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Keep our street open for business
A place for
NEARLY 1600 people have signed
a petition opposing the closure of
Gawler's Walker Place.
A 944-signature petition, opposed to
the thoroughfare's closure, was formally
presented to Gawler Council last week,
supporting 629 signatures already sub-
mitted in opposition to the proposal
A draft transport and traffic man-
agement plan released last year recom-
mended the closure of Walker Place,
from Murray Street, to traffic.
Championing the petition are several
Walker Place businesses, including Su-
percuts, Gawler Aquariums, Nourish
Café, Subway, Prices Bakery, OPSM
and Curtain Up Dancewear.
Addressing council's elected members
last week, Nourish Café owner Inekke
Sani asked for Walker Place's current
two-way traffic flow to remain.
"In essence, we are simply asking for
compassionate consideration to those
changes that may result in needing us
to adopt new strategies to attract busi-
ness, a process that, as you know, will
require funding and adjustment on
our part," she said.
"We are small businesses, without
the size and financial backing of the
larger operators that are coming to our
town, but we are local Gawlerites who
are raising families here and are willing
to do business here."
A letter from local businesses to
council and attached to the petition,
suggests the installation of 'left-turn
only' signage from Walker Place to
Murray Street, as well as from Calton
Road onto Murray Street, to improve
general safety at the intersection.
It also suggests an upgrade of the
Walker Place footpaths, installation of
trees, art, benches and a bicycle rack,
for the sake of beautifying the area.
"With considerable losses of parking
in the Walker Place/Murray Street vi-
cinity due to bus stops and footpath/in-
tersection upgrades, it is vital our trade
not be further eroded by the loss of
parking and traffic flow and that Walker
Place remain open to enable customer
accessibility," the letter states.
"We believe the above suggestions
could create a win-win solution and ask
councillors for their support in retain-
ing Walker Place as a thoroughfare."
Prepared by consultant Mott Mc-
Donald, the draft transport and traf-
fic management plan was made public
earlier this year, but will formally be
released for community comment later
It makes a number of recommenda-
tions regarding Gawler's transport sys-
tem and road networks, including the
closure of Walker Place.
As The Bunyip first reported in Feb-
ruary, it claims the option is "cost-effec-
tive", "minimises vehicle weaving and
conflict points", and will not remove
any car parks along Murray Street.
The report also states the closure will
improve pedestrian amenity and allevi-
ate traffic problems at the busy Calton
Road intersection, although Walker
Place car parks will be lost.
Gawler Ned's manager Nina Mannix and Nourish Café owner Inekke Sani are just two of the almost 1600 Gawler
people who want Walker Place to remain open to tra c.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
We are small businesses,
without the size and ﬁnancial
backing of the larger operators
that are coming to our town, but
we are local Gawlerites who are
raising families here and are
willing to do business here.
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