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THE majority of Gawler's councillors are
keeping tight-lipped about whether they will
again run for office in the upcoming local
government elections in November.
Gawler Council Mayor Brian Sambell was
among those who said he was yet to make a de-
"I'm going to wait until late July to make a deci-
sion," he said.
"I'm not saying, no, just yet."
Councillors Brian Thom, Kevin Fischer, David
Hughes, Barry Neylon and Karen Redman all
said they were still considering their options when
contacted by The Bunyip, however the majority
hinted they were open to standing again should
time constraints allow.
Two councillors, Paul Koch and Dianne Hock-
ley, confirmed they would be standing again.
"I love it, I find it a real challenge," Cr Hockley
"I enjoyed looking after the budget and work-
ing things out."
Councillors Dianne Fraser, Scott Fraser and
Adrian Shackley were unable to be contacted by
The Bunyip at time of print.
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Piccolo, Knoll on same track
A MAJOR transport project in Gawler
East has inspired a united front from
local Labor and Liberal MPs.
Liberal Member for Schubert Stephan
Knoll has thrown his support behind La-
bor Member for Light Tony Piccolo's long-
standing campaign for the Gawler East
"It's a pretty important project for his
electorate and for my electorate," Mr Knoll
"This will be a campaign of mine, to
help push for the government to build this
His comments follow Mr Piccolo's
speech in parliament last month, where he
vowed to continue lobbying for the infra-
Mr Knoll, whose party pledged to invest
$1 million to progress the project if it won
the March state election, hoped lending his
voice to the cause would prevent the project
from becoming an unfulfilled government
"We've seen the electrification of the
Gawler line be promised a number of times
and not delivered," he said.
"And I would hate to see this turn out the
Mr Knoll said the road was "hugely im-
portant" to the southern end of his elector-
"From a tourism point of view, there
has been a shift in tourism traffic, from
Barossa Valley Way to Gomersal Road," he
"Tourism operators and wineries in Lyn-
doch and in Williamstown have been hit
because it's a much easier and quicker drive
to go by Gomersal Road."
He said the new road will provide a "swift
and comfortable" pathway into the region,
without leaving tourists stranded in a traffic
jam in Gawler.
Mr Piccolo welcomed Mr Knoll's sup-
However, he said he "slightly disagreed"
with Mr Knoll's vision of the road as a
"gateway to the southern Barossa".
"The road is primarily required to service
the Gawler East area and is not a "bypass of
Gawler," he said.
"It will connect different parts of Gawl-
er."He said while the government has under-
taken detailed planning work for the new
road, funding for the project "is subject to
the annual budget process".
The transport department last year com-
pleted a concept planning study for the
infrastructure, which proposes a link road
between Potts Road and land bordering
Calton Road in Gawler East.
However, as reported in The Bunyip in
April, the transport department is at odds
with Gawler Council over who will be re-
sponsible for the road and its funding.
Council adjusts budget
Previous versions of the council's draft
2014/15 budget had predicted an operating
surplus of just over $53,000, incorporating
a four per cent rise to the base general rate,
and an extra two per cent rate revenue gen-
erated from new growth.
However, Gawler's current and revised
draft 2014/15 budget now forecasts an op-
erating surplus of $105,370.
This is despite the Federal budget freez-
ing its financial assistance/local roads grant
funding for the next three years, at a cost of
$44,000 to Gawler Council, and withdraw-
ing its annual Supplementary local roads
funding, at a cost of $133,000 for council.
A staff-prepared report, presented to
Gawler Council's elected members last
night, shows council has made up the short-
fall -- through additional rate revenue, the
deferring of some projects to 2015/16 and
by reducing the funding allocated to some
"From a total overview perspective, the
revised draft budget reflects a sound and
prudent financial management approach,
and illustrates the projected outcome of
an operating surplus whilst containing
rate revenue increases for existing ratepay-
ers to a modest four per cent," the report
Council now believes it will generate 3.97
per cent in new general rate revenue from
housing growth and new developments in
the area, equating to an extra $308,000 on
top of the two per cent increase already in-
corporated in the draft budget.
Furthermore, several 2013/14 operating
projects, such as the library strategic man-
agement asset plan and implementation of
the Town Centre Precinct Plan, at a total
cost of $219,500, have been deferred to the
2015/16 financial year, as opposed to the
Other projects, such as additional road-
line marking, street sign replacement and
the upgrade of CCTV cameras at the Evan-
ston Gardens Community Centre, have had
their funding reduced, at a total saving of
Before the draft budget is approved for
public consultation, Gawler Council still
needs to consider making cuts to its pro-
posed initiatives, which currently total
$516,000, compared to a budget provision
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