Home' The Bunyip : July 30th 2014 Contents Page 8 “THE BUNYIP” GAWLER, Wednesday, July 30, 2014
SIR – I read with concern The Bunyip, July
22 article (Council: It’s your business) of
the suggested need for our town traders to
have better outcomes from Gawler Coun-
Mrs Drummond, speaking for the Gawler
Business Development Group, may have been
misquoted (editor’s note: she was not) but the
impression that Gawler councillors are not
sympathetic to Gawler businesses is not correct,
in my view.
I believe all current councillors and the mayor
have relevant direct or indirect experience with
Many of us have owned or been directly in-
volved in small businesses, have been employed
in them, or have had children working for
All elected members come into regular con-
tact with businesses in Gawler and appreciate
the information which is regularly provided to
council by the Gawler Business Development
Group and individual traders. I certainly do.
Financially, the current council has achieved
reduced debt, reduced spending in many areas
and reduced rate rises from eight per cent a few
years ago, to five per cent last financial year and
a proposed four per cent for 2014/15.
This without too many reductions in services
and whilst having to plan for and manage sig-
I do not think council is out of touch with
supporting the wider Murray Street footpaths
and other upgrades.
The new outdoor facilities for the Golden
Fleece and Kingsford hotels have been made
possible by these changes.
Ratepayers’ money is being invested in new
projects, traffic and planning investigations.
Proposed projects also include the better use of
council buildings to improve town centre activ-
ity and open-space upgrades.
Council also has a new economic develop-
ment manager who has the sort of experience
and skills to produce significant improvements
We know we have many challenges in the
future including having around 11 per cent of
Holden employees living in Gawler but I think
we are going the extra mile to help our traders.
This letter represents my personal view, not
an official council view.
Cr David Hughes,
SIR – The City of Playford engaged inde-
pendent consultants to investigate and re-
port on its commercial rates.
The consultants found that the city’s high
commercial rates were having a negative impact
After the council elections in November,
Town of Gawler’s newly elected councillors
should, as a priority, seek independent advice
regarding its commercial rating strategy.
Comparing Gawler’s rates with the City of
Playford, shows that Playford’s target of com-
mercial rates of 0.792828, is significantly lower
than the rate many Gawler businesses currently
If the City of Playford’s high commercial
rates, which are substantially higher than all
other metropolitan councils, are holding back
investment in the city, what is the consequence
of Gawler’s high commercial rates?
The City of Playford found that comparable
metropolitan councils ask businesses to pay an
average of only 135 per cent in rates, relative to
their share of property value.
Based on my calculations, businesses in
Gawler contribute 180 per cent in rates rela-
tive to their share of property value; 45 per cent
more than the reasonable proportion the City
of Playford recommends.
It seems to me that Gawler councillors are us-
ing the business community as their cash cow.
This is where the need for an independent
review comes in.
Councillors clearly don’t share my view but
many business people to whom I speak do.
An independent investigation and report, as
the City of Playford did, would result in a doc-
ument that has no vested interest and should be
the basis for mature and constructive dialogue.
SIR – With very obvious business closures
in the CBD of Gawler, including a quite
large ex-pine furniture retailer you would
think councillors would have gotten the
message that local business cannot be con-
sidered the gift that keeps on giving as far
as rates and charges are concerned.
So it is a bit disconcerting when I read in The
Bunyip (July 23, 2014) that there was a 25%
increase in rates on commercial premises.
I am not sure when the last rise was but unless
it was around 15 years ago I would consider this
most recent rise unreasonable and unrealistic.
Who do they think they are, electricity retail-
That alternate universe belongs to them ex-
I hear comments every day referring to the
ranking of South Australia’s taxes and charges.
Being number one in this race is not a good
place to be.
With the current state of business activity
and unemployment South Australia cannot af-
ford to continue to raise its taxes be they state
Businesses will continue to move or close.
It is unfortunate that current Federal Gov-
ernment policy is designed to exacerbate the
differences in the economies of the states, but
hopefully that will be a short passing phase.
This town, this state has a lot going for it but
it must think outside the box.
There is a whole new economy that could
make this part of the world thrive.
We will not thrive if government keeps on
stifling it with narrow minds and ever broaden-
ing (and regressive) taxes.
SIR – Part 1: What a great win for the
Crows against Collingwood on Sunday,
with Adelaide now entering the top eight!
We are finally now in a position to solidify a
place for the finals.
