main North Road.
I question if their 'minimal impact'
considers the new routes would mean homes
being demolished, more residential land
being acquired (the original plan builds
mostly on land owned by government, no
homes knocked down), and the destruction
of significantly more trees and bushland
-- the home to much wildlife, such as birds,
koalas and kangaroos.
As Brian Thom stated, it is important to
show we care about our environment and
What about the unaccounted costs associated
with having to compulsorily purchase more
private land and homes and have them razed;
to build on steep inclines and construct more
bridges, building over gas and water pipes?
Was it considered that money or plans
have not been allocated or tabled to link
the new road to Tiver Road, meaning that
for, possibly, the next 15 years the traffic
will be funnelled down Potts Road to Main
North Road, not alleviating congestion
as suggested or addressing the access to
schools, shopping and other residential
I also question why, when the Gawler
East link road has been planned for years
has there been an 11th-hour change by
local council to pursue options previously
assessed and rejected by state government?
Progress and development is inevitable
and important, but decisions need to be
transparent, community considered and
negative implications clearly identified and
I encourage people not only to attend the
community forum tonight but to research
and critically think about what is being
proposed and what will be lost.
SIR -- Further to Martin Bailey's recent
letter (Blocked in, August 26), re: the
ugly large concrete blocks on Lyndoch
Road footpath fronting the Immanuel
Lutheran School, surely they are an eyesore
confronting all traffic travelling along the
However, they provide some safety for the
schoolchildren and therefore have some
Regretfully, Mr Bailey's call for some
transparency by the Town of Gawler on the
matter is a forlorn hope.
This matter is enmeshed with the council's
heritage wall policy and distress both visual
and expense incurred by any Gawler citizen
who has the misfortune to own a property
designated with a heritage wall.
I believe the present unsatisfactory situation
of many decaying and decrepit stone
walls about Gawler are the result of poor
stewardship and dictatorial manner adopted
by the council infrastructure and planning
committee over many years.
Clearly, a new revised heritage report to
remove some of the most decayed and
decrepit walls beyond viable restoration is
urgently required and meaningful assistance
for the remaining affected owners to
improve their properties for the benefit and
beautification of the TOG, whilst retaining a
significant and practical measure of the TOG
heritage, is long overdue.
SIR -- I must applaud the Gawler Car Club
for its endeavours to establish some form of
clubrooms in Gawler.
The establishment of such a facility could
have far-reaching effects for Gawler as a
hub for motoring enthusiasts and knock-on
consequences for the town generally.
Perhaps, one day, we may see a 'Gawler
Hopefully, the council can see this as a
SIR -- People smugglers are enabling Syrians
to flee persecution.
Unfortunately, many Syrians are dying at
sea in the process.
There are also many in refugee camps on
Australia must do more to assist.
Taking additional Syrian refugees during
this humanitarian crisis would be a start.
To do otherwise would be un-Australian.
Pat on back
great service -- firstly, when the train drivers
went on strike for the footy trains to and
from Adelaide Oval for the Crows/Lions'
Picked us up at Fasta Pasta, Gawler, dropped
off opposite oval western gates and collected
us after the match.
Then, the following week (trains back on),
we decided to go by Link SA bus again.
Same lovely driver, bus and service (Crows
I left my Crows' hoodie jacket on the bus and
it was delivered to my front door (after my
phone call), the following day. What service!
I will be using them next season, for sure.
SIR -- Can you, please, tell me why the
pictures of illegal parkings often appearing
in The Bunyip should be titled 'Fun
Looking under 'F' in the dictionary I find
"fun", which is "very amusing".
Then going to 'I', I find "idiot", which is
So, how does that sound?
Idiotic parking or utter fool fits these
pictures perfectly, wouldn't you agree?
Ed's note: Thanks for your wise words, Patricia.
The name Fun Parking comes from us just
playing with words and toying with irony
-- because the examples we show are clearly not
fun for those of us trying to do the right thing
and not inconvenience others.
SIR -- Wonderful words from Australian Art
"Climb the mountains and get their good
tidings. Nature's peace will flow with
sunshine into the trees. The winds will blow
their own freshness into you and the storms
their energy. Your cares will drop away
from you, like the leaves of autumn."
WORLD War One saw many stalemates,
particularly on the Western Front, where
the mud and slush made fighting battles
a treacherous and deadly slog, and taking
ground almost impossible.
The Gawler RSL's three-year campaign to move
the WWI memorial from Adelaide Road to
Pioneer Park in the town's centre had reached
such a stalemate.
So, it is almost fitting that a truce was reached
between the RSL and Gawler Council this week
-- not with a bang, but a sigh.
Like those trenches in far-off France and
Belgium, where so many locals honoured on the
Gawler South memorial fought and fell, there was
much mud and hand-grenades, of the verbal kind,
It has been an ugly, often spiteful, debate that has
polarised the community and seen deep enmity
formed between the various parties.
Some of those involved may never talk to each
other again, which is a shame, as their passion for
this community is a valuable resource.
There have been no winners, not even among
those who received their wish that the memorial
stay in its current location.
It is certain that among those so deeply involved
in the memorial debate there would be a sense of
For now, perhaps forever more, the memorial will
remain at its post at Gawler South and a new and
appropriate monument will be built, honouring all
of the war dead of our community.
Hopefully, the new monument at Pioneer Park
will bring the community back together in a more
reflective fashion, a mood that better befits the
sacrifice made by so many 100 years ago.
All of us involved owe it to those whom we
profess to remember.
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Weir Bill: Itʼs got nothing to do with Gawler Council.
Why would they need to stick their nose in?
Arran OʼLeary: Who gives a stuﬀ what Gawler Council
thinks? Itʼs entirely up to defence and Federal Govt
if it wants to go down that path and make some
income from the facility. There are plenty of defence
bases that lease part of their property to farmers,
mining, and yes airports (Williamtown, Tindal etc.).
John Faulkner: Interesting comment from the Gawler
Angela Tinks Adams: Are you even allowed to do
that to a military base?
Chantelle Tesselaar: If itʼs a warranted program, it
needs to have its own transport and not piggy-back
oﬀ the defence force.
Plans to use the Edinburgh Royal Australian Air
Force base for fresh produce exports have been
condemned by Gawler Council. The Bunyipʼs
readers discussed the matter on Facebook.
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$aving mea$ure? Ratepayer, Gawler.
Please get the police to patrol the main
street on a Sunday evening. I saw an
Archbishop, a pimp and Super Mario
walking streets full of gusto and laughter.
Poor behaviour! And...please donʼt call it
“Mad Sunday”, itʼs “Silly Sunday”, or “Mad
Robert Quill, Kudla.
Interesting Australiaʼs ﬁrst war memorial
to Gallipoli is moving from the parklands
to the parade grounds. No stick-in-the-
mud protests there.
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