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A LOCAL resident is calling for
greater vigilance around the new
youth facilities at Clonlea Park after
vandals damaged the outdoor seating
area and nearby trees.
Hewett man Allan McDougall was
out for his daily morning walk with his
wife on New Year's Day when the pair
spotted the damage, which he believes
was done overnight.
A seating and table arrangement had
been broken, with the dislodged planks
graffitied and dumped on the ground,
along with a handful of trees.
Mr McDougall said the vandalism is
the latest in a series of neglectful inci-
dents at the new skate park.
"From time to time a lot of stuff is dis-
carded... a lot of bottles and stuff lying
around," he said.
"Some residents go through there with
their dogs and although council provides
plastic bags for people to pick up dog ex-
crement, a lot of people don't bother to
"There's an ongoing level of abuse by a
few people, not a lot, but a few people."
Mr McDougall said he wanted to
see the community look after the park
better, as well as increased surveillance
around the facility.
He said it was sad to see such a mag-
nificent facility abused.
The $321,000 skate park opened to
the public last May after years of lobby-
ing for the new facility by local youth.
TWO motor vehicles and an aluminium boat
were destroyed in a shed fire at Tanunda on New
Country Fire Service firefighters were called to the
fire on Smyth Road at about 1pm on Wednesday,
About 25 firefighters battled the blaze, which had
also ignited a grass fire in adjacent scrub.
The fire was contained within hours and fire crews
stayed at the scene to mop up throughout the after-
A CFS spokesperson said the cause of the blaze was
the occupant using a grinder in the shed.
"Damage to the shed is estimated to be about $50,
000, with two motor vehicles and an aluminium boat
destroyed," the CFS spokesperson said.
"Plastics and a boat burned within the shed causing
a considerable black smoke column seen throughout
Shed re at Tanunda
GAWLER residents are being ad-
vised to be wary of snakes during
the warmer days of summer, as
the reptiles are known to seek out
comfort in residential areas.
Sightings of the reptiles, both dead
and alive, have been frequent in the
Gawler region in the past month, in-
cluding a pet cat in Gawler East arriv-
ing at its owner's doorstep carrying a
dead brown snake, which had looped
itself through the feline's collar.
Local Gavin Green spotted a brown
snake at the intersection of Seventh
Street and Fourth Street in Gawler
South recently, and while it appeared
to have been run over, it was still mov-
Mr Green rang Gawler Council and
depot staff responded immediately.
By the time staff arrived, the snake
was dead and safely removed.
"I came across a brown snake on the
road where there was a lot of young
kids and elderly people walking past,"
Mr Green said.
"I thought I might just keep an eye
on it because there were so many peo-
Snake catchers have responded to
a number of call-outs in Gawler this
summer, however, it has been nothing
out of the ordinary, with call-outs on
par with previous years.
While there is no need for residents
to panic, local snake catcher Benjamin
Horton said it was important to stay
calm and not take matters in to your
own hands when coming in contact
with a snake.
"Call your local snake catcher," Mr
"The majority of all snake bites hap-
pen when people are trying to kill or
deal with them.
"So, not only is it illegal, it's the rea-
son why so many people in South Aus-
tralia this year have been bitten."
A pet cat in Gawler East entered its owner's house with a dead brown snake in its collar last month.
PHOTO: Kimberley Pratt
Skate park vandalised
Vandals damaged trees and seating at the new youth facility at Clonlea Park over New Year.
I came across a brown
snake on the road where there
was a lot of young kids and
elderly people walking past.
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