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GAWLER Council has slashed its communi-
cations and marketing funding in an effort to
balance its 2014/15 budget.
The communications and marketing material con-
tract will be reduced by $20,000, from $88,875 to
$68,875, as part of the measure.
Chief executive Henry Inat said the decision would
not have a major impact on the council's future
"(It was a) cost-saving measure as part of normal
budget considerations," he said.
"Naturally, a reduction in the budget will have
an impact on the ability to deliver outcomes within
council's communications and marketing plan, albeit
it is envisaged that such impact would be minor."
Mr Inat said council would achieve the planned
cuts by using less hired consultants.
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IT is time for me to celebrate one
of my heroes.
As a mad cricket fan, I have taken
great pleasure in the recent resurgence of
the baggy green.
I credit the rejuvenation of the
Australian cricket team to one great man
-- Gawler's own, Darren Lehmann.
Appointing 'Boof ' as our national
coach was the best move our selectors
have made in years.
He has transformed our Test side from
a train wreck into world champions.
For all the training and planning
sessions Lehmann has led, it has been
the enormous cultural shift in Australian
cricket that has been his biggest influence.
Before Lehmann, our cricketers were
sometimes at each other's throats and
there was a meltdown in India when four
players were sacked from a Test for not
doing their homework.
Clearly, something was wrong.
Following the sacking of former coach
Mickey Arthur on the eve of the 2013
Ashes in England, Lehmann was installed
and immediately set about fostering a
new team spirit.
His caring, family-first approach,
getting partners and families involved at
every opportunity, is part of his life-is-
It seems Gawler's traditional country
values have never left Lehmann.
Another thing that makes Lehmann
click is he appears to have struck a perfect
balance between being one of the boys
and being a strict disciplinarian.
There are his practical gags and joke-of-
the-day competition but he has also been
known to send a player home if they are
30 seconds late for training.
He is a stickler for punctuality.
But the over-riding factor is the sense
of fun and enjoyment he has brought
back to the team.
The players have clearly responded to
Mitchell Johnson, David Warner, Ryan
Harris and Steve Smith are in the form of
their lives and suddenly the future looks
bright for Australia.
The best thing about Lehmann is he is
a true-blue Aussie bloke who loves a beer
and a smoke.
And the man fondly known as 'Boof '
even traces the origins of his nickname
back to his home town.
"A guy named Johnny Giannitto in
Gawler, as 12-year-olds playing footy
(gave me the nickname), I used to have
a really bouffant head and that's how it
stuck," he said in an interview.
"So that's how I relate more to that
than probably Darren, to be fair."
Years later, the boy from Gawler
coached Australia to a historic Ashes
whitewash, bringing England to its knees.
It was probably the most enjoyable
sporting event I have ever watched.
So, Darren Lehmann -- I salute you.
BUNYIP JOURNALIST CARL PFEIFFER TELLS US
WHY HE LIKES GAWLER'S TRUE BLUE LEGEND
DARREN 'BOOF' LEHMANN.
In my opinion...
Are you in this week's
-- pages 37-39
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