Home' The Bunyip : June 4th 2014 Contents Page 8 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, June 4, 2014
SIR -- It seems obvious to me that Mr
John Bolton is on his mayoral campaign.
However, I am not sure that applying heat
to current Mayor, Mr Brian Sambell, to se-
cure funding for local infrastructure projects
is the right plan.
Was it not Mr Bolton who in the week be-
fore the recent state election, endorsed local
member Tony Piccolo, who was a local coun-
cillor for many years, mayor for six years and
local member now for just over eight years?
In that time, Tony Piccolo has failed to ad-
dress a lot of these issues.
Meanwhile, the SA Liberals and their local
candidate, Mr Cosie Costa, did promise to
start implementing plans and strategies to im-
prove our local infrastructure, yet Mr Bolton
tried to convince us to support Tony Piccolo.
Sorry, Mr Bolton, you are going to have to
do a lot better than that.
SIR -- Code NBI has now been imple-
mented in relation to the search for
No bloody idea!
SIR -- I read with interest the article on
Gawler's so-called feral cat problem (The
Bunyip, May 21).
Having lived in Gawler all my life, and a
non-car owner, I have traversed almost eve-
ry inch of this town on foot and have never
come across any wild cat colonies.
Where are they, council?
Please, let me know, so I can avoid being as-
sailed by one of these shameless caterwaulers.
Seriously, snakes and foxes also prey on
small mammals and lizards.
Incomprehensibly, the former is a
protected species and the latter is barely men-
tioned in arguments on environmental im-
pact, at all.
Cats are not the devil, even though they
have been unnecessarily demonised for cen-
SIR -- The RSL has been inserting ¼-page
coloured advertisements in the local press
expressing their wish to move the Gawler
One would hope not one cent of the adver-
tising cost has been paid for by monies do-
nated on Poppy Day.
Name and address withheld.
SIR -- To all those Federal coalition MPs
from South Australia, who are crying foul
over Martin Hamilton-Smith's defection
to the ALP government, I have only one
thing to say: Perhaps they should be tak-
ing a long, hard look at themselves, be-
cause I am sure that thousands of people
in their electorates (Sturt and Mayo, to
name two), including workers, pension-
ers, families and students, did not vote
for the horror Federal Budget, which has
been handed down by Joe Hockey.
This slash and burn Thatcherite document
is what I call "treachery".
I, for one, sincerely hope that it is blocked
by the senators who have some empathy with
The malaise in the community just two
weeks later is palpable, and the harm being
done to businesses and the economy, in gen-
eral, is frightening.
SIR -- I am aware many community
groups are currently planning projects
and events for next year, to suitably mark
the centenary of Anzac Day.
I write to inform a State Government Anzac
Day commemoration fund is now open, from
which grants of up to $10,000 are on offer in
support of such important local commemora-
I encourage community groups, ex-service
organisations, individuals, local government
authorities, educational institutions, research-
ers, parent groups and other not-for-profit
organisations to take advantage of this grant
scheme, and add I would be pleased to offer
a letter of support to assist any local applica-
Close date is June 20, and guidelines and
application forms are available at premcab.
sa.gov.au/dpc/community anazac.html or by
contacting my office (8832 2455).
Member for Goyder.
SIR -- The future of our young students
depends on what the governments do in
order to educate the oncoming students,
with 700 robots imported this year to
replace the human manual labour, then
electronics taking over the office staff and
counter staff, even the tram driver, the
train driver, then aircraft now able to fly
anywhere without the pilots.
In fairness to the oncoming generation, the
government must look at the changes taking
place and upgrade the education standards to
the future requirements.
This could mean the teachers will need to
go back to university to gain the appropriate
knowledge to be able to teach the future re-
quired standard of education so the oncoming
generation can cope and find employment.
Munno Para West.
SIR -- As we approach the end of the fi-
nancial year Red Cross would like to re-
mind everyone that June is a great oppor-
tunity to help those doing it tough at the
moment, and also get a tax deduction.
The number of people who need our help
continues to grow each year, and Red Cross
is finding it more and more difficult to
attract the support we need to do our vital
The growing desire for older people to stay
at home puts more pressure on charities, like
Red Cross, to provide home visits and daily
We also have a range of companionship
programs where our volunteers visit isolated,
older people to help them stay in touch with
their local communities.
