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GAWLER Council has supported
the introduction and purchase of
new technologies and new cham-
ber furniture as part of a digital-
At last week's council meeting, elect-
ed members debated the need to install
four monitor screens in the Murray
Street chambers, but, ultimately, de-
cided to go ahead with the recommen-
"Broadly, I'm pretty happy with
the scheme, but I just don't think we
need four screens," Councillor Adrian
"...Two big screens in this room
would cover everybody."
In response, Gawler Council chief
executive Henry Inat said the need for
four monitors was based upon the ad-
vice of technical experts.
"The primary purchase of this tech-
nology is actually not for council, elect-
ed members or the staff, it's actually for
the business community and for them
to come into this environment to be
introduced to this technology," Mr
"...Now we've asked questions, in
terms of do we really need the four
screens, and they are saying 'yes, you
do, you will compromise the experi-
ence in terms of digital conferencing
As The Bunyip reported in late June,
the federally-funded digital-inclusion
project will see four video-conferenc-
ing connections in the council cham-
bers, Youth Shak and Elderly Centre
for use by the public; the creation of
web portals that allow 24/7 online ac-
cess to planning applications, service
requests and other online services; and
a collaborative video-conferencing net-
work with neighbouring councils.
An upgrade to the council chambers
incorporates four new monitors, new
conference microphones, new speaker's
lectern, new furniture and new 'mobil-
ity devices' for elected members.
Gawler Council's draft 2014/15
budget currently allocates $15,000 to-
wards supplying all elected members
with electronic devices for use at coun-
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A GRANT application, to cover the cost
of Gawler's proposed Southern Gateway
Entrance Sculpture, has been unsuccessful.
Gawler Council applied to Arts SA, earlier this
year, to contribute funds towards establishing
a 200-metre art piece, to be located along Main
North Road, at the southern entrance to the
However, council's external funds committee
was notified of the rejection last week.
This is the second time council has applied to
Arts SA to help fund the sculpture and been un-
successful, having applied back in 2012.
It was hoped the project's cost would be covered
by $200,000 from a fund established by develop-
ers to cover community infrastructure costs, in-
kind support from landowners/developers, such as
Devine, and the $100,000 Arts SA grant.
No funding for sculpture
POLICE have been given the power to
force offenders to undertake blood tests for
Attorney-General John Rau has introduced a
Bill to Parliament which will mean suspected of-
fenders who assault an officer, potentially exposing
them to contaminated bodily fluid and a risk of
contracting an infectious disease, can be compelled
to be blood-tested.
"Each year about 700 police officers are assaulted
in the course of their duties," Mr Rau said.
"In cases in which an officer comes into contact
with the offender's bodily fluids -- such as where
the offender bites the officer or the officer sustains
a needle-stick injury during an assault -- there is a
risk of the officer contracting an infectious disease
such as HIV or hepatitis B or C.
"The police officer can be tested to see if they've
been exposed, however, as an infectious disease
may not show up in a test result during its incu-
bation period, a police officer can face an anxious
wait of up to three months before confirmation of
their blood test result.
"By ensuring that the alleged offender is also
tested, this will provide greater certainty to the of-
ficer and will provide the best possible information
to the officer's treating doctor."
The Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) (Blood
Testing for Diseases) Amendment Bill 2014 has
been introduced into the House of Assembly.
A sculpture, planned for the town's southern entrance, has been rejected for grant funding. PHOTOS: File
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