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A PROJECT manager will be sought to oversee
the Gawler Connect project as council proceeds
with its development.
The proposed appointment is the next
stage of Gawler Council's project plan, which
flags a construction start in the second half of
The project will create an arts, cultural and com-
munity hub in Murray Street, which includes the re-
development of the town hall and institute, as well
as the establishment of a cultural heritage gallery and
heritage research centre, as well as a new interpretive
centre and office accommodation.
Chief executive Henry Inat said the elements of the
projects will be used to stimulate cultural and eco-
nomic activities, as well as employment outcomes in
Council allocated $1 million for Gawler Connect
in its 2014/15 budget, which it adopted last week,
with a further $4 million for the project set aside in
the long-term financial plan.
Mr Inat said this was a very important project for
"It's the biggest commitment that council has made
to any one project," he said.
Council is also looking at outside funding op-
portunities through the Regional Development
Fund, which include the Federal Government's
National Stronger Regions Fund, the Major Projects
Program and the Community Infrastructure Pro-
It has also sought assistance from the National
Trust, which has agreed to conduct an appeal for
funds that will go towards restoring and refurbishing
the town hall and institute.
Meanwhile, the refurbishment of the town
hall and institute building frontages, which
council hopes to include in the context of Gawler
Connect, is expected to be finished at the end of the
-- Natalie Vikhrov
Memorial concerns flagged
COUNCILLOR Brian Thom has accused
the Gawler Returned Services League of
strategising to influence a decision on the
proposed relocation of the World War
One memorial in Gawler South.
Finance and Corporate Services manager
Paul Horwood confirmed last week that the
flags at both the Adelaide Road memorial
and Pioneer Park sites will be managed by the
Mr Horwood advised the flag at the Ad-
elaide Road memorial has been flying perma-
nently for "some considerable time", breach-
ing the flag protocol due to the absence of
lighting illuminating it from below.
He said the existing flag will be removed "on
the basis it is not practical for either the RSL
or council (as discussed) to raise/lower the flag
at the site each day" and it will be the RSL's
responsibility to raise and lower the flag on ap-
Cr Thom expressed his concerns in an email
to the Gawler Council chief executive Henry
"This approach to council by RSL is a clear
strategy by RSL to downgrade the importance
and significance of the WWI memorial to the
Gawler South area prior to the September (de-
velopment assessment panel) consideration of
RSL's application to remove the memorial to
Pioneer Park," he wrote.
Cr Thom was expected to address the Infra-
structure and Environmental Services Com-
mittee last night, after The Bunyip's deadline,
regarding the lack of consultation with him-
self and former elected member Warren Dib-
ben, who was allegedly permitted to maintain
the flag in 2003.
Cr Thom said he was unaware of any efforts
from the RSL to address the issue of "illumi-
nation at night".
"To my knowledge, the RSL has never of-
fered to raise and lower the flag each day so as
to justify their concern re illumination defi-
ciencies, and RSL have never offered to install
a cheap, yet effective, LED/battery-powered
light to assist with any perceived deficiencies
in illumination," he said.
Cr Thom said the absence of the flag "these
last few days has become most evident to
Gawler South citizens".
for Gawler Connect Parking decision baffles customers
WILLASTON post office customers
have been baffled by a decision to allo-
cate reserved parking spaces in a shared
private parking lot on Main North
Three weeks ago, signs appeared on four
of the 17 parking spaces, reserved for new
business Building Central, and has since
frustrated customers who frequently visit
the post office.
Customers said they are finding it dif-
ficult to find a park during busy times and
their main concern is that the reserved
parks are usually unoccupied.
The two businesses share the same land-
lord and the parking arrangements are all
privately negotiated and are not under
a council permit or levy, so the reserved
spaces are permitted.
But customers don't understand why the
reserved signs are required, according to
Gawler Belt resident Paul Fernandez, who
visits the post office on weekdays.
"A lot of times there's no-one parked in
the reserved parks and, I mean, we're in
and out in five minutes," Mr Fernandez
"What authority have they got, who's
going to stop me from parking there?
"If no-one can get fined, what's the point
of putting the signs up?"
Also expressing her concern was custom-
er June Tidswell, who visits the post office
"I have found that the reserved parks
have been available when I visit," Mrs Tid-
"In future, I will probably park there if
there are no other parks available."
Willaston post office manager Leeann
Pangrazio said she was not informed that
the parking spaces were going to be re-
served and the discussions she had with the
landlord had been vague.
"It is annoying that it is upsetting our
customers," Ms Pangrazio said.
"We are all supposed to have access to
an amount of car parks, but nothing was,
sort of, designated and it just came as a bit
of a surprise.
"It was quite convenient for them to pull
Ms Pangrazio has also been monitoring
the reserved parks and has found they are
usually empty throughout the day.
"It seems a little bit wasteful," she said.
An employee from Building Central
said the business had not heard about the
complaints from post office customers and
that the car parks simply came with the
The Bunyip understands that
discussions are now taking place between
post office staff and the landlord and
the situation is likely to be resolved in-
BUNYIP SMALL ADS
This August, host a BBQ to
support kids living with
Concerned post o ce
customer Paul Fernan-
dez standing next to the
reserved parking spaces
for Building Central.
PHOTO: Amelia Dawkins
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