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Council's revealing annual report
Dog attacks down
DOG attacks in Gawler have
significantly dropped in the
past financial year, according to
council's annual report.
It shows there were 11 dog at-
tacks in 2013/14, compared to 24
in 2012/13 -- the highest number
of incidents since 2009/10.
Conversely, the 2013/14 figures
show the lowest number of inci-
dents since 2009/10.
Gawler Council chief executive
Henry Inat said there were no clear
indicators to why dog attacks have
decreased, however he believes dog
and cat management board cam-
paigns could have contributed to
"Council's inspectors continue
to undertake prompt investigations
into alleged dog attacks and, when
required, issue expiations and con-
trol orders," he said.
Mr Inat said council would also
be investigating opportunities for
dog-friendly as well as on-and-off-
There were a further three inci-
dents of dog harassment reported
to council in 2013/14.
Meanwhile, council has issued
691 dog infringements in the past
GAWLER parking inspectors
swapped fines for friendly warn-
ings last financial year.
Gawler Council's inspectors is-
sued 139 parking cautions in
2013/14, up from 17 in 2012/13,
according to the annual report.
The previous three years saw
council issue between 12 and 24
Chief executive Henry Inat said
the increase was due to an agree-
ment between council and Phoenix
Plaza to monitor parking for a pe-
riod of two weeks, when inspectors
would only issue warnings.
"There is no penalty for a park-
ing caution, it is a friendly remind-
er that someone has parked illegally
and not to do it again in future,"
The number of parking fines
issued dropped from 1671 in
2012/13 to 1236 in 2013/14, fol-
lowing staff resignations in the
"inspectorial area and the length of
time to refill the positions".
Council netted $83,591 from
parking fines in the past financial
A TOTAL of 17 reports were
considered by Gawler Council
behind closed doors in 2013/14,
with seven reports remaining in-
confidence for the year.
Figures from council's annual re-
port show a drop in the number of
times council went into confidence
from the previous financial year,
when 27 reports were discussed be-
hind closed doors.
Thirteen reports for 2012/13
remained in confidence at the end
of that financial year, however they
were taken out of confidence the
following financial year.
PARTICIPATION in recre-
ational activities in Gawler is on
Visitation numbers at both
the Gawler Sport and Commu-
nity Centre and
Centre received a total of 143,000
visits in 2013/14, up from 139,000
Numbers have been steadily
growing since 2009/10, when the
entre recorded 104,230 visits.
The Gawler Aquatic Centre
has also recorded 59,624 visits in
2013/14, climbing from 55,182 in
2012/13 and 49,270 in 2011/12.
GAWLER Library website
usage is at a five-year low.
The website received less than
half the hits than the previous year,
dropping from 55,007 in 2012/13
to 23,414 hits in 2013/14.
It follows steady usage recorded in
2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12.
The number of visitors to the
library has also continued to de-
cline, with 66,927 people coming
through the doors in the past finan-
Visitors numbers were in the
80,000s until 2012/13, when they
fell to 67,534.
According to Gawler Council's
annual report, the number of visi-
tations has reduced for various rea-
sons, including the use of a network
which allows residents to use the li-
brary without visiting the site and a
drop-in programs and promotions
that encourage library visits.
STAFF cuts at the Visitor
of the out-
ture has helped council s a v e
Council recorded an annual
saving of $42,000 as a result of a
reduction in staff at the Visitor In-
According to council's annual
report, the staff cuts were due to a
drop in visitor numbers and a trend
of holiday bookings made online.
Council annually saved $62,000
following the closure of the waste
transfer station in February last year
and $75,000 by offloading its out-
of-school-hours and vacation care
program at the Sport and Commu-
nity Centre to another body.
It achieved a further $10,000 in
savings by reducing lighting at the
Finniss Street multi-level car park
when the facility is closed.
Council also ceased producing
a hard copy of the Community
Information Directory, now avail-
able online, saving $12,000 a year.
Further measures included
council's organisational restructure
($150,000), a street cleaning re-
view ($34,000), as well as reduced
interest costs and improved treasury
management practices ($80,000).
GAWLER COUNCIL HAS DOCUMENTED ITS PROGRESS IN THE 2013/14 ANNUAL REPORT.
RELEASED LAST MONTH, IT OUTLINES COUNCIL'S FINANCES, PROJECTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS.
ELECTED MEMBERS VOTED TO ADOPT THE REPORT AT A RECENT MEETING.
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favourite movies are the Star Wars
trilogy because of the special effects, it
was so surreal and ahead of its time.
Where is your dream
destination? I would go to Thailand
because it is a beautiful place with
friendly people, it has a good climate
and has so much to see.
If you could invent anything,
what would it be? I would invent an
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CFS attack inaccessible bushﬁres from
How would you like to see
I think Gawler needs more car parks
and I would like to see trafﬁc diverted
from Murray Street.
What are you looking forward to
most this summer?
I am looking forward to going to the
Tour Down Under because I have
been following cycling since I was
15 and every year I take a week off
around the event to watch it.
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