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LOCAL revellers have vented their
frustration at the lack of New Year's Eve
events across the region.
Last week, party-goers took to social media
expressing their disappointment with the
absence of public events and firework
displays in the local area, with many opting
to bring in the new year by heading into the
Gawler Mayor Karen Redman said hosting
a New Year's Eve event was not council's
priority, but rather the responsibility of local
"Certainly, sporting clubs have been
involved in New Year's Eve events in the
past, but it's not something that council has
been involved in," she said.
"Council contributes quite significantly to a
whole range of community events across the
year, but it's not our current priority to do a
New Year's Eve party.
"We are involved in Christmas events,
with the Gawler Carols being our biggest
sponsorship, and that's been really
Gawler Business Development Group
business liaison and marking co-ordinator
Caren Brougham supported hosting a New
Year's Eve event, provided local businesses
were to benefit.
"We have to make sure that whatever we do,
the businesses in the region are benefited, in
some way," she said.
"There are some businesses that would
benefit from being open, while there are
others that wouldn't benefit from remaining
"Obviously, all the food and drink
hospitality-type businesses would benefit,
because people are always looking forward
to have something to eat or drink."
Gawler Lions Club secretary David
Schwartz suggested the Gawler Oval as a
suitable location for a future New Year's
"If the town had an organised event, maybe
the Gawler Oval might be an appropriate
location, because there's plenty of room to
hold a fireworks display there," he said.
"I think we could do with something on New
Year's Eve, especially because Christmas is
Region plays party-pooper
LOCALS have raised concerns about the
adequacy of public transport services on
New Year's Eve, after thousands squashed
onto trains and buses to arrive for the
packed-out Big Bash Twenty20 cricket
match at Adelaide Oval.
Over 46,000 people packed into Adelaide
Oval on New Year's Eve to watch the
Adelaide Strikers take on the Sydney Sixers,
with free transport being provided for ticket
holders by the State Government and Motor
Accident Commission for New Year's Eve
throughout the day.
To facilitate the amount of travellers, an
extra 800 bus, trains and tram services
operated across the metropolitan region, but,
according to locals, it was still not enough.
Roseworthy resident Samantha Holloway
said she accessed the train from Mawson
Lakes, hoping it would be easier than trying
to find parking.
"We didn't make much of a plan (for the
night), but we drove to Mawson Lakes to
catch the train from there because of parking
in the city would have been too hard," she
"It was a bad spot because it was already so
Miss Holloway sad she had expected there
would be many people on the train services,
but couldn't have imagined what she was
about to presented with, stepping up to the
"We were expecting it to be busy, but it was
a lot busier than I thought," she said.
"There was nowhere near enough carriages
on the train... I was expecting more,
especially for a free service."
Miss Holloway said, fortunately, behavior
was generally good, but there was certainly
some animosity amongst travellers.
"I didn't see any anger or aggressiveness,
but I did see a few frustrated people because
of the cramped conditions," she said.
Similar conditions were seen on the return
trip from the city, with crowding a major
challenge for travellers.
"The experience on the way back was pretty
bad, it was very hot in the train because
of the overcrowding. I was very happy to
get off when we reached our stop," Miss
This was the tenth time the State
Government and Motor Accident
Commission has provided free transport on
New Year's Eve.
Squashy transport slammed
ADELAIDE Metro has launched a new public
transport smartphone app to give its passengers
better information and assistance on their travels.
The metroMATE app provides easily accessible
real-time and personalised information for
passengers to choose the best way to get to their
"For the first time, commuters will be able to
see where the train, tram or bus they are waiting
to catch is on the network," Transport and
Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said.
The app will feature mobile-friendly journey
planning, real-time arrivals based on current
location and planned destination, the ability to
save and monitor regular stops and journeys,
the ability to set alerts and alarms for favourite
journeys, and real-time map locations showing the
metroMATE can be downloaded for Apple
products from the Adelaide Metro website, while
an Android version is currently being developed
and will be available in early 2017.
Friends Andrew Griﬃn (left), James Holloway,
Josh Fechner, Samantha Holloway and Jade
Wilson made it to the New Yearʼs Adelaide
Strikers match after a very hot and cramped
train ride into the city.
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