Home' The Bunyip : July 16th 2014 Contents Page 8 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, July 16, 2014
SIR -- I was most distressed to read in
The Bunyip that the bus services at Gawler are
to be reviewed and that some cut backs have
already been announced.
Clearly not enough time has passed since the
service's introduction for these sorts of decisions to
As one of your readers has stated: "you've got an
aged population" (as well as an ageing one) that will
no longer be able to drive themselves anywhere.
A public transport option becomes an absolute
One of reasons I chose to live where I do was the
availability of a bus service.
My wife has not been able to drive for the last 40
years due to an eye disease.
If I no longer can take her anywhere, the bus
service becomes an absolute necessity.
As the service is relatively new it needs time to
embed itself in the culture.
I often heard it said on the radio that people in
South Australia will always opt to drive than use
As our population ages and as the financial in-
equities in our society increase this may become a
less and less viable option for more and more of
It is, therefore, important that our public trans-
port systems be nurtured and marketed.
There is no question that such transport systems
are the best option in so many ways.
SIR -- This morning, Monday, I was absolute-
ly disgusted at the state of the area in Clonlea
Park adjoining the new skating area.
Much rubbish as close as a couple of feet from
the installed bins.
Frankly, I have seen tips in a tidier condition.
What an asset to a great and historical park!
Due to the efforts of regular park walkers, it is
probably quite respectable as I write this.
In the late 1970s and early '80s the State Gov-
ernment ran a 'Don't rubbish SA' campaign in
schools which was so successful that even today,
some 35 to 40 years later, my children would not
even think of disposing of rubbish anywhere else
other than in a bin.
On the subject of rubbish disposal, it is about
time that deposits were imposed on plastic and
paper take-away cups and other take-away packag-
SIR -- The cost of establishing an RV facility
An extra $20,000 to install a security camera on
a dump point.
It would be the only one in Australia.
Does the council know what a dump point is?
They claim ongoing maintenance would cost
about $21,250 a year.
Where do they get the figures from?
Kapunda has opened a camp spot for RVs.
I rang the council (and asked) what were the
costs of establishing a RV site.
They paid half the cost of a dump point cost.
Having travelled in our motor home for the past
15 years, where possible we stayed at RV-friendly
A town called Home Hill, like Gawler, was dy-
ing, shops were closing, the council allowed RVs to
stay free of charge.
The town is now booming.
Tasmania Yacht Club had trouble with vandals;
they offered free sites for RVs, no more vandals.
Goose Island is ideal for RVs.
A short walk and you are in the main street.
The water is already connected, all the council
has to do is cut the grass.
If it floods, shut the gate.
Finish what's started
SIR -- Since the 1970s this state has been
plagued with finance shortfalls as to railway
They were offered by Baulderstone/Hornibrook,
taxpayer-free electrification of the whole Adelaide
Metro Area, "no cost to the taxpayer".
That got knocked on the head, in preference to
the development of the Noarlunga line.
Now, the Liberal Party were not supporters of
They wanted buses.
Then Premier Don Dunstan, ALP, said the Rey-
nella/Willunga line was to be closed on completion
of the new line.
Then the extension of the northern Gawler rail
To get suburban infrastructure to move has al-
ways been hard to activate.
However, the Olsen Government looked at in-
frastructure of upgrade to the rail in the metro area,
decided it too costly, so shelved the projects.
The ALP? It has spent the money on public
But, there are two issues overlooked.
They are the size of population of the state, then
the amount of taxation and profits from the public
South Australia doesn't have enough royalties or
taxes to move ahead.
So it's got to be one step, bit by bit.
Now Brisbane bit the bullet and borrowed
against investment within Queensland -- they
closed the entire Suburban Railway Services, then
they eradicated the old system, from ground-level
up, reconstructed a complete new system, including
electrification of all suburban lines, new stations,
new signal system, CTC system over 10 years.
Serco, Greyhound and others introduced bus
So, today, both Perth, WA, and Brisbane con-
structed the basic required infrastructure and then
added, plus extended, bit by bit.
Now, one would have thought Mike Rann MP
would have done likewise.
That means electrified would have included
Salisbury in the first place, then to Noarlunga,
and Port Adelaide, then gradually expanded from
The longer they leave it, the more cost involved.
Munno Para West.
SIR -- In The Barossa Herald recently, Tony
Walker, from Eden Valley, had a long and
interesting letter about wind farms in the
Barossa and eastern hills.
He made comment that planting large numbers
of trees on these bare hills would achieve a better
result regards climate and the environment.
I admit that I am not a farmer and do not rely
on what I grow to earn a living, but it seems to me
by looking at some areas on the Mannum Road
at Tungkillo that these barren hills could be made
once more to grow some valuable native tree cov-
er.It's known that with tree cover comes moisture
retention, lower wind speeds and stabilisation of
the soil, plus a return of native species.
