Home' The Bunyip : January 3rd 2018 Contents Page 16 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Thursday, January 4, 2018
IN May, The Bunyip reported Adelaide Plains Council's decision to remove itself from the Gawler River Flood Management
Authority (GRFMA), citing how much it had to contribute financially to the authority, compared to other council members,
to cover its capital works. The authority's five other constituent councils -- Light Regional, Barossa, Gawler, Playford and
Adelaide Hills -- have since written to Local Government Minister Geoff Brock, asking that he block Adelaide Plains' request.
The GRFMA is currently in the process of reviewing its membership contributions.
2017 The year in review The Bunyip takes a close look at what's been happening this past year
War relic returns home
BUCHFELDE resident Allan Day was reunited with his father's military dog
tag, which was found on a Darwin beach by a metal detector, just in time for
Power politics continue
MEMBER for Schubert Stephan Knoll attributed South Australian councils'
skyrocketing electricity costs to the State Government's energy policies, while
the government stood by its energy plan.
IN the lead-up to the 2017/18 state budget, the State Government announced
it would spend $152.5 million to deliver the first stage of the Gawler railway
line electrification project. Under stage one, the local line will be electrified
between the city and Salisbury, with the government continuing to lobby its
Commonwealth counterpart to help it complete the full electrification in the
future, at an additional cost of $462.5 million.
$12.2 million hole
GAWLER Council voiced its opposition to the state Liberal Party's council rate
capping plan -- with estimations the policy would cause the council to lose
$12.2 million in compound revenue over the next decade.
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GAWLER East Primary School is set
to receive a funding increase of more
than $3 million over the next decade,
courtesy of a new education funding
plan announced in the federal budget
The Federal Government's new
needs-based funding model, labelled
'Gonski 2.0', would inject an addition-
al $22 billion into the education sector
over the next decade, $763 million of
which would go towards South Aus-
The government has said that, in
coming days, it will release a schools
funding estimator for Gawler parents
and schools to see exactly how they
stand to benefit.
However, Gawler East Primary
School has already been singled out
as the recipient of an extra $3.34 mil-
lion over the next decade from the plan,
while Gawler Primary School may also
expect to see a funding increase of
Education Minister, and former
Gawler resident, Simon Birmingham
said per student funding in South Aus-
tralia will grow, on average, by 5.8 per
cent over the next four years under the
"In fact, of the states, it's the second
most generous after WA, because they
got a dud deal in which they volun-
teered to have all of their funding back-
ended, essentially," he said.
Continued page 4
Local schools in line for federal funding
UPROOTED: Gawler East residents angry after surprise tree removal P5
Gawler Primary School students Ludorue Tligi (left), Logoh Tligi and Indi Sullivan are currently undertaking their NAPLAN tests.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
SCHOOL students around the region have commenced
their National Assessment Program -- Literacy and
Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing. This year is the final time
students will be completing tests on paper. Story page 9
IN June, The Bunyip highlighted the dangerous Dalkeith Road/Main North Road intersection by interviewing two accident
victims, who, fortunately, escaped a crash at the site, unharmed. Later that month, the State Government released its
budget, not making mention of an upgrade to the intersection. However, in July, former Road Safety Minister Peter
Malinauskas confirmed traffic lights would be installed at the junction. In December, a long-time local junction lobbyist
welcomed preliminary works at the site, in preparation for the lights that are expected to be installed in early 2018.
Another lucky escape
That just won't fly
FORMER Gawler Caravan Park owner Garry Woods missed out on a potentially
life-saving double lung transplant, after a mix-up over his flight booking, his
family told The Bunyip.
Dan's brave battle
TANUNDA Football Club president Dan Eggleton shared his journey of coming
back from depression, in a bid to raise awareness of the mental health illness.
Mice fight being won
FARMERS spent upwards of $30,000-$40,000 on intensive baiting programs
to reduce the impact of mice, which were wreaking havoc on the local food
production industry throughout 2017.
Gas station proposed for Plains
WEST Australian energy retailer Alinta Energy submitted a proposal to the
Adelaide Plains Council, seeking approval to build a $450 million gas turbine
power station in Reeves Plains.
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What will it
take to fix this
NO FLY ZONE: Gawler man misses
flight, life-saving surgery P3
MEN'S HEALTH: The importance
of speaking up P13
Brandon Odgers (left)
and girlfriend Tegan
the Dalkeith Road/Main
North Road intersection
roadside, following their
recent accident at the
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
GAWLER'S Tegan Underwood and her boyfriend, Bran-
don Odgers, walked away relatively unscathed from a
crash at the Dalkeith Road/Main North Road intersec-
tion last week, but fear others might not be so fortunate if
nothing is done to fix the dangerous junction.
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