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"We've had to make some tough
decisions recently towards our
goal of fast-tracking a break-even
financial position," he said.
"We had a good look at the way
our programs and services were
managed and funded -- the reality
was that we weren't always doing
things in the most cost-effective
Gawler Council finance and
corporate acting manager Paul
Horwood attributed the debt re-
duction to "prudent fiscal disci-
pline" and effective treasury man-
agement, which lowered annual
He said the reduced deficit was
achieved as a result of an advance
$730,000 Federal Government
grant and by lowering council's
depreciation expense from $4.106
million in 2011/12 to $3.397 mil-
lion in 2012/13.
"(This) was as a result of a com-
prehensive physical condition as-
sessment of all of council's road
infrastructure and a change in the
depreciation methodology," he
"In relation to the condition
assessment component, effective
maintenance regimes of previous
years resulted in many instances
where the useful life of such assets
was extended, thereby meaning
that the depreciation expense is
now being allocated over a longer
period and thus reducing the an-
nual depreciation for such assets."
Meanwhile, Mr Horwood said
the council anticipates it will
achieve a break-even result over
the next 12 months.
"Given the very favourable re-
sult for the 2012/13 financial
year, it is anticipated that council
would be in a position to achieve a
break-even operating result within
the 2014/15 financial year, which
would be a major achievement
given the nearly $3 million defi-
cits as recently as two years ago,"
Furthermore, Mr Horwood said
lower council debt opens up new
opportunities for council and the
"Importantly, the reduction in
debt is now giving council grow-
ing capacity to undertake future
major capital works, which would
not have been the case had the
revised approach not been imple-
mented," he said.
Tiver Road intersection opens
AFTER more than a year of
roadworks and months of
traffic delays the Tiver/Main
North/Gordon roads intersec-
tion will be officially opened
Motorists will be able to drive
through the upgraded portion
of Main North Road at the new
speed limit of 80 kilometres per
hour with only the potential delay
from the traffic lights, which will
operate from Friday.
A two-stage pedestrian cross-
ing, footpaths, a new service road
and lighting have formed part of
the $13.7 million upgrade, which
turned the Tiver Road and Main
North Road T-junction into a
four-way signalised intersection
with the newly constructed Gor-
The intersection will accom-
modate new local developments
as well as anticipated growth for
Gawler Mayor Brian Sambell
described the new intersection as a
valuable asset for the community.
It will slow things down a little
in your journey from Gawler to
Adelaide because there will be an
extra light but the safety aspect is
what we've always got to look at,"
"We're having so many more
cars on the road now."
Gawler Motorcycle Centre own-
er John Davies said it was great to
see the work come to an end.
"It's going to slow the traffic
down so more people will prob-
ably see the businesses," he said.
"It's going to allow people to
come into the business again, even
though a lot of people don't know
about the detour road to get in
here. As time goes on, people will
know how to get in here and sup-
port the local businesses on this
strip of Main North Road."
He hoped the new traffic lights
would also stop the congestion at
While the intersection will be
open on Friday, a Gawler Council
report states a portion of Gordon
Road will remain closed.
Groundwork on the upgrade
commenced in early November
last year, with major construc-
tion works going into full swing
The transport department said
temporary roadworks will be set
up around March and April next
year for landscaping.
The intersection of Tiver and Main North roads will o cially open this Friday.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
THE Gawler RSL remains deter-
mined to see the Gawler South
War Memorial relocated from
Adelaide Road to Pioneer Park.
RSL publicity officer Wayne
Clarke said the club is in the process
of formalising a development plan
The proposed relocation of the
memorial was formally backed by
Gawler Council in October but still
has to face another approval process,
through Gawler Council's Develop-
ment Assessment Panel, before it
"We are talking to heritage advis-
ers and solicitors," Mr Clarke said.
"It's turning into a bit of a drama
getting it all together but we are pro-
ceeding with it.
"Everybody wants it to happen
but we are taking the view that the
DAP is an important step in the due
Mr Clarke said he expects the
RSL's application to be ready early
"We want to make sure our appli-
cation is correct in every way before
we put it forward," he said.
"We are lucky that we have until
April 2015 to comply.
"However, in the event it takes
longer, we will proceed with the
matter until the centenary of our
RSL in 2017."
During a formal public consulta-
tion process, more than 1800 peo-
ple signed a petition calling for the
while council received
31 submissions op-
posed to the move.
It is expected there
will be another pub-
lic consultation pro-
cess when the RSL's
before the DAP.
Financial fortunes improve
Continued from page 1
We had a good look
at the way our programs
and services were managed
and funded -- the reality
was that we weren't always
doing things in the most cost-
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