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to the future
GAWLER Health Service is looking
to the future with a draft master plan
showing how the hospital could be
expanded and developed when the
town's predicted population growth
comes to fruition.
Barossa, Hills and Fleurieu regional
director Debbie Martin said the plan
was designed as a vision for the future
and had been displayed at the Gawler
Show and at the hospital.
"Gawler Health Service is seeking
feedback and ideas from the commu-
nity to help plan for the future," she
"A draft master plan, which is cur-
rently on display in the main entrance
of the hospital, outlines a number of
ideas for the future based on popula-
tion predictions for the area."
Gawler currently has a population of
about 20,000 residents, but its popu-
lation is predicted to double in the
next 10 years due to developments
occurring within the Gawler East and
Gawler South precincts.
Some of the suggestions the hospital
has received so far include increasing
the size of the accident and emergency
department, creating more community
health space and expanding car park
availability at the site.
A SA Health spokesperson said the
redevelopment plan was purely an idea
and had not been approved to go ahead
at Gawler at this stage.
"The master plan is an exercise that
ensures Gawler can be prepared for the
possibility of future redevelopment,"
"Ideas for future changes include
expanding the size of the ED and the
community health area to make the
current spaces more functional.
"Unfortunately, as this is a draft plan
we are unable to provide an accurate
projected cost at this stage."
Presently Gawler Hospital is the
major regional health provider for
Inner North Country Health Services,
with its resources expected to be fur-
ther stretched as the local population
Anyone who would like to view the
draft plans can visit the main foyer of
the Gawler Hospital and provide feed-
back via the consumer feedback forms
"It's important to emphasise that
the current version of the master plan
includes the ideas of Gawler Hos-
pital staff and other key stakehold-
ers, but what we really need now is
feedback from the community about
what they think of the proposed ideas
in the master plan and what they'd
like to see changed at Gawler Hos-
pital," the SA Health spokesperson
Cemetery plan worry
PLANS for an Islamic cem-
etery in Korunye, near Two
Wells, have sparked concerns
from local residents, who say
the development is proposed
for the wrong spot.
Last month, applicant Hamra
Design lodged the plans with
Mallala Council, which include a
proposal from Imam Ali Mosque
and Islamic Centre of South
Australia for a cemetery on pri-
mary production land along Port
The plans call for a graveyard as
well as a service building, which
would include Ghasol Khana,
where the deceased are washed be-
fore burial, and a shrouding area,
where the deceased are wrapped
with white cotton cloth.
In the proposal, Hamra Design
manager Aref El Hamar states
each grave would be 1.5 metres
Mallala resident Dean Cook
said he believed it was the wrong
location for the development.
He feared the site, parts of
which are considered a low-risk
flood area, could see problems if
it was inundated with water.
"If there's a freshly buried body
in there, there is a possibility of
the body floating," he said.
"It happened in America, in
New Orleans, when that got
Council is seeking a flood
impact assessment report from
Australian Water Environments.
Mr Cook said there was also
the possibility of foxes digging
He said he did not object to
the cemetery in the local vicin-
ity, but believed building it on
primary production land at
risk of flooding would be a mis-
Mallala councillor Terry-Anne
Keen said she was inundated
with phone calls following the
release of the plans.
"When it first came out, I was
fielding phone calls at least once
every half an hour," she said.
Cr Keen said residents had
raised a number of issues with
the development, including the
flood risk and access to the cem-
She said residents were con-
cerned over traffic build-up along
Port Wakefield Road, as well as
the proposed access to the cem-
etery from Porter Road.
"To get into the property and
to come out, the slip lane only
(holds) about two cars," Cr Keen
Cr Keen said she wanted to see
the application looked at "with
strict adherence to the develop-
Member for Goyder Steven
Griffiths also wrote to council,
questioning certain parts of the
proposal, after receiving a num-
ber of calls regarding the pro-
Mallala Council infrastructure
and planning general manager
Gary Mavrinac said the appli-
cant would need to respond to
the concerns raised during com-
munity consultation before the
application goes to the develop-
ment assessment panel.
It is expected the plans will be
put to the development assess-
ment panel next year.
If there's a
freshly buried body
in there, there is a
possibility of the body
ﬂoating. It happened
in America, in New
Orleans, when that got
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Gawler Hospital workers Lisa Manning (left) and Jane Lambert go over some of the
ideas for the future of the Gawler Health Service.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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