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2016 YEAR IN REVIEW
In March, The Bunyip reported
the cancellation of Jim
Vallelonga's position as Gawler
councillor, after a governance
audit found he had failed to
disclose a record of his financial
interests, assets and income by
the deadline required under the
Local Government Act.
At the time, Mr Vallelonga
declared his intention to fight
the ruling, and his position was
reinstated in May, when he won
an appeal against his dismissal in
the District Court.
The debacle led to a review into
council's internal procedures
and prompted "improved clarity"
of paperwork deadlines for
The leap-year five
Five local babies, who were
delivered within just seven hours
at the Gawler Health Service, will
have to wait every four years to
celebrate their birthdays after
being born on the leap-year day
Lachlan Kane Schuster was the
first to be delivered just before
midday on February 29, followed
by Hendrix Kenneth Stocks, Byron
David Heywood, Parker Nate
Mattner and Evelyn Mya Gray.
Holden cuts hit
In what was another blow to
Holden workers, General Motors
announced it would cease
manufacturing the Cruze model in
its Elizabeth plant and walked away
from a potentially industry-saving
deal with Punch Corporation.
Local pet owners were sent into
panic after a six-feet long Bredi
Python, known as Khan, escaped
from its outdoor enclosure in
Evanston Park and slithered off into
the wilds of Gawler suburbia.
The non-venomous pet was later
found by a neighbour and returned
to its owner, who was holidaying in
Perth at the time.
GAWLER, Thursday, March 31, 2016
going to Rio...
Work begins on Aldi site
The construction of the German supermarket chain on the
vacant block on Barnet Street was approved in February
and is expected to be open at the end of the year.
According to an Aldi spokesperson, the "unique
shopping experience" has already created a frenzy in
recently opened stores around the state.
"(The) Gawler store will support 15 to 20 employees,
offering rewarding career opportunities for local
residents," the spokesperson said.
Aldi is also set to open at Blakeview and Nuriootpa so
WORK has commenced on Aldi's Evanston site with temporary fencing erected around the area,
opposite Gawler Green.
• Anti-Islam campaign
• Compares himself
to Donald Trump
For Jaensch, who has made a
remarkable comeback to the sport
after nine years off, it is a dream
"I have to pinch myself," Jaensch,
who grew up in Virginia, said.
"I think, as a youngster, I always
wanted to go to the Olympics, but at
that age you don't understand how
much work is involved in getting
there; it is not until you get a little bit
older that you see how convoluted
that path can be.
"But I always thought there was a
little bit left in my long-jumping,
which is why I kept persevering --
I wanted to have one last crack at
On Saturday, Jaensch jumped 6.70
metres to achieve a qualifying mark
for Olympic selection.
Continued page 5
LOCAL long-jumper Chelsea Jaensch has leapt her way to the
Rio Olympics, qualifying for the Australian athletics squad at the
Canberra Track Classic on Saturday.
Virginia’s Chelsea Jaensch
has qualifed for the Olympic
Games in Rio in August.
PHOTO: Ashleigh Hinchy
Speed camera bonanza
Exclusive documents revealed Gawler
drivers had been slugged an astonishing
$1.2 million worth of speeding fines in
the three years up to April.
Gawler West's Ryde Street proved to
be the biggest money-spinner for
the State Government, racking up
$432,564 in revenue over that period.
Anzac march back-flip
A public outcry against a move by
the RSL to cancel the 2016 Gawler
Anzac commemoration march led to
the organisation back-flipping on its
The RSL announced the Anzac
Day event would go ahead with a
shortened route, after cancelling it
amid confusion over whether the
original route was safe and who should
manage road closures and traffic.
Smedley signing off
Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club
chief executive Stephen Smedley
announced in April he would end a
two-year tenure in the position the
Mr Smedley came out of retirement
to join the club just a week prior
to the 2014 Gawler Cup, having
previously held the same position
at the Alice Springs Turf Club for five
In April, The Bunyip reported local
farmers' concerns that a lack of
rain at the start of the growing
season could delay seeding, as
those affected by the 2015 Pinery
fire looked for a fresh start.
While some farmers had already
started sowing their crops, many
were hoping for an additional
downpour before they could start
Eight months later, farmers across
the region are winding up what
has been estimated to be a record
harvest, on the back of a wetter
than normal winter and spring,
helping lift the spirits of many
following the one-year anniversary
of the fires.
what they sowed
The Bunyip takes a close look at what's been happening this past year
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LACK OF RESPONSE
In a statement to The Bunyip on Monday,
the education department announced it had
finalised its investigation into the response
by Wasleys Primary School leadership staff
during the Pinery fire.
"This matter has been dealt with internally
through a disciplinary process," the
"The department does not disclose details of
an individual's employment, or any associated
The government communication did not detail
its findings, nor indicate for what reason
the education department staff had been
It is still unclear whether formal policy
in relation to the release of students in an
emergency situation had been breached at
Wasleys Primary School during the
Parents Travis Toft and Rebecca Dean,
children were the subject of the alleg
against Wasleys Primary School
unaware the investigation had b
until contacted yesterday b
THE parents of two schoolchildren, allegedly told to walk home, alone, on the day of the catastrophic Pinery fire, have been left fuming over the education department's response.
STAFF ʻDISCIPLINEDʼ OVER SCHOOL FIRE WALK
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Dust storms hit
The region was buffeted by a
massive wave of dust, engulfing
anything in its path, on Thursday,
A thunderstorm with strong winds
stirred up dust from the Pinery fire
ground, causing the massive storm
to roll through the Adelaide Plains,
Light, Gawler and Barossa regions.
Winds reached more than 90
kilometres per hour, reducing
visibility to less than 100 metres in
Mallala's new CEO
Mallala Council began its journey
towards rebuilding and rebranding
itself by hiring James Miller from
Light Regional Council to become
its new chief executive in April.
The council had been without
a CEO for several months when
it seconded the Light Regional
acting CEO, after the resignation of
outgoing chief executive Katrina
Marton in December 2015.
Mrs Marton received a $184,000
settlement negotiation package to
part ways with the council.
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