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In my opinion...
1. Mr Underdown talks
about there being fenced
dog parks at the Willaston
Oval and Dead Man's Pass.
This is wrong. There is no
fenced area at Dead Man's
Pass and there is no dedi-
cated off-leash area at the
oval. There is the dog obe-
dience area, and because
the oval gates on Kelly
Street are locked, the ma-
jority of it appears to be a
fenced dog park. It is not a
dog park, but functions as
an area people can let their
dogs run in a secure area,
but it is restricted by other
uses, ie football and BMX.
2. Mr Underdown im-
plies that as Gawler has
these 'facilities' it is es-
sentially encouraging peo-
ple to bring their dogs to
Gawler, so they can run in
our parks. This is not the
3. In some respects,
there has been an idea built
up, over time, as we are a
country area, that dogs can
simply run free in all our
reserves and open spaces.
This is not the case. There
are requirements under the
Dog and Cat Management
Act that dogs be under ef-
fective control in public
spaces, ie leash or voice.
It is more than likely that
many people do not un-
derstand these require-
4. The issue of people
exercising their dogs needs
to be considered. Park us-
ers need to keep animals
under effective control
at all times, this includes
when playing with dogs
and, also, the length to
which dogs exercise/run
away from the owners
needs to be addressed.
5. Council's recently
prepared Animal Manage-
ment Plan does point to a
need for a large designated
dog park, where people can
exercise and socialise their
dogs away from other peo-
ple. Council is considering
options in this respect.
Gawler dog parks
MONEY in country footy is
As long as sides have been
playing for premierships, the odd bloke
has been getting paid.
But, over the past few years, the sala-
ries of some players have reached astro-
There are clubs in some leagues
around the state who are paying players
between $1000 to $1500 a game.
That's up to $25,000 a season for
around three or four hours work a week
-- pretty good rates by any standards.
The spin-off is blokes who can't spin
the ball backwards are demanding $300
or $400 a game from struggling country
As with most competitions, the is-
sue is prevalent in the Barossa, Light
& Gawler Football League, with talks
of introducing a salary cap to monitor
But, with some payments occurring
on the books and others occurring via
cash in a brown paper bag, it would be a
hard system to police.
Still, credit to the BL&G for taking
on the issue and trying to put a stop to
the football 'mercenaries' -- players who
shop themselves to the highest bidder.
These players go to wherever they are
offered the most coin, waltz in, take their
money after every game and leave with-
out giving anything back to the club.
As well as wasting money on over-
paid 'has-beens', clubs can also lose loyal
home-grown talent to the lure of the
South Gawler president Gus Barker is
all too familiar with this.
"There is a player of ours, who shall
remain nameless, who has been offered
$800 a game from a club in another
league," he said.
"He wanted us to match it."
Introducing a salary cap certainly has
some merits, but as the presidents of
BL&G's clubs concurred, how will it be
The only option is for every club to
put all their player payments on the
But, even then, it would be easy to
rort the system via the brown paper bag
It is, undoubtedly, a conundrum that
will take time to solve.
THE BUNYIP'S CARL PFEIFFER TAKES A LOOK AT FOOTY
DOLLARS AND THE CHALLENGES FACED BY LEAGUES AND
CLUBS TO RECRUIT PLAYERS.
Policing footy dollars is tough
Barossa, Light & Gawler league o cials are looking at ways of reducing the amount of
cash paid to players, a tough ask for any competition.
PHOTO: Gary Hogarth
GAWLER COUNCIL CHIEF EXECUTIVE
HENRY INAT RESPONDS TO SEVERAL
CLAIMS ABOUT DOG PARKS IN GAWLER
MADE BY HEWETT RESIDENT DOUG
UNDERDOWN IN THE BUNYIP JUNE 25 ,
WHO IS OPPOSED TO THE DEVELOPMENT
OF A DOG PARK BY LIGHT REGIONAL
COUNCIL IN HIS NEIGHBOURHOOD.
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