October 8: Letters to the editor

Thank you
SIR – A big thank you to the two gentlemen who stopped to assist my granddaughter and myself when our car broke down near the Gawler caravan park on Tuesday last week.
It’s good to know there are still people in this world willing to help others.
It was much appreciated.
Name and address supplied

Get it over and done with
SIR – Just when I thought the Liberal Party had dropped off the line, as it were, along comes Prime Minister Turnbull to put them back on track.
Adelaide must be one of a few cities that are still grinding along the tracks behind smelly old diesel trains.
It’s like being back in the “dark ages”, with no light at the end of the tunnel.
I am glad you said “complete lectrification”, as the notion that the wires terminate at Salisbury made no sense at all.
It would be far more efficient to complete the project in one big hit.
Simply get it over and done with.
Think of the jobs that project would produce, if preference were to be given to local people and contractors, where possible.
Folk could then greet the first train singing, “we did it our way”.
Peter Hoye
Gawler East

Gawler memories
SIR – While contemplating Gawler’s history, it occurred to me that little had been formally documented of social life in Gawler over the last 70 years.
As such, I would like to challenge the public to write down and send to me their memories of events conducted in the Gawler Institute, Gawler Blocks Hall, Gawler South Hall and the Tennis Clubrooms, especially relating to any Institute Debutant Ball, Rotary Ball, Apex Ball, Rural Youth Ball, Anglican Ball, Catholic Ball and Masonic Ball, as well as Saturday night dances at the other venues.
Your input to me, with your name attached, will be permanently recorded within an article on the Gawler History website gawler.nowandthen.net.au for the world to see and enjoy.
Why not consult your partner, family and friends and come up with some “ripping yarns”?
Furthermore, I would appreciate any photos of these events that you are willing to share.
Please send either handwritten notes or an email to bgthom@bigpond.com to reach me by the end of October.
Many born in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s have so many great memories to contribute.
It would be a pity if such stories were to be lost forever.
Brian Thom
Chairman – Gawler History Team Inc.

Snakes and pets don’t mix
SIR – Irresponsible ‘ratepayer’ might prefer the “free lone-handed shovel solution” to snake encroachment, but aren’t we constantly lectured that most bites and/or deaths occur this way?
Your previous correspondent has every right to be concerned about snake season, particularly in regards to pets.
An eastern brown slithered into my rental property three summers back.
Horrified, I rang a snake catcher, only to be told $300 cash was required upfront.
Penniless, my only option was constant vigilance.
This objectionable visitor remained for a week, while my cat remained penned-up inside.
The following summer, another brown made its presence felt by becoming the plaything of my neighbour’s moggy.
These grisly experiences are traumatising for pet owners, let alone the fear of being bitten yourself.
Rental properties should at least be supplied with in-ground snake deterrents where these deadly creatures are prevalent.
(It is interesting to note that cats survive snake bites more often than dogs due to the former’s dense fur).
Lynette Deuter

No link to Potts
SIR – I strongly agree with those who differ from the current idea of having the link road enter Potts Road at the lowest two-three kilometres.
Some residents have feared the loss of the “remaining, beautiful part of Gawler”, with corresponding loss of quality of life and reduced outlook of the area.
I agree with these thoughts and assumptions.
I also agree with the likely devaluation of the property in Potts Road, to meet the ends of Lend Lease, and aspects of noise pollution and fuel fumes along the link road.
It is believed that once the Gawler East Zone is completely developed, Potts Road will be at capacity and unable to produce further growth from the region.
Further development may also result in demolishing existing houses.
Gawler Council wants to create a future link to Tiver Road.
They realise that further use of Potts Road is likely to produce greater gridlock in an already congested area.
On the contrary, retaining the rural passages as already shown in reports will produce the attributes of rural beauty within the Town of Gawler, with Dead Man’s Pass and Humphrey George Reserve linking the whole length of the land.
This will retain Gawler as one of providing balance within the town of “Town and Country”.
Philip Tow

Two sides to the story
SIR – I note that Jim Skipper (Bunyip, September 30) incurred a parking fine whilst attending Gawler Show and is critical of Gawler Council and the employees who enforce the parking laws. But there is another side to the story.
My wife and I live near the showgrounds and there are several occasions each year when parking is at a premium and the roads are very congested.
Most motorists obey the rules, but a small minority are inconsiderate and seem to have no regard for safety and well-being of the public.
I have always found council and its much-maligned “brown bombers” (also known as grey bombers, grey ghosts, blue bombers, sticker-lickers and worse) to be considerate, compassionate, good-humoured and somewhat reluctant to issue fines.
On the Saturday of the Gawler Show, a vehicle displaying a disabled permit partially blocked our drive for several hours. 
Technically, the vehicle was illegally parked. 
A council parking officer knocked on our door and asked if the vehicle was causing us any inconvenience. 
After checking, I concluded that if I couldn’t squeeze my vehicle out of the drive I should hand in my licence.
The council officer decided to give the driver the benefit of the doubt – hardly the action of a mean individual looking to entrap motorists and maximise his daily total of fines.
Whilst I sympathise with Mr Skipper, I must emphasise that Gawler Council and its employees work very hard to prepare for events like the Gawler Show and I would like to express my appreciation of a job well done.
Brian Burt