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Rust in peace
SIR -- Due to the closure of the Penrice Soda
plant at Osborne, the Penrice stone train will
no longer operate.
This means that the 105-year-old Barossa Val-
ley railway will no longer have any revenue to
No doubt, its USA-based owners will simply
abandon the line, as they have done with the
whole Mid North railway system.
No doubt, the rolling stock will suffer the
same fate as the Roseworthy grain train in 2007,
which was cut up for scrap.
They may even elect to remove rail infrastruc-
ture as they did with the Angaston branch line.
After all, Genesee Wyoming Inc. does own it.
If that does happen, it will be a very real loss to
the Barossa Valley community.
Once it has gone, it has gone for good.
The Barossa Valley would not have developed
as it did in the early 20th century without the
That is why many eminent citizens of vision
vigorously lobbied the then-government to build
the railway, which, in turn, gave people access to
the rest of the valley, Adelaide and beyond.
Indeed, such was the demand, the builders
Smith and Timms were providing both freight
and passenger trains, before the line was fin-
The line now demands more than being al-
lowed to simply 'rust in peace'.
SIR -- The following quote appeared
in The Advertiser, July 29, 2013.
Thomas Jefferson voiced it well when he
said: "What we choose to keep around us
becomes the museum of our soul and the
archives of our experience".
Referring to 'Tumbled Thoughts' in The
Bunyip (June 25), I saved up for our dinner set,
not from an op shop, people would have been
using them in those days.
I am attempting to give away 'stuff ' to
charities for auction, the Meni Stud, the
Red Cross, the Salvos, drought and flood
areas in Queensland, cancer auctions.
Congratulations on your newspaper.
Name and address supplied.
Ban backyard breeding
SIR -- Re: 'Pet shelters overload'
(The Bunyip, June 25).
I am appalled at the lack of government/coun-
cil laws concerning backyard breeders and desex-
I am a registered cat breeder.
My kittens are always desexed, vaccinated and
microchipped before they go to their new fami-
lies. No exceptions.
It is in the wind that the DPI will be coming
down very hard on registered breeders here in
SA, as they have in the eastern states.
Why are they not channelling these new laws
more towards backyard breeders and pet shops?
Instead of the soft targets, who do the right
In my opinion, it should be mandatory that all
pet dogs and cats should be desexed.
This can be done as young as 12 weeks for cats
There are vets that do this quite cheaply, if you
As for pet shops selling puppies and kittens,
this should be banned unless they are from res-
cue groups and are already desexed, etc.
All pet shops do is encourage backyard breeders.
It's a quick and easy dollar for many of them.
The problem isn't going to go away any time
soon, unfortunately, but it's a start at least.
Name and address supplied.
SIR -- In July, Gawler Yoga Group is being
ousted from its regular Wednesday morning
spot at the Gawler Elderly Centre.
We were informed two weeks ago.
No consultation -- yoga group out, an appar-
ently more 'deserving' group in, fait accompli.
After 22 years it came as quite a shock.
Is that not considered long enough to cement
a place there? Obviously not.
Fridays are available, but we've been informed
that the new group has a leader for whom Fri-
days are not convenient.
Well, Fridays are not convenient for many of
our group, either.
We've also been informed that the other group
are elderly and frail.
Well, let me tell you, most of our group are
not spring chickens either.
Our oldest member is 92 and there are several
In fact, most of us are well over 60.
We know we can't win -- as I said, it's a fait ac-
compli -- lack of consultation is far too common
in council decision-making these days.
Twenty-two years doesn't mean a thing, ac-
cording to Gawler Council.
What price loyalty?
Gawler Yoga Group.
SIR -- A 'surprise' highlight at the end of an
enjoyable evening with friends, the Barossa
Regional Art Gallery entrance showcased
a brilliant moving display of our Vintage
The projection format gave me the oppor-
tunity to see the traditional collection in a
very different light.
The clever mix of art and new technology off
the main road in Tanunda speaks well of what is
done here in the Barossa.
I believe the projection was set up to run dur-
ing the Fringe Festival, but will remain running
until the end of July.
A must-see. Well worth a stop if out and about
just after dark.
SIR -- We would like to thank veterinarians
Kiro Petrouski and Mandi Carr, of the
production animal health centre at the
Roseworthy campus of the University of
Adelaide, for the excellent care of our pet
sheep Lucy, who is much better now.
John and Linda Emery,
Madness must end
SIR -- This bureaucratic madness (as Don
Chipp called it) will come to an end.
