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Uncertainty remains over footy schedule
THE Barossa, Light & Gawler Football
Association's (BL&GFA) 2018 season
schedule remains up in the air as Tanun-
da Football Club and the league commit to
resolving safety concerns at Tanunda Rec-
The action is in response to Barossa Coun-
cil approving several park upgrades at its
December meeting, including an expansion
of the oval's 'run-off' -- the space between
the edge of the playing field and the fence
-- after it was identified that it did not meet
National guidelines require an AFL play-
ing facility's run-off to be at least three
metres for local level competition, and five
metres is encouraged for all new oval devel-
opments, after an interstate player was in-
jured on a perimeter fence.
Elected members also approved an im-
provement to the park's electrical supply
and a replacement of the oval's lights, which
were non-complying with current standards.
Barossa Council, Tanunda Football Club
and the BL&GFA met last Thursday, as
reported in last week's Bunyip, to discuss
the newly-identified issue, how it would be
handled, and how it would impact the 2018
The three key stakeholders provided a joint
response after the meeting, stating the mini-
mum AFL guidelines would be met, but did
not say if it would lead to schedule changes.
"The Tanunda Football Club and the
Barossa, Light & Gawler Football Associa-
tion are working on short-term measures to
deal with the three-metre run-off require-
ments," they said.
"That may include the realignment of the
goal posts until the longer-term solution to
achieve the five-metre run-off is implement-
"Everyone is very keen to work collabo-
ratively to achieve what will be a long-term
benefit for not only football, but other users
of the Tanunda Recreation Park, and we will
be keeping in close contact with each other."
The stakeholders also said it is envisioned
all the safety upgrades will be implemented
by June 30 this year, all going well.
"Council is...aware that there are a num-
ber of constraints that may impact the tim-
ing, including such matters as procurement
and supply time lines, consents and contrac-
tor scheduling," they said.
"We are still at the planning stage for these
works, and the purpose of the session on Jan-
uary 5 was to ensure that there is good com-
munication between the association, clubs
and council from the get-go, and that we un-
derstand each other's requirements.
"We are mindful of the pressures of fixture
scheduling and all agreed to continue open
dialogue around those issues as the details
become clearer during the next four to six
Red tape cuts backed
LEGATUS Group chief executive Simon
Millcock has addressed Adelaide Plains
Council (APC), outlining the group's prog-
ress in the region and how it hopes to use all
its constituents to assist with a reduction of
government red tape.
Legatus Group is a regional subsidiary
encompassing 15 councils across northern
South Australia, which includes Adelaide
Plains, Light Regional and Barossa councils.
Mr Millcock detailed the group's high -prior-
ity areas that it plans to focus on in 2018, which
included the reduction of red tape on crown land.
APC chief executive James Miller said, with
the economic activity in the region, the red tape
issue is something council can firmly support.
"(Red tape) is a real issue for us at the mo-
ment, with Two Wells a growth township and
our Food Bowl DPA, which will create in ex-
cess of 3500 jobs," he said.
"To facilitate that growth that's on our
doorstep, we've got some land that we need
to unlock around Two Wells to facilitate re-
Mr Millcock said Legatus will collate a list
of interests from each of the constituent coun-
cils to form a united front before it presents
the issues to the State Government.
Short-term measures will be implemented at Tanunda Oval to ensure player safety.
Family drug support gets big boost
A SUPPORT group for families supporting
a loved one with a substance abuse prob-
lem will be set up in the Barossa region,
the State Government has announced.
Substance Abuse Minister Peter Mali-
nauskas announced last week the govern-
ment was investing $560,000 over four
years to support the Family Drug Support
State Government representatives met
with the Southern Barossa Alliance (SBA)
-- which has, during the second half of 2017,
been trialling family support meetings with
the help of FDS -- yesterday to discuss what
the expansion of the program will mean.
SBA chairman Simon Taylor said the trial
showed the need for, and effectiveness of, a
support group for the area, and stressed that
such a group would benefit Gawler as well
as the Barossa.
"We're really pleased that the Barossa's
been mentioned (in the funding announce-
ment)," he said.
"The impact (the trial) has had on the
families involved has actually been tremen-
dous, to show them that they've got support
and they're not alone.
"We've had families from Stockwell and
Gawler, from right across the region, so it
showed a regional need for the program.
"We're looking forward to what the ac-
tual use of the funding will be."
FDS chief executive officer Tony Trim-
ingham said the funding increase will make
an "amazing difference" to the support the
organisation can provide to local families.
"Currently, we have two employees and
approximately 12 volunteers in Adelaide,
so this will enable us to employ two new
full-time staff and double our volunteer
pool," he said.
The announcement came just a fortnight
after Liberal candidate for Light Karen Mc-
Coll said the Gawler region and northern
suburbs were facing an uphill battle against
crystal methamphetamine, and a greater
strategy was required to stop the spread of
Anyone who requires help to support a
loved one suffering from an addiction is
urged to contact the FDS' 24-hour support
line on 1300 368 186.
Southern Barossa Alliance chairman Simon Taylor
with Family Drug Support's Kath Ashton in the
lead-up to the first 'Ice Information Evening' held
by the groups in July 2017. PHOTO: Supplied
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