Home' The Bunyip : June 12th 2014 Contents Page 8 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Thursday, June 12, 2014
nor am I a returned serviceman, but I
feel I must reply to the snide
comment under the title "Advertise-
ment question" (Letters to the Editor,
To the author, "Name and address
withheld", I would like to make some com-
The RSL supports returned servicemen and
women and their families and they also hon-
our those who didn't return from wars.
They are the logical organisation to be care-
takers of war memorials.
The war memorial in Gawler South is a
lonely figure on a dangerous intersection, so
the RSL wants to relocate it to Pioneer Park to
be safer and to be with similar war memorials
where remembrance services are held.
Change is inevitable. I arrived in Gawler 82
years ago, so I've seen many changes over the
years as the town has grown.
The moving of James Martin's statue and
the relocation of the Pioneer Park headstones
to Willaston Cemetery are two notable ones.
The opposition to relocating the memorial
from Gawler South have not, in my opin-
ion, put forward a logical, valid reason why
it should stay.
Finally, I found it in poor taste to suggest
that the RSL sinned in paying for their adver-
tisements. No wonder you were ashamed to
sign the letter.
After all "Poppy Day", as you call it, is
Remembrance Day and remembrance is one
of the main functions of RSL.
SIR -- While many in the community
with young families will disagree with
the council decision to remove the play-
ground in Gawler South, I think it will
be a perfect opportunity to establish an
environmentally friendly and mentally-
stimulating play area.
With forethought, innovative planting
and enthusiastic application, an interest-
ing and natural play area could be created
where children can use imagination to create
their own playground of secret pathways and
places amongst the undergrowth and open
Give children credit to decide for them-
selves how to use the space before them,
rather than adhering to the rigid functions of
playground equipment and encourage imagi-
native and creative thinking from as young an
age as possible.
Making a stand
SIR -- Do better? I think I can.
The state 30-year plan draws a line around
an urban area which includes Gawler, Hewett
and part of Concordia.
The Adelaide railway service is to be dis-
jointed by electrification to Salisbury only.
Change trains for Elizabeth and Gawler.
The Kudla 'green belt' has 100 acres of
State Government urban development land
ready for houses.
The Local Government Association report
supports 'Super Councils' and moots addi-
tional rates to support them.
Can anyone not see that Gawler's identity is
to be subsumed?
I am against this.
Studies of 'Super Councils' show that the
sales pitch of lower rates is almost always
Once councils reach a super size rates usu-
ally go up, not down.
I like Gawler and the identity that is has.
I do not want to be an outlying suburb of
Local government needs to be local.
In the face of pressures to 'super size' we
need professional leadership with a capacity
to envision and insist on continued Gawler
local identity, co-operating with adjacent
councils when real cost savings are identified
I am fed up with the State Government and
adjacent councils controlling ad hoc urban
sprawl, leaving Gawler ratepayers to provide
services without collecting the rates.
Adding Hewett and the development area
of Concordia, together with natural growth,
will put Gawler quite nicely to the size that
independent reports show keeps rates at their
This can mean capped rate growth or lower
It also means a critical mass for the reten-
tion of a Gawler identity.
In the last mayoral election, out of 4000
votes, I lost by 275.
To 'Mrs Do Better', thanks for asking. I
think I can.
Greater Gawler, lower rates.
SIR -- Marianne Forrest thinks John
Bolton is on the wrong track with "his
mayoral campaign" (Letters, The Bunyip,
I spent 13 years dividing my residency
between Sydney and SA, much of that in
Gawler, and a striking difference was coun-
Firstly, voting in NSW is compulsory, and
many have their driver's licences cancelled
in consequence of not voting, some there-
fore losing their livelihoods; thankfully, that
undemocratic process has not made it to
SA.Then there is the same political party sys-
tem as in state and federal politics, where each
candidate belongs to a political party or is an
'Independent', resulting in 'Byron's Greens
Mayor' and 'Randwick's Liberal Mayor', and
councillors voting the party line rather than
considering local needs, leading to Labor-
majority council expending ratepayer money
according to the dictates of the 'faceless men'
of Sussex Street, and Greens councillors fol-
lowing the economic irrationality that left
Tasmania a mendicant basket case.
I hope Ms Forrest's ringing endorsement
of Cosie Costa is not a precursor to a Costa
"mayoral campaign", as effectively having a
Liberal candidate for mayor brings, in my
opinion, party politics too much into play,
and the mayor needs to work closely with the
local MP, especially when that MP is a mem-
ber of government, and in this case a minister
-- surely impossible when the two have been
very acrimonious opponents in the past two
SIR -- Light Regional Council has ad-
vertised the release of the 2014/15 Draft
Budget papers for public submissions
(The Bunyip, June 4, page 33).
