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THE Gawler South Football Club's presi-
dent is calling on locals to fight back
against vandals in the area, after the club
suffered a shocking graffiti attack on the
Vandals coated the walls of Gawler South's
clubrooms and the neighbouring squash fa-
cilities with dozens of 'tags' on Friday night,
which were discovered by dismayed football
club officials on Saturday morning.
Gawler South president Garry Barker said
the club needed the help of residents in the
local area to prevent future attacks from oc-
"The locals need to take a bit of responsi-
bility and ring the police up...someone must
have seen this going on...they were here for
quite a while," he said.
"It's a forgotten part of Gawler down here,
it's dark, they (vandals) love this place.
"Be vigilant and pick up the phone if you
see anything, we need to keep on top of it."
Mr Barker said the club's players and sup-
porters were "disgusted" by the attack, which
was the worst he had seen.
"We have had bits and pieces (before), but
not to this extent," he said.
"Let's hope it's a one-off and not a spate of
"It doesn't happen that often, but when it
does, they do a job of it."
Club member Cosie Costa labelled the at-
"I think it's a disgusting act by some ir-
responsible people who are insulting their
whole community by this horrid action,"
"We are disgusted and should not tol-
erate this, we should expect better behav-
iour from our people.
"As a community group we offer ser-
vices for people and we have to tolerate
this and spend our effort and money fix-
Fortunately, the Lions did not have a
home game on Saturday, playing at Nuri-
ootpa on the day, and Mr Barker said he was
optimistic the graffiti would be cleaned up in
time for the club's home match against Freel-
ing this Saturday.
He paid tribute to the local graffiti removal
volunteers, like Dean O'Grady, who have vis-
ited the club on several occasions before to
"If it wasn't for the volunteers, it would be
costing us a lot of money," Mr Barker said.
Mr Barker said the club would now investi-
gate installing CCTV cameras in a bid to stop
"We are in the middle of funding that, we
are looking for some council support," he
"We are hoping to get cameras...but it's all
Gawler police were sought for comment.
Graffiti attack angers community
Visit The Bunyip's website
for photo and video
coverage of the atack.
Budget pushes rates up
"After incurring $3 million op-
erating deficits in both 2009/10
and 2010/11, and with an annu-
ally increasing debt, council at
that time made a conscious deci-
sion to get its financial affairs in
order," Gawler Council Mayor
Brian Sambell said.
"It is pleasing to now report
that, in four short years, council
has positioned itself to eliminate
its operating deficit in 2014/15
and has also, in the same time,
substantially reduced its debt,
through no loan borrowings, by
nearly 20 per cent from $14.67
million to $11.90 million."
Major projects outlined in the
2014/15 draft budget include
$1 million towards progress-
ing the Gawler Connect project;
$470,000 for the upgrade of
Dawkins Road in Willaston; and
$400,000 towards upgrading play-
ground equipment and installing
a fitness trail at Apex Park.
An additional $1.5 million will
be spent on the continued upgrade
of Murray Street, the construction
of an intersection at Calton Road
and upgrade roadworks between
the Southern Hotel and Mitre 10.
In total, $7.7 million has been
assigned to council's capital works
Meanwhile, Gawler Council has
also released its Community Plan
for consultation, during the same
period as its draft budget.
The Community Plan is coun-
cil's 10-year vision for the region
and aims to guide council's future
It includes a list of goals and
strategies relating to the region's
growth, identity, community, en-
vironment and leadership.
A workshop regarding the
Community Plan has been ar-
ranged for Wednesday, July 23,
while the public has the chance to
give a verbal presentation on the
2014/15 draft budget at council's
July 29 meeting.
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ABOVE: Gawler South
Football Club president
Garry Barker says the
club is "disgusted" by
the attack. INSET: The
gra ti attack, known
as 'bombing up' on
the football club was
PHOTOS: Carl Pfei er
The squash centre was also hit by the vandals.
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