Home' The Bunyip : June 25th 2014 Contents Page 8 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Substation work starts
EARTHWORKS for a new
joint substation in Munno Para
began last month, in conjunc-
tion with SA Power Network's
need to provide additional
power to the northern suburbs'
electricity distribution network.
The facility, located on Dalkeith
Road just 300m from Main North
Road, is being built by both elec-
tricity transmission company Elec-
traNet and SA Power Network.
ElectraNet network services
manager Phil Court-Kowalski
said, "the new Munno Para sub-
station will be constructed close
to existing 275,000 volt (275 kV)
and 66,000 volt (66 kV) power-
lines, which will constrain devel-
opment costs and remove the need
to build additional connecting
transmission lines, keeping visual
impacts to a minimum".
The facility is positioned to re-
duce the number of additional
transmission lines required to con-
nect the new substation to the ex-
isting transmission network, and
to provide cost savings for South
Australian electricity consumers.
The current works will see the
substation's access driveways and
security fence built, with the sur-
rounding area within the property
being prepared for landscaping.
There are currently 40 km/h
signs erected on Dalkeith Road at
each perimeter of the worksite, to
safely manage the increased traffic
of heavy vehicles in the area.
Work on the site will usually
take place between 7am and 6pm,
Monday to Saturday.
-- Grady Hudd
40 km/h speed signs have been erected on Dalkeith Road to manage the ow of
heavy vehicles during the construction of the new Munno Para substation.
PHOTO: Grady Hudd
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Wendy Mansfield: No, religion should be
taught in churches not schools. I can't see
how chaplains can be non-biased when
dealing with children's problems.
Cindy Sharrock: Absolutely. Does
anyone realise that 'chaplains' as they
were formerly known, are not actually
chaplains by definition. They are people
with a passion for supporting others. The
Christian pastoral support workers are
actually not allowed to speak about their
religion in public schools.
Peter Blackburn: A chaplain's role is all-
encompassing and nurturing. They are
restricted about preaching, so many of
the aforementioned complaints are poorly
grounded. I have seen some outstanding
models of good practice, where lots of
well-being, child protection, counselling,
mentoring benefits are derived.
Matt Warren: No way they should be
allowed in public schools, if you want your
child indoctrinated into a religion send
them to a private school of your preferred
denomination. If we have chaplains in
public schools, why not Muslim leaders,
Hindu leaders etc, etc? Public schools are
no place for religion of any kind.
Susan Dowsett: Yes. What about
parents who can't afford church-affiliated
schools but would quite like to have
a chaplain present. Apart from that,
they give students and families an
independent person to talk to when
problems occur and families and friends
are too close.
THE HIGH COURT RULED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR
CHAPLAINS IN SCHOOLS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. DO YOU THINK
PUBLIC SCHOOLS SHOULD HAVE A CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Hewett dog park anger -- page 7
IT is hard to summon the enthusiasm to
write another editorial regarding the delays
to the electri cation of the Gawler railway,
given the words have all been said before.
The delay, which seems to have been brushed
aside for the O-bahn extension to the far more
in uential eastern Adelaide suburbs, has been
on the books for a while now and much of the
infrastructure has already been put in place.
It is hard to feel angry about the decision,
The electri cation, a fantastic service for
users of the northern line, will eventually be
completed, but who can know when and for
what other projects will it be delayed?
Whenever it is nished, the project will be
cause for ironic cheers -- as fabled as the two-
way Southern Expressway, one of those public
transport anomalies which will amuse and
confuse for years to come.
Good things come to those who wait, or so
the saying goes.
Balancing the negative with the positive,
the promise of $10.5 million funding for a
renal dialysis unit at the Gawler Health Service
is fantastic news and de nitely cause for
Many local residents and others from right
across the northern areas, including the Barossa
Valley, will bene t from this service.
Anything that can be done to eliminate travel
times for medical purposes is gratefully accepted
and will assuredly be welcomed by the many
patients who take advantage of the service.
SIR -- In reference to the council attempt-
ing to solve the parking problem at Gawler
Hospital, yellow lines on Hutchinson Road
will only worsen the problem of convenient
public access to the Gawler Health Service
Without additional off-road spaces, then the
mentioned shuffling and designating of existing
spaces is a 'deck-chairs on the Titanic' solution.
Advocating public transport is unlikely to suc-
ceed because the nearest bus stop for services 492
and 492W on Lyndoch Road near the Women's
Health Centre involves a distance that is not
conducive for people with a mobility handicap
or anyone else during inclement weather.
