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Karen Simmons: Great idea. More and
more people moving to that area and one
thing it lacks is infrastructure for people
that don't have a car or license, including
the young, elderly and everyone in
between. Adelaide needs to get with the
Teresa Harding: Great idea for students,
tourism and others in the work force to
save on travel costs...but...I'd be concerned
what other disturbances it could bring
to the lives of housing near any intended
towns and stops, hopefully not graffiti,
Zion Charles: What! Again? No! Everyone
will have to use the new bike track.
Emma May Flanagan: Great idea! I grew
up in Gawler and moved to Qld. I have a
lot of friends up here wanting to visit the
Barossa and it would be so much cheaper
for them to catch a train straight there
rather than organising a hire car.
Daniel James Down: Living right near
Tambelin and working in Nuri every night,
I would love a train station. I just wonder at
what times they would make it run. I could
only see it going several times a day and
end well before midnight...but still, even
that would be progress.
Robert Pascale: It will never happen.
THE BUNYIP ASKED ITS FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS WHAT THEY THINK OF THE
IDEA TO REINSTATE PASSENGER TRAIN SERVICES BETWEEN GAWLER AND
NURIOOTPA. THE QUESTIONS RECEIVED MORE THAN 100 "LIKES" AND
GENERATED ALMOST 40 COMMENTS.
GAWLER is a great town to cycle
The Tapa Pariara track provides a safe
haven for cyclists, away from vehicles, while
the Stuart O'Grady and soon-to-be-opened
Jack Bobridge tracks are also great locations
for a ride, linking with other communities.
And if you do want to stay on the roads,
there are various bike lanes around the
town and motorists seem to be reasonably
savvy around cyclists.
The proximity of the Mount Lofty Ranges
to the eastern side of Gawler also provides a
challenge for cyclists who wish to improve
their tness by tackling hill climbs.
With this in mind, it is great that a local
school has actively encouraged young
people to get on their bikes, giving them
an education on appropriate use of their
pedal-powered vehicles and a guide to the
road rules that govern them when they use
Like swimming, bike-riding,
notwithstanding the obvious health
bene ts, is a very important skill for all
young people, as it provides critical road-
The more children learn about good
road habits as youngsters, the more they
will, hopefully, retain as they head into their
teens and towards their drivers' licences.
Respect is a trait all too often missing
among our road users today, whether in
cars or on bikes.
It would seem, as our text to the editor
from Considerate Driver this week reminds
us, that road rules are all too quickly
forgotten once a licence has been awarded.
Going by the theory of 'get them while
they're young', hopefully our school
students will remember their early lessons
on their bicycles and become better drivers
than some of us are today.
SIR -- Once again, L.B. Loveday should
check his facts.
A more careful reading of my letter (The Buny-
ip, November 13) should reveal my main con-
cern was the destruction of Gawler's historic old
homes by developers, many of whom have only
financial gain in mind.
At no stage did I advocate that those on low
income (myself included) should be confined to
'concrete boxes' and his assumptions regarding
my financial situation are not only inaccurate
but also inappropriate.
Rezoning of country towns destroys their in-
trinsic character and even Gawler cannot now
boast of being 'the best of town and country'.
Housing estates are inevitable but more con-
sultation with the population to reach a satisfac-
tory compromise without sacrificing family liv-
ing standards should be paramount in any new
And, finally, we enjoy the freedom in this
country to express our opinions but in doing so
we should try and resist the temptation to assume
someone's personal situation; however, if nothing
else, it does make for an entertaining read.
SIR -- While totally respecting the opinions
and philosophical believes of others, I am at
a loss to understand how our vegetarian and
vegan brothers and sisters can explain away
why it is that, in this amazing world of ours,
animals eat animals, fish eat fish and birds
eat other birds!
Result of greed
SIR -- As a nearby resident to the Willaston
Hotel, why am I not surprised that it was held
up late one night (Bunyip, November 6)?
This was a disaster waiting to happen and I
believe that this is the result of greed.
I have seen the reality of this situation, hav-
ing had an ex-sister-in-law who would sneak off
at any opportunity to play the pokies, putting
hundreds of dollars through in a single night or
thousands if she could get her hands on it.
These 'problem gamblers' are not just statis-
They are real and the fallout of their behaviour
affects whole families.
I walk at all hours of the morning and I see
people almost furtively sneaking in and out of
that pokie venue late at night, probably like my
ex-sister-in-law, when the kids are bundled up in
The hard part about this is that the staff who
were at the receiving end of the hold-up will be
scarred for life.
This is not acceptable. If it was not so lucrative
for these venues to stay open late at night, they
Pokies rob our community of its dignity and
way of life.
They are leeches on our society.
I have seen the breakdown of a family firsthand
after the introduction of poker machines to SA.
People can scoff and say that people have a
choice to gamble or abstain, but until you have
experienced the fallout personally it cannot fully
Speak to Salvos and other charitable organisa-
tions and they will tell you countless examples of
the human faces of this tragedy.
We need to speak up by voting with our feet
and supporting pokie-free venues.
Name and address supplied.
Test your bore
SIR -- Recently members of our group had
a chance meeting at a local shopping centre
with a neighbour of a contentious local rub-
The neighbour raised questions about the pos-
sible contamination of bores near the dump.
Asking if substances other than water, with
oily, slimy characteristics may be caused by the
said dump leaking into the groundwater.
Our reply was that we have seen evidence in
publications, online and anecdotal occurrences
similar to the question.
