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TOWN OF GAWLER
MAYOR (1 vacancy)
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AREA COUNCILLOR (10 vacancies)
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FISCHER, Kevin Charles
SYMES, Robin John
GIDMAN, Beverley Dawn
BUCKOKE, James Henry
HENNESSY, Shane Peter
LAMBERT, Trevor Paul
SHACKLEY, Adrian David
2014 Council Elections
Bridge bird droppings
not good luck
LEWISTON Ward council-
lor Karen McColl will step up
as Mallala Council's deputy
mayor after being elected to
the position by her peers last
First joining council in 2010, Cr
McColl was re-elected unopposed
to serve the Lewiston ward earlier
She said she was honoured to be
elected as deputy mayor by fellow
Cr McColl was appointed to the
role for a period of a year.
Elected members will be expected
to attend post-election training next
month at Barossa Council.
Meanwhile, council has also start-
ed the recruitment process for a new
chief executive, following the resig-
nation of Charles Mansueto earlier
As The Bunyip reported, Mr
Mansueto accepted the position of
business excellence general manager
with Salisbury Council.
A new chief executive could not
be appointed prior to the local gov-
ernment elections due to council
being in caretaker mode, with elect-
ed members voting in corporate and
community manager Peter Sellar as
acting chief executive in July.
Mr Sellar said the process of ap-
pointing a recruitment consultant
He said he expected the recruit-
ment of the chief executive to com-
mence no earlier than mid-to-late
Mayor Duncan Kennington, Cr
McColl and newly elected council-
lor Melville Lawrence have been
chosen to represent council on the
CEO Selection Panel.
GAWLER Council has responded to concerns
from locals regarding the mess pigeons frequent-
ing the area underneath the Gawler Bridge on
Adelaide Road are making.
The pigeons have made themselves quite at home
under the bridge, and locals who regularly walk the
trail say the bird droppings have made the small area
Brendon Pool travels from Kalbeeba most days to
walk his dogs along the path and said the main con-
cern for him was that the detritus posed several health
hazards to the community.
"It's unsightly, it's unhealthy, and it's a serious
health issue for some people," Mr Pool said.
"This has been going on for years, I mean everyone
that walks in Gawler knows that it is there.
"It's just getting worse now."
Mr Pool contacted Gawler Council about his con-
cerns and said it was a shame nothing had been done
"It is not a good look, especially for out-of-town
visitors," Mr Pool said.
"All I'm suggesting is council place some nets on
there or something, like proper steel chicken wire,
that stops them roosting under that bridge.
"They are breeding there and they are swarming
Gawler Council chief executive Henry Inat said
council was aware of the issue and that it was looking
to take action.
"Pigeons are proving to be a problem in a num-
ber of areas around Gawler and can cause significant
damage to buildings and can be the origin of health
issues," Mr Inat said.
"Earlier this year, council tackled a new program
to deal with pest birds, such as pigeons, and dealt
with the pigeon issues at the sport and rec centre in
"This proved successful and we are looking to rep-
licate this action in other areas, such as under the his-
torically important Murray Street bridge."
Mr Inat said staff have identified a budget in the
future capital works program to remediate the bridge,
which includes painting, repair and further mainte-
Council has recently also applied for a government
grant and, should it be successful, it would provide
for the upgrade of the bridge.
Brendon Pool and Samantha Cunningham regularly use the trail that passes under the Gawler Bridge, which is
covered in pigeon droppings.
PHOTOS: Alec Urquhart
Locals are concerned about the mess pigeons residing
on the Gawler Bridge have been making.
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