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2016 YEAR IN REVIEW
In May, The Bunyip reported
BankSA's Gawler branch will move
from its long-standing home
in Murray Street, as part of the
organisation's statewide expansion.
The local branch relocated from its
heritage-listed site in July, before
reopening at its new location at
the northern end of the street.
After nearly six months on the
market, the former BankSA
heritage-listed building on Murray
Street was sold to a local buyer last
Bye, bye, BlazeAid
A total of 427 men and women from all
over Australia joined the Roseworthy
BlazeAid camp to help the November
2015 Pinery fire recovery efforts.
After five months of recovery work,
which included helping rebuild 117
local properties and replacing charred
fencing and tiny gardens, the BlazeAid
team said their goodbyes in May.
Council's big move
Gawler Council's administration centre
had been located on Murray Street
all throughout its 159-year history,
so ratepayers were curious to hear
council's announcement that it would
buy the town's TAFE SA building and
relocate the centre there.
The purchase of 41 High Street
was aimed at centralising council's
52 administrative staff and shave
$2.9 million off the cost of the
highly anticipated $11.4 million
redevelopment of the Town Hall.
Super Sid's centenary
Well-known Gawler identity Sid Ey
joined two former locals in celebrating
their 100th birthday in May.
Mr Ey, a life member and former
president of the Gawler & District
Tennis Association, among other
community affiliations, celebrated
the milestone on Tuesday, May 31.
Earlier that month, former Mallala
resident Madge Carswell and ex-
Gawler local Marge Hillman celebrated
their 100th birthdays as well.
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A NUMBER of proposed changes to Gawler's
dry zones have been rejected by Gawler Council.
A motion put before elected members last fortnight
recommended that council begins a community
engagement process regarding the implementation of
eight new 24-hour dry zones across town.
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BlazeAid says goodbye
One Tree Hillʼs Craig Goodwin (left)
and Evanston Parkʼs Ben Warland raise
the championship trophy following
Adelaide Unitedʼs A-League grand
ﬁnal victory over Western Sydney
Wanderers on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Alec Urquhart
LEFT: The celebrations begin for Adelaide United.
ABOVE: Craig Goodwin embraces United coach
Guillermo Amor after the match.
GAWLER, Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Taken too soon
The local community was left in
shock following the brutal murder
of Hillier mum Adeline Yvette
Rigney-Wilson, 29, and her two
children, Corey and Amber, at their
farmhouse on Jack Cooper Drive.
Alleged killer Steven Peet, 30, was
arrested and charged over the triple
murder, and has been remanded
in custody to face Adelaide
Magistrates' Court in the future.
Iconic business closes
After 32 years in the local furniture
manufacturing industry, Gawler's
Meznar Furniture went into
The company -- which had 28
employees, including local
manufacturers and apprentices -- had
a workshop in Willaston, along with
retail stores in Gawler and Hyde Park,
and went into liquidation in early July.
A wild boar wreaked havoc on
properties in Hillier, killing livestock
and terrorising residents.
The tenacious dark-brown hog --
weighing 110kg -- reportedly gored
two horses and injured several
others along the Gawler River.
Authorities used grain feed to
lure the pig into a trap, before
euthanasing and disposing of its
carcass on site.
In June, The Bunyip reported
Member for Light Tony Piccolo's
appeal for State Government
funding to upgrade the busy
Tulloch Road intersection.
Gawler Council has now joined
Mr Piccolo's lobbying efforts, with
talks progressing between council
and the Department of Planning,
Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI)
about the nearby vicinity's traffic
Concerns have also been raised
over an increase in the area's
traffic congestion, following the
introduction of Aldi supermarket
in early November.
The Bunyip takes a close look at what's been happening this past year
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GAWLER mother Amber Sweet claims
council is "taking advantage" of Gawler
& District College's parking problem,
targeting school-run drivers with fines
during the busy drop-off and pick-up period.
The mother of two, who successfully appealed her
$90 ticket issued last year, said council inspectors
regularly target the area, which is limited in
parking due to the building of supermarket giant
Aldi across the road.
The Bunyip understands several motorists, who
have left their cars parked in the school's two-
minute zone, have been hit with fines in the
A number of drivers have
allegedly been targeted
with ﬁnes for leaving their
cars parked in a two-minute
waiting zone at Gawler &
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
THE Federal Opposition has announced funding
support for the complete electrification of the
Gawler railway line.
Having already indicated
support for the project in its
recent budget reply, the Labor
Party has pledged to fund the
$76 million project, which has
been stalled by the removal of
The incumbent Federal
Government is yet to indicate
its support for the major
Full story, page 3
moment Whilst The Bunyip's Grady Hudd snapped
away, an unidentified passenger decided to get
in on the act, placing the Member for Wakefield
in a headlock, much to Mr Champion's shock.
Yes, that look of concern on Mr Champion's
face is genuine shock, proving that anything
can happen on the electoral trail.
As he was departing, the unidentified, but
friendly, assailant said he had yet to decide
who he'd vote for in the upcoming election.
The Member for Wakefield Nick Champion found himself the centre of attention in
more ways than one when he visited Gawler to discuss the ALP's pledge to fund the
electrification of the Gawler railway on Friday.
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PARKING FINE ANGER
After having struggled to conceive
and accepting that they might
never have children, Gawler
couple Luke and Krystal Findlay
celebrated the birth of twins in a
In a rare twist, the pair conceived
baby Ethan naturally, while
Ava-Rose was born through IVF
treatment -- leaving doctors
completely baffled, after only
implanting one embryo.
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