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ROADS TO RUIN
Long battle for
A GAWLER SOUTH street has remained
a hoon magnet for nearly a decade because
council refuse to seal the dirt road, residents
Twenty-fourth Street residents have been
lobbying Gawler Council to bituminise the 70-
metre stretch of road since 2006, but council, to
date, has failed to allocate funding for the up-
David Tisdall, who lives on the corner of
Twenty-fourth and Twenty-second streets, be-
lieves that if council laid down bitumen along the
road it would deter hoon drivers from using it as a
"It's much harder to spin your wheels on bitu-
men," he said.
"It damages your tyres."
"Going back six or seven years, we've got a gal-
vanised-iron garage, and I was working in there
and this guy was doing doughnuts and he just
literally sprayed the garage with rocks."
Mr Tisdall's wife Jonny made submissions
to council in 2008, 2009 and 2012, calling for
the road to be bituminised and drains to be in-
"They can't afford it, that's what they said," she
"The other half of the road is bituminised be-
cause it goes to Cherry Street where they did a
"They put counters on the road but they put
it on over Easter (last year)...when hardly anyone
was using the road."
Council considered closing the road six years
ago but adopted a motion against it in 2008.
Mrs Tisdall said the road was dangerous for pe-
destrians, cyclists and prams.
"We've had our mothers stay with us and we
wanted to walk to the market," she said.
"They had to walk on the road, around on the
main part of the road, to get around because it's
Neighbour Daniel Hallworth, who has two
children, said guttering was also needed along the
street because "the water pools".
Gawler Council did not respond to
The Bunyip's request for comment.
RESIDENTS of James Martin Vil-
lage have called on Gawler Council
to seal a section of road abutting
their properties to reduce dust in
dry weather and muddy potholes in
A total of 30 people have signed a peti-
tion, recently lodged with Gawler Coun-
cil, that calls for the sealing of Cemetery
Road off Dawkins Avenue, Willaston,
located between James Martin Village
and the cemetery.
Residents Betty and Allen Mangels-
dorf live in a unit backing onto Ceme-
tery Road and claim dust, flying over the
fence onto their washing and into their
home, is their main concern.
"The minute it dries out there is dust
billowing over there," Mrs Mangelsdorf
"They graded the road, which is fine,
but the more they grade it, the worse the
"It just flies up."
Mr Mangelsdorf said the roadway is
being used more regularly by garbage
trucks, delivery vans, emergency ve-
hicles, visitors to the cemetery and even
"Other houses down here don't even
have a fence," he said.
"So (the dust) just goes straight
through the house."
Fellow resident Audrey Stace said
Cemetery Road becomes covered with
mud and puddles during winter.
"Before they put a top on, which has
only been a couple of years, it was such
a muddy awful road, but I rang up the
council and complained and they came
and put black stuff down and that did a
good job for a while," she said.
"But, now when you come in that
road, there is a section where all the
water run-off from the cemetery comes
The residents' petition was formally
tabled at Gawler Council's infrastructure
and environmental services committee
meeting earlier this month.
The committee recommended coun-
cil staff now work on formulating a
report, giving consideration to the seal-
ing of the road, to be brought back and
presented at a future committee meet-
Road upgrade needed
Thirty residents of James Martin Village, including (from left) Gina Osborne, Betty
Mangelsdorf and Audrey Stace, want Cemetery Road sealed.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
Gawler South residents Daniel Hallworth
(front), with children Denzel and Gabriella, and
neighbours Joanne Stormer, David and Jonny
Tisdall want to see Twentyfourth Street sealed.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
They can't afford it, that's
what they said. The other half of the
road is bituminised because it goes to
Cherry Street where they did a new
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