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Fire lights up ESL debate
A HAYSHED fire burning for
three days at Freeling has caused
an estimated $500,000 in damage
and sparked a debate over the use
of the Emergency Services Levy.
CFS crews were called out to a hay-
shed at Pareta Farms in Freeling last
Tuesday night at around 9.30pm.
Among them was the Shea-Oak
Log CFS brigade, whose captain,
Chris Heinjus, was the co-owner of
Around 1000 hay and straw
bales, along with the shed, were de-
stroyed, while farming machinery
stored in the shed sustained minor
heat-related damage before it was
The incident has also called
attention to the definition of
emergency under the Emergency
Mr Heinjus said once the fire was
contained an excavator was needed
to further control the fire.
“The best way to do that at the
hayshed was actually remove the
iron and make it burn,” he said.
Mr Heinjus said in an emergency
the cost of the excavator would be
covered by the State Government’s
Emergency Services Levy, however
because CFS brought the situation
under control it was no longer de-
fined as an emergency.
He said, in the end, the State
Government funded the excavator
hire, but it was important to fur-
ther look at the definition of emer-
gency so another incident like this
does not occur.
Contrary to reports in the media,
Mr Heinjus was not attending the
Angaston fires at the time.
“ Where the confusion’s come
from, there were already brigades
up at Angaston and they were com-
ing back,” he said.
Mr Heinjus said the Shea-
Oak Log crew did not attend the
Angaston fire on Tuesday as part of
“normal risk management...in case
you have a fire in your own area”.
The measure paid off when the
crew was called out to attend the
Mr Heinjus said around eight
crews attended the fire, including a
number returning from Angaston.
He praised the crews on “an ex-
The Freeling fire, being treated
as suspicious, was extinguished on
Friday around 10pm.
CONCRETE blocks erected
in front of a local historic wall
at risk of collapsing have been
flagged as a hazard by residents.
The Bunyip understands follow-
ing legal and engineering advice,
Immanuel Lutheran School Gawler
placed more than 60 blocks along
the wall on Lyndoch Road to reduce
the risk of the wall falling and any
subsequent injury to pedestrians.
But Gawler East resident Martin
Bailey believes the concrete safety
measure is, in itself, a danger to pe-
He said the blocks, located near a
school crossing and a bus stop, take
up half of the footpath and force
some pedestrians onto the road.
“If there’s two people coming in
opposite directions, I’ve seen people
actually step onto the roadway to
get around,” he said.
“It is a safety issue if they don’t fix
the wall and it’s a safety issue leaving
the blocks of cement there.”
Fellow Gawler East resident Jenni
Douglas labelled the concrete instal-
lations an eyesore.
She wanted to see repairs under-
taken on the wall.
Gawler Council chief executive
Henry Inat said while the wall is not
council’s responsibility, the organisa-
tion has held a number of meetings
with the school to find a solution.
“Council has taken advice from
our local heritage advisor, to the
effect that he believes the concrete
blocks, whilst they may protect pass-
ing traffic and pedestrians from any
potential falling stone, the blocks
may be causing even more damage
to the wall,” he said.
“Council’s own engineering ad-
vice is that the wall is in danger of
collapsing and so at this point no
action will be taken to remove the
He said the situation is being
The Bunyip could not reach the
school staff for comment.
Gawler East residents Martin Bailey and Jenni Douglas say the concrete blocks placed along a historic wall on
Lyndoch Road are a hazard to pedestrians.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
Between a block
and a hard place
Gawler - too lovely to litter
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