Home' The Bunyip : June 12th 2014 Contents Page 26 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Thursday, June 12, 2014
SOUTH Australia risks
losing one of its big-
gest collections of his-
toric military vehicles if
a museum in Edinburgh
Parks fails to raise the
funds needed to purchase
its site from the current
National Military Vehicle
Museum members have been
told, by landowners Good-
man Property Australia, that
they have roughly four to
six weeks to find the money
required to purchase the site
before it is put on the open
Museum president Dave
Carmen said failure to pur-
chase the property would see
the museum move for the
third time in its 20-year his-
tory and likely lead to the sale
of many historic items.
"If that occurs, we've either
got to find another site to
move to or the collection will
have to be broken up or sold,
and in that case it will be lost
to South Australia, for sure,"
The museum has been in
Edinburgh for five years and
is currently home to more
than 60 vehicles worth almost
$1 million, some dating back
to World War One.
The site also houses a
number of heritage-listed
buildings and roadways built
during World War Two.
Mr Carmen said the com-
mittee had been lobbying
federal and state government
and had also been in talks
with Salisbury Council to try
and reach a solution.
"I understand most of the
councillors and CEO (John
Harry) are actually in support
of doing something for us,
but nobody quite knows how
it's going to be achieved yet,"
While Mr Harry was
unavailable for comment, a
Salisbury Council spokes-
person confirmed council
would be considering po-
tential ways to support the
"I can confirm that discus-
sions have taken place with
the National Military Vehi-
cle Museum regarding their
future use of the site," the
"A report outlining poten-
tial options to support the
museum will be considered
by Salisbury Council in the
The Bunyip contacted prop-
erty owners Goodman Prop-
erty Australia but received no
response by deadline.
Despite the uncertainty
surrounding its future, the
museum will be holding a
fundraiser for charity organi-
sation 'Angel Flight' this Sun-
day at 9am.
The entry fee will be $10
for adults, while children are
There will be a number of
vehicles on display, includ-
ing the ever-popular 1942
American M3 Stuart tank,
which is powered by a 250-
horsepower radial aircraft
Vehicle rides will also be
held throughout the day
at the cost of a gold coin
Category winners Kathryn Harris and Paige Zupanic display their artwork at the presentation ceremony
The art of reconciliation
YOUNG artists Kathryn Harris and Paige
Zupanic were winners at the Northern Ad-
elaide Medicare Local Reconciliation Art
Competition last Tuesday.
Kathryn was the winner of the 'Aboriginal
Youth Representation of what reconciliation
means to me' category with her piece, 'Symbol-
ism of reconciliation', and Paige was the winner
of the non-Aboriginal category of the same name
with her piece, 'Amity'.
Around 2000 entries were submitted for the
competition, which asked young people aged be-
tween 12 and 25 to express their feelings about
reconciliation in art form.
NAML health integration manager Sageran
Naidoo said art is a very personal way for young
people to convey thoughts or feelings that they
may otherwise not have a chance to express, and
it showed in their artwork.
"One of the pieces of artwork showed a black
person and a white person in an embryo togeth-
er, almost as twins, waiting to be reborn," Mr
"For us, that was such a moving emotion of a
young person expressing the idea that, for them,
reconciliation means, in a sense, being reborn as
one unified, whole family.
"That's why the art competition was really im-
portant for us because we wanted them to explore
their mental health, to explore their emotions and
then to express it...and we thought that was really
South Australian Governor Rear Admiral Kevin
Scarce was also a guest at the event, and spoke
about the importance of Reconciliation Week
and art competitions.
"Celebrating Reconciliation Week is not only
about recognising the contributions, cultures and
histories of Aboriginal people but it focuses on
how all Australians can better recognise each oth-
er, or, in other words, talking, walking and work-
ing together to build a better Australia," he said.
Other placegetters at the competition were Na-
tasha Evens and Danielha Crosby, placing second
and third respectively in the Aboriginal youth
category, and Jalia Vittard-Herring and Stephanie
Lai, placing second and third respectively in the
non-Aboriginal youth category.
Grant applications approved
PLAYFORD Council has approved
nine applications in its first round
of major project and community
event grants for 2014.
Just under $29,000 worth of grants
were approved in total, with the biggest
recipients being the Australian Irish
Dancing Association and the Lutheran
Community Care Peachey Place living
skills centre, which will each receive
$5000 in grant money.
Other major project applicants Arts
North and Bravehearts Inc. SA will
each receive around $3300 in funding,
while the Phoenix Society and North-
ern Hills Pony Club will collect around
$2400 and $1500 respectively.
There were only two community
events applicants, the Playford Christ-
mas Pageant Association and the Com-
edy Capers Gang Show, which have
been recommended to receive $2000
and $1500 respectively.
CONSTRUCTION of the $16.6
million Stretton Centre will com-
mence this month, with the new fa-
cility looking to transform employ-
ment opportunities in the northern
The centre, which is expected to open
next May, on the corner of Peachey
Road and Parkway Terrace, will house
community learning and training spac-
es, a research centre, workforce and in-
dustry development programs.
It will also be the home of the new
Munno Para library, which will be
bolstered by state-of-the-art facilities,
including connection to the National
Playford mayor Glenn Docherty said
the Stretton Centre provided an excit-
ing new chapter for the community.
"Not only are we excited about the
commencement of construction but,
equally, we look forward to moving
our library services from its current
location in the Munno Para Shopping
Centre at Smithfield to the Stretton
Centre," he said.
The library's existing services will
suffer minimal disruption and operate
as normal until four weeks prior to the
Mr Docherty said council recog-
nises the important role libraries play
in families and that they are excited to
deliver "cutting edge" facilities to the
"By relocating to purpose-built fa-
cilities we are improving the library's
service and providing better access to
resources and programs for the grow-
ing needs of our community," he said.
The University of Adelaide's Austral-
ian Workplace Innovation and Social
Research Centre will also be part of
the new centre, undertaking research
on employment trends in the northern
An artist's depiction of what the new Stretton Centre will look like when
construction is completed in May next year.
National Military Vehicle Museum secretary Russell Vine stands in front of some of the historic
vehicles that could be lost if the museum is forced to relocate.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
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