In addition, the return journey from that
same bus stop incurs a 20-minute sightseeing
tour of the outer reaches of Gawler East, plus
service 492W (operating between 10.20am and
3pm) throws in a bonus 15-minute detour to
the Gawler Sport and Community Centre on
A lesser solution could be to modify the route of
the 492 and 492W bus services to drop off visitors
and patients at the rear main door of the health
centre on both outward- and inward-bound trav-
el. Providing, of course, that Hutchinson Road
and the hospital driveway can accommodate the
large metropolitan-style buses in current use.
Possibly, the best solution would be provision
of a smaller commuter shuttle bus capable of
handicap assistance to run continuously directly
between the railway station in Gawler South,
Murray Street and the main door of the health
service, whilst attending all bus stops en route.
Either way, a favourable public transport so-
lution would enable private cars to be parked
elsewhere throughout the community or even at
down-the-track railway stations, plus the addi-
tional advantage of mobility assistance on hand
at the door of the health service, and weather
conditions of no concern.
SIR -- On behalf of the Gawler & District
College School Council, I am delighted
to announce the appointment of Andrew
Dickinson as the new principal at Gawler
& District College.
Kathryn Bruggemann (regional education di-
rector) announced on Friday that Andrew Dick-
inson has won the role at Gawler & District
College after an extensive national recruitment
Andrew brings the experience and expertise to
meet these challenges through a proven record
in education and operational leadership, strat-
egy development, financial management and
Under the leadership of Andrew, the college
is embarking upon a very exciting new phase of
our journey of growth and development.
Together, there is a great deal we will be able
to accomplish to ensure our staff, students and
the community are well served.
Please join me and the Gawler & District
College School Council in extending your full
support and a very warm welcome to Andrew
Gawler & District College
School Council chairman.
Thanks for Change
SIR -- Change Original Music Festival cel-
ebrating Gawler's 175th Anniversary would
like to thank the staff of Woolworths Petrol
Gawler for their assistance in raising funds
for the festival by holding two 'forecourt'
days (Tuesdays, June 10 and 17) at their
Caltex Gawler Park premises.
The festival would also like to thank the many
people who made donations totalling $443.65.
Your support will help to ensure the success of
the event, which is to be held over the October
long weekend, Sunday, October 5, and Monday,
October 6, this year.
Change Original Music Festival convenor.
SIR -- The 'heritage wall solution' (The
Bunyip, June 18) is not the solution.
These walls have been in various states of
decay for many years, are dangerous to pedes-
trians and motorists and are not a good look for
Why? It all comes down to the cost of repair
and council's insistence that the "repairs shall be
to original heritage standard".
Because of this policy the landowner cannot
afford to repair and, therefore, the walls remain
to rot, decay and, finally, in many instances, fall
Council's solution -- offer a 50 per cent grant.
This is, on paper, a good offer; however, it still
comes back to cost.
For the three walls mentioned (Lyndoch Road,
High and Moore streets) the cost of restoration
would be over $1 million.
The landowners, under the council's solution,
would still have to come up with $500,000.
Who has that much money to spend on a wall
(if so, they would have fixed it years ago)?
And in 10 years time, due to the extremes of
nature, old limestone, old mortar etc., repairs
will have to be done again (Lyndoch Road-
Immanuel School wall is a prime example).
Recently, I suggested a solution to a councillor.
Retain and repair a good section (five, eight or 10
metres) of wall, demolish the remainder and replace
with a modern, long-lasting, less costly fence.
Place a plaque on the original wall stating 'this
wall represents Gawler's early heritage architec-
ture in 1890' -- or something similar.
The councillor dismissed it outright, without
any question or merit.
Two further questions need to be asked.
Where is the grant money coming from?
As stated by council, there are over 300 stone
If the 129 high-priority walls took up the
grant, this could amount to maybe $10 million
Also, what happens in 10 years time when the
walls again need to be repaired?
It beats me, this upgrade of our roads in
Playford Alive estate, when nished will
be a creation of a tra c bottle neck, then
reducing major two lane roads to one,
ain't going to work too good when Mac's,
Hungry Jack's, On The Run nish. Then
Big W & Woolworths are yet to be built.
The tra c won't be owing smooth. The
council infrastructure wasn't thought out
Colin, Munno Para West.
I can hear it now, "Don't dilly, dally, vote
O'Malley". Stand for Mayor, Father! You'll
Trev, Evanston Park.
Plenty of business closing in Gawler.
Where's your positivity about the main
street now, Mr McLean?
Ben H., Gawler East.
0448 912 966
I, as a ratepayer, would not like to pay for the
upkeep of a private landowner's property from
future rate increases.
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