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GAWLER and some of its surrounding regions
will be serviced by a new mega Country SA
Primary Health Network from next July, after
the Federal Government abolished Medicare Lo-
cals across the country.
The move will see Northern Adelaide Medicare Lo-
cal, which provides services to Gawler, Mallala and
Playford council areas, along with the handful of
Medicare Locals across South Australia, shut down
The five SA-based Medicare Locals will be replaced
by two Primary Health Networks -- one to service the
metropolitan areas and one to service country areas
across South Australia.
Northern Adelaide Medicare Local chief executive
Deb Lee said there was currently a lot of uncertainty
surrounding the changes but she hoped the service
delivery would not be compromised for northern
"What we need from the Commonwealth at this
time is some assurance around how they see service
delivery being transitioned and what support will be
in place to ensure that that can happen effectively,"
Ms Lee said NAML intended to be a part of a col-
laborative partnership tender bid for both the coun-
try and metro Primary Health Networks in South
The move comes despite a Federal Government
promise, prior to the election, to not shut down any
Member for Wakefield Nick Champion said the
boundary for the Primary Health Network in Wake-
field was "grossly inadequate and will not meet the
health needs of residents in Wakefield".
-- Natalie Vikhrov
NORTHERN suburbs residents are invited to
express their views on the future of the state's
health system at a community information event
to be held at Grenville Community Connections
Hub this Friday.
Transforming Health executive director Sinead
O'Brien said the session would provide people with
an opportunity to learn more about the Transforming
Health discussion paper and submit their feedback.
"All South Australians are being asked to help shape
the future of the state's health system with the recent
release of the Transforming Health discussion paper,"
Ms O'Brien said.
"This paper has been prepared in partnership with
the state's doctors, nurses and midwives and allied
and scientific health staff, and could lead to the most
significant transformation of health services in the
Consultation on the Transforming Health discus-
sion paper opened on Monday and will close on No-
For more information, or to take part in the con-
sultation process, visit transforminghealth.sa.gov.au
Health futures talk
Club angered by
The damage to the tractor and water
cart meant the club was unable to water
and prepare the track for racing, forcing
a cancellation of two scheduled meets on
Sunday and Tuesday.
Gawler Greyhound Club president Mike
Wittholz said the cancellations had cost
the club a huge amount in much-needed
"It cost us $8000 on Sunday and it cost
us another $8000 on Tuesday," he said.
"It's also an inconvenience for trainers
who came from as far as Whyalla and Vic-
Mr Wittholz said the vandalism
had reached epidemic proportions,
with attacks occurring "at least once a
week or fortnight" over the past six
"We have been here since 1972 and
have never seen anything like this," he
"It's time-consuming and frustrating...I
can't understand the logic behind it."
Greyhound SA estimates up to 20 inci-
dents of damage and theft have occurred at
the showgrounds precinct in the past three
months, costing the user groups there tens
of thousands of dollars.
"We've had lawnmowers, welders, power
tools, pumps, wires stripped, vehicle keys
stolen," a Greyhound SA spokesperson
"They even cut the power supply to the
starting areas and buildings."
The Gawler Central football, netball and
cricket clubs, Gawler Show Society and the
recreation centre have also been targeted in
Netball club president Leanne Songer
said a recent incident cost the club nearly
"They come very well prepared, they are
organised thieves," she said.
"We have deadlocks on our doors, they
have totally ripped apart the frame on the
door and pulled it apart...they have gone
to a lot of effort."
Gawler Council is attempting to
take action in the wake of the attacks
by putting new security measures in
place, including closing some non-essen-
tial gates and the overnight closure of main
But so far this has not appeared to deter
A Gawler police spokesperson said they
were aware of several incidents at the pre-
cinct and were continuing investigations
into the issue.
"We are certainly focusing our resources
there and are working with the stakehold-
ers at the precinct on crime prevention tac-
tics," he said.
Police Minister and Member for Light
Tony Piccolo said he had not been told
about the situation but would work with
local police to see it resolved.
"Such behaviour is not acceptable, and
the perpetrators will feel the full impact of
the law when caught," he said.
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Gawler Greyhound Club president Mike Wittholz has never seen anything like the current spate of theft and vandalism at the Gawler
Showgrounds, which has cost his club $16,000.
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