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GAWLER Council has outlined a vision to
grow and strengthen its position as a region-
al district centre with the release of the final
version of its 10-year Community Plan.
The official release of the plan follows 12
months of inten-
with the local com-
and key stakehold-
ers.It tackles some
calling for the
the Gawler - Ad-
to be urgently
reform of local
protecting Gawler from the 'tsuna-
mi' of Adelaide's suburban growth.
Gawler Council Mayor Brian Sambell said the
comprehensive document had a challenging and
optimistic vision for what Gawler could become
in the future.
"This Community Plan really sets out a very
clear agenda as to how we will manage the growth
and ensure that the service's residents, visitors and
businesses would expect to find in the Adelaide
CBD, are available here in Gawler," he said.
Gawler Council chief executive Henry Inat
said the plan was a long time in the making and
set out an exciting way forward for the Greater
"Our community has made it very clear that
they want the council to protect our beautiful
19th century heritage architecture; they want
Gawler to remain a regional centre and not lose
its country feel," he said.
"Protection of our three rivers is very clear, bet-
ter roads and better public transport is paramount
and the improved quality of our sports and rec-
reation facilities are at the forefront of what our
One of the document's defining strategies is the
Gawler Connect project -- a significant invest-
ment in the adaptive reuse of the town's two most
precious and striking 1870s main street heritage
buildings, the Gawler Institute and Town Hall.
"Council has committed to the planning of
the transformation of these two buildings into
economic and social drivers that will create jobs,
grow the local economy and deliver 21st century
social innovation from our library and a new
globally networked digital studio," Mr Inat said.
The council's next step is to now create a Cor-
porate Plan to deliver on the strategies and objec-
tives clearly defined by the Community Plan.
To view the Community Plan, visit the coun-
cil's website (gawler.sa.gov.au).
CELEBRATIONS of Gawler's 175th
anniversary were so good on the week-
end that even the town's first settler,
John Reid, would be proud.
The celebrations kicked off on Sunday
with Gawler Heritage Café's family fun
day at the Gawler train station, where the
Gawler Lion's Club opened the vintage
steam train to the public.
Café event organiser Karen Barker was
sure the steam train opening was going to
be the main drawcard with the families
-- and it was.
"The steam train attracted the younger
ones and a lot of them climbed on it be-
cause they had never been on it before,"
"The vintage cars were also the high-
light of the day.
"It was a big day from everyone, with
the vintage cars, the steam train, the face-
painting, the Lions Market, the whole
area was involved so it was really good."
There was also a performance of Song
of Australia by Peter Howard and the
Gawler Town Band.
Meanwhile, the family fun day coincid-
ed with the Change Original Music Festi-
val, also celebrating 175 years of Gawler.
The inaugural, original music festival
showcased 11 bands over Sunday and
Monday to highlight the role of music
within Gawler's history.
Musician Martin Johnson, who spent a
year organising the event, said there were
about 1000 people in attendance across
the two days, which was held at the Over-
way, the Criterion and Kingsford hotels.
"The quality of the music was very,
very high, the standard of the lyrics was
outstanding and the response from the
public was fantastic.
"There was a lot of people coming up
saying that we need to do it again next
Among the highlights were perfor-
mances by Sirenes, Gemstone and Kearn
Both organisers were very happy with
the attendance and felt it was a fitting
way to celebrate Gawler's milestone an-
A new vision
for Gawler Gawler celebrations
ABOVE: Renowned singer Peter Howard
performs Song of Australia with the Gawl-
er Town Band during Sunday's Gawler 175
celebrations at the Gawler train station.
PHOTO: Brian Thom
ABOVE RIGHT: Showing o his Triumph at
the 175 celebrations at the Gawler train
station on Sunday was Ben Milligan with
his family, from left, Frank, Julie and Alivia,
PHOTO: Rob McLean
RIGHT: The Gawler Town Band performing
during Sunday's 175 celebrations at
Gawler train station. PHOTO: Rob McLean
ABOVE: Leo Beinke in full song during a
performance by the Narridy Hermits at
the Criterion Tavern during the Gawler
Change Original Music Festival on Sunday.
PHOTO: Rob McLean
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