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GAWLER Council has
slashed thousands of dollars
from community initiatives
in last-minute proposed
At a special meeting last
week, elected members voted
to reduce this year's funding in-
crease for the Christmas festival
from $30,000 to $20,000 while
the community grants funding
has been slashed from $25,000
to $15,000 in the draft budget.
Chief executive Henry Inat
said the cuts, if adopted as part
of the 2014/15 budget, would
boost council's bottom line and
balance the budget.
"Council is conscious of the
need to manage its finances on
an ongoing basis and council is
committed to reducing its op-
erating costs where it can," he
"As part of the feedback from
the community and having a
further opportunity to consider
the budget, these are the sorts
of adjustments that council is
The cuts have been included
in the 2014/15 draft bud-
get, which was expected to be
discussed and adopted at last
night's council meeting, after
The Bunyip's deadline.
In further last-minute chang-
es, councillor Scott Fraser re-
quested to rescind the motion
to cut Christmas festival fund-
ing to $20,000, seeking a coun-
cil contribution of $25,000 for
the event instead.
In a statement, Cr Fraser
said council has been looking
to make Gawler a "destination"
but now, following last year's
festival success, was planning to
Elected members were also
expected to vote on the rescis-
sion and new motion at a spe-
cial meeting last night, after
The Bunyip's deadline.
The deliberations follow
council's earlier move this year
to boost its annual funding for
Mr Inat said the final deci-
sions on the cuts will be made
when the budget is adopted.
He said the impact on coun-
cil's Christmas festival contri-
bution cuts would be left for
its organisers to consider while
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due to nish
AFTER weeks of delay, drainage upgrades
at the Willaston sporting precinct car
park are expected to to be completed this
The works, which started in May, were due
to be finished within three weeks but fell be-
hind schedule by around seven weeks.
Willaston Football Club president Wayne
Smith said while it will be a relief to see the
works completed, it was "too late".
"We only get eight home games a year and
it's impacted on five," he said.
"The parking's pretty scarce up there as it is,
without losing sometimes two-thirds."
Mr Smith said it was also disappointing
to see the work taking place amid the club's
125th celebrations in June.
"We had an extra 1000 people probably turn
up...and parking's just shocking," he said.
At Gawler Council's meeting last month,
infrastructure and engineering services acting
manager Scott Reid attributed the delays to
the contractors and wet weather.
"I'm aware that through initial engagement
of the contractor there was a delay, a signifi-
cant delay by the contractor in their start
time," he said.
"Since then, we've made it clear to that con-
tractor that they significantly put at risk their
ability to bid for a project again.
"The more recent delays were due to wet
Mr Reid this week told The Bunyip he has
been contacting the clubs at the precinct to
co-ordinate a meeting to discuss further up-
grades for the facilities.
He said around $90,000 has been set aside
in the budget for further irrigation and up-
"We've got the 2015 BMX nationals on
next year, we want to try and lift it up and
improve the facilities," he said.
The precinct is shared by a handful of clubs,
including the football, netball and BMX
-- Natalie Vikhrov
Gawler Council has proposed reducing this
year's funding increase for the Christmas
festival, along with lowering funding to several
$30,000 -- $20,000
$25,000 -- $15,000
$20,000 -- $15,000
$52,900 -- $42,900
Council is conscious of the
need to manage its ﬁnances on an
ongoing basis and council is committed
to reducing its operating costs where
it can. As part of the feedback from
the community and having a further
opportunity to consider the budget,
these are the sorts of adjustments that
council is considering.
the cuts to the grants budget could bring forth
new application restrictions for community
"The change in the funding may require
us to adjust the funding criteria such that if a
community group receives funding one year,
it may not necessarily receive funding the next
year," he said. "Such that we can distribute the
grant dollars available to different community
groups over the course of time."
Last month, elected members also voted
to include cuts to council's recruitment ad-
vertising, from $20,000 to $15,000, and the
Murray Street banners budget from $52,900
to $42,900, in last-minute changes to the
2014/15 draft budget.
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