Home' The Bunyip : October 15th 2014 Contents Page 8 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, October 15, 2014
SIR -- I refer to the article by Carl
Pfeiffer that appeared on page two of
last week's edition of The Bunyip, which,
under the heading 'Candidates absent',
commented on council candidates who
were absent from the recent 'Meet The
Candidates Forum' organised by the
I would like to reiterate I had no problems
with the timing or format of the forum and
certainly was not part of any perceived boy-
cott of the event, I simply had previous com-
mitments on the night.
I can also confirm I am unaware of any al-
ternative forum being arranged.
I am more than happy to discuss with an-
yone the reasons why I have nominated for
council and matters I will be advocating for if
successful at election time.
I would also like to take this opportunity
to encourage all residents who are eligible to
vote to do so.
For those interested, the last elections in
2010 saw a voter return rate of just 33 per
cent, which means 67 per cent of eligible vot-
ers opted, for whatever reason, not to partici-
pate in the voting process.
Please remember the nominees who are
ultimately elected to council will have a di-
rect bearing on the direction and operation
of council over the next four years and will
be required to make responsible decisions on
a range of issues that will directly affect resi-
dents of Gawler, obviously amongst them are
matters of financial management, the provi-
sion of services, policy-making and, of course,
the setting of rates.
Please take the time to vote.
Gawler Council candidate.
It started here
SIR -- I agree with the general tenor
of your young journalist Carl Pfeiffer's
article (In My Opinion, October
9), in so far as it went, dealing with
the community's desire and need
for business as usual in the face of
the IS call to kill Australians in
It was factually incorrect of him to say that
"no-one turned up".
It is a truism that the world is run by those
that do turn up. Crucially, the leader of the
4000-strong Islamic Association of South
Australia "turned up".
The South Australian Independent Federal
Senator, Xenophon, who speaks on these mat-
ters regularly in the Australian Parliament,
"turned up" .
And, together we began, here in Gawler, the
commencement of a relationship of trust be-
tween South Australian moderates.
The discussion went to the heart of the
issues that have already begun to arise from
deaths in Australia.
The risk to us at home has not lessened
since our deeper involvement overseas.
The need to protect all of our community,
especially those who "appear" Islamic, from
being divided is becoming stronger.
It is naive to think that there are not im-
moderates in this state. The dialogue that
those who "turned up" began here in Gawler
will assist in preventing radical idiots from an-
swering a call to do us harm and prepare us for
dealing with it if they do.
SIR -- I seek the community's support
to be elected as a councillor of The
Barossa Council for the next four
I care passionately about the Barossa region
and our people.
I will work closely with neighbouring coun-
cils and residents to ensure high-level gov-
ernance in the Barossa, especially in relation
to sustainable development, environmental,
transport, road safety, infrastructure, busi-
ness, health, tourism, and senior citizen and
youth issues, over the next four years.
I want to help the Barossa region prosper
and progress in a sustainable manner.
I offer experienced, strong and stable lead-
ership to council, having 39 years of local gov-
ernment work experience and involvement
with many State Government departments
and local government committees and work-
ing parties, particularly the Regional Local
Government Transport Advisory Panel (Spe-
cial Local Roads).
I am experienced and knowledgeable about
many issues that will ensure the Barossa re-
mains a vibrant region that cherishes its cul-
ture and heritage and embraces progress and
attracts tourists; namely, policy development,
improved service delivery, whilst maintaining
I am keen to be involved in the completion
of a number of major current council initia-
tives, such as infrastructure projects associated
with health, sport and recreational tourism
(bike paths and passive water sports on the
I also want to see greater emphasis placed
on the following issues in the next term of
• provision and delivery of sustainable serv-
• management of infrastructure assets, in-
cluding local roads and footpaths;
• involving the community in problem-
solving and decision-making;
• promoting the Barossa as a cycle-friendly
• involvement in environmental matters;
• greater share of State and Federal Govern-
• residential and industrial development,
sustainable and community supported;
• improvement of sporting facilities, in par-
ticular, local ovals;
• facilitation of local economic develop-
• support for youth and senior citizens.
