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Local lad takes trip to outer space
discuss rural zone
GAWLER Council believes it would be "ir-
responsible" for it to release a confidential
report concerning the zoning of Gawler's
'green belt', as it prepares to hold a meeting
to discuss the rural buffer zone tomorrow.
Member for Light Tony Piccolo submit-
ted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request
last month to force council to publicly re-
lease the second of two Rural Land Use and
Infrastructure Investigation reports that it
commissioned Jensen Planning & Design to
complete in 2014.
Gawler Mayor Karen Redman said council
processed the FOI application in accordance
with relevant legislation, with the deadline
for council to respond being yesterday.
However, she said council has consistent-
ly maintained that the release of the second
Jensen report should occur when a draft rural
zone-related Development Plan Amendment
(DPA) is released for public consultation.
"While there is considerable public inter-
est in Report 2, until such time as council
has formalised its position in relation to this
report and/or any possible changes to land
use policies contained in a DPA, it would be
irresponsible to release Report 2 from confi-
dence," she said.
Mrs Redman said council hasn't yet ad-
opted a specific land use policy and would
need to reach agreement with the Minister for
Planning on the scope of policy change to be
investigated, via a Statement of Intent.
However, elected members resolved at
their November 2017 meeting to hold an in-
formal workshop to discuss the future of the
Mrs Redman said this workshop has been
scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, February
15) at the Gawler Sport and Community Centre.
The workshop will be split into two parts:
the first, beginning at 7pm, will be focused
on the first Jensen report and is open to the
public; and the second, covering the confi-
dential second report, will be conducted be-
hind closed doors.
Dwayne's wish has lift-off!
GAWLER'S very own star-chaser,
Dwayne Franke, was granted the wish of
a lifetime last week, receiving a chance to
'walk on the moon'.
The four-year-old, who lives with a
drug-resistant form of epilepsy, made na-
tional headlines this week, after a team of
volunteers, including Make-A-Wish Baros-
sa branch members Deb Whisson, Helene
Marrone and Natalie Scholz, made all of his
space dreams come true at once.
Dwayne's wish started with a police
escort to Adelaide airport, where he was
greeted by Star Wars characters who gave
him a ticket to travel to the moon.
Dwayne was then seated in a plane's
cockpit, alongside Barossa branch
member Natalie, and after a short time the
pair blasted off to their outer space desti-
They arrived at the 'moon' -- an airport
hangar that had been transformed into out-
er space, using sand, rocks and a variety
of special effects -- and were greeted by
Dwayne's favourite superheroes, including
Spider-Man, Superman and Batman, along
with some other space characters.
Dwayne's mum, Rebecca, said the vol-
unteers' efforts, including members of the
Qantas Foundation, and the efforts of air-
port staff, were "absolutely amazing".
"He was just absolutely blown away by it
all," she said.
"Seeing him smile, have fun, and be able
to do normal life things and enjoying him-
self, was just awesome.
"We have got to take each day at a time
and we can't really plan things because
when we do, it ends up just not really work-
ing out very well for us.
"But, for this, it was brilliant and I think
we will be talking about it for a very, very,
very, long time."
Rebecca said Dwayne's love for space
started several years ago, when he was out-
side and spotted the moon.
This was around the same time that his
frequent trips to hospital started.
"For him, life is very clinical; hospital is
a normal part of his life and that is quite sad,
really," she said.
"Between 12 months of age and now, he
has lived more in hospital than what he has
out of hospital.
"Ever since (he discovered the moon) he
has loved it and in his words, 'it is a big,
"He would walk to the back door, kiss
the moon goodnight, and would say 'good-
Fellow astronaut Natalie said seeing the
four-year-old laugh and smile throughout
the wish was "beautiful".
She said she felt "very blessed" to be in-
volved in the wish, which was a highlight
for the Barossa branch that has been operat-
ing since 1999.
"We are a relatively small branch, but we
keep very busy...we wouldn't be able to do
what we do without the support from local
people who continue to support us through
donations and items for us to raffle,"
(centre) had a lot of
fun meeting a fellow
astronaut and a
variety of different
Dwayne Franke settled into
the captain's chair before
blasting off to the moon.
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