Home' The Bunyip : October 1st 2014 Contents Page 8 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, October 1, 2014
SIR -- When I first raised the alarm about
a planned increase to the Emergency
Services Levy the South Australian Gov-
ernment tried to downplay it as just a lit-
tle rise of around $150 per year for the
But what many people have come to realise,
especially our regional producers and businesses,
is that this figure was simply a smoke and mirror
trick aimed at camouflaging a huge tax hike.
My office has been inundated with callers in
the past month who have now received their ESL
bills and who have come to the realisation they
have been duped.
Farmers, in particular, have been hit hard with
some complaining of a levy rise of around 1000
Many of those farmers are now wondering if
they can afford to allow workers the time off to
attend Country Fire Service call-outs -- one of the
very services meant to 'benefit' from the hike.
Family First will continue to lobby the Weath-
erill Government about this unfair tax hike which
it was never given a mandate to implement.
When Labor was returned to office by the skin
of its teeth, the Premier made a promise that he
would finally pay attention to the regions.
Yet, as we watch the latest instalment of La-
bor's economic mismanagement unfold, it is easy
to see the same old government whose promises
still only pay lip service to those living in the
heart of this great state.
Rob Brokenshire, MLC,
Family First Party.
SIR -- This a request directed to some of
the efficient shop assistants who grace our
shops in Gawler.
Myself and some of my friends are of the
senior generation, and purchasing items from
a shop we are sometimes addressed as 'Sweetie',
'Luv', 'Luvvy', 'Dear', etc.
Please, we appreciate your friendly service, but
if you don't know our names, a friendly smile
Good and bad
SIR -- On Tuesday, September 2, when
transferring from car to wheelchair, my
shoes slipped, causing my legs to go under
The ambulance took me to the Lyell McEwin
Hospital to be x-rayed. The ACE department
During my time there, the staff were very
helpful, and to Luke, the nurse practitioner, my
On Thursday, September 18, I had a delicious
lunch at the Rose & Crown with my two sis-
I needed to go to the shopping centre so de-
cided to use my motorised wheelchair.
I started to cross Chivell Street when my
wheelchair just stopped.
The incline was so steep that I was unable to
go forward or backwards.
Josie, a lady who was walking past, stayed with
me as I was in a very unsafe position.
To the drivers of the cars, vans, taxis who never
stopped, I still can't understand why.
A truck delivering food drove round the cor-
ner past me, missing my wheelchair by about
30cm and he just kept going.
I was there for about 40 minutes when three
indigenous people offered to help me.
They managed to move my wheelchair and
then saw me safely to the other side of the road.
They told me that I was the third person that
they have helped.
The people of Gawler have always helped me.
SIR -- In relation to the upcoming
voluntary voting, council elections, I am
reminded of a quote from the cover sleeve
notes on Steve Earle's album Copperhead
Road: "If you don't vote, don't bitch".
SIR -- I notice the use of mobile phones,
whilst driving, plus young children sit-
ting on mother's lap, whilst she is driving
Then, I think, maybe these people are defi-
ant, or they don't know the rules or laws of the
In the 1950s, eastern states of Australia driving
schools put 'The Driver's 10 Commandments'
out, which covered the rules and laws and then
we had to use hand-signals, drive manual gears,
e.g. three signals column (three on the tree) or
three on the floor.
Plus we were questioned about all situations,
eg: change spark plugs, boiling motor, pressure
in tyres, the difference between high and low
beam, what do you do in snow, smog (?), gravel,
sand and fog, heavy rain, how much play is in a
steering wheel, etc.
These questions are not asked today.
Munno Para West.
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David Heintze: A lot of research has
gone into the most effective position to
generate the most revenue.
Neville Hentschke: The slow drivers
cause more concern on a freeway. How
about a low-range speed limit?
