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No power lines for Gawlerʼs hills
The electricity distributor is planning to
tap into ElectraNet's existing 132,000 volt
transmission line, which passes the site of the
proposed Gawler East substation.
SA Power Networks spokesperson Paul
Roberts said the company has been discussing
the proposal with ElectraNet but has only
recently obtained an in-principle agreement on
Mr Roberts was unable to reveal the price
of the plan but said this was the most cost-
Construction of the substation and connection
to the transmission line has been planned for
2018, however Mr Roberts said the final timing
will depend on customer growth.
"The substation would be a direct connection,"
"It will be of similar appearance to our
Evanston substation, but will step down the
132,000 volts coming in to 11,000 volts going
"We use 11,000-volt lines to distribute
electricity within a suburb and convert it to 240
volts, using street transformers, for homes and
However, the plan to connect to the ElectraNet
line will need approval first.
Mr Roberts said SA Power Networks would
also need to undertake a Regulatory Test
Process to confirm this as the best option and
go through Development Assessment Process.
It follows protest from Gawler Council
and local residents against the company's
alternative plan for a 66kV overhead sub-
transmission line that would include more than
50 Stobie poles erected along the proposed
Gawler East link road and Evanston.
Council earlier this year vowed to lobby
against the use of overhead lines, with both
residents and the local authority fearing the
infrastructure would ruin the amenity of
Mr Roberts said the option to erect Stobie
poles along the link road would only be
reconsidered if the preferred proposal to
connect to the ElectraNet's line was not
At council's Gawler East link road forum last
week, Mayor Karen Redman welcomed the
"What this means is that when you have a
reasonable argument, sometimes you get a
good outcome and, I think, that this is a good
outcome," she said.
Resident and former Gawler councillor Brian
Thom said he wanted certainty that Gawler
East would not be marred by Stobie poles.
"Let's shake trees to make sure it happens," he
"If they don't get approval, we want the
under grounding of electricity supplied across
that pristine area."
-- Link road questions
and answers, page 9
Gawler's UCare was once the major provider of
emergency assistance for locals needing help, but
recent federal funding figures show it can no longer
provide assistance to the area in which it is based.
This financial year, UCare's funding has been reduced
from $102,000 to $30,000 and bureaucracy has
seen its service boundary shifted from Gawler and
surrounds to Barossa and beyond.
Under the current arrangement, Gawler UCare is
responsible for assisting people from the Barossa,
Mid North and Yorke Peninsula areas, right up to Port
A local Uniting Care spokesperson, who wished to
remain anonymous, said the organisation rarely sees
anyone from north of the Barossa due to obvious
travel constraints and it is regularly forced to turn
away local elderly, recently unemployed and families
Gawler West resident Josh Abela is on a disability
support pension and turns to the local service when he
hits hard times. However, recently he was turned away
from his local UCare due to his postcode.
"They refuse to help anyone from Gawler; if you're
from Gawler they tell you to go elsewhere," he said.
"Before they were doing food parcels, and they have
still got food parcels, but they say that they can't help
(anyone from) Gawler, specifically.
"You can only get bread and bread rolls, and ham and
cheese rolls -- they don't have a great deal."
Currently, the only support the local UCare can offer
to vulnerable people in Gawler is food donations and,
while it is heavily supported by food rescue charities,
such as OzHarvest and Second Bite, along with local
churches, it is not enough.
The new service boundaries have seen Gawler
included in the Adelaide North area, which services
the population north of the city to north of Gawler.
Since the $70,000 loss in funding, Uniting Care's
state body has approached the Federal Government
on behalf of local clients, but has been told there is no
As a result, the local agency said it has been left
in a position where it does not have the resources
to carry out the organisation's most fundamental
responsibilities, helping local people in need.
SA Power Networks will seek approval for a pole-free plan to supply electricity to Gawler East.
A CHANGE in Federal Government funding has hamstrung a local service from helping the
areas most vulnerable people.
Charityʼs service question
Gawler Westʼs Josh
Abela (left) along
with David Ironside
and Daryl Britain are
concerned that their
needs are not being
met by their local
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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