Home' The Bunyip : October 22nd 2014 Contents Page 20 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, October 22, 2014
A GAWLER resident for 26 years, Merilyn Nicolson
manages an accommodation business in the
Her job involves business management,
nancial control and budgeting, liaising with sta ,
contractors and addressing all client needs.
"I have a strong family commitment, and I
am o ering myself as a candidate enthusiastic
to make council more representative of the
community," the 64-year-old said.
"I am keen to see the formation of strong
collaborative working relationships within the
local community, to ensure that social inclusion
is perceived by the community, by encouraging
civic engagement that has the capacity for trust
and co-operation with the community.
"I see the chance to shape the decisions and
contribute to innovative and inspiring changes for
the community of the future."
Mrs Nicolson is married with two children and
has a Bachelor of Science (Adelaide University).
Her community commitments include the
Gawler Jaycees, Gawler East Primary School and
Gawler Visitor Information Centre.
AFTER eight years on council, Adrian Shackley's
passion is still about making Gawler a wonderful
place to live and do business by ensuring council
deals responsibly with growth, spends e ciently,
has fair rates, provides quality services, protects
Gawler's character and better involves the
community in decisions.
Mr Shackley has been involved in the
local community for 38 years with Sue and
two children, taking part in sporting and
Now retired, Mr Shackley believes he has the
experience, time and commitment to ensure
council administration is accountable and
responsive to community needs.
He has quali cations in rural science,
economics (including accounting) and law.
He also has 15 years experience managing
a family farm business and 24 years legal
Mr Shackley said he had a major role in the $4
million redevelopment of Gawler Primary School,
and in improving Gawler's rivers, including the
recent $3 million project for walking and cycling
paths and conservation.
"With your support, I will use my skills to build
an e ective council and involved community," he
FOR many years, Margaret Simpson has enjoyed
visiting Gawler to see family members.
So much so, that she built her home here.
That was over three years ago and she still feels
that this is the place where she wants to live and
If elected, she would strive to ensure that
Gawler maintains its semi-rural atmosphere and
a ordability for families and retirees.
"I aim to work toward improving the chances
of our youth gaining employment or meaningful
skills within the council area," she said.
"As a former auditor and compliance manager
I have a keen interest in ensuring that council
decisions are made ethically and in the best
interests of the community."
She said she enjoys participating in the
community, volunteers for the local CFS and
Gawler Community House, where she loves to
chat with members of the community and learn
about their needs and wishes.
IF she is elected, Morgan Smith has vowed to
work hard with other elected members and
sta to ensure Gawler continues to develop
into a place where everyone is welcome and
encouraged to participate in the life of the town.
"I would work towards ensuring council rates
are fair, tra c issues on Adelaide Road, Evanston
Park, are addressed, social inclusion is promoted
and environmental initiatives enhance the beauty
of our town," she said.
Ms Smith has lived in the Gawler Council area
since 1997 and worked as a lecturer in nursing.
She is recently semi-retired and said she has no
a liations with sporting and service organisations
or businesses in the area.
She is a member of the Greens and is a long-
term grower for Trees For Life and is also on
the management committee of World Families
"I'm a good listener and would work hard
to ensure Gawler is a great place to live for all
residents," she said.
LIVING in Gawler for most of his life, working at
the local hospital for the past 32 years and having
been actively involved in the community through
sporting a liations, Robin 'Nobby' Symes feels
con dent he would be a valued member of
council, if elected.
"I believe Gawler needs strong local
representation to ensure the Town of Gawler
continues to prosper and grow with sound
nancial management of council's budget and
not delaying decisions that can make Gawler a
better town to reside in for many years to come,"
Mr Symes has a passionate interest in seeing
the sporting and service clubs supported and the
local business houses recognised and respected.
He looks forward to serving the Gawler Council
IAN Tooley and his wife built their current home
in Gawler East in 1980, raising their children in
the township because "Gawler has always felt like
Mr Tooley wants to contribute to a council
that protects the special character of Gawler
and which oversees development that is
complimentary to the unique town and 'country
feel' and heritage.
He is passionate about protecting the town's
history and about an environmentally sustainable
future for Gawler.
He retired this year after 37 years in education,
including the past 19 as a high school principal.
He spent nine years at Birdwood High School
followed by ve years at Nuriootpa High School
and is currently Gawler B-12 College Foundation
president and a climate leader with the ACF's
Climate Reality Project.
He is also an active volunteer and assists
schools to implement education for sustainability.
Mr Tooley said he looks forward to serving his
local community and representing residents on
BORN in Gawler in 1956, Jim Vallelonga has lived
in the township most of his life with wife Teresa,
two children and grandchildren.
The pair runs a local business, own other
Gawler properties and employ a number of local
Mr Vallelonga said he had a vision for growth of
"I want to see more commercial and retail
spaces to serve the ever-increasing population of
our region," he said.
"Most local businesses are doing it tough."
"I want to make doing business in Gawler easier,
encourage investment and jobs growth."
He said he also wanted to make tra c ow
through Gawler smoother and promote Gawler as
a tourist destination.
"I believe we need to preserve Gawler's heritage
for future generations and make the most of our
biggest asset, the Gawler River," he said.
"For this, I ask for your support in the upcoming
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