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A BIKE hire service will soon be trialled from
Gawler's Visitor Information Centre.
According to a Gawler Council report, Barossa
Bike intends to trial the hiring out of four bikes from
the Gawler VIC, on Lyndoch Road, sometime in the
new financial year.
Barossa Bike owner Louis den Berger said he be-
lieves a bike service would help close a transport gap
between Gawler and the Barossa.
"People can catch a train from Adelaide into Gawl-
er and then hire a bike and ride into the Barossa Val-
ley," he said.
"It's a nice flat ride, really, as far as Lyndoch.
"Then, hopefully, one day we can work out stations
where people can perhaps ride one way, but that's just
down the track."
The hire service will operate at no cost to council
and will see the VIC receive a 25 per cent commis-
sion on all bike hire sales.
The move comes after Gawler Council failed
to receive the third-party support it needed
to offer a free bike hire program within the commu-
"Council staff met with the Gawler Business De-
velopment Group and other possible local business
stakeholders to seek their feedback regarding the pro-
posal and involvement in the implementation of the
program in Gawler," a report, prepared by council's
acting recreation and community services manager
Bryce Norton said.
"Although the concept of the bike hire was sup-
ported, there was not the support forthcoming from
the third-party stakeholders for implementation of
the City-Wide Free Bike Hire Program in Gawler."
The free bike hire concept would have been based
on similar models operating in the City of Adelaide,
Unley and Charles Sturt areas.
Gawler Council would have needed to commit
$20,000 annually towards the program, which would
have been provided by Bike SA.
Barossa Bike, based at Nuriootpa, already offers
bikes for hire around the Barossa Valley.
Pest birds funding target
GAWLER Council is increasing fund-
ing to its pest control services in a bid
to counter the rising population of feral
pigeons and little corellas in the area.
The council has increased its pest con-
trol services from $5860 to $8000 to pro-
vide enhanced capacity towards reducing
the impact of the pest birds in the com-
Chief executive Henry Inat said feral pi-
geons in particular were causing negative
impacts in the town.
"Feral pigeons are common in the urban
environment and potentially pose a risk to
human health through the transmission of
diseases such as histoplasmosis, cryptococ-
cosis and psittacosis, (as well as the) attrac-
tion of ticks, mites, cockroaches and rats,
and unpleasant odour and noise issues," he
"Due to the highly corrosive nature of
pigeon droppings, pigeons damage build-
ings and monuments and, in particular,
cause extensive damage to air-conditioning
units and other rooftop machinery."
Mr Inat said while little corellas caused
different problems to that of feral pigeons,
they were equally as destructive.
"Problems caused by large numbers of
little corellas include defoliation of river
red gums or other native and ornamental
trees that they roost in," he said.
"(Also) damage to installations such as
tarpaulins covering grain bunkers, and wir-
ing and flashing on buildings, taking grain
from newly-seeded paddocks and creating
a noise nuisance to local residents."
Mr Inat said the council was still inves-
tigating the best method on how to deal
with the birds.
He said the best way to control little
corellas may be through displacement and
relocation rather than culling, however, for
feral pigeons, culling may be the most ef-
The Natural Resources Management
Board estimated around 4000 little corel-
las could be found at Trinity College and
nearby homes, where they have been eating
the roots of grass on the school's ovals, at-
tacking the wires that make up the school's
IT system and damaging trees in the area.
Feral pigeons have been congregating
around Murray Street and have particu-
larly been attracted to some of the aban-
doned heritage buildings littered across the
Little Corellas will be the target of Gawler Council's upgraded pest services. PHOTO: File
This beast is
hungry for more
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