If our memory is correct there was a large con-
tamination where substances actually leached
upstream from a landfill in the New York area.
This contaminated several bores and resulted
in new potable water supplies having to be found
for towns nearby.
We suggested testing of the bore.
Action Against Underground Water
A great leader
SIR -- In regards to last week's obituary on
former Central District Football Club presi-
dent Les Stevens.
Not only was Les Stevens a good man, he was
a great leader.
I met Les in the 1990s as we both joined the
board of the club.
We had seen two losing grand finals (1995-96)
and had seen the club and team flounder in the
years immediately thereafter.
In 1999, change had occurred and Les became
chairman and I vice-chairman.
Les led from the front and history now tells
us this period was very successful for the football
club and for Les.
Les grew in confidence, and was not satisfied
with winning just one premiership.
He never lost sight that club history is meas-
ured by premiership success and made sure we
were focused and disciplined -- it was all about
Under his time as president, he had overseen
the new development of the clubrooms -- a $2
million investment; the new oval lights; and, of
course, the club's first five premierships.
It was a fantastic time to be involved.
Losing was never an option and no-one was
bigger than the club.
Les semi-retired as president after 2005 but
was never far away.
I became president in 2006 and our roles were
He became a great confidant and we had many
Les was drawn back to the board as a director
and, as always, was a team player -- he never im-
posed himself -- and was a true gentleman.
In 2011 when I left the club to serve as a SAN-
FL commissioner, Les took the reins again -- not
to stroke an ego but to serve his beloved club.
Late last year Les complained of lower chest
pains and had a minor operation.
The outcome wasn't good, as he was diagnosed
with asbestosis mesothelioma -- an insidious dis-
ease with no cure.
After receiving the bad news, Les never dis-
played any self-pity.
He got on with the job of living and being as
positive as he could -- he was courageous and
brave right to the end.
I'm going to miss him but I know he will be
in good company with Norm Russell and Robert
Zerella up there.
To Les' family, especially wife Val, who has
lost her long-time partner and friend, my con-
SIR -- On behalf of the Royal Society for the
Blind fundraising, Gawler Branch, I thank
the people of the Gawler area for their gen-
erous support at our badge days and the Vil-
Many thanks to those who volunteered time
and effort to make these a success.
If you would like to help those who are blind
and visually impaired in this area, our small
0448 912 966
Twice sought SADA low fat local milk
at Coles Gawler, twice greeted with an
empty shelf. Demand? Supply? What's
the story Coles? (truck loads of the
'normal' brands available).
Howard Davies, Gawler East.
Thanks for having such an identi able
licence plate, Stig, means I can
remember it -- you do realise it is illegal
to park across a roundabout whilst
waiting for other tra c to move, aren't
you? The quizzical look you gave me as
I manoeuvred around you at Alexander
Avenue would suggest not. Learn the
road rules, please, Stig.
Considerate Driver, Gawler.
May I thank Tony Piccolo for his help for
us seniors being victimised, penalised
and discriminated against by many of
the medical professionals.
Colin, Munno Para West.
Whilst I am pleased 4 Matthew Binns
that his renovated hotel will soon be
opened, he needs 2 be aware that his
contractors broke 2 state acts with
the dirt ramps they put in place when
the hard surface ramps were blocked
for pedestrian use. Photos have been
forwarded to the state departments.
Gawler Council was advised, but
ignored the breaches.
Xmas pageant? Check. Father Xmas in
town? Check. Xmas banners up? Check.
Well, golly gosh, I'm in Xmas mode.
What the heck, our twinkling lights are
already up on the deck for this magical
time of year!
group requires more members to enable this
work to continue. Enquiries to 8522 1350.
Royal Society for the Blind, Gawler
SIR -- The only options are not "running af-
ter Holdens with a cheque book" or "doing
It is not nationalisation of the motor vehicle
industry versus scorched earth swept clean fac-
tory floor when Holden takes their bat and ball
and go home.
The boundaries of the 'square' inside which
governments have to be working contains other
options. Australia is a mixed economy.
In a mixed economy the government can
choose to assist industries. It some cases it may
be its duty. These are quite proper political deci-
sions accountable at elections.
Australian government has no 'car manufac-
Every other country, Asian, Chinese and Eu-
ropean, currently supports its home car industry.
Germany by four times as much as Holden is
Mitsubishi has gone, Ford is leaving, Toyota
is working on reductions and Holden has said it
will close here and manufacture elsewhere.
Their primary duty is to Detroit GMH -- USA
and that is how they have been running their
Does this mean that there is no future for car
production in Australia?
Can there be an Australian car manufactur-
ing industry in 10 years time? What would it be
It must be market targeted, cost-effective, qual-
ity built, well-designed, innovative and competi-
tive, Australian-controlled and majority owned.
It must be able to compete internationally and
develop its own intellectual property without be-
ing part of a global conglomerate.
Only then can Australian technical and design
and manufacturing ingenuity take its place with
BMW and Volvo.
So how do we move from now to then?
If Holden really is moving out, it might well be
pleased with a proper exit strategy over five to 10
years that will see financial support from govern-
ment used to set up an Australian public company
to purchase into a controlling share of an Australian
Holden that will leave them with a long-term vi-
able share in an industry that will not have to seek
unknown and uncertain annual subsidies.
If government does nothing, the inevitable will
happen and both Lib/Lab are currently just pre-
paring their "don't blame us strategy". But, please.
No more financial support or subsidies with-
Save Holden Community Group.
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