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PREPARING for the closure
of Holden's Elizabeth plant will
be among the biggest challenges
within the community in the
coming year, Gawler Council
Mayor Karen Redman said.
"There is no doubt we will feel
the brunt economically and we do
need to have good strategies," she
"That means working not just
with business but with community
services as well."
The plant has been earmarked
for closure in 2017, but industry
experts have warned the car-maker
could cease its operations much
"There is a sense of uncertainty
and it would be fair to say the un-
certainty around when Holden is
closing will definitely impact on
the capacity of the north, including
Gawler, to be able to cope and re-
cover," Mrs Redman said.
She said working with local busi-
nesses and the community to de-
velop strategies that would assist
local Holden workers to find new
employment was key.
"And if there's not other jobs to
go to, how do we support these
people," she said.
"That's, I think, one of our chal-
lenges and I think that will start this
She said 2015 will also be an
opportunity to work closer with
other councils, a move that Gawl-
er embraced in 2014 through the
development of the regional pro-
nouncement policy, which will see
neighbouring councils sharing re-
Mrs Redman said 2014 was a
big year for council, which marked
great progress in strategic planning.
"When I first got on council four
years ago, one of the biggest chal-
lenges was the fact that we didn't
have any strategic planning in
place," she said.
"A lot of that work is complete
now and that happened in the last
The early roll-out of the high-
speed National Broadband Network
in Gawler, announced last month, is
also expected to encourage growth
in the town, Mrs Redman said.
"You've got the education sector
that will really benefit from NBN,
you've got new businesses that will
set up in and around Gawler be-
cause of that facility, and all of that
brings jobs to the town," she said.
"There's been a huge amount of
work done to prepare Gawler for
EX-SERVICEMEN and members of
the Gawler RSL are making plans to
relocate the cenotaph in Pioneer Park
to their clubrooms, where they could
be holding the Anzac Day service this
The backlash follows Gawler Council's
decision to withdraw its support for the re-
location of the Gawler South War Memo-
rial at Pioneer Park last month.
Vice-president Paul Little said members
were angry that council had "moved goal-
post halfway through the last quarter".
"Some of them don't want to do any-
thing ever again for the Town of Gawler,"
Elected members backed the reloca-
tion of the World War I memorial in
2013, however the council's Development
Assessment Panel refused to approve the
The RSL had lodged an appeal against
the panel's decision last year, which is cur-
rently going through a preliminary confer-
ence in the Environment, Resources and
Council's decision to revoke support for
the move had made the case tougher for
Mr Little said since council's decision,
the RSL has received support from many
members of the community, including poli-
ticians and elected members, who he could
"Politicians on both sides of the fence
have offered to help because of what the
council has done to us," he said.
Mr Little said most of the members were
in favour of proceeding with the plans to re-
locate the cenotaph and service to the RSL
clubrooms, but a formal decision would not
be reached until next month's members'
GAWLER residents using public transport on
New Year's Eve saw in the new year disgrun-
tled with the poor Gawler to Adelaide services
New Year's Eve was advertised as a blockbuster
night in Adelaide's CBD with the Adelaide Strik-
ers and Adelaide United games being played, as
well as a spectacular New Year's Eve celebration at
However, a local resident en route to the state's
central business district was appalled when only
two carriages were allocated on the Gawler line
on what could be argued the busiest night of the
According to the resident, passengers packed
into the overcrowded train until it reached capac-
ity and a decision was made to then travel express
He added that commuters intending to stop be-
fore Adelaide, specifically those wanting to get off
at North Adelaide -- the closest stop to Cooper's
Stadium for the soccer, were inconvenienced.
Additionally, those patrons waiting at the re-
maining platforms were left unaware of the last-
minute bypass decision.
Meanwhile, there have been reports that the
public buses ceased running around the town at
The Bunyip contacted the Department of
Planning, Transport and Infrastructure which said
the public transport system on New Year's Eve
"worked very well" given the numbers of people
involved and the events that were on.
"The demand for public transport on New Year's
Eve was very high and we appreciate everyone's
patience during what was a very busy period," a
spokesperson from the Department of Planning,
Transport and Infrastructure said.
"After an event like this we would always under-
take a review to see what we can learn, and how we
can improve our service provision for next year.
"We are grateful for the work of our public
transport staff, the taxi drivers, the bus operators,
the tram drivers, and the train drivers who worked
tirelessly to move many thousands of people on
New Year's Eve."
Gawler Taxis owner and manager, Brian
Hamlyn, said he prepared for the night weeks
in advance knowing it is the biggest night of the
"We got as many cars as we could and ran for 24
hours," Mr Hamlyn said.
RESIDENTS are being urged
to keep hydrated, with the
temperatures at Roseworthy
expected to reach 40 degrees
today before the cool change
Temperatures reached 44.7 on
Friday, when a large bushfire started
at Sampson Flat, before dropping
slightly to a maximum of 40.9 on
Saturday at Roseworthy.
The State Emergency Service
has advised locals to remember the
safety of their pets during the heat
and be vigilant of large trees, which
could drop their branches.
Locals should make use of public
air-conditioned facilities and be
prepared for the possibility of
The Bureau of Meteorology has
forecast likely showers this morning
and afternoon, with a chance of
thunderstorms in the afternoon.
The temperature is expected to
drop to 33 degrees on Thursday
with rain bringing about a cool
Over the weekend temperatures
will reach a top of 25 degrees on
Sunday, with rain forecast for
Saturday and a possible shower for
FOR first time parents Michelle Johnstone
and Rory Catanzariti the new year has so far
been a joyful one.
The pair welcomed their first son, Ruben, into
the world, who was so excited to meet his parents
he came a day early, marking the first birth at the
Gawler Hospital of 2015.
Weighing in at six pounds nine, the baby boy
was born at 2.44pm on January 3 to the delight of
Ms Johnstone said the couple had been trying
for a baby for more than a year and were "over the
moon" when Ruben was born.
Ms Johnstone, who works at the Hewett
Primary after school care centre, said she loved
children and had "been waiting a while" to have
one of her own.
"I definitely want to be a stay-at-home mum for
a while and enjoy spending time with him," she
"I'm just really happy."
Ms Johnstone said the family was settling after
returning home from the hospital on Sunday.
She thanked the hospital staff for their support.
"We found them all just extremely helpful and
caring," she said.
Massive 2015 ahead for Gawler: Redman
RSL plans another move
Heatwave coming to an end
Local girls Chelsea McCracken (left) and Kira Speare cooling
down and having fun at the Gawler Aquatic Centre on
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
ABOVE: Rachel and Jonathan Jenkins
of Balaklava with their new born baby
Hannah. Hannah was born on the 4th
of January weighting 8lb.02oz at the
Gawler Health Service. She is a sister
to Joseph and Bethany.
LEFT: Michelle Johnstone and Rory
Catanzariti of Hewett with baby
Ruben James. Weighing 6lb 9oz and
born on the 3rd of January at 2:44pm
Ruben was Gawler Health Services
rst baby for 2015.
PHOTOS: Alec Urquhart
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