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ANOTHER break-in has left the Gawler
Community House frustrated and with
around $1000 in damages.
Police were alerted to the break-in by a secu-
rity company, responding to the incident just
before 5am yesterday morning.
The thieves gained entry to the community
house op shop by smashing a side window, tak-
ing an empty cash register with them.
House co-ordinator Heather Barry said cash
was never left on the premises overnight but the
cost of the register, which was only recently pur-
chased, and the glass was estimated at $1000.
"This is special laminated glass and it's really
hard to break," she said.
"They've taken their time to break it."
Ms Barry said it was around this time last year
the organisation was targeted as part of a spate
As The Bunyip reported in July, the commu-
nity house was also the victim of four attempted
break-ins earlier this year.
Ms Barry said it was frustrating to be targeted
"We're here providing clothing and
whatever people need at a cheap cost and so,
probably, the family of the person or people
who broke in, we've actually helped in some
way," she said.
The incident follows two breaks-ins into busi-
nesses on Adelaide Road over the long weekend,
where cash was stolen.
Gawler police Senior Sergeant David Roy
said patrols have been increased around busi-
nesses which have been targeted in response to
MENTAL Health Week is about raising
awareness and support for those with psycho-
logical concerns, however Gawler's lack of a
mental health community support group has
left a gaping hole in that support network.
Since the closure of the town's only mental
health group, SPRinG, earlier this year due to a
lack of funding and volunteers, people with poor
mental health have had nowhere to go, according
to group leader and peer worker Sue Griffiths.
Earlier this year, The Bunyip reported the
group's progressive move to the Gawler Recre-
ation Centre, yet that opportunity was denied
leading to its closure in May.
"I was the only community rep in Gawler for
15 years, Gawler hasn't got anyone now," Ms
"I was the networker, the rep, the public speak-
er, the advocate, the group leader -- I was every-
"And there is nothing left now."
Ms Griffiths is worried for her former SPRinG
members who were previously offered regular
support, advocacy and connections to other ap-
"I suppose they have got the likes of their An-
glicares and their Barossa Leisure Options, but,
as a support group structure itself, I am not aware
of any," she said.
"If they had their chance they would want me
to still be involved with them and their lives and
their current situations, but I've had to take a step
back because of my health.
"I would like to see it rectified, and I would
like to see, specifically, Gawler Health maintain
an operational support group again."
Local beyondblue guest speaker, Mark Dayman
said that there really is a need for a community
support group in the town.
"A community group is not the support, it is a
support and having something in the community
is the first step," he said.
"Mental health is multifaceted and there needs
to be clinical action, but as long as someone has
somewhere to seek out some sort of assistance
that is a start."
PROGRESS has been
made on the South Eastern
Link Road around Gawler,
Member for Light Tony
Piccolo has assured State
Mr Piccolo recently defend-
ed the project's progress in re-
sponse to Member for Schubert
Stephan Knoll's request for an
"...I am happy to advise that
I have had a number of discus-
sions with both developers for
that Gawler East development
and the relevant ministers to
progress the matter," Mr Pic-
The project, also referred to
as the Gawler East Link Road,
was among the State Liberal
Party sweeteners in the March
elections, with the party prom-
ising to inject $1 million into a
study for the bypass.
The link road has been in
limbo for more than a year,
with Gawler Council and the
transport department at odds
over the funding and ongoing
maintenance of the infrastruc-
The Bunyip understands no
funding has been allocated for
the project, which has previ-
ously been estimated to cost
Mr Piccolo vowed to contin-
ue lobbying for the road, which
he described as "a key element
of the Gawler East develop-
ment" in parliament in May.
When questioned about the
advancement of the project
last month, he stated "it is pro-
The road is expected to ac-
commodate extra traffic in the
growing region, with plans pre-
viously released for community
consultation, including a 2.8-
kilometre link road running
from Calton Road to Potts
Road and featuring bike lanes,
footpaths, as well as a bridge
crossing the South Para River.
progress No pay-off for thieves
Gawler Community House chief executive Steve Frinsdorf and coordinator Heather Barry assess the
damage caused to the op shop by thieves yesterday morning.
PHOTO: Natalie Vikhrov
Gawler lacks mental health support
GAWLER 175 CELEBRATIONS PAGES 14 15
This is special laminated glass
and it's really hard to break. They've
taken their time to break it.
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