On paper we look like a great side, even bet-
ter than the 2005 side that missed out on a pre-
The club looks good with a future
captain Brad Crouch playing really good foot-
I reckon he will be a Brownlow Medallist one
Part 2: A dark era we are living at present with
the tragedy of the Malaysia Airlines MH17and
death toll in the Gaza Strip.
You think we would have learnt something in
the last century following The Great War, but
there is always an agenda, a political or unnec-
essary evil that prevents peace.
Part 3: Celebrating 45 years since the moon
landing, here is an interesting fact regarding the
first drink ever consumed on it...wine.
‘Buzz’ Aldrin being a religious man celebrat-
ed with the sacrament of communion.
Part 4: With David Letterman hanging up
his mic next year, a new Tonight Show host is
Jimmy Fallon, a talk show genius, is taking
the next generation of talk show hosts to a new
A veteran of the Saturday Night Live team,
he is worth watching.
Part 5: How good is the Gawler Skate Park?
It looks brilliant.
Gawler has got to be happy with this loca-
tion, close to public transport for the kids
and an ideal setting for the skater boys and
Part 6: Whenever I think of the past, it brings
back so many memories.
SIR – My name is Carolyn Stevens.
I would like to say thanks for the help I re-
ceived on July 15 on King Street.
I am humbled at the wonderful people who
offered help and a special thanks to Neville, the
cleaner at Coles, for the attention and kindness
he showed me.
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Chantelle Tesselaar: Laws are being
utilised purely to bring in income. There
are more and more cars nowadays and
less and less house block/street width,
etc. Where are people meant to put their
Peter Blackburn: No. I’ve seen footpath
obstruction as a result.
Jessica Apostolides: I believe they should
make wider roads so cars can actually
park on them. Sick of all these new estates
– their streets are not wide enough.
People who park on verges are probably
doing so because of the streets not being
wide enough and no room in the small
Janelle Brown: As long as you don’t block
the walking path, it should be allowed.
If they actually built roads wide enough
to fit two parked cars and a firetruck, this
wouldn’t be an issue.
Heather Dibben: Can’t see the harm if
you’re not blocking the footpath. Most
roads are not wide enough for three cars.
Chris Spacky Anspach: If the parking doesn’t
obstruct the footpath, let it be. Roads, in a lot of
cases, aren’t wide enough. I drive a truck and in
some cases can’t get down streets to work.
LOCAL RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN FINED FOR PARKING ON
STREET VERGES AROUND GAWLER. DO YOU THINK YOU SHOULD
BE ABLE TO PARK ON VERGES?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Council responds to business
group claims – page 4
IT is good to see commonsense is
coming to the fore in regards to the
Dawson Road speed sign debacle.
There is a point when road safety
policing becomes revenue raising.
Most definitely, there is a reasonable
argument that if you don’t speed, you
don’t get fined.
However, when speed limit confusion
results in many people getting fined,
around half a week’s wages, a resolution
should be sought.
Thankfully, council is reviewing the
situation, which will hopefully result in
the correct signage being put in place
in the Evanston location.
It is at this point that police should
then target the area to catch out those
using the spot as a racetrack – they are
the ones who deserve to be fined.
The sad thing about the current road
safety regime is that the good motorists
There would be many drivers who
stick to the speed limit and drive safely,
only to slip once and cop a costly fine.
It seems unfair that those people,
who regularly do the right thing, are
ranked alongside serial speeding
offenders when they accidentally drive
Our legal system offers suspended
sentences and good behaviour bonds
for people who have committed
crimes that many of us could not even
contemplate – assault, sex offences,
Yet the same opportunity does
not exist for generally well-behaved
Maybe, as a sign of good faith and
to prove motorists aren’t being used
as an always-on-tap revenue-raising
opportunity, the government could
investigate a new regime, one which
gives motorists who do the right thing
Made my day to see Santa Claus driving
the local Gawler bus recently. Thanks for
bringing some ‘Christmas in July’ cheer to
I think something needs to be done
about the exit point onto Adelaide Road
from Coles Green at Evanston before an
accident happens, a roundabout, maybe?
And how about opening up the one-way
only road at the other end so traffic can
exit that way as well? It’s great having the
shops there, but no thought was given to
the flow of traffic.
Sandy, Evanston Gardens.
Where have Sandie from Tanunda’s
poems gone? We’re missing them.
Leesa, Evanston Park.
Gotta love the layout of businesses on
Curtis Rd, Munno Para. McDonalds,
doctors’ surgery, Hungry Jack’s, Anytime
Fitness. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
Joe, Munno Para West.
Loving your new website Bunyip. Great to
see updates when necessary.
The Chad, Gawler East.
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