Personally, I think that wind farms are a useless
and costly way of making very little power, and at
high public expense.
But I also think that if a recovering of the eastern
ranges is to be a reality, revegetation of many areas
And if a rebirth of what is often a dry, windswept
area is to take place, the way in which sheep are
grazed must change.
There will be no natural regrowth while sheep
are allowed to roam free over an already wind-
Take the sheep off and, with help, regrowth will
start and, in time, recover these wind-blasted hills.
Granted that this is an area of low rainfall, could
I suggest that if water from the Murray pipeline
was made available to more properties in the east-
ern hills area, and water-retention programs put in
place along the eastern run-off areas, that oppor-
tunities for different and more intensive ways of
farming might well change in the future.
We need a rethink of these things.
SIR -- At last some common sense is being
applied to the Gawler bus service.
For over two years the public has been telling
the local member, Tony Piccolo, that the service
was not appropriate, but he would not have any
of it, even publicly ridiculing those who provided
The bus service implemented was not as outlined
in Mr Piccolo's 2010 election campaign promises
and has struggled to obtain viable patronage since
Even after changes to the service have been
flagged by the government, Mr Piccolo continues
to deflect blame.
There is an old saying, "you get what you plan
It's time Mr Piccolo swallowed his ego and pride,
and, without excuses, gets on and fixes the mess he
In future, he should listen to what the public has
to say and put aside any personal agendas for the
good of the community.
SIR -- The disgraceful decision by umpires
Farmer, Mitchell and Bannister to restart the
Richmond-Port Adelaide match at Etihad
Stadium (albeit with less than one minute of
playing time remaining) with a concussed and
disorientated Robbie Gray being helped from
the field by trainers, but still well within the
playing area, is an occupational, health and
The health and well-being of the player was
If this situation had occurred earlier in the match
(and a similar injury did to Richmond's Reece
Conca), I am sure that a neck-brace would have
been applied and the mobile stretcher buggy em-
ployed, as it was in Conca's case.
The AFL industry has sold itself to television
and, simply put, the match needed to finish.
All three umpires should be fined and dropped
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Pat Huntley: Some places you do not
have to pay. I volunteer for the Red Cross
and they pay for ours. It is hard enough to
get volunteers, now this will only make it
harder to get them.
Stacey Canavan: Yes, people who
volunteer aren't interested in money. It's
more they genuinely want to help and
having to pay to work for free will reduce
the amount of people wanting to help.
Jeskyaa Maslin: I have a police check
already that was covered and being a
training teacher I had to get a different
one and it is already expensive. You hope
that people volunteer to help people and
they are not deterred by the price.
Sarah Gilbert: Only for those who are
really struggling. Most people know it's a
necessity these days and are happy to pay
to do volunteer work if that's what they
really want to do, but it's not fair that they
need to pay to constantly update them. I
don't think a police check really keeps our
kids safe...they only have a record if they
have been caught.
Scott Rathman: It may not deter those
who are 100 per cent committed to
helping others, however those who
are maybe sitting on the fence will not
VOLUNTEERS WILL NOW HAVE TO PAY 33 PER CENT MORE TO GET A
POLICE CHECK BEFORE THEY CAN TAKE ON VOLUNTEER WORK.
DO YOU THINK THIS WILL DETER MORE PEOPLE FROM
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Greyhound development starts -- page 5
THERE was once a time when an
oval, or two, and some climbing
implements were all that was needed
in the community to entertain our
Today, in these so-called more-
sophisticated times, the community
expects greater resources to support the
It is around 40 years since bored youths
in Dogtown, Santa Monica, took their
skateboards, previously mostly used as
a source of cheap transportation, and
ipped the sport on its head by skating in
empty local swimming pools.
Since that time, the sport has
progressed to the point where boarders
such as Tony Hawk and Tony Alva are
However, it has taken a while for
councils in Australia to warm to the idea
of developing skate parks to encourage
the sport, not regarding the sport as
Over the past decade, skate parks have
gradually proliferated within communities
across the nation.
Gawler has joined the skateboard
revolution, with a magni cent new park
o cially opened on Sunday.
Not only is this park an opportunity for
skateboarders to show their wares, but it
also tells local youth "we support you and
want you in our community".
Some will point to negative aspects of
the skate park, such as noise, rubbish and
But, over the years, many local football
ovals or soccer pitches have been
in ltrated by the same issues.
Not only does the park provide for
skaters but other young people, with the
facilities giving it a whole-community feel.
The park is a wonderful new asset and
hopefully people within our community
will give it a chance and not write o its
bene ts too quickly.
from the panel, for a period of time, for failing
to carry out their responsibilities in relation to
Ed's note: Why did the trainers not take Gray di-
rectly off, over the nearest boundary, circumventing
the claimed OH&S issue?
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