We also help people who are homeless or at
risk of becoming homeless, those with mental
health issues, and disadvantaged families who
want a better future for their children.
Across the Asia-Pacific region we are work-
ing with our near neighbours to provide clean
drinking water and better sanitation, and
help rebuild lives after major disasters such as
All of our work relies heavily on the gener-
osity of people like you; people who donate
to Red Cross.
Now, more than ever, I'm asking you to dig
deep before the 30th June to make sure Red
Cross will always be there for our friends and
neighbours when they're doing it tough.
To make a tax-deductible donation by June
30, call 1800 811 700, go online or use your
smartphone to go to our website at redcross.
org.au or text 'Help' to 0448 DONATE (366
Executive director SA,
Australian Red Cross.
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Amanda Ayesha MiaDino: when I
lived in the area, I used to take my
daughter and niece there. Great old-
school park, much better than the one
near the Christmas lights, which they
found boring. And when all the schools
have their playgrounds shut, the one
near McDonald's isn't fantastic,
Katherine Rinaldi: This had better be
replaced! There has been no consultation
with the local community and is regularly
used. If it is so unsafe, provide safe
equipment for children of a variety of
ages to enjoy.
Shane Van Den Ham: Keep it; I used to
live up the road from that one. It used to
get plenty of interest. Rebuild it.
Belinda Wilton: As long as it's replaced
with a new vibrant coloured one, all will
Danielle Giles: I didn't even know this
Hell Hoogland: Fix it or replace it, lots
of kids in this area. I'd take mine there if
it was safer for smaller kids, as it's just up
THE FIFTEENTH/SIXTEENTH STREET PLAYGROUND, IN GAWLER
SOUTH, IS SOON TO BE KNOCKED DOWN. ACCORDING TO GAWLER
COUNCIL, THE PLAYGROUND DOES NOT MEET CURRENT SAFETY
STANDARDS, SO WILL NEED TO BE REMOVED. DO YOU OR YOUR
FAMILY USE THIS PLAYGROUND? WILL YOU BE SAD TO SEE IT GO?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Truckies talk road safety - page 7
RIGHT of way.
It is a term in our minds constantly
when we're on the road.
Right of way tells us that if we can
legally turn, traverse lanes or cross a road,
then we are allowed to do so ahead of
those also using the road.
However, sometimes, motorists
misconstrue the term to mean, "I'm always
right, hang the rest".
It is this sort of attitude that Gawler
West truck driver Darryl Fisher worries
about when he is going about his job on
roads throughout Gawler and the Barossa
Darryl's a passionate man, but it is
clear he understands the realities of his
job -- he drives a big vehicle, which, if
not controlled properly, can cause much
damage to other road users and nearby
He also understands that because they
form the majority of road users, some car
drivers think that everyone else must look
out for them, no matter the realities of the
tra c situation or the conditions.
Those who drive trucks on our roads for
a living face these dilemmas all too often.
They see cars cutting into lanes to get
ahead of them at the tra c lights, they
see people overtaking down the outside
lane as they are indicating to move their
truck into it, they see the cyclists who put
their lives at risk.
According to trucking industry
spokesman Steve Shearer, studies have
revealed the majority of accidents
involving trucks are caused by other
Meanwhile, similar studies also reveal
that the majority of accidents involving
cyclists are caused by the motorists
It seems, whether accidents involve
road users big or small, there's a common
It is past time for those of us who drive
cars, whether a sedan, SUV, 4WD or a sleek
sports vehicle, to look out for others on
the roads, big or small -- right of way does
not always mean you're right.
There was a pollie named Martin,
Erstwhile Army was he. Political rows were
startin', traitor to Libs? Could be!
Alan Patterson, Adelaide.
Trinity College has two safe exits onto
Main North Road, both with tra c lights.
However, Xavier College can't even have
a roundabout at its busy intersection! Go
After reading Kim Mauritz's article
'Children of the future' and being an
early childhood educator myself, I can
see that technology is playing a bigger
part in children's lives more and more
and encouraging their imagination and
creativity is being forgotten about.
To me, it is an easy babysitter putting
a child in front of the television or on
an iPad. Give children a chance to use
their imagination and take away all the
commercialised things and bring back
the basics. Think about your favourite
memories as a child and share the
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