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Phone 0488 440 588
Name: Caren Brougham.
What services do you offer? Our main focus is to
promote Gawler businesses beyond the ability of an
How long have you been operating in Gawler?
Approximately 14 years.
To what do you attribute your success? I think having
an openness and a willingness to hear what businesses
want and what their concerns are, as well as being happy
to work around the clock. All businesses should be aware
that I am happy to take calls over the holidays -- especially if
they are in real need.
What is the best part of your job? Fulflling people’s
dreams and hearing that you have actually helped them
through whatever they have needed help with.
& Key Service
170A Murray Street,
Gawler | 8522 3433
141 Murray Street, Gawler
Contact us today 8523 5223
FLOOR to CEILING INTERIORS
LOCAL businesses and residents
are counting the cost after last
week's severe weather event,
which sparked a second major
blackout within months.
Parts of Gawler were left battered
last Tuesday and Wednesday, as
heavy rain and wild winds lashed
the area, bringing down trees and
Power was cut to around 8300
businesses and homes across the
region -- including 4232 homes in
Gawler -- according to SA Power
More than 1281 customers were
without electricity for over 24
hours, with power being fully
restored on Thursday.
Among those without power were
Gawler's Panagiotou family, who
were left in darkness for around
72 hours -- from Wednesday to
Saturday -- after a tree branch fell
on a nearby power line, destroying
the transformer box.
Fortunately, the family hired
back-up generators, which
provided them with limited
power, preventing their food from
"We cooked on the barbecue, and
had candles going most of the
time," mother Janine said.
"I had to go outside to unplug my
freezer and blow-dry my hair.
"SA power gave us regular
updates, and worked overnight
to take down the power line and
Gawler Business Development
Group business liaison and
marketing co-ordinator Caren
Brougham said local businesses
felt the impact of the state's second
major blackout, with many shops
unable to trade, while others were
forced to throw out food.
The group estimated the impacts
would cost the region "thousands
of dollars", she said.
"Most businesses said they
couldn't trade for several hours
during the blackout," Mrs
"Many of them won't be
compensated by the power
Essential services across the
region lost power, including the
Gawler Health Service, which
was saved thanks to back-up
generators, and the Gawler police
Senior Sergeant Lou Costello said
the local station remained open,
despite being without power for
over 18 hours.
"It was a bit difficult when the
computer system went down, but
we had the front counter remained
open and patrols operated as
normal," he said
Meanwhile, Salisbury SES unit
manager John Lawrence said
crews received 40 call-outs in the
area between Tuesday morning
and Wednesday, including reports
of trees falling on roads and
bringing power lines down.
"Gawler wasn't one of our hardest
hitting areas... further north, such
as Port Pirie and Port Augusta,
was impacted more," he said.
"The peak of the activity was on
Wednesday, and most of the calls
related to trees falling on roads
and bringing power lines down."
Blackout costs grow
Gawlerʼs Janine and son Dylan Panagiotou thanked SA Power for working hard to
restore their power, which was out for three days.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
A large gum tree came crashing down, spearing through a car and damaging a shed
on an Evanston Park property during the storm last Tuesday morning.
RESIDENTS at Evanston Park's
The Vines Lifestyle Village
are disappointed by the lack of
support from management, after
dealing with ongoing power
disruptions since last week's
Like the rest of Gawler, power was
cut to the retirement village for
more than 13 hours, but residents
claim they are still dealing with
ongoing technical issues nearly a
week since the storm hit Gawler.
Chairperson of the resident
committee, Terry Henderson, said
the village's house phones and
alert devices failed to work, with
residents unable to make external
phone calls, while some residents
struggled to operate (electronic
ignition) gas stove tops.
"We experienced technical
problems, with our emergency call
system being disabled, but the entire
state was without power," he said.
"We have a back-up generator,
which powers the emergency
lighting in the community centre
and also enables the security gates
to be opened and closed."
"No member of Lifestyle SA
(village manager), or maintenance
personnel were available (they
were on holidays), so there was
no central point of contact for
residents to report any problems
associated with the blackout."
"If the power hadn't gone out, we would
have had a lovely Christmas break."
Villageʼs power problem
Power network responds
SA POWER Networks (SAPN)
estimated at least 125,000
residential and business premises
were affected across the state by
last week's storms.
Extensive wind- and tree-related
damage from the storm, which
included winds of up to 120
km/h, compromised the electricity
distribution network, particularly
in the Mid North, Adelaide
metropolitan area and Adelaide
Hills, the energy regulator said.
SAPN spokesman Paul Roberts
said restoration efforts were
delayed as the organisation had
to respond to more than 1200
separate jobs, with reports of more
than 350 wires down.
Local SAPN customers affected
by the power outage are entitled
to Guaranteed Service Level
payments from the business, which
increase the longer the power was
Customers experiencing blackouts
lasting 12 to 15 hours are entitled
to $100, which rises to $605 for
those lasting more than 48 hours.
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