Central to this budget is the proposal to
raise general rates by 7.8 per cent above the
I am very concerned about this and appeal
to all LRC ratepayers to make their views
known to the council so that further finan-
cial options can be explored before the elected
members vote on a final draft which will fix
the rate for 2014/15.
As an LRC councillor, I would like you to
express your opinion on the proposed rate in-
crease by both making a submission in writ-
ing and also attending the public meeting for
consultation at 7pm on June 24 at the council
chambers, Main Street, Kapunda.
Councillor, Light Regional Council. Letters to the Editor
The Bunyip prefers letters to the editor to
be no more than 300 words and author's
name, address (not a post office box) and
daytime phone number must be included.
The editor reserves the right to edit any
letter for legal, space and other reasons.
Anonymous letters will not be considered
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Anne Silvy-Harford: Hell, yeah. Make
Abby Davis: Yes, even a live video/audio
feed is easily and economically possible
now with the recording available for
download afterwards. Great idea!
Shop Gawler: As someone who attends
many council meetings on behalf of the
Gawler Business Development Group,
I think it is a great idea. While minutes
record resolutions, they do not generally
record how or why the resolution was
Patricia A. Dent: If interested, attend
meetings or become an elected member,
because so much is said and a lot
repeated and it would not make a lot of
sense. You need to be there to hear it.
Chantelle Tesselaar: Podcasts available
online would be a way to ensure
communication was there for those who
Sue London: Yes.
A MALLALA ELECTED MEMBER WANTS COUNCIL MEETINGS TO
BE TAPED SO RESIDENTS HAVE A RECORD OF WHAT WAS SAID.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE COUNCILS TAPE MEETINGS AND MAKE
THE RECORDINGS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE FOR EASIER ACCESS AND
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Hospital's fast ser vice -- page 3
OKAY, I am going to appear
curmudgeonly here, and I'm sure
the baby boomers out there will re
up their poison pens following this
admission, but, nonetheless, I need to
get something o my chest.
I'm over The Beatles. Had enough. Fed up.
Yes, I hear you gasp, especially you, Barry
O'Brien, with whom I once had a very
pleasant discussion about your Beatlemania
experience when the boys were in Adelaide
50 years ago.
Don't get me wrong, I think The Beatles
were an amazing force, a signi cant
moment in our cultural Zeitgeist.
In fact, despite the band breaking up
before I was born, I have most of the Fab
Four's albums on CD, as well as a collection
I even have a poster of that famous
Abbey Road photo, you know, the one with
the shabby-looking version of The Beatles
on the zebra crossing, that has hung in
various rooms of my various homes over
the past 25 years.
But, still, I'm over hearing about them.
John this, Paul that, funny Ringo and oh-
so-thoughtful George. Such talent.
I'm done. That's it. No more.
For much of my life I have heard about
The Beatles and how they will never
be beaten for sheer pop brilliance and
innovation (despite borrowing most of their
early songs from their favourite old blues
I have heard all about the top charting
songs and albums, the gurus, the bust up
and the newly discovered tracks.
We have been inundated with
biographies, authorised or not,
autobiographies, documentaries and
movies about The Beatles and their
Well, sometimes too much of a good
thing is, well, actually, too much of a good
For me, this is one of those occasions.
If I never hear another Beatles song again,
it will be too soon.
Sacrilege, I know.
Seriously..."Advertisement question"? The
Gawler RSL does a lot for its veterans.
Questioning the monies from Poppy Day
sales has me stumped. I believe all monies
go to Adelaide. Maybe utilise your time
for the positive, e.g sitting out the front
of Big W and Coles selling them to people
to make them think and be proud of our
veterans (my kids did) instead of wasting
your time on negative energy on things
you clearly know nothing about. No
hiding my name.
To anyone considering buying in
Williamstown, I just noticed the real
estate ads say 10 minutes travel time...
rubbish. If they did it in 10 then they were
speeding all the way...nice town but not
I hope Gawler council isn't going ahead
with their welcome to Gawler structure. In
the paddock entering Gawler, what green
belt exists when homes are being built
all the way along Coventry Road? What is
a belt? I thought a belt went all the way
around. Guess what, it doesn't.
JJ, Gawler West.
If you can't get your superannuation until
you turn 70 years, the MPs should be
the same. They're saying "all equal", then
that means what's good for the working
force, should be the same for those in
Colin, Munno Para West.
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excellent food and service and top
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