Home' The Bunyip : January 18th 2017 Contents Page 8 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Ellouise Crawford firstname.lastname@example.org
Grady Hudd email@example.com
Slim pickings, indeed
SIR -- I was horrified by the lengthy and
rambling letter from Viv Forbes in The Bunyip
of January 11, 2017.
"Who is this Viv Forbes?" I thought, "and
what is his connection to our community?"
A quick Google enquiry identified him as the
chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition and
a former director of Stanmore Coal, one of
the many coal-mining companies he has been
As to the second part of my question, there
does not appear to be any connection to our
In fact, I would hazard a guess that he had
never heard of our local newspaper until he
searched the internet for a list of Australian
papers to send copies of this letter, and spread
his hopelessly short-term views on climate
change and the role of carbon in that change.
Surely, we are past the point of debating the
existence and cause of climate change in 2017?
And can we agree that is not sustainable to
continually value economic interests higher
than consideration of the impact that economic
decisions have on the environment?
Whilst I acknowledge the media's role
in presenting varying viewpoints, I was
disappointed in The Bunyip's decision to
publish this ridiculous letter (the reference
to the Battle of Waterloo was a spectacularly
irrelevant use of column space).
I can only assume that it was slim pickings this
SIR -- I have just finished reading the letters to
the editor, published January 11.
One of the letters raised my hackles so high,
I felt compelled to look further into the
credentials of the writer.
The letter was headed, 'Disarm "Green
Globalists"', and was written by a Viv Forbes
of Rosevale, Queensland.
A very brief search online showed this man,
who has very strong views about the reality
of climate change, ultimately declaring in his
letter that the Paris Climate Treaty should be
"... rejected, never to rise again".
Mr Forbes said much else in this letter, but
the important thing he neglected to mention is
that he has now, and has had for a very long
time, strong links to a group called "the Carbon
This group strongly advocates against the idea
of climate change.
Given this man's connection to the group, I
feel it would have been pertinent for him to
include a reference to it in his letter.
I declare myself here as a concerned
citizen, applauding the work being done by
stakeholders in the fight against the widely
accepted issue of climate change.
Eyes still sore
SIR -- Well, well, another year has been and
gone and we still have eyesores -- for example,
the old mower repair shop in the main street
and the old chestnut behind the Old Bushman
Please, can anyone shed some light on this
I could not see this happening in Tanunda, but,
I guess, in Gawler, it is who you know, not
what you know.
James Hird’s health
SIR -- We are all much smarter with hindsight
and the much-publicised state of James Hird's
health is extremely unfortunate.
However, if he had been prepared to take
at least some degree of responsibility for
the Essendon Football Club's "supplements
program", as the senior coach of the club at the
time, things may well be much healthier for
him right now.
AS the grandson of Italian migrants
who settled in the northern suburbs in
the early 1960s, I know full well the
importance Holden's Elizabeth car
manufacturing plant has had on the
My grandfather worked at the Australian
car developer for 25 years, to provide my
family with the kind of life which enabled
me to one day work as a journalist, here at
This is a story known all too well amongst
the region's migrant and working-class
families, who built a life out of the fruits
of Holden's labour force.
Last Friday, current Holden workers
were, finally, given an official closing
date for the manufacturing plant:
That announcement is several years in the
In December 2013, the now-global car
manufacturer announced it would shut
the plant's doors by the end of
2017, which was followed with an
announcement in April 2015 that the
company was making 270 employees
Almost 1000 workers -- many of whom
are from Gawler -- remain employed in
the plant's production, engineering and
support roles, while many more work
for local businesses and services which
benefit from Holden's existence.
For all of them, the official closure date is
However, at the same time, it may
provide them with a real sense of
closure -- a sobering reminder that life
will go on.
Let's not mourn the closure date, but use
it to hope for a better future for the region
-- one which many of the community's
working-class families, which Holden
helped lift up throughout its history,
strived to create.
-- Matteo Gagliardi
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SIR -- You can deny anthropogenic climate
change...but you can't deny the evidence!
The longer it takes for all of us, for our
industries and our governments, to act on
climate change, the more we, our environment
and our economy will continue to suffer!
Almost daily our media reports on the ever-
increasing and adverse impacts of climate
change, but what are we doing about it?
The fly ash situation in Port Augusta, and the
toxic air pollution in London and northern
China, remind us that burning fossil fuels
has consequences and is killing us and our
Those of you who want to demonise wind
turbines, and renewable energy in general, in
favour of burning coal, should Google search
'fossil fuel-related deaths in 2016', and open
your eyes to the facts!
The just-released 2016 climate/weather
report data for Australia and for SA shows
that 2016 was again one of our hottest years
on record AND that the associated extreme
weather events continued to increase in both
frequency and intensity, costing lives and
billions of dollars.
This is going to continue, with dire
consequences, until we learn to live sustainably.
Our ever-warming climate is having far-
reaching biological impacts, too, giving
organisms and disease vectors a big foothold.
The unstoppable Russian wheat aphid is on
our doorstep in the Mid North, presenting yet
another problem for our farmers, because the
climate now suits it this far south.
The Irukandji (box) jellyfish is moving south
on our eastern seaboard, already at Fraser
Island, with its move south facilitated by our
warming oceans and it is unstoppable!
Imagine the economic cost alone on the Gold
Coast, to tourist and real estate trade, when it
arrives there and when people just can't use
the ocean in the summer months, just like
they can't now in Far North Queensland!
Mosquito-borne diseases, like Dengue fever,
are also moving south from the tropics as our
climate continues to warm.
CO2 is the killer, polluting our atmosphere
and our oceans at an alarming rate,
significantly warming them both AND
acidifying the oceans to dangerous levels.
The longer we take to seriously act on
climate change as individuals, as a country,
as a world, the more we will continue to live
with the consequences of our inaction.
Make changes yourself AND use your
vote to tell politicians, including local
politicians, that you demand that they ACT
ON CLIMATE CHANGE NOW...our future
depends on it!
In my opinion...
GAWLER COUNCIL DEPUTY MAYOR IAN TOOLEY, SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF HIMSELF, SAYS IT'S TIME TO "ACT NOW" ON
CLIMATE CHANGE, IN RESPONSE TO A LETTER TO THE EDITOR SENT IN LAST WEEK ARGUING AGAINST CLIMATE ACTION.
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