I have never before, over the past 50-odd
years, seen so much discontent or distrust in our
politicians from ordinary battling people, as of
While needed organisations, such as the wel-
fare associations and health programs, are not
being given government assistance and funding,
so their very existence is threatened.
That's not all.
MPs are very good at awarding themselves a
pay rise to cover their 'butts' quite nicely so they
are not affected by their own policies.
Frankly, I, for one, simply cannot
understand how such a travesty can keep on hap-
I honestly don't think there is one politician
who knows what it feels like to be on a low salary
or wages or a pension, or the like, when children
bring home yet another excursion form or when
there are two, three or more children needing
doctors' prescriptions, antibiotics at $20 to $60
a prescription. Plus rising utility costs.
Time these bureaucrats think again and put
themselves in the same position as those worse
off, particularly the low-income (earners) and
Better management of funding would work
wonders for all of us.
Munno Para West.
I was very excited to see the proposed
dog park/BBQ area/children's play
equipment in Hewett. This is something
that should bring the whole Hewett
community together. As usual, a select
minority have tried and put a stop to it.
Well done, Light Regional Council.
M. Dickson, Hewett.
At our local Methodist Church at Wallaroo
in the 1950s, gambling, drinking, alcohol,
smoking, and fornication when standing
up were all forbidden. The latter was
particularly sinful because it might lead to
Winter? Baby, it's cold outside, but I've got
my minky blanket & my cat by my side.
Unnecessary wars & negativity in a world
gone mad...yes, it's all a bit sad. But I have
my cat by my side & I'm feeling good.
You only get one go at life so choose to
be happy, warm & keep your loved ones
close 'coz, Baby, it's cold outside.
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Tessa McArdle: Yes, for sure. Gawler has
a huge potential to have a wonderful
market. It's not too far from the city and
on the way to the Barossa. Get the right
mix of stall holders and you can make
a wonderful new event happening in
Gawler. Just look at what happens in
Eumundi, Queensland, every weekend.
Sarah Gilbert: Maybe a bit of both...sadly,
people set up markets to line their own
pockets and then they fall apart when
they start playing favourites and upping
fees to suit themselves.
If council do it they will have the correct
insurance and, hopefully, put the money
back into the community, instead of their
own personal pocket.
Wendy Stimson: Would love to see it
in the Old Crosby Building...only open
Thursday to Sunday to link into the
Barossa Valley tourist trade. Shame this
building has been empty for so long.
Little Star Family Market: Farmers and
Artisans Markets are certainly popular in
other places and if run correctly in right
location, it probably will do well in Gawler.
Sarah, I can assure you my market isn't
set up to line my own pockets, and I sure
hope no one thinks this, every $1 received
goes back into the market to promote
and build it to make it an event for the
whole family to attend.
Penny McNicholl: I loved going to the
Wednesday produce markets at the
trotting track, it was under cover. I'd love
to see something like that again, the Lions
markets aren't bad but not fresh produce
GAWLER COUNCIL IS APPLYING FOR A GRANT TO CREATE A GREATER
GAWLER REGIONAL FARMERS AND ARTISANS MARKET, WHICH
WOULD OFFER LOCAL AND REGIONAL PRODUCTS AND ARTS.
IS THIS SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN THE TOWN?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Footy club hits back -- page 3
MUCH of the fabric of the Gawler
community is woven around its
In fact, much of Gawler's social policy,
as implemented by local government and
other bodies, is formulated around the
town's 175-year history.
Our town's longevity is a valuable
commodity, as identi ed by the fact that
Artlab conservator Jodie Scott, who has
strong local connections, is currently
restoring some very important artifacts
which are well over 100 years old.
These are items that are extremely
important to not only Gawler's history, but
also South Australia's.
Several Gawler groups discuss, record,
debate and re ect upon our history,
further highlighting interest in our town's
But...is our town doing enough with our
history and are we using it to bene t our
Where is the history tourism? What are
we doing to encourage people to come
to our township to share the beauty of our
historic train station, hotels, buildings and
Some would argue that our policies are
holding up investment within the town,
sending business elsewhere and seeing us
fall behind rapidly growing neighbours.
Is it entirely necessary to keep every
single historic wall within our township?
There is no point in having this
wonderful history if we don't use it to
History should not be used to hold us
up, but rather part of the framework by
which our town progresses.
We have a history to be proud of, but
we need to make it work for us and guide
us into a prosperous future.
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