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Interwork's new building opens
new doors for job seekers
Interwork opens on Walker Place, Gawler.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
INTERWORK'S recent Walker Place renovation project
has given two job seekers new hope for the future.
The employment and rehabilitation provider's Gawler
team has moved ofﬁce to a new, purpose-built site.
The heritage-listed site is central to the main street
and already there has been a number of ‘walk-ins’, due
to the visible presence.
The Interwork team worked closely with building
owner Brian Ivkovic for the entire process of
redeveloping the 140-year-old heritage building,
originally built by James Martin & Co.
The new ofﬁce now boasts a great location with
prominent signage, eye-catching main entrance,
a ﬂoor-to-ceiling atrium area, mezzanine ﬂoor and
training rooms. Full disability access and integrated
Interwork services and a bright, new feel featuring
corporate colours. The upstairs work area has
separate interview rooms, enabling the team to
capitalise on efﬁciency and collaboration of an open
work area, while still having private spaces for conﬁdential discussions.
Mr Ivkovic said a major outcome from
the project saw two clients, Michael
Smith and Owen Sander, pick up
a number of trade skills from their
involvement in the building process.
"They both deserve the highest of
praise,” he said.
"They turned up everyday -- right
through that stinking-hot February and
worked really hard, learnt new skills and
became fully a part of the building team.
“It turned out to be a major bonus for us.”
One of the clients, Michael, who is a
licensed painter, said the experience has
created new opportunities for him.
"I feel that having the chance to work
with these guys has opened up doors
where there seemed, before, to be none,”
“With this experience and a really good
reference behind me now, I feel that my
future looks brighter, more certain.”
The team at Interwork has noticed its clients’ growth in conﬁdence, which
has, in turn, had a positive effect on their attitude, optimism and motivation
through being involved in this project.
The new site will further impact the Gawler and Barossa communities and
Brian Thom and
Member for Light
Interwork's front reception o
Walker Place, Gawler.
Computer set-up upstairs for job
1 Walker Place, Gawler
BAROSSA Council is set to lose
more than six decades of local
government expertise after the November
Two long-standing elected members, in-
cluding the merged council's first mayor Brian
Hurn, have decided against running in the
local government elections this November,
while councillor Susie Roehr resigned this
month after accepting another position within
Mr Hurn will be hanging up his mayoral
robes after 37 years in local government.
Mr Hurn was Angaston Council chair-
man for 10 years prior to becoming Barossa
Council's inaugural mayor after Angaston,
Barossa and Tanunda councils merged in
Serving his last term as mayor, Mr Hurn
said he has been in the position for "long
"I'm getting into my 70s now, even though
I still thoroughly enjoy it, I think it's time to
move on," he said.
Mr Hurn said he was honoured to have
the trust and faith of the local community
but modestly joked "they'll go better without
Fellow elected member David Lykke, who
began in local government when he joined the
former Kingscote Council on Kangaroo Island
in 1986, has decided against running to allow
young people who are coming down the line
to have a shot.
"When I first started on council all those
years ago, I was one of the younger ones and...
there wasn't any room for young people to
make decisions," he said.
"I'll be 70 next birthday, so it's time to go."
Cr Lykke was elected to Tanunda Council
and continued to serve on the Barossa Council
after the amalgamation.
Cr Lykke said he had enjoyed making a dif-
ference in the local community, helping es-
tablish projects in the region such as Barossa's
"It takes a long time to get those up, get
those funded and get those finished," he said.
"It's a real sense of achievement when you
get to do that.
"And to represent people who may not nec-
essarily be able to speak for themselves."
Chief executive Martin McCarthy said the
November election will bring changes to the
"There will be a hole, of course there will
be, but we also look forward to who might
come on board with us," he said.
"We've still got some that are interested in
"It's good to have a mix of new and con-
tinuing, just to give that context of what
happened before but also bring in fresh
Mr Martin said Cr Roehr tendered her res-
ignation to council earlier this month.
Council will not be holding a supplemen-
tary election to fill Cr Roehr's position due to
the proximity of the local government elec-
tions this year.
The Bunyip has been unable to reach Cr
Roehr for comment.
Meanwhile, councillors John Angas and
Michael Seager told The Bunyip they are yet
to decide whether they will run in the coming
local government elections.
MALLALA Council will lobby the State
Government to include Dublin in the
30-year Plan for Greater Adelaide.
Council's Strategic Directions Report has ear-
marked the township for future urban and indus-
try growth but it has not been recognised as an
"activity centre" in the plan for greater Adelaide.
Furthermore, the transport department last
year told council that Dublin was "not viewed as
a strategic priority for future urban growth in the
The strategic directions report states that Dub-
lin is the third key township in the region, serv-
ing surrounding farmland, industry, as well as the
Parham, Webb Beach, Thompson Beach and Port
It further notes potential for urban growth in
the township, which could be pursued following
the expansion of Mallala and Two Wells.
"Dublin is an attractive alternative to Mallala
for industries seeking sites in close proximity to
potential intermodal corridor/site options," a
council report stated.
Preliminary investigations have been undertak-
en by Leinad Land Developments, which could
be used in the creation of a development plan
Elected members recently backed a proposal by
Leinad Land Developments to initiate a statement
of intent for the preparation of the Dublin Town-
ship development plan amendment.
-- Natalie Vikhrov
Barossa farewells council experience
Cr Brian Hurn
Mallala to lobby for
Perhaps it's time you checked
out the situations vacant page
in today's Bunyip.
CR BRIAN HURN
I'm getting into my
70s now, even though I still
thoroughly enjoy it, I think
it's time to move on.
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