Michael (Bim) Lange,
Work of ction
SIR -- The Local Government Act
states that members of council should
keep the council's policies under re-
view to ensure they are appropriate and
Council's Green Belt policy states that the
policy should be reviewed annually, but it was
last reviewed in 2009.
The Green Belt policy is not an effective
Where are the wetlands, carbon sinks,
recharge aquifers and native herbs as
described in the policy?
The policy is not an appropriate policy, as
it contains falsehoods and nonsense. I wrote
to the State Ombudsman about this in April
2013, who replied that in his view the policy
was being reviewed.
How long does it take council to review a
Ten minutes is all the time required to con-
clude that the Green Belt policy is a work of
creative fiction that should be shelved in the
fantasy section of Gawler's historical docu-
It reflects poorly on the outgoing council-
lors that they presided over a policy that con-
tains blatant falsehoods and nonsense.
SIR -- Sacked or pushed AFL coaches,
Brenton Sanderson (Adelaide), Bren-
don McCartney (Western Bulldogs)
and Guy McKenna (Gold Coast),
must all be wishing that their chosen
sport was cricket and not football and
that they were the coach of the SACA
Another cricket season starts and the Red-
backs have lost all four matches, the same as
last season, where they finished last.
The Redbacks' playing squad has varied
over many seasons now and the results remain
overwhelmingly embarrassing for a loyal SA
supporter, such as myself.
The one common factor throughout the
Redbacks' continued lack of success is coach
Darren Berry and yet he still remains in the
And as for star recruit Mark Cosgrove, he
has made nine runs in four innings.
Remember Michael Klinger?
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Scott Rathman: Could be
Chantelle Tesselaar: If
people want to see they will
sit in the back.
Darryl Fish Fisher: I'm sure
the comedy festival was on
Suzanne Khazana Kader: Yes.
Ben McLean: Didn't
Salisbury Council try this
for half a dozen people to
Wendy Mansfield: Yes.
Provided it wasn't edited.
Gary Cluse: Waste of
A DIGITAL UPGRADE AT GAWLER COUNCIL COULD PAVE THE WAY
FOR COUNCIL MEETINGS TO BE LIVE STREAMED IN THE FUTURE?
WOULD YOU WATCH THE MEETINGS, IF YOU COULD DO SO, FROM HOME?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
WHEN The Bunyip's editorial sta asked
people their thoughts on daylight
saving on our Facebook page this
week, little did we know the response
it would provoke.
It seemed like everyone in Gawler had
a thought on the issue, some in support,
others opposing its retention.
Each year, I look forward to the date
when daylight saving kicks in.
more often, play with my kids after work
and tidy up anything that I need to in my
Unlike many others, I don't have issues
getting my kids to sleep while it's still light
-- we've got coping strategies and black-
out curtains to reduce the light seeping
into their bedrooms.
Daylight saving doesn't fade my
curtains, nor does it prevent my cows
from milking (mainly because I don't have
Meanwhile, I lived in the country for
quite a few years and only heard the
occasional farmer grumbling about the
existence of a few extra daylight hours.
And, as for going to school in the dark...
I can remember going to and returning
from school in the dark in the middle of
winter; no-one thinks of the children then.
So, from my perspective, daylight
saving is a winner and should stay on.
However, while daylight saving provides
many highlights, I will say that we need to
look at its duration. Daylight saving does
not need to last into April.
By that time, many of the perceived
bene ts of daylight saving have run their
course and even those of us who love it
have had enough.
Let's look at ending it earlier.
Abandoned shopping trolleys have
become a scourge on our local footpaths
and waterways. No doubt we are paying
for them with higher grocery prices.
Dawn, Evanston Gardens.
Great council candidate forum last week
-- well done to those who attended. If you
couldn't attend because you didn't have
time to prepare, maybe you shouldn't be
Trev, Evanston Park.
To the low lifes who tied a magpies' feet
together, it hooked upside down on our
TV antenna for hours and was left to
die. We nursed it back to health. Shame,
E.G.N.E.R.D, Gawler East.
0448 912 966
The great daylight saving debate
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