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What is your favourite movie?
My favourite movie is The Best
Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Where is your dream
destination? I would go to
Canada and Alaska because we
have been to Europe and we would
like to do something a bit different.
If you could invent anything,
what would it be? I would invent
a washing machine that washes,
dries, irons and folds clothes.
How would you like to see
I would like to see the old Simply
Pine building renovated and used.
It is a key part of Gawler's main
street and history and at the
moment it is an eyesore.
What are you looking forward
to most this summer?
I am looking forward to spending
time with our family and getting
down to the coast.
In my opinion...
SA Power contractors
recently arrived at
20 Cowan Street to assess
the jacaranda trees lining the
Soon after this, the tree directly
opposite our house, number 20,
was severely lopped.
I presume this was done under
the guise of 'safety' as a power line
runs through the trees.
These magnificent trees are
presently in flower.
We have resided on Cowan
Street for five years and when we
first moved here it was impossible
to see through the thick foliage
stemming from the jacaranda
Many people visit Cowan
Street to photograph the trees as
they yield an aspect of glory and
enhance the heritage-listed area.
Upon commencement of the
tree-lopping I ventured outside to
take pictures of the activity as the
contractors preceded to lop the
Consequently, I was set upon
by the contractors and verbally
assaulted for taking pictures of the
devastation they produced.
Recently, I took pictures of the
trees in full bloom and the street
and footpaths covered in a blanket
of glorious purple.
I wanted to compare the before
and after pictures to make a point
of the carnage developing before
I note that over the years the
trees are being lopped more and
more frequently and it concerns
me that no consideration is given
to lopping the trees when they are
not dormant, meaning they are
unable to store carbohydrates for
The foliage of the trees has
become more and more sparse.
In addition, on researching
jacaranda trees I have discovered
that jacarandas grow in the shape
of umbrellas, providing significant
canopies and should not be
pruned or lopped at all.
This causes new branches to
generate and grow vertically,
which disarranges the natural
alignment of the tree and, more
significantly, sends new branches
towards the power lines directly
This means that the very reason
for lopping the trees (to avoid the
power lines) induces tree growth
directly towards the power lines,
increasing the very hazard that is
presumed to be reduced.
This implies that the trees have
to be lopped more frequently and
during times when the trees are
I spoke to The Bunyip to cover
the devastation of the magnificent
and popular jacarandas and was
informed that other complaints
have been made in relation to this
matter by concerned residents.
I also visited the police station
nearby to make a complaint
about the unnecessary and
false accusations made against
me during the verbal assault I
experienced from the contractors.
My intentions are to protect
the jacaranda trees against
the onslaught by ignorant
administrators and trigger-happy
contractors hell-bent on killing
them by stealth.
I have no doubt these trees
have been stressed for some time
and that, if nothing is done,
Cowan Street is at risk of losing its
aesthetic and historic uniqueness.
I, therefore, recommend that
power lines be laid underground
or the employment of a tree expert
be instigated to advise on the
appropriateness of tree-lopping in
the interests of public 'safety' as
well as preservation of the trees.
As a ratepayer I am seeking the
support of the Gawler Council in
this matter and strongly suggest
representation from the Gawler
COWAN STREET RESIDENT APRIL STANLEY BANKS IS AMONG SEVERAL LOCAL PEOPLE WHO HAVE
COMPLAINED ABOUT TREE LOPPING IN RECENT TIMES. IN THIS WEEK'S ARTICLE SHE VOICES HER
FRUSTRATIONS ON THE ISSUE.
The Cowan Street Jacarandas
before and after SA Power
contractors pruned them.
PHOTOS: April Stanley-Banks
LIGHT Regional Council
will undertake a review on
how its car parking operates
throughout the region.
Mayor Bill O'Brien proposed
council prepare a detailed
report on council's car parking
requirements, amid concerns the
current process was hindering
business-related developments in
"I feel council should urgently
review the current formula
in order to stimulate further
economic development to take
place in the Kapunda main street
and this could apply to other
towns, also," he said.
"Have car park shortfalls
council-wide led to any
prospective developers not
pursuing their proposal or
caused difficulties in obtaining
Council will investigate
how many off-street parks are
currently provided in Kapunda's
main street business precinct,
how much money council's car
park fund has generated and what
staff consider when assessing car
park number requirements.
Other aspects to be reviewed
include the steps involved in
reviewing or refining council's
car park numbers and what
Kapunda's main street traders and
business sector thinks about the
car parking situation in the town.
"Do they believe there are
adequate car park numbers
already?" Mayor O'Brien asked.
Council staff will also seek the
opinion of the Kapunda Business
Alliance when preparing the
Council drives up car park discussions
I feel council
should urgently review the
current formula in order to
stimulate further economic
development to take place
in the Kapunda main street
and this could apply to other
Gawler - too lovely to litter
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