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Barossa tourism award winners
PINDARIE Cellar Door and
the Barossa Visitor Centre
were among seven tourism op-
erators to be inducted into the
Tourism Awards Hall of Fame
at the 2014 South Australian
Tourism Awards on Friday.
The two operators were induct-
ed for winning their respective
categories for three consecutive
The Barossa Visitor Centre
was again successful in the Visi-
tor Information and Services
category, while Pindarie Cellar
Door took out the best tourism
Thirty awards were presented
to businesses and individu-
als around the state and Tour
Barossa and Barossa Council
were also victorious in their cat-
South Australian tourism indus-
try council chief executive Ward
Tilbrook said the Barossa was
home to some of the state's best
tourism experiences and it was
important to celebrate excellence
in an industry that is so significant
to the state's economy.
The South Australian winners
will now go on to represent the
state at the Australian Tourism
Awards in Adelaide next year.
COMMUTERS and locals are calling
for permanent sealing of Williamstown's
Para Wirra Road, following several
crashes that have led to concerns about its
The five-and-a-half kilometre stretch of dirt
road is part of a route connecting Williams-
town to Elizabeth and the northern suburbs
and is seeing increasing use.
Local motorists say Para Wirra Road is
strewn with potholes, loose gravel and adven-
turous wildlife, resulting in a community cam-
paign to see it improved.
Williamstown police officer Sergeant Bryan
Dicker, also a former Williamstown Commu-
nity Council member, said the road is a major
topic amongst locals who are concerned lives
may be lost due to its condition.
"Many people have expressed concerns
with the condition, safety and speed limit
of the road, because of the dirt," Sgt Dicker
According to Sgt Dicker, there have been
many recent accidents on the road and it could
be improved in some sections with permanent
Barossa Council works director Peter Bice
said council had received requests to seal Para
Wirra Road, but it is not scheduled for devel-
opment in the current budget.
"Council has recently lost vital local roads
funding of at least $210,000, which has placed
a further burden on council's ability to main-
tain local services and infrastructure," Mr Bice
road seal call
Reviewing Neighbourhood Watch
A COMPREHENSIVE review of South
Australia's Neighbourhood Watch pro-
gram has started in a bid to reinvigorate
the community service.
A reduction in crime rates has meant few-
er residents are involved with local Neigh-
bourhood Watch groups in the Gawler re-
Police Minister Tony Piccolo said the
State Government will invest $2 million
over the next four years to strengthen the
role of Neighbourhood Watch in local com-
munities across the state.
"SAPOL has started this process with a
review that will focus on developing new
initiatives in the online environment, in-
cluding the ability to hold virtual meetings
and forums," he said.
"Six unsworn staff (will) implement and
maintain the new program and the first of
those jobs will soon come online."
Barossa police Chief Inspector Alex
Zimmermann said a drop in community
members involved with local groups was "a
consequence of low crime rates".
"I think Neighbourhood Watch is still
incredibly important...it's an under-rated
service," he said.
"Criminals don't want to be in those ar-
eas, there is a deterrent effect."
The service has been running since the
1980s, however it has undergone a shift in
focus to other issues as well as crime preven-
Neighbourhood Watch state president
Dennis Obst said the funding grant of $2
million would help transform the land-
"We are now poised for exciting devel-
opments in expanding the effectiveness of
Neighbourhood Watch in crime prevention
and the building of community capacity
and resilience," Mr Obst said.
Neighbourhood Watch Group 111,
which covers a large area of Gawler East, is
focusing on other community issues -- like
road conditions, street numbering, lighting
and drainage -- now crime is no longer as
Local co-ordinator Trevor Bellchambers
said he was proud of the safety record the
group had built in the area.
"This is one of the safest areas in the
state," he said.
"We try and keep very vigilant to make
sure it stays that way...we don't want to be-
Mr Bellchambers encouraged community
members who had an issue to contact the
"It's like a group of friends that meet once
a month and get together to have a chat,"
"If you have a concern in the community,
come to us."
If you have a community issue or are
interested in being involved with your lo-
cal Neighbourhood Watch group, call the
Barossa police Crime Prevention Section
Neighbourhood Watch Group 111 members Adrian Crouch (left), Trevor Bellchambers and
Ross Kirby are proud of what they have achieved in the area.
Neighbourhood Watch is still
incredibly important...it's an
under-rated service. Criminals
don't want to be in those areas,
there is a deterrent effect.
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be consulting until
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health (having a diploma in child health).
Particular interest in nutritional and holistic/
integrative medicine (mind body medicine and
whole person approach).
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