Home' The Bunyip : January 3rd 2018 Contents Page 10 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Thursday, January 4, 2018
THE region's popular bike
paths could become connected,
if Gawler and Barossa coun-
cils' joint Federal Government
funding program application is
At Gawler Council's ordi-
nary December meeting, elected
members unanimously support-
ed both councils' joint applica-
tion for over $650,000 through
the infrastructure stream of the
Federal Government's $481.6
million Building Better Regions
The funding would help con-
nect several of the region's ma-
jor bike paths, at a total project
cost of almost $1.3 million.
Under the proposal, Gawler
Council would be required to
front around $500,000 to con-
nect the Stuart O'Grady Trail to
the 'active town precinct' -- an
outdoor cycling hub located near
the Visitor Information Centre --
and extend it to the shared Gawl-
er and Barossa boundary.
Meanwhile, Barossa would
cover $150,000 to connect
Gawler's boundary to the Jack
"This potential funding will
help us move on a couple of re-
ally important things," Deputy
Mayor Ian Tooley said at the
"To have the Northern Ex-
pressway (bike track)... eventu-
ally come through the town and
meet up with the Jack Bobridge
end, (it) would be just stunning.
"It is all the more reason to
promote people riding the whole
"We also have the cycle hub
and that's another reason to get
us on the map."
Gawler Wheelers' ride or-
ganiser, David Hughes, said the
funding would not only be a boon
for the cycling group -- which has
around 350 members -- but also
benefit tourism to the area.
"I don't think people realise
the tracks have that tourism side
of it," he said.
"We have got members from
United States, Japan, the UK and
China, so we welcome people
that drop in as a tourist and want
to get a ride in with us.
"We have a number of people
come from interstate as well for
different cycling events, or also
when they are on holidays.
"(These visitors) also use
the amenities in town and in
the Barossa, so that whole food
and wine thing does fit in with
the health factor with cycling as
Additionally, council agreed
it will apply through the BBRF
for $25,000 to contribute to the
delivery of a 'bicycle tourism
The strategy would help iden-
tify and pursue economic op-
portunities within the tourism
industry in Gawler relating to
Meanwhile, members also
supported an almost $1.7 mil-
lion funding application to
help achieve council's Walk-
er Place/Goose Island Bridge
This project aims to redevel-
op Walker Place and replace the
existing Whitelaw Terrace foot-
bridge to create an event-hosting
space at Goose Island.
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Final tick for
A NUMBER of major local infrastructure
projects, including the long-awaited in-
stallation of traffic lights at the Dalkeith
and Main North roads intersection, have
been given the final green light to start
Just prior to Christmas, the Parliamen-
tary Works Committee gave its neces-
sary approval for the intersection safety
upgrade, valued at $7.9 million, as well
as to the Gawler East link road, stage
one of the Gawler rail line electrifica-
tion, and the Northern Adelaide Irrigation
Member for Light Tony Piccolo said the
improvements to the Dalkeith Road/Main
North Road intersection will include traf-
fic lights to fully control all through and
right-hand movements into and out of Main
North Road, along with the construction of
left-hand-turn slip lanes.
"Forty-eight crashes were reported at
this intersection between 2012 and 2016,
including 27 casualty crashes and 21 result-
ing in property damage," he said.
"The predominant casualty crash type is
'right angle' followed by rear-enders and
"I would like to thank the leaders and
members of the local CFS who have
worked tirelessly to get this intersection
The first stage of the Gawler line elec-
trification, which involves electrifying
the line from Adelaide to Salisbury, is
also scheduled to start this year, as is ma-
jor work on the Northern Adelaide Ir-
rigation Scheme's new 27-kilometre
The $55 million Gawler East link road,
which will connect the growing Gawler
East suburb with the south of Gawler, at
Potts Road, is yet to have a construction
Who's auditing whom? councillors ask
LAURA COLLINS & MATTEO GAGLIARDI
GAWLER Council's elected members have
questioned whether staff from council's
finance department should be involved in
selecting their independent auditors, sug-
gesting it could be viewed as a conflict of
At council's ordinary December meeting,
councillors received a recommendation from
the council's finance department to accept
Peter Brass and Peter Fairlie-Jones as their
Audit Committee's independent members.
Both individuals had previously served on
the committee, which audits council's finan-
cial statements and systems.
Councillor Adrian Shackley agreed that the
two candidates were appropriate for the role,
but said the financial staff's involvement in
the selection process seemed questionable.
Deputy Mayor Ian Tooley backed Cr
Shackley's concern, asking if it could be
viewed as a "conflict of interest".
"I don't, by any means, think these two are
a bad choice at all," he said.
"The point that Cr Shackley makes is that
the very people that will be subject of the au-
ditor's work are the people who are calling
for submissions, reviewing the submissions
and making a recommendation.
"I am not saying that the executive team
has been compromised in any way, shape or
"But for...transparency, or maybe for a
point of separation, if it were a more inde-
pendent selection process, it would avoid
Mayor Karen Redman agreed with coun-
cillors, saying it did seem "unusual" that this
was the method, before asking if chief exec-
utive Henry Inat would like to respond to the
"In terms of the process, and it being trans-
parent and accountable, we did put out a pub-
lic notice out there," Mr Inat answered.
"Yes, the interview panel did comprise of
two members of the finance department, the
senior members of the finance department,
however that recommendation from that pro-
cess came to me in the first instance.
"I do think we have demonstrated that we
have followed the due process, but I accept
that, in hindsight, we probably should have
had one or two other members on the com-
mittee as part of that selection process.
"I do want to clarify that I have been in-
volved in the process."
Councils unite to link up bike paths
Gawler Wheel's riders enjoyed a recent ride at the Port Wakefield Road end of the Stuart O'Grady bike way.
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