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NOTICE OF ANNUAL
When: 6.30pm, Thursday, 27 November 2014
Venue: Conference Room, via Main Hospital
Entrance, Gawler Health Service,
21 Hutchinson Road, Gawler
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Report and appointment of Gawler District Health
Advisory Council Members.
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Light council Leaning light tower
LIGHT Regional Council held a special
meeting on Friday to induct its new-
look council and thank outgoing council
members for their efforts.
Re-elected Mayor Bill O'Brien made the
Declaration of Office at the meeting, welcom-
ing on board new councillors Sharon Lewis,
Keith Ellis, Samantha Mitchell, Robert Kerin
and David Shannon.
Re-elected councillors Peter Kennelly, Bill
Close, Lynette Reichstein, Deane Rohrlach
and Des Ellis were also welcomed.
At the meeting council paid tribute to sev-
eral former councillors who would not be re-
turning due to the 2014 election results.
Mike Skevington served as a councillor
from 2000 to 2014 for the Western Barossa
Ward, which was renamed the Laucke Ward
at the 2010 election.
Over his time with council, Mr Skevington
contributed greatly to the various committee
membership structures of council, holding
key positions during his tenure.
Peter Graham served as a councillor for
Mudla Wirra Ward from 2006 to 2014, work-
ing as a committee chairman and a proxy del-
egate to regional authorities.
He contested the 2014 mayoral election for
Gawler Council but was unsuccessful.
Wayne Standish served as a councillor for
Light Ward from 2006 to 2014, working on
various committees, and in particular the Au-
dit Committee since its inception.
Robert Williams served as a councillor for
Dutton Ward from 2010 to 2014, working
on various council committees.
Steven Watson, who unsuccessfully sought
mayoralty of council, served as a councillor
for Mudla Wirra Ward from 2010 to 2014,
working on various council committees.
-- Carl Pfei er
AS the temperature increases, so
does the presence of koalas in
suburban areas seeking fresh feed
from new trees, drinking water and
Spring is breeding time for koalas
so often they travel further in search
of a mate, usually into more danger-
ous, traffic-prone or suburban areas.
Department of Environment, Water
and Natural Resources animal welfare
manager Dr Deb Kelly said pet bowls,
children's paddle-pools, fish ponds and
swimming pools all act as water sources
in the hot weather, putting koalas at
risk of dog attacks or drowning.
"Unless they are clearly injured or ill,
or they are orphaned joeys, koalas usu-
ally don't need rescuing," she said.
"If they found their way into your
backyard, they'll more than likely find
their way out again the same way.
"Koalas look cuddly, but they have
sharp claws and can inflict some deep
scratches, so keep dogs away, for the
sake of both animals."
According to Dr Kelly, koalas are at
their most vulnerable when they were
on the ground because they are slow
and have poor road sense, so people
need to look out for these daring ani-
Injured or orphaned koalas can be
reported to the Fauna Rescue Koala
Hotline (7226 0017).
GAWLER Central Netball Club's facili-
ties are literally falling away and the club
is at odds with Gawler Council about
who is responsible to fix them.
A portion of a netball court, as well as a
light tower, is subsiding towards the South
Para River, creating a huge structural issue
which the club believes is Gawler Council's
responsibility to fix.
Gawler Central Sporting Club president
Kingsley Songer made a deputation at
Gawler Council's October meeting, saying
the club believed that, under the current
lease agreement, it was council's obligation
to maintain the structural integrity of the
"I can't really see how you can read the
lease any other way," he said.
"The issue we have got is the underlying
structure and ground that the courts are
However, after receiving legal advice,
Gawler Council said it was instead the club's
responsibility to fund repairs.
Gawler Council chief executive Henry
Inat said council would work with the club
to source the required funds through grants
and other appropriate means to fix the
courts, but full repairs would not be funded
"Council will, in the immediate time pe-
riod, undertake limited remediation works
for safety reasons to the court and light
pole," he said.
"Further to which council will continue
to work with the club to seek funding from
other government agencies to improve the
courts and the facilities."
Mr Songer said the installation of a coun-
cil bridge over the river in recent years had
further compounded the problem.
"It has got worse since the bridge was in-
stalled, a considerable amount of earth was
moved from near the courts to make way
for building the bridge," he said.
"Moving that dirt away from the courts
is where we now have a problem, the courts
are sinking, they are subsiding towards the
However, Mr Inat said the installation of
the bridge was not to blame for the issue.
"Council has established through its in-
vestigations, that the subsidence on the net-
ball courts is caused by drainage issues origi-
nating from when the courts were originally
constructed by the club," he said.
"The damage cannot be attributed to
council's construction of the shared-use-
Gawler Central Netball Club president
Leanne Songer said Gawler Council's Com-
munity Plan stated "the improved quality of
our sports and recreation facilities are at the
forefront of what our community wants".
Mrs Songer said she felt this statement
went against council's current actions.
"The club feels the council are responsible
for structural issues, while it was the club's
job to maintain the complex," she said.
Gawler Council will further discuss the
issue at its January meeting.
Gawler Central Netball Club president
Leanne Songer stands next to the light pole
that overlooks the club's courts, which was
described by husband Kingsley Songer
as "like the Leaning Tower of Pisa". INSET:
The netball club is concerned about their
deteriorating courts. PHOTOS: Alec Urquhart
Koalas in your yard
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