Home' The Bunyip : June 18th 2014 Contents Page 4 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The motel closed down last July, follow-
ing the death of its owner Dr Umanand
Prasad, who was killed in a car accident
at Gepps Cross.
Gawler business owner Jim Vallelonga,
who has been working on the motel re-
development, said the property had been
purchased by a handful of investors who
formed Prasads Motel Proprietary Lim-
He said renovations were currently un-
der way, with further plans for the motel
still in development.
"Because there's so many rooms, we
don't know what they're going to do with
them all," he said.
"The rooms are being done up slowly
to bring (them) up to a better quality."
Mr Vallelonga said the premises will
also be renamed Gawler Motel.
Motel manager Ann Johnson, who
previously worked for Dr Prasad at his
Salisbury surgery, said the business is al-
ready showing "good benefits".
A total of 19 guests have come through
the doors in the past week and a half, de-
spite the owners not having officially an-
nounced the motel reopening.
"That's just walk-ins and we've got
bookings until October," Mrs Johnson
"It's starting to look like it could be a
lot busier than it was before."
Melbourne businessman Jason Carstens,
who has been among the motel's first cli-
ents, said he has enjoyed his stay.
"It's good value for money," he said.
The property was built in the mid-
1980s and is also known as the Gawler
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THE RSL's push to relocate the Gawler South
World War One memorial attracted 47 submis-
sions from the public, ahead of the proposal going
before Gawler's Development Assessment Panel.
Seventeen submissions were opposed to the memori-
al's relocation from Adelaide Road in Gawler South up
to Murray Street's Pioneer Park, while 30 were in sup-
port of the idea, for which submissions closed earlier
"The RSL is currently considering the submissions
received and council is expecting a response from the
RSL by June 26, 2014," Gawler Council chief executive
Henry Inat said.
"It is anticipated that the application will be consid-
ered by DAP at its meeting either on July 14 or August
"Given the interest in the matter, the DAP is likely
to be held at a different venue to the council chambers,
the details of which will be made available at the time
that the agenda for the DAP is made public."
While Gawler Council has already backed the reloca-
tion, the proposal is awaiting final approval from the
Gawler Development Assessment Panel before it can go
Thirteen people have indicated in their submissions
that they would like to be heard before the panel during
In the past two weeks, properties in Gawler,
Gawler South, Evanston and Evanston Gardens have
been hit, as well as rural areas, including Lewiston,
Rosedale and Freeling.
Common items taken include gaming consoles,
cash, laptops and television sets.
Gawler police officer in charge Senior Sergeant
Brenton Costello reminded residents to ensure that
all windows to garages were secure and to store valu-
ables in lockable compartments, like safes.
"Some of them (thefts) have been occurring in a
more rural environment, particularly on farming
properties," he said.
"Some people see them as soft targets."
Sgt Costello said police were being proactive and
were on the lookout for perpetrators.
"Part of our daily process is to review all crime that
has occurred in the past 24 hours," he said.
"As a result of that, actions are created and priori-
ties directed towards those identified issues.
"If we were having a lot of issues with that (theft),
then through our crime prevention section we look
to address that."
The most common method of entry for thieves is
jemmying open windows or doors.
On several occasions, this month, attempts have
been made to break in to properties, however secure
doors or windows have prevented entry from being
Sgt Costello encouraged the community to help to
prevent further thefts.
"It can be quite hit and miss...you might have a
spate for a while and then you don't get any (thefts),"
"We have been checking second-hand dealers to
see if anyone is pawning any property.
"We also rely on information from the public
through Crime Stoppers."
If you have information about a break-in, contact
Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000).
Police warn: lock it up
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Motel's open door policy
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Gawler Celebrating 175 years
Melbourne businessman Jason Carstens is one of the rst visitors to stay at the newly
reopened Gawler Motel.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
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