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ʻAccident-proneʼ trees still standing
TWO dangerous roadside gum trees on
Balmoral Road, Cockatoo Valley, still pose
a risk to drivers, despite being flagged for
removal in March last year.
The trees -- located between the intersections
of Woodlands Road and Goldfield Road,
and Balmoral Road and Williamstown Road,
respectively -- were earmarked for removal
as part of an upgrade to the Balmoral Road
Despite being identified as a "significant causal
factor for recent road accident history", with
at least 11 accidents occurring between both
sites in the past 10 years, the trees are yet to be
In a statement to The Bunyip, Barossa Council
said the entire project would be completed
this year, including the removal of the trees,
which will be funded by the Motor Accident
Commission (MAC) to improve road safety in
"The whole project, including the various
upgrade and alignment components of
Balmoral Road, are expected to be completed
this financial year," the statement read.
"Council acknowledges the two large trees and
current road design present a significant road
safety risk and improvements to road safety
can only be fully realised by the
removal of the trees.
"The project will significantly
improve sight distance for
motorists at the Balmoral Road/
Williamstown Road intersection,
while at the same time improve
vehicle manoeuvrability around a
notorious corner along the road."
The impact of the native vegetation
removal will be eased by plans to
plant new offsets in the region, as
managed by the Natural Resources
Two deadly roadside gum trees on Balmoral Road, Cockatoo Valley will
be removed this year.
PHOTOS: Alec Urquhart
Tour rejection divides locals
GAWLER Council's decision to shelve a proposal
to host a finish stage of the 2018 Tour Down Under
has been met with mixed reactions from the local
Last month, councillors rejected a motion for Gawler to
host a finish leg of the world-renowned cycling event,
which was expected to cost around $200,000 due to
extensive mediation works.
Weighing in on the decision via social media last week,
locals were divided over the issue.
Some described the move as "short-sightedness" and
"backward thinking", with many suggesting it would
boost tourism and local business.
Others, meanwhile, believed the money could be better
spent on local projects, such as repairing local roads or
According to Adam Mitchell, the economic benefits
of hosting the cycling event would outweigh the initial
"Surely the economic benefit of having tourism in
our town for one day would constitute a good enough
reason to make those changes to traffic conditions, so
the Tour Down Under can stage a finish in Gawler," he
"It seems like an absolute bonehead and backward
Adrian Page agreed that the event would boost visitor
numbers to Gawler.
"If they did it well, it could be an amazing street party
atmosphere, that could go on all night," Mr Page wrote.
"The opportunity for a massive influx is there if it was
However, Janet Hewett said Gawler reaped minimal
benefits when it previously hosted the event.
"I don't blame council. Last time when we watched the
tour come into Gawler, they were there and gone in a
flash," she said.
"There was no extra business to shops, in fact, it was
more a hindrance as they had to close doors and access
Coralie Marshall proposed spending the money on
repairing the crumbling heritage wall at Immanuel
"A hugely expensive exercise for a council that can't
really afford it," she said.
"Spend the money on sorting out the concrete block
wall by the Lutheran school on Lyndoch Road."
Others saw it as a prime opportunity to condemn
Gawler's traffic woes and council's spending decisions,
including Sarah Ness, who criticised the money
"wasted" on its recent administration move.
"(Council) can spend millions of dollars to move its
offices and stick more stupid roundabouts in, but can't
spend the money to bring events that would generate
more income into the town," she said.
“20 years ago when it ﬁnished
in Gawler out the front of the
exchange hotel, Pioneer park
(sic) was packed with people
and plenty of entertainment to
see and do. 20 years on and, of
course, Gawler Council would
refuse something that would yet
again bring economic growth to
“Would be great for Gawler.
Sometimes you need to make an
investment in the future.”
Kezza Songer Berry
“They canʼt cope with current
traﬃc let alone hosting anything.”
“Well, Gawler Council have made
sure they are living up to the
name South Australia is known
for ‒ a nanny state! Just old, tired,
bored and not much thought
about injecting money, tourism,
lifestyle, enthusiasm and pride
into the area. No wonder there
is such a brain drain of younger
people from the area.”
“Council says shop local and help
the economy, but stops tourists
from lining the streets and buying
from local small businesses. Just
another nail in the coﬃn for small
local business. Good on you,
Gawler Council, Iʼm sure youʼre
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