Home' The Bunyip : January 10th 2018 Contents Page 8 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, January 10, 2018
IN October, State Emergency Services
Minister Chris Picton labelled the failure
of the Alert SA smartphone application
"unacceptable" after it crashed on a hot
and dry day that saw fires sweep across
The $250,000 a year app -- as editori-
alised in The Bunyip at the time -- is de-
signed to provide users with "timely, rel-
evant and personalised event and warning
information" during times of emergency.
Its failure in October, during the first
major fire event of the season, potentially
endangered the lives of those looking to
the app for direction during the emergen-
cy.At the time, Mr Picton said the govern-
ment would be working to ensure a simi-
lar problem "would not happen again".
Yet, remarkably, less than three months
later that's exactly what's occurred.
On a catastrophic fire day on Saturday,
where the mercury tipped 40 degrees Cel-
sius across many parts of the state, users
were unable to access information via the
app, leaving them in the dark regarding
fire warnings and other key updates.
In light of the second failure, Mr Picton
has since announced that his government,
and emergency services, will no longer be
supporting the use of the Alert SA app.
In a statement released on Sunday, he
also deflected blame towards Ripe Intel-
ligence -- the company responsible for de-
veloping the app -- calling the outage "a
Mr Picton also revealed that the govern-
ment would not be renewing its contract
with Ripe Intelligence, which is supposed
to ensure the app has "99.9 per cent reli-
However, total responsibility cannot be
pinned on Ripe Intelligence.
If $250,000 of taxpayer money is being
spent yearly on a device to ensure greater
public safety during emergencies, surely
the government must take a greater degree
of ownership over it.
Particularly given that the same sce-
nario played out less than 10 weeks ago,
and the government promised the problem
would be rectified.
According to Mr Picton, the govern-
ment will now work on a new, more "ro-
bust" mobile solution.
It must get it right this time, and ensure
it's not wasting more taxpayer money on
an app that doesn't work.
-- Grady Hudd
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Political debate supported
SIR -- I have been calling for a return to
town hall-style debates ahead of the 2018
state election for some time, as I believe the
community and media should have the op-
portunity to ask all politicians and would-be
The community should know what we all
really stand for and they should be given the
opportunity to ask questions about policy so
they can see what really lies behind the head-
lines and populism of some candidates.
I congratulate Member for Schubert
Stephan Knoll's willingness to do the same.
Australian Conservatives MLC.
SIR -- On December 18, 2017, I, along
with other ratepayers, attended the farce
that's called an Adelaide Plains Council
meeting and witnessed a total disregard of
the council's own policy in relation to meet-
In council's Code of Practice -- Meeting
Procedures, there's a resolution titled, 'Addi-
tional Council-Determined Procedure, Pub-
lic Open Forum', which clearly states: "The
representation must focus on the issue/topic
of concern and must not be about individual
council members or staff".
At the December meeting, the chamber
was subjected to two supposedly "unsolic-
ited" rants titled "Support for Mayor Fla-
herty"; one by a resident of Two Wells and
the second by someone recorded as being
I ask the question: Why was this allowed
to continue when the council's own Code of
Practice was obviously being ignored?
When is the Adelaide Plains Council go-
ing to start adhering to its own commitment
"to the principle of honest, open, accountable
and sustainable governance".
How about a Code of Conduct complaint?
Adelaide Plains Council has not been
backward in the past in issuing these.
Why not now, in this circumstance?
Perhaps two sets of rules apply!
just as important
SIR -- It is good that Matteo Gagliardi in his
editorial (The Bunyip, January 4) and Lau-
ra Collins in her article "One road death is
too many" (The Bunyip, January 4) keeps the
pressure on society and its officials over try-
ing to keep the road fatalities to a minimum.
However, many people in the media and
the politicians forget that suicide numbers
are more than eight times the number of road
So, for every road death in Australia, more
than eight people suicide.
It is time that society (media and politi-
cians) started putting resources into suicide
prevention activities and reduce the spending
on other issues.
SIR -- Once again, I am extremely pleased
with a recent local shopping experience.
Gawler Foodland's freezer manager has
again been able to obtain a product that I en-
joy, but is very hard to find.
On both occasions she has gone that extra
mile to ensure the customer's request is met.
Last week, she telephoned me to inform
me the product had arrived and was ready to
Her delight at being able to fulfil the cus-
tomer's request was obvious.
The brand that is so hard to source here
is 'Tofurky' -- the most delicious season-
ing-filled vegan roast I have ever tasted.
I am very grateful to her.
After nearly two weeks suﬀering
symptoms from food poisoning (yes, I
was one of the many people impacted
by the Gawler South Bakery salmonella
scare), Iʼm ﬁnally feeling my normal
self again. Extremely nasty bug, and a
horrible way to spend Christmas and
On the mend, Gawler.
NOT IN SERVICE: A written proposal for a
new bus service in the Adelaide Plains by
Member for Napier Jon Gee was knocked
back by Infrastructure Minister Stephen
Mullighan due to doubts there is enough
patronage demand in the area.
Karina Alexander: After being stuck in my
house for 10 days I can see why we need
some sort of public transport out here. I
was unable to drive, so was not even able
to get fresh bread or milk without relying
on friends. Even a couple of services a day
would be a start.
Lyn Lillecrapp: Give them some of the
buses that run around Gawler. Mostly
Melanie Avery: Bugger. So many young
people could work or study at TAFE if
they could get to Gawler and have access
to the train station. So many parents
work and donʼt have the time to drive
them around. Imagine how many more
opportunities they would have with this
Neville Humphrys: Something for the ﬁrst
100 days of a Liberal government!
Kylie Ogilvie: This would be a vital service,
not everyone has licences. Why not take
people to Gawler to meet the train?
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