Home' The Bunyip : July 9th 2014 Contents Page 8 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, July 9, 2014
SIR -- In reference to your report of the
"Bombed up" of South Gawler Football
Club (The Bunyip, July 2), football was not
the only sport to suffer from these vandals.
The Gawler Petanque Club was similarly at-
tacked between 4pm on Sunday, June 29, and
2pm on Monday, June 30.
Like the football club, we are very grateful for
the graffiti-removal service provided by Gawler
Council and think that the volunteers who carry
out the work deserve more recognition from the
How about a special feature in your paper on
the valuable work that is done for the citizens of
President, Gawler Petanque Club Inc.
Ed's note: Thanks for the suggestion, Glenis.
The Bunyip has regularly featured stories on the
brilliant work of the Gawler Volunteer Graffiti
Removal Team. It may be time to consider doing
SIR -- What a sight the graffiti on our Gawler
South football clubrooms and squash courts
must have been -- no art involved there.
President Garry Barker was justifiably irate,
but I wasn't happy about how he talked about
the housing community nearby, who usually
are responsible families, retirees and rough dia-
monds living their lower-income lifestyle as best
Making the most of a low income develops
responsibility, takes imagination, guts and tenac-
ity, and even physical fitness because of walking
children to and from school each day, or carrying
food shopping home.
When the football's scoreboard attracted graf-
fiti last year, it was the local residents who con-
tacted the right people for its removal.
It is possible that someone who uses graffiti
for attention could have arrived from anywhere
between Adelaide and Gawler Central.
Name and address supplied.
SIR -- A year before the dreadful Balkan
War, 1989, I visited the city of Sarajevo,
Bosnia, as a tourist.
As we know, this is the place where, 100 years
ago, the Archduke
of the Austro-
and his wife were
started up World
cip, a young Serb,
committed the assassination, which happened
near the corner of this bridge, is now named the
SIR -- When the State Government buys SA
flags from interstate it is no orphan.
I have been canvassing local businesses over
the last few weeks and will soon approach coun-
cil to see why they do not appear to buy local
according to policy.
I am told by local businesses that when they
complain that they have not been used, they are
told by Mayor Sambell that, "it is the policy that
we go with the cheapest".
If that response is true, it does not reflect
Gawler Council written policy.
Gawler Council policy 2.4 -- Procurement
-- reads as though it gives good opportunities for
local businesses to be used as suppliers of goods
and services to council.
It states that cost is not the only factor and
that benefit to the town is a consideration.
I hear that local businesses are called in to give
advice and expertise and then the 'job' or 'pur-
chase' goes out of town.
I am wondering what proportion of council
procurement comes from local business.
I am wondering how frequently local business
becomes the provider even when their quote may
be a little higher.
I am wondering if price is the determining
factor or whether the policy, which seems quite
reasonable, is invoked to appropriately prefer lo-
SIR -- Our lifestyles in this country since
about 1950, in the industrialised world,
have changed dramatically.
Not only has the pace of living increased, but
technological advances have meant that more
and more aspects of daily life have become
Clean, temperature-controlled electric and
gas cooking and heating have replaced wood
and coal firing; washing machines, clothes dry-
ers, dishwashers and vacuum cleaners have done
away with much of the hard labour that was
once associated with domestic chores; and faxes,
the internet and jet travel have revolutionised
the way we spend our leisure time.
Most importantly, perhaps, innovations in
communications and transportation have altered
the very structure of society; we are now more
mobile, but we no longer live in small, commu-
nity-based groups or societies, but as individuals
who are often isolated from our fellows.
We have caught up with the flurry of develop-
ment, but, in embracing technological change,
we risk losing a sense of continuity and satisfac-
tion of tasks completed by our own hand. Past
generations inherited and handed down skills
and techniques and used precious leisure time
for creative pursuits or for cementing of friend-
ships, family and social relationships.
The good old days and ways have gone.
With electronic change now beginning, fur-
ther changes are coming today and tomorrow.
Yes, the education of our society must change
accordingly with the times.
So much for globalisation and the future.
Munno Para West.
Family history search
SIR -- For some time I have been researching
my family history in Australia.
My great-grandfather Alexander McLean,
your great-great-grandfather, arrived in South
Australia on September 6, 1866, on the ship
Initially, I was working on the family his-
tory from my grandfather Alexander Frederick
McLean, then I remembered my father saying to
me many years ago, that my great-grandfather
spent time in South Australia, in the Gawler area,
before moving to Western Australia in 1897.
Alexander McLean made his way to Gawler
River, where he found employment with a man
who was of good standing in the Gawler region
of that time.
