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the kettle black
SIR -- Barack Obama's expulsion of 35
Russian diplomats, on the alleged grounds
of US Presidential election hacking claims,
considering the political interference that the
US has conducted for decades in many parts of
the world -- including South America, Central
America and Africa, for example -- is a bit like
the kettle calling the pot black!
Grateful for sacrifice
SIR -- This year, around 2300 Australian
Defence Force (ADF) personnel deployed
on operations around the world celebrated
Christmas away from their families and
The men and women who serve in defence of
our nation make many sacrifices in the line of
duty and, for some, this means Christmas away
As we spend quality time with our families and
loved ones these holidays, we should reflect on
those sacrifices and be grateful for the men and
women of the ADF who are prepared to keep
us safe and defend our values.
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
SIR -- Our anti-terrorism enforcement agencies
are able to police Islamists because in Australia
we can still count them while their numbers
And our Government has been able to restrict
Islamist immigration by appropriate border
But it is a political lie to say that Islamists are
'self-radicalised' or 'home grown'.
It is Islam that radicalises and grows Islamists.
While we can count and monitor and restrict
entry of Islamists, there are Islamic schools
and mosques in Australia which teach the
fundamentals of Islam.
All over the world, including Western
countries, mosques and Islamic schools
are known to be hot beds of Islamism and
protectorates of the seeds that are planted and
nurtured by Islam.
We must now move to regulate, monitor
and watchdog what goes on in mosques and
No TDU for Gawler
SIR -- While attending the last Gawler
council meeting on 13 December 2016, I was
astounded by the way some council members
so easily dismiss plans that can do so much
good for the Gawler ratepayers and the
I sat there quietly listening to Deputy Mayor
Ian Tooley move to approve staff to submit an
expression of interest to host a finish as part of
the Tour Down Under.
As I sat there I was thinking what a great
outcome that would be for our community,
especially the young children, the memories
they would have, as well as the positive
outcome it would have on the business
community in Gawler.
It was also a pleasant surprise to see an elected
member so passionate and positive in helping
Mr Tooley outlined that the race should end
at Pioneer Park, which is capable of holding
a race finish and there would not be a need to
make any alterations to Murray Street, keeping
Sadly, as I sat there thinking what a well-
needed boost for Gawler, I also sat there
thinking it is not going to happen.
Cr Fischer, Cr Shackley, Cr Symes, Cr Hughes
and Cr Koch opposed the motion and it was
I sat and listened to them come up with
statements, like bringing up Murray Street,
which clearly Cr Tooley said would not
Cr Koch then likened the Tour Down Under
to a local greyhound race as a reason not to
proceed and, finally, the cost and then a figure
with no apparent foundation was thrown
around as fact.
I say this: unless you actually do a costing, you
have no idea how much it is going to cost.
This is an international event, the money that
comes from which will give our economy a
Don't you think this is something we should at
the very least submit an expression of interest
This council just spent $400,000 getting expert
advice concerning the Gawler East link road,
and none of the experts' recommendations
were followed by council (what a waste of
In my opinion, some of the Gawler councillors
are completely out of touch with the needs and
wants of the Gawler people they are supposed
Further on Murray Road
SIR -- In support of recent letters regarding
Murray Road, I wrote to The Bunyip nearly 18
months ago now on the topic of speeding and
RBT evasion through use of Murray Road in
lieu of Main North Road.
Where are we now?
The useless blockage of Murray Road's
northern end is ignored by many.
Cars still speed along the southern stretch
after cutting past Riverside vets and, from
observation, maybe one in five will be doing
Good call for the evaders though, the RBTs are
always in the section of Main North Road they
It is lovely also the southern end has been
resurfaced, they can exceed the speed limit
more safely now. I would question why speed
restriction devices were not placed during the
Seems like an optimum time to attend to this
Or are we waiting for someone to die, either
from a drunk driver or some hero speeding up
the blind rise as you head north of the Para.
I am quite aware the value of a duck's life
at the dip in the road over the Para likely
does not create headlines, but spotting a pair
of ducks (as it is now rare to see ducklings
under the bridge) sees a little bit more of what
was Gawler's environment laying dead too
commonly by the side of the road due to the
careless drivers travelling this road.
Council, where are you?
Do you listen to your constituents?
Or, maybe, you don't live in the area and just
Roosters in Gawler
SIR -- In my opinion, there is no place for
roosters in Gawler and keeping them is
supposed to be banned.
The council prevents conflict between
neighbours by banning backyard burning and
controls noisy dogs (well, sort of), but does
nothing to control roosters.
They crow at all hours of the day and night,
some of them start crowing at 3 or 4 o'clock in
the morning and continue most of the day.
But council doesn't seem interested in doing
anything to remedy the situation, despite
documentation on their website which clearly
states: 'No roosters allowed in residential
THE Gawler region experienced an
eventful year in 2016.
As our readers may observe in The Bunyip's
2016 recap this edition, the region experienced
significant flooding, dust-storms, a measles
outbreak, and multiple funding and political
snubs, among other things.
At times there were some significant
divisions, in particular when it came to
local issues, such as traffic management
-- the twists and turns of the Gawler East
link road debate is immediately drawn to
mind as an example.
Across the globe, many people were
happy to see an end to 2016, after it took
many of our favourite celebrities and
pop culture icons -- from whom we draw
inspiration -- away from us.
Others just wanted to put to bed a year
which affected massive political and
social changes: from the Brexit vote, to
the seemingly implausible election victory
of media personality Donald Trump to
enter into, arguably, the world's most
powerful role, the US presidency.
Indeed, there was a lot of news people
might not have enjoyed hearing
throughout the year.
Ultimately, however, there was plenty of
good news to be happy about.
Many of the stories reported on in The
Bunyip highlighted the community spirit
that exists across our region.
Take, for instance, the way in which
communities banded together to help its
members recover from the Pinery fire of
November 25, 2015, or the Gawler River
floods in September/October last year.
There were all the community fundraising
events, the spirit in which local sporting
and community clubs helped out others
in times of needs, and the many local
residents who leant a hand to their
neighbours during hard times.
Then, of course, there were all the
volunteers -- the emergency services
workers, the members of not-for-profit
organisations, like BlazeAid and Habitat for
Humanity, or Country Fire Service (CFS)
crews, among others -- who put in a heap of
hard work for their fellow humans.
Some even made the trip from interstate
to do so.
If there was any take-home message from
2016 for the Gawler region, it was that a strong
and united community will always stand tall
when faced with disaster and adversity.
From all of The Bunyip crew, we wish you
all the best for the new year ahead.
-- Matteo Gagliardi
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