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GAWLER Council is set to for-
malise its position on dealing with
tree and vegetation issues around
the town by adopting its Tree
Council’s Infrastructure and Envi-
ronmental Services Committee voted
at its August meeting to recommend
the policy be adopted.
The policy aims to establish the di-
rection provided to council staff on
how to manage trees and shrubs, while
recognising that the town’s vegetation
is one of the key amenities of the area.
“This plan recognises the need to
maintain and enhance this amenity,
while assessing customer requests and
various needs for maintenance require-
ments, in a consistent and transparent
manner,” a meeting report said.
The plan details strategies to provide
effective maintenance, replacement
and functional programs for the plant-
ing and preservation of trees, as well as
dealing with risk assessment issues aris-
ing from complaints.
“When council receives a request or
complaint regarding a tree, in order
to conduct an accurate assessment, it
is important to establish the facts and
history of the tree, including anything
that could have been done to avert the
risk that has developed,” the report
“If a request or complaint establishes
an emergency situation, council should
act in accordance with internal pro-
cedures to take reasonable action and
provide a timely response in accordance
with the nature of the issue.”
Council will ensure that all tree re-
quests or complaints are received in
writing, unless in an emergency, and
will also take into account the species,
height and age of the tree.
Some of the common issues involv-
ing tree complaints include protruding
tree roots, falling limbs or encroaching
New tree policy
SOME of the most striking
building and landscaping designs
around town will be highlighted
in this year’s Gawler Prize.
Nominations are now open for
the prestigious prize, which rewards
building and landscape design excel-
lence that contributes to the overall
architectural quality of the town.
The Gawler Prize offers three
awards for high-quality design, which
are: Excellence in Building Design,
Commercial; Excellence in Building
Design, Residential; and Excellence
in Landscape/Garden Design.
All nominations must be visible
from the street and work must have
been completed no earlier than Janu-
ary 1, 2011, and be located within
the Gawler Council area.
The best nomination in each cat-
egory will be awarded a specially
selected work of art valued up to
The closing date for nominations,
available from council’s website, is
Friday, October 31 at 4pm.
Safe driving: Parents get message
A RECENT hard-hiting road safety semi-
nar has delivered a strong message to not
only its intended targets, student drivers,
but also their parents.
The Road Awareness Program was held at
Trinity College and involved students from
across the district, and feedback following the
seminar suggests that older drivers who attend-
ed with their children have been prompted to
look at their own actions.
Bruce Hobby, who’s 17-year-old daughter
Georgette attended the student presentation
during the day, witnessed the emotional story
during the parents’ session.
“It’s common to hear about people who have
died in car accidents but you don’t often hear
about those who have their lives permanently
changed,” Bruce said.
Following the seminar, Bruce not only took
steps to ensure his daughter would not be dis-
tracted while driving but also looked critically
at his own driving habits.
“When you’re driving, on country roads, in
particular, you are less than a metre away from
potential death,” he said.
“If you lose concentration, even for a sec-
ond and you swerve to the right, you hit a car,
swerve to the left, hit trees.
“Neither of them are forgiving.”
The open and honest nature of the presenta-
tion can be confronting, but MFS station offi-
cer Chas Thomas and the presentation co-ordi-
nator said the emergency service workers make
“We don’t hold anything back because we
want to show the full extent of what we see
when we attend car crashes.”
welcomed the active
response from parents, comforted that it
may have changed some of their driving
The presentation called for parents to assess
their own driving habits so they can be the best
instructors for their children.
“It’s the best 90 minutes a parent could spend;
it should be mandatory,” Bruce said.
Bruce Hobby, pictured with daughter Georgette, has been given a sharp reminder of the importance of
road safety following a seminar attended by student drivers and their parents. Photo: Alec Urquhart
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