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A MOVE to take down the
Australian flag from the
Gawler South memorial on
Adelaide Road will be put be-
fore the ombudsman, memo-
rial supporter Warren Dibben
Gawler Council Finance and
Corporate Services manager Paul
Horwood announced he will be
arranging to have the flag removed
earlier this month, after it came to
light that the flag had been insuf-
ficiently illuminated from below
for a "considerable" time.
Mr Dibben, who said he has
been managing the flag on a volun-
tary basis since 1993, described the
move as a "stunt" to push an agen-
da to have the World War I monu-
ment moved to Pioneer Park.
He said while the protocol for
flying the national flag called for
illumination, it did not state the
flag needed to be lit from below.
"There is no mention in the
book about it has to be illumi-
nated from the ground; that is
just nonsense, it's untrue, it's
misleading," he said.
"The sad part of the story is I
wasn't even advised or asked for a
view on who should manage the
He said the entire process has
been handled "shabbily" and he
would be forwarding the com-
munications that led to the deci-
sion to the ombudsman.
"I'll also put together a report
from my point of view and I'll
leave it to the ombudsman to de-
cide," he said.
Mr Clarke disputed Mr Dib-
ben's claims this week, insisting
the former elected member has
failed to fly the flag in accor-
dance with the flag protocol.
Mr Clarke said, additionally,
when the Federal Government
called for the flags to be flown
at half-mast Mr Dibben had
failed to do so, which led to the
RSL receiving several complaints
from Gawler residents and mem-
bers of the military.
Mr Horwood said the issue
comes down to the illumination
of the flag.
"I have got verbal advice from
the Premier's (office)...confirm-
ing my view that the illumina-
tion from the street light across
the road is not deemed to be suf-
ficient illumination," he said.
"I'm just awaiting written con-
firmation from that before we
take any further action."
Mr Horwood said his decision
to remove the flag was "totally
removed from the memorial re-
Flag debate going
There is no
mention in the book
about it has to be
illuminated from the
ground, that is just
nonsense, it's untrue,
GAWLER Council's stance on ve-
hicles parking on verges will be dis-
cussed at its next meeting following
a series of instances involving the
illegal practice around the town.
Vehicles parking up on the kerb on
the side of roads has seen, in some cas-
es, vehicles blocking pedestrian access
to footpaths and damaging them, ac-
cording to councillors.
There are several hot spots in the
region, leading Councillor Adrian
Shackley to raise the issue in the In-
frastructure and Environmental Ser-
vices Committee meeting earlier this
"People have been establishing parks
on road verges around the town...there
are road traffic rules that must be fol-
lowed," he said.
Councillor Shackley, who will pres-
ent a motion on the issue at the next
IES meeting, said something needed
to be done to "educate drivers" on the
Gawler Council executive manager
Steve Harrison said council was keen
to investigate how to best police the
"Council is to discuss this matter at
the next full council meeting...should
be an interesting debate," he said.
Discussion at the meeting will centre
around council's stance on the practice,
how often it should patrol to catch of-
fenders and when it should hand out
It is understood a hot spot for the
illegal parking has been on Duffield
Street, Gawler East, where construction
workers building the new extension to
Martindale Nursing Home have been
parking on the verge on both sides of
the street, blocking footpaths and, in
some cases, damaging them.
Gawler Council's website states that
parking expiation notices may be is-
sued for a number of offences, includ-
ing "obstructing access to and from a
footpath, driveway etc".
The council was unable to provide
The Bunyip with any statistics on how
many motorists had been fined for
parking on verges in the past.
ABOVE: The building site at
the new Martindale Nursing
Home on Du eld Street has
been mentioned as a site
that is rife with parking on
verges. PHOTOS: Carl Pfei er
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