An Open Letter to Campbelltown City Council

Courtesy of goodfood.com
Courtesy of goodfood.com

Dear Campbelltown Council

I have lived in your district for nine and a half years and this is the first time I have had just cause to be annoyed with you.

Which is disappointing, because up until now, I thought you’ve been doing a great job. It’s much easier to hand over my council rates when I appreciate what is being done with my hard-earned money.

You’ve given me a lot, Campbelltown. Living in this area is a daily trip down memory lane, reminding of my childhood spent in Murray Bridge’s Italian community. This is mainly due to the fact that the children of the Murray Bridge Italians all moved to this area, I grant you. Yet the Italianness of this community made me feel immediately at home. No where else in Adelaide can you drive down a road and see a poorly written sign advertising rape for two dollars. Anywhere else and there would be outcry, but here, in this Italian smelting pot, we all know that the rape they are talking about is of the broccoli variety (di rape).

I love that in the summer months you hold ‘Moonlit Markets’ at Thorndon Park. I love that you have movie nights there, also. I’ve never been to either, but it’s good to know I have the option.

I love that you built that migrant monument at Glynde Corner, even though everyone from outside our area mistakes it for a weird asymmetrical church and us Campbelltown folk have to explain that no, it’s a monument, not a building of any kind, and yes, it lights up at night.

I love that you celebrate Christmas by having a pageant where Father Christmas rides in the back of an industrial crane, probably supplied by Bianco’s. I love that Bianco himself is something of a celebrity in the area, and that Gorge Road is shut down when they have their yearly sale.

So yes, I love a lot about this council district. What I don’t love is this so-called pizza festival.

When I first saw the signs, I got excited. A pizza festival! Of course! We have more pizza places than pubs in this area. More pizza places than churches; quite a feat in an area heavily populated with Catholics. Pizza and Campbelltown go hand in hand. So when I heard about the festival, my imagination started running wild.

I wondered how you would do it. Some big celebration in Thornton Park where you could buy pizzas from hundreds of stall holders? Or maybe a running-of-the-pizza, much like that tomato festival they have in Spain. We’d all run down Newton Road while being pelted with margherita pizzas.

Or – and this was my most outlandish thought, but I really hoped you’d do it – you’d drive a truck down every street in Campbelltown, giving out free pizza. It’d be like an ice cream truck but instead of the usual greensleves being played, ‘Shut Uppa Your Face’ would be blaring. And the pizzas wouldn’t be handed out, but thrown from the road like a frisbee which residents had to catch at their doorstep. If you caught it, you got to eat your pizza. If you didn’t, you had the task of cleaning oily tomatoes from your doorstep. If you weren’t home? They pizzas were tossed anyway; an Italian version of getting egged.

So have you done any of this? No. The extent of your so called pizza festival is to simply notify us on your website of when local eateries are having specials. No running with the pizzas, no pizza festival in the park, no pizza tossing at the doorstep.

And for this reason, I’m annoyed with you, Campbelltown.

My hope is that next year, if you decide to continue with the farce that is the pizza festival, you employ at least one of my suggestions. Otherwise, it is nothing more than a pizza marketing campaign. Redundant, given us locals know where to get the best pizzas.

From your rate-payer,

Giorge Thomas

21 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Campbelltown City Council

  1. Good one, Giorge. I hope your council reads this!! I wonder how much the pizza businesses paid council to have this done? That’s what it sounds like…

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  2. A local bar once had a “beer and whiskey” festival, which mainly consisted of allowing patrons to order beer and whiskey, which they can pretty much do anytime, since it’s a bar.

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  3. Wow, what a let down. It appears that the Campbelltown council missed out on the definition of FESTIVAL all together. I even started salivating at all the possibilities myself. We have what is known as the Garlic festival in a nearby town, and it is literally 3 days of just about everything you can imagine (and some you can’t) that have anything to do with the use of garlic in foods. SOOOOO GOOOOD. Ah well, maybe if you petition the council and raise enough ruckus, you will be granted a festival befitting the fabulous food we call Pizza.

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      1. LOL. It is held in the town of Gilroy Ca. which is predominantly a garlic farming town. So the place pretty much reeks year round. But for a few days, if you love the taste of garlic it is tolerable. And a lot of great food, beverages, and live music is always great entertainment. Your Campbelltown would do well to mimic this or even on a grander scale Oktoberfest. But with Pizza instead of beer.

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  4. Oh dear, and here I was going to book tickets to visit said ‘pizza festival’ but if it’s only an opportunity to advertise specials, then I’ll give it a miss. A great rant nonetheless, and doesn’t it feel good to vent in this way. I love Open Letters 🙂

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  5. Whahaha throwing pizza. look it is a Frisbee see how far it gets. pizza Olympics.
    Ooh to have the Nana and mama making pizza. yummy best pizza contest

    To call this marketing stunt a festival. outrageous

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  6. Great love song toward your neighborhood. I had a great visual of the running of the pizza, with perhaps a pizza delivery car, loaded with savory-scented pizzas, followed by a running crowd trying to overtake it. Perhaps the victor wins the pies. Much better than an advertising opp.

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  7. Thank you for taking the time to post a blog regarding the Campbelltown Pizza Festival. We would like to clarify a few points if we may. The primary aim of the Pizza Festival was for Council to support its local businesses, building on the relationships we have developed via the Campbelltown Food Trail and the offering of events that we currently provide, and to expand the tourism offerings for the area. This event is a ‘first’ for South Australia so, as we are not a large council, we wanted to ‘test the waters’ with this festival and gauge the level of interest from not only visitors but the businesses themselves. All pizza businesses in the council area were invited to participate, free of charge, in the festival. All participating businesses are required to create a unique pizza for their night of the event (something that customers would not usually be able to get) and to offer free pizza tastings/samples as well. Council has in turn, provided live musical entertainment to every venue, additional tables and chairs, outdoor heating, decorations, and provided some celebrity personalities to assist with the program. We did carry out a cost analysis of some of the suggestions you have made such as an all-in-one pizza day etc but the costs were beyond our reach. To date, all of the venues have been sold out on their night, visitors have been coming from the other side of town, and we have been thrilled with the feedback from participants. There are many ideas in our minds for improvements next year and we are happy to add yours to the mix. Regards, Campbelltown City Council.

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  8. They could have a Pizza Parade that ends in the the piazza. Then follow it up with Shakespearean Pizza presented in the round. 🙂

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