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Lions, RSL join forces
THE Gawler RSL Sub Branch and the
South Gawler Football Club have decided
to merge together, in a historic decision, to
form a new community club based at the
latter's Evanston home ground.
The two organisations agreed to the merg-
er at their annual general meetings, held last
week, which would result in the formation of
the 'South Gawler and RSL Gawler Commu-
The new community club will be based at
South Gawler's football and netball complex
at Eldred Riggs Reserve, although both or-
ganisations will retain their constitutions and
identities and will fall under a joint commu-
nity club consultative body.
Gawler RSL president Paul Little said that
merger discussions have been ongoing be-
tween the two organisations over two months
and, after putting it to their members, both
decided it would be a positive move.
"We're getting older, and some of our
younger members have nowhere to go at our
club, and we want an area where they can go
and spend time with the kids, so we thought
munity club," he said.
"We aren't the first one to do it, it's been
done at a few other RSL clubs around the
South Gawler Football Club president
Luke Officer said the club was "over the
moon" about the move, as it benefited both
"It's good for the sustainability for both,"
"If you look at footy, in general, it's get-
ting harder and harder to get junior members,
so by combining the club and the RSL you
get reciprocal membership.
"It also gives us both the opportunity to go
hell for leather at applying for grants -- we've
got tennis and netball here as well, and the
RSL has veterans and service people, so by
combining forces, we're making it easier to
get grants for the community."
Mr Little said the RSL sub branch will
look to sell off its Gawler West clubrooms,
but will remain there until negotiations prog-
ress, with both organisations still requiring
permission from Gawler Council with regard
to leases and other assessments.
However, he said, so far, the feedback both
organisations have been receiving from their
members about the move was positive.
"We've got about 25 younger members
from out at Edinburgh, and all those are in fa-
vour of it, because it's the way to go to keep
the RSL viable in the modern day, I think,"
Mr Little said.
Liberals pledge regional funding
THE State Liberal Party has announced
$150 million will be delivered to South
Australia's regional areas over the next 10
years, helping drive economic growth, if it
is elected in March next year.
Liberal Candidate for Light Karen
McColl said the plan will be beneficial for
Gawler and the surrounding region, and aims
to create more employment opportunities in
"This $150 million commitment is just
one component of our Recharging our Re-
gions plan, which will be announced this
week," she said.
"The Regional Growth Fund will focus on
facilitating new opportunities to support jobs
and drive new investment, including in the
Gawler region and surrounding suburbs.
"Businesses looking to expand to create
regional employment and economic opportu-
nities will be eligible for funding."
State Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis crit-
icised the plan on Monday, stating it could
actually amount to funding cuts for regional
"Today (Monday) the Liberals announced
they would commit $15 million a year to sup-
port jobs growth in regional South Australia,
matching the State Government's current
funding through the Regional Development
Fund," he said.
"However, the Liberal policy locks in the
funding level for 10 years, meaning it can't be
increased over time to account for inflation."
Ms McColl responded to Mr Koutsantonis'
comments, saying the state's regional areas have
been "neglected" by the State Government, and
the Liberals' plan does give back to these areas.
South Gawler Football Club president Luke Officer (left) and Gawler RSL Sub Branch president Paul Little
shake hands on the two organisations' historic new merger.
PHOTO: Matteo Gagliardi
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