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Currently, councils must consider proposed reloca-
tions of memorials under the state legislation.
Mr Kohn said the group will be consulting Mr
Piccolo, who is expected to attend the preliminary
conference in court today, on whether to include Mr
Hamilton-Smith's support as part of their case.
Gawler Council chief executive Henry Inat said
council would be working with the panel's decision
to keep the memorial on Adelaide Road.
"We're keen on working on another solution, an-
other location for a new memorial," he said.
Meanwhile, the newly elected council last month
voted to lapse a motion, which called for repairs
to the Gawler South memorial, installation of new
lighting, as well as the removal of a bottlebrush tree
obscuring the monument.
The Bunyip understands the motion was laid on the
table earlier this year due to the ongoing debate sur-
rounding the relocation of the memorial.
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goes to court
CONTRACTORS pruning trees situ-
ated close to power lines in Gawler
are facing the wrath of local residents
disappointed with the lack of finesse
shown by workers.
Gawler, Willaston, Gawler Belt,
Freeling, Roseworthy, Evanston and Gawl-
er South are some of the areas where resi-
dents have reported trees being poorly cut
Many residents are concerned the meth-
od used to trim the trees is rough and will
eventually kill them off completely.
Gawler resident April Stanley-Banks,
who lives on Cowan Street, said the ma-
jestic jacaranda trees lining her street had
been completely 'butchered' by SA Power
Networks' contractors recently.
"I know they have been doing it under
the guise of safety, there are power lines
running near the trees," she said.
"But the way they are doing it is actually
killing the trees.
"Why don't they just cut the trees down
and be done with it?"
Gawler Council confirmed the tree-
cutting was SA Power Networks' responsi-
bility and it had no power to dictate how it
should be done.
Ms Stanley-Banks said if the work con-
tinued, the trees on her street would
"There was a time where I could
sit on my front veranda and I could
not see through the treetop because
of the foliage, but now they are so
sparse," she said.
"When they are flowering at this
time of the year they are an attrac-
tion. I've seen a number of people
come here and get out of their car
to take photographs.
"Now, it's nothing but an eyesore;
A draft paper prepared by SA
Power Networks, in consulta-
tion with the Local Government
Association, outlined the difficulty
contractors faced when pruning
Prepared earlier this year, the pa-
per, titled 'Directions for Vegeta-
tion Management -- SA Power Net-
works long-term plan for managing
trees near power lines', said tree
maintenance was based on a "cost-
"As South Australia's electricity
distributor, we recognise we have an im-
portant role in the economic, social and
environmental fabric of our community
and acknowledge the importance the com-
munity places on the visual amenity of
trees in urban and regional settings," the
"However, balancing the very specific
and legislated responsibility for vegetation
clearance around power lines with com-
munity expectations around sustaining our
urban and regional trees and ensuring an
aesthetic outcome is challenging.
"Recognising the tensions between com-
munity expectations and ensuring full
compliance with the clearance obligations,
SA Power Networks have undertaken ex-
tensive consultations with the commu-
The sparse-looking trees on Cowan Street in Gawler after they have been trimmed.
INSET: The trees are a popular attraction when in full bloom, but constant cutting by
contractors has locals fearing it is only a matter of time before they die.PHOTOS: Supplied
Residents cut up over trees
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