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CHRISTMAS ACROSS THE REGION
Wishing for a festive Gawler
EMPTY shops along Murray
Street should be transformed into a
Christmas wonderland next year, local
holiday enthusiasts say.
It is among a raft of ideas on the wish-
list of a group of residents seeking to boost
Christmas spirit and local spending in
Evanston resident Scott Rathman, who is
driving the initiative with locals Kim Wright
and Chantelle Tesselaar, said aside from the
town's Christmas carols and a handful of
banners advertising the event "there's noth-
"It's like Christmas doesn't exist in
Gawler," he said.
"When Gawler people talk about
Christmas, they talk about going to the
Playford pageant, they talk about going to
the Salisbury pageant.
"They're talking about going to surround-
ing areas, not celebrating within their own
An annual street party used to see
Murray Street decked out with festivities
every December but the event was merged
with the Christmas carols in 2011.
Mr Rathman said he wanted to increase
festivities in the town and create a space for
Santa, who was seldom seen in Gawler.
To welcome the jolly man in red into
town, he proposed setting up a Santa's Cave
in one of Murray Street's empty shops,
which could be complemented by Christ-
mas pop-up stores.
"One of those shops could be turned
into...almost a marketplace that sells hand-
crafted and hand-made products from
people within Gawler, artists and jewellery
-makers and candle-makers," he said.
"Gawler has empty shops that are on the
main strip that tourists are driving along,
heading into the Barossa.
"We're not offering them anything to stop
and, at Christmas time, that's when people
are wanting to spend money on gifts."
Mrs Tesselaar said such initiatives would
also encourage the community to shop lo-
"I've got children and I'd much rather
be able to attend local shops for Christmas
shopping and for my annual photo with
Santa," she said.
She wanted to see Gawler get into the
Christmas spirit in mid-November, when
most people were doing most of their shop-
ping and going to visit Santa.
Mrs Wright said the group hoped to work
alongside Gawler Council and the commu-
nity to brighten up the streets and bring
more festivities into the town.
"We don't want to take from those who
actually are doing something in Gawler for
Christmas," she said.
"We just want to add to it, make it big-
Local residents are invited to bring along
their ideas to a public meeting tonight at
the Gawler & District College Children's
Centre at 7pm.
For more information, contact Chantelle
Tesselaar (0431 644 974).
I've got children and
I'd much rather be able to
attend local shops for Christmas
shopping and for my annual
photo with Santa.
No Mallala parade
THERE will be no Christmas parade in
Mallala this year, following the organising
committee's decision to cut ties with the
event last month.
The committee no longer had the numbers to
organise the event and circulated an expression of
interest throughout the region in the hope anoth-
er community group would take up the parade.
The Mallala & District Lions Club put its
hand up; however given the time constraints and
other projects, the club was already working on,
it meant a Christmas miracle could not be sal-
Club member Mick King said it was disap-
pointing there would be no parade this year, but
was hoping it would recommence in 2015.
"The Lions Club just couldn't handle it at the
moment," Mr King said.
"It will be strange, I can't ever remember not
having a parade."
Mallala Council's governance co-ordinator
Derek Lawson agreed that having no formal
Christmas celebrations in the town was disap-
pointing, but said council would continue to
support the event in the future.
"It's not a financial thing, council still has a
budget line and we sponsor the event and pro-
vide the insurance," Mr Lawson said.
"It will continue to move forward with who-
ever the relevant group is."
Local resident Chantelle Tesselaar (back), Scott Rathman, Kim Wright and Riley Rathman (front) want to boost the Christmas spirit in Gawler.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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