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Rotary club's light ideas
GAWLER's annual Christmas
light display along the
Apex Park riverbank has
been erected boasting new,
colourful lights for nightly
However, according to
Rotary Club of Gawler Light's
administrator Sarah Rowe the
time-honoured display needs
more than new lighting.
"The Rotary Club is wanting
to revamp the display and is
researching the possibility of
using new materials, lighting and
new designs," she said.
"However, new things all cost
money, therefore the Rotary Club
of Gawler Light is looking for
expressions of interest regarding
possible sponsorship of its annual
"Local businesses would be
able to have their name featured
on one of the many Christmas
characters that are on display
every year; this would also be lit
up each night, just as it is now."
The yearly display, which
currently features an Australian-
themed Christmas, has become a
regular feature in Gawler's festive
celebrations for many years with
the co-operation of local lawyer,
Stephen Clark, on whose land it
To share your ideas or
sponsorship, contact the Rotary
Club of Gawler Light, PO Box
1577, Gawler SA 5118.
FORMER mayoral contend-
er John Bolton has erected a
Colorbond fence around his
heritage-listed Coach House in
Union Street without council
approval, causing upset within
the local community.
Gawler Council approved re-
development of the property in
2010, which included reference to a
Colorbond fence, however it noted
the approval did not extend to the
The Bunyip understands Mr
Bolton installed the fence earlier
Residents were appalled by the
move, some taking their concerns to
council last month.
Willaston resident Allison Sadler
called on council to remove the
5' fence from the property at last
"This fence is not in line with dis-
playing our town's heritage building
to its full potential," she said.
"In fact, it blocks a large chunk of
the facade of the building from be-
ing seen altogether and the fence sits
right up close to the building.
"A heritage building is of less val-
ue to locals and tourists if it is now
difficult to even spot."
The concerns are shared by the
Gawler Environment and Heritage
Association, which has backed local
residents in their calls to remove the
fence or replace it with an appropri-
The group's publicity officer
David Ferguson said heritage build-
ings were one of Gawler's strengths.
"That's why people come to see
towns like Gawler," he said.
Member Sue Coldbeck said the
Coach House had been beautifully
restored in recent years, but the
work was now hidden by the 5'
"We don't have many of those
beautiful Coach Houses left, there
are few in the town," she said.
"They remind us of something
Gawler Council chief executive
Henry Inat said council would be
writing to Mr Bolton "to advise
him of the situation and to seek his
"Process would dictate that he
could lodge an application for us
to formally assess the merits of the
fence...and, if that application is ap-
proved, it's approved," he said.
"If it's refused, we'll be asking him
to remove the fence."
Mr Bolton did not return calls
from The Bunyip.
ABOVE: Local residents Julia Mannix
and Allison Sadler are calling for Gawler
Council to remove a colorbond fence
around a heritage listed Coach House,
which was erected without council
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
The Rotary Club of Gawler Light is seeking support to upgrade its Christmas display.
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