Sonya Thornley: No, it's just lining the
government's pocket. Get the lights fixed
on the bridges, they would've spent a
lot of money on them and now they are
Kim Michelmore: Seriously - that road
is built to handle 200km/h. It is just that
most Aussie drivers can't handle those
speeds. Our modern cars can, our modern
roads can. It's just a revenue raiser. How
many excess-speed-related crashes have
there been on the NEXY?
Melanie Swanson: All roads are safe until
someone drives on them.
Daniel James Down: Nah, but so glad
they will now catch all of those idiots that
speed along there. Good work!
Tammy Frank: I have to say, yes. The
point to point has changed driving on
Port Wakefield Highway. Less people
being idiots, more watching their speed.
Those who don't will get caught.
Brett Schulze: South Australia: the
thoughts CONSTRUCTION ON NEW POINT TO POINT CAMERAS ON THE NORTHERN
EXPRESSWAY HAS STARTED. DO YOU THINK THE NEW CAMERAS WILL
MAKE DRIVING ON THE NORTHERN EXPRESSWAY SAFER?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
THE loss of any young life, particularly
that of someone who was as loved
by her friends and family as Nicki
Allwright, is always a tragedy.
The Craigmore girl was well known in
the Gawler community, having attended
Trinity College and played netball with
many local girls.
She was a bright and vibrant participant
in a life that was blossoming into
something special and we wish her family
and friends well as they cope with her loss.
The road on which Nicki died is
notorious among locals, its twisting,
dipping turns sometimes challenging even
the best of drivers.
Nicki's loss is a tragedy, and is the type
of story that no journalist likes to cover,
whether they be a hard-edged city journo,
or a reporter with a regional newspaper
such as The Bunyip.
Reporting upon such accidents is part
of a journalist's job and much debate goes
on in a newsroom as to how each situation
should be handled.
Such a conversation occurred in our
o ces on Friday morning when we did
our job and reported on the accident and
took photographs at the scene.
Social media has changed the face of
how we all communicate with each other
and the reaction was strong and swift
when we posted the story, featuring a
photograph of the rear end of the vehicle
The Bunyip was branded insensitive
for its coverage, despite our reportage
following in the footsteps of prominent
city media outlets and showing a less
confronting photograph of the accident
scene than was featured on Adelaide's
major online news site.
It would seem, that in this day and age,
where a camera is in every phone, the
public would apply higher standards to
media outlets than they would actually to
Following Friday's tragic incident,
The Bunyip editorial sta will review how
we deal with accidents such as this on
The question is, will the public do the
same next time they are confronted by
such a situation themselves? Maybe that's
a debate we should all have.
AUSTRALIA'S biggest coffee
and dessert franchises are flock-
ing to Gawler, with two major
stores looking to set up shop in
Murray Street in 2015.
Popular café chain Cibo Espres-
so has this week confirmed it has
signed a lease and will be opening
its new store on the main street early
Cocolat has also confirmed it is
interested in opening a franchise in
Cocolat director Josh Lawson said
while a franchise has not been sold,
talks and negotiations with a fran-
chisee were under way.
The dessert chain was also seeking
approval for the development of a
site on Murray Street.
Mr Lawson said if all approvals
went ahead, the store would be open
within the next six months.
He said the Adelaide-born brand
was expanding and looking at ru-
ral townships as part of its growth
"Gawler would be our first rural
one," he said.
"There's a bit of a gap in the mar-
ket out there, there's probably not
someone directly in competition.
"I think we could fill that gap very
Mr Lawson said the growth in the
region also made Gawler an attrac-
Gawler Council chief executive
Henry Inat said council would be
pleased to welcome the two stores to
the town's main shopping precinct.
"We have played an active role in
attracting Cibo and we are delighted
to be talking with Cocolat about the
benefits of setting up shop in Gawl-
er," he said.
"Both businesses are iconic South
Australian success stories and at-
tracting them to Gawler is a very
strong indication of our changing
demographic and the changing ex-
pectations of consumers who live
here, or come to Gawler for busi-
ness, shopping or recreation."
Delicious development for Gawler
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