OPINION: Do the right thing to maintain Griffith traditions.

To gain a true perspective of Griffith and its place in the world, first one should see the city and its people from a foreign perspective.

Parts of Griffith those born and bred take for granted are out-and-out novelties for those arriving in the area for the first time.

The cafe and restaurant culture.

The theme throughout the city of thick and strong bonds binding families together.

Even the makeshift caryard on Banna Avenue.

Sure, every city has its brand or theme. None comes close to the traditions entrenched in Griffith culture from the city’s tiny beginnings continuing strong up to today. 

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While Griffith’s Italian heritage continues to be celebrated, there is no guarantee these traditions are permanently marked on the calendar for our children and grandchildren to continue for decades to come.

There is evidence some traditions can fall to the wayside, or be removed from our annual plans. Sure, some past times just don’t survive, but others are extinguished on the back of the behaviour of a few.

The original Vintage Festival on Banna Avenue came to an end, partly due to the conduct of a small minority.

Ask how many parents and grandparents swam at 30-Mile Creek, before someone took it too far and, for better or worse, had authorities clamp down on the practice.

While there is no suggestion another well-recognised Griffith tradition is due to be compromised, the few ruining it for the majority should be held to account, just in case.

There have been several complaints from residents following pig carcasses appearing on nature strips around the city, on the back of the salami-making season.

Fathers, grandfathers, children, whole families have gathered in backyard sheds all over the city since around the June long weekend to continue the long-time winter custom.

It would be a tragedy to see authorities somehow introduce policy clamping down on salami making, on the back of a few leaving their scraps on the street.

It’s a long shot, and even then, it’s unlikely to kill what’s a Griffith staple, but why subject such a loved family legacy unique to this part of Australia to doubt?

Do the right thing this winter and dispose of the pigs properly. No one wants to be the person whose actions lead to another tradition being in doubt.

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