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A HAIRY problem has been causing panic on
the streets of Lewiston, with a tumbling weed
prompting scenes similar to the science fiction
novel Day of the Triffids.
Since Easter, a strip of properties along Gawler
Road, adjacent to farming land, have been inundated
by the native weed hairy panic grass, with the issue
coming to a head last week.
Resident Geoffrey Hawkesworth said the weed has
been tumbling in small numbers into his yard for
years but the situation has recently turned hairy.
It is understood heavy downpours earlier this year,
coupled with an unseasonably warm autumn, has
caused the weed to thrive.
"It just comes off in waves of weeds, just pour-
ing across the main road...covering everything," Mr
"The last two, three years we've had it...but this
year is beyond a joke."
His wife Margaret said the weeds can stack up to
five feet in height on windy days.
She said despite regular clean-ups, the problem has
just kept growing.
Piles of the weeds rose so high that Mrs Hawkes-
worth could stand amongst them with only the top
of her head visible.
"We can't even get in and out the doors," she said.
"As fast as we sweep them away, they come back."
Neighbour Stan Stefanowicz said the weeds have
buried his driveway.
"You can't even see the trailer," he said.
The Bunyip understands the farmer, who owns the
property, has started to eradicate the weed.
Residents told The Bunyip this week they now re-
main hopeful this will weed out the problem.
MALLALA Council has knocked
back a proposal to turn Two Wells'
Hart Reserve into a student drop-
Two Wells Primary School has been
asking council to develop the reserve
into a car park or a drop-off zone for
the past two years.
The school lodged a 247-signature
petition with council last year with
plans for a safer drop-off and pick-up
zone at the reserve, an alternative to ex-
posing students to the growing traffic
on Gawler Road, where parents cur-
rently park temporarily.
Elected members rejected the pro-
posal for a car park at Hart Reserve in
2012, and last week again refused the
proposal for a drop-off zone and car
park at the school.
However, elected members backed
a motion that would see council staff
continue to work with the school to ex-
plore other options of a drop-off zone.
A report is expected to come back to
council at a later date.
While council did not have the cost
of the project, a report noted that the
construction of elements, including a
concrete crossover at the kerb, drive-
way, car-park area and the installa-
tion of a chain gate was estimated at
-- Natalie Vikhrov
Up to their ears in weeds
Brakes on parking plan
Gawler Road residents Margaret and Geo rey Hawkesworth were inundated with hairy panic grass last
PHOTOS: Natalie Vikhrov
Gawler road resident Margaret Hawkesworth up
to her hair in weeds.
Gawler Road residents saw up to ve feet of hairy
panic grass in their yards last week.
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