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THE Barossa region has been
ignored in the recent State
Government's 2014/15 bud-
get, according to Member
for Schubert Stephan Knoll
"There is nothing for Schubert
in this budget," the Barossa-based
"It is quite sad that that is the
case, given how productive and
important the Barossa, the (seat)
of Schubert is to South Austra-
"It really is quite frustrating
that there is no recognition for
it."The State Budget outlines a
$39 million spend for projects,
funds and programs in regional
It includes $15 million for the
Regional Development Fund and
$3 million for the eight Regional
Development Australia boards
across the state, among which is
the Barossa RDA.
While Barossa could tap into
statewide regional funding, Mr
Knoll maintained his electorate
has received "nothing".
"The two projects that are
first and foremost for me are the
Barossa hospital and the...south-
east link road for Gawler East,"
"Especially with the south-east
link road, in (Member for Light)
Tony Piccolo we have a man that
sits around the cabinet table...
but, unfortunately, we miss out
Mr Knoll said the loss of
council rate concessions, which
amounts to $190 annually, an-
nounced in the budget would
also hit local residents hard.
"Schubert is one of the oldest
electorates in South Australia, as
far as I can tell, the second-top
destination for retirees," he said.
"So these cuts to council rates
concession for seniors and for
pensioners will affect Schubert
more than any other electorate."
Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis
hit back at the claims, saying the
State Government was working
to protect pensioners from the
cuts made by Mr Knoll's "Liberal
"The Abbott Government tore
up an agreement with South Aus-
tralia to provide $30 million per
year towards their concessions,"
"The State Government is
protecting pensioners and low-
income earners by absorbing these
cuts for the next 12 months while
we fight for the Abbott Govern-
ment to reinstate the funding.
"The Member for Schubert
should be joining with us and
calling on the Abbott Govern-
ment to reverse its decision."
New MP: Barossa ignored
"There is nothing
for Schubert in this budget.
It is quite sad that that is the
case, given how productive
and important the Barossa,
the (seat) of Schubert is to
GAWLER Council has put off reg-
ulating some of its more prominent
sporting parks and ovals, in order
to undertake further research.
At their most recent meeting, elected
members considered registering six of
council's parks, reserves and ovals un-
der the Recreation Grounds Regula-
tions 2011 (SA) Act, as a means of giv-
ing police broader powers to deal with
an offender and prevent their return.
However, councillors decided to for-
mally defer the motion, to allow coun-
cil staff to further research the implica-
tions of introducing such regulations.
"Sometimes these things have far-
reaching wider implications," Council-
lor Kevin Fischer said.
"It would be better if this was per-
haps looked at a little bit more care-
fully, rather than just rushed through."
The move followed an earlier deputa-
tion made by Concordia resident John
Bolton, who asked elected members if
they knew of all the consequences such
regulation would bring.
Mr Bolton then suggested the regula-
tion should not be introduced without
the introduction of some exemptions.
"A consequence of bringing these
regulations into effect will be that
climbing a tree in Clonlea Park will be
a criminal offence, it will attract a pen-
alty of $250, potential rejection from
the park and an order not to come back
for 24 hours," Mr Bolton said.
"I want to ask you if you know a con-
sequence of bringing in these regula-
tions will mean the sporting clubs that
operate out of the recreational grounds,
their selling of raffle tickets around the
grounds will be an offence.
"...Taking a dog onto any of those
sporting grounds, not just an unruly
dog...but any dog, apart from a guide
dog, will be an offence."
Council staff had recommended El-
dred Riggs Memorial Park in Evanston,
Elliot Goodger Memorial Park in Wil-
laston, Gawler Oval, Princes Park, Kar-
beethan Reserve and Clonlea Park all
be named under the Regulations Act.
While council cannot directly alter
the act, it can provide a written request
to the attorney-general to have its rec-
reation grounds recorded.
Oval rules to be considered
Gawler - too lovely to litter
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