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Gawler Health Foundation fund-
raising manager Samantha Foreman
said the new unit will be a great ben-
efit to the community.
She said if funds are needed for ad-
ditional items, the foundation will
"It is something that, in all likeli-
hood, we will get involved with and
it will be in a similar capacity to what
we did with the introduction of the
chemo unit," she said.
"The government funding, in all
likelihood, will not cover a lot of the
small things that are required for the re-
nal unit, so we're likely to get involved
and help fundraise for those additional
things, whether it's blinds, whether it's
comfort items for patients."
The State Government first flagged
plans for the unit in 2012, with the
project among its promises in the lead-
up to the state election.
-- Natalie Vikhrov
-- More budget stories page 10
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ALMOST 250 people attended a commu-
nity rally in Kapunda last week to protest
against proposed rate increases in the Light
Regional Council's 2014/15 draft budget.
Held on June 18 at Dutton Park, the rally
was chaired by former mayor Robert Hornsey,
with the rise in the primary-producer rates a
particular point of concern.
Presentations were made by Freeling farmers
Corbin Schuster and Tom Shanahan, forensic
accountant Dafydd Llewelyn and Light coun-
cillor Peter Kennelly.
The rally's aim was to formulate a joint sub-
mission to council on the community's behalf.
Cr Kennelly said he was concerned about
the rate rises in the budget and appealed for
ratepayers to speak up.
"Central to this budget is the proposal to
raise general rates by 7.8 per cent above the
previous year," he said.
"I am very concerned about this and ap-
peal to all Light ratepayers to make their views
known to the council so that further financial
options can be explored before the elected
members vote on a final draft which will fix
the rate for 2014/15."
Mr Schuster presented cost comparisons be-
tween the primary-producer rates in Maitland
(part of the District Council of Yorke Penin-
sula) and Freeling.
"Light Regional Council has the highest cost
per hectare for grain-growing in South Austra-
lia and we feel we are not receiving value for
money," he said.
"Although the land value is similar, the rates
per hectare for a primary producer in Mait-
land is $14.80 and in Freeling the proposed
rate will be $35.20 per hectare, a difference of
$20.40 per hectare."
A public consultation meeting about the
draft budget was held at the Kapunda Council
Chambers last night, past The Bunyip's dead-
Several community members were expected
to present verbal submissions on the proposals
for the 2014/15 financial year at the meeting.
Light Council chief executive Brian Carr
said council had given the community plenty
of time to have its say on the draft budget.
"Since June 4, the budget has been out for
public consultation and council will receive
written/online submissions up to 5pm on
Wednesday, June 25 (today)," he said.
"Council will then assess all submissions re-
ceived and consider the budget at a proposed
meeting on July 15."
Light community rails against rates
WHILE most of the state was pounded
by strong winds and pouring rain over
the past two days, it seems local residents
escaped the brunt of it.
Gawler's nearest weather station is located
at the Roseworthy University campus -- where
just 9.6mm of rain had fallen in 48 hours, as
of 9am yesterday.
Closer to the city, 17mm of rain fell at
"The highest in the Mid North was 37.6mm
at a place called Neagles Rock, not too far from
Clare," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Tina
Donaldson said yesterday morning.
"Our automatic weather station at Clare got
27mm. The highest was at Black Hill, with
Since Sunday evening, strong winds have
battered the region, with gusts reaching 53
km/h at Roseworthy, at 5.35pm on Sunday,
and then peaking at 69 km/h just before mid-
At Edinburgh, gusts reached a strong 96
km/h at about 7pm Monday night.
The wild weather forced the Bureau of Me-
teorology to issue a severe weather warning for
damaging winds, for large parts of the state,
including the Mount Lofty Ranges region
(incorporating Gawler) on Sunday afternoon.
The warning was reissued on Monday and
again early yesterday morning.
Ms Donaldson said the blustery weather was
caused by a low-pressure system to the south
of the state.
"We've just had a really strong south-west-
erly airstream associated with that low," she
"It is slowly moving away, so things are eas-
As of yesterday, the forecast for Roseworthy
showed winds easing up and reaching 25 to 35
km/h today, with a shower or two as well.
Tomorrow there is chance of a possible
shower, with winds still sitting around 25 to
Gawler has experienced
bursts of heavy rain and
strong winds in the past few
days. PHOTO: Mary Ackers
CROCODILE Dundee star Paul
Hogan will be wrestling laughs out
of Barossa audiences when he visits
the region in August.
Tanunda will be among 25 regions
to host Hogan's one man show 'Hoges;
One Night Only! The hilarious truth
and nothing but the truth...'
The two-hour show will feature a
combination of stand-up, stories and
unseen clips. The show will be held at
the Barossa Arts and Convention Centre
on August 26.
NURIOOTPA Skate Park's half-pipe
ramp will reopen this week, following
the completion of repairs to the
It was closed off in April after an
inspection identified structural issues with
Fencing around the ramp will be
removed this week, after which it will
once again be accessible to the public.
Meanwhile, the Barossa Council and its
Youth Advisory Committee will team up
to put on an event at the Nuriootpa Skate
Park as part of National Skate Park Day.
The YAC is currently seeking young
volunteers interested in helping out on
the day (September 7).
Ready to roll
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