The employer was James Sparshott Esq. J.P.
Alexander married his employer's daughter Sa-
rah Ann Long, nee Sparshott, in 1869.
They had three children, Adeline, Lydia and
James Sparshott McLean.
The two girls died in infancy in 1871 and Al-
exander's wife in 1873.
I have found their graves at Gawler River and
also their son James in Gawler.
Later in 1875, Alexander married Sarah Ann
Heath and they had three children, again two
girls and a boy.
James Sparshott McLean became prominent
in Gawler, as well by being a veterinary surgeon
and also a councillor for Mudla Wirra ward and
councillor for Gawler ward. He died in 1928.
There are other McLeans with blood links
buried in the Willaston cemetery.
There are quite a few McLeans around the
Gawler region I am related to by the first two
marriages of Alexander McLean, who also ap-
pears in the editions of The Bunyip.
I am seeking contact with those who know of
their family history, involving marriages to Sa-
rah Ann McLean, formerly Long, nee Sparshott,
and Sarah Ann Heath, who died in 1886, in Port
Alexander then married for a third time to An-
nie Edith Baier and they had two children before
they moved to WA.
If any of your readers can help me out with
further information, please contact me on 8260
6107 or at email@example.com
When you said at the beginning of your edi-
torialship of The Bunyip, "it was like coming
home", little did I know then what your words
were to become in meaning.
Just passed a group of six cyclists in
Gawler South. Only one gave hand
signals. Do drivers guess they're all going
the same way?
I see many near misses at lights on
Peachey Rd & Curtis Rd lights.
Colin, Munno Para West.
Independent MP Geo Brock's recent
" ying visit" to Roseworthy Campus and
the ongoing issue of the expansion of
Roseworthy again ignored was simply
"tangible lip service".
Potts Road. Appropriately named.
Potholes, no footpaths, cars parked
Trev, Evanston Park.
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Kim Michelmore: If the government
spent as much on installing the
technology to implement Intelligent
Speed Control, then it would be
impossible to speed in a car equipped
with this simple technology. But they
know that speeding is a great revenue
raiser and the huge road-trauma industry
would be wiped out along with their
Penny McNicholl: It only adds to revenue
because stupid people do stupid things.
Stop speeding and then they're useless
and not adding to revenue. I sit on the
speed limit and watch the morons speed
past, get angry because they can't lead
David Heintze: Simple, don't speed.
But humans are stupid, so dollars to the
Daniel Hough: There's always justification
for something that returns revenue.
Totally agree with Kim, why do brand new
or any cars come with 200+km/h speedos,
why don't they all come from the factory
with a 130km/h limiter?
Bobby Tickle: Well, they tried to do this
years ago with the use of sensitive strips
across the road but too many court cases
evolved because they really couldn't
indicate just how fast a vehicle was
going at any given time within a certain
prescribed distance. As usual, someone...
actually convinced some politician that
this could work, yet again using up-to-
Russell Payne: Always revenue.
POINT TO POINT SPEED CAMERAS, WHICH WILL BE ABLE TO
CALCULATE THE DRIVER'S AVERAGE SPEED BETWEEN SPEED CAMERA
LOCATIONS, WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL ON PORT WAKEFIELD ROAD
FROM NEXT MONDAY. DO YOU TAKE PORT WAKEFIELD ROAD OFTEN?
IS THIS A NECESSARY MEASURE OR A REVENUE RAISER?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
New road safety measures -- page 4
THE State Government has made
two very welcome transport
announcements this week.
The rst was the news of point-to-
point cameras on Port Wake eld Road,
speed monitoring facilities that are much
Speed cameras are often criticised for
merely being revenue raisers and for not
being put on roads or highways where
accidents and deaths occur.
This time, the government has it right,
although many motorists will, of course,
The further news that cameras will, in
the future, be installed on the Northern
Expressway is also welcome.
Known by some as the Fatchen
Northern Expressway, the road is also
known to many hoons as a place where
they can ex their vehicle's muscle and
speed on an open road with plenty of
space for overtaking slower vehicles.
Since its opening in 2010, police have
caught a number of motorists travelling at
horrendously high speeds, including some
exceeding 200 km/h.
The future move to reduce risk to
motorists on this road is a solid initiative.
So too is the much-laboured-over
decision to cut back Gawler's bus services.
The services are important but have
long needed a review of their operations.
A former transport minister said the bus
services would always run in Gawler, and
Member for Light Tony Piccolo is keeping
Hopefully, the new, and as-yet-
unexplained changed services, will
better work for this community and see
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