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Development denial appealed in court
PROSPECTIVE developers are
appealing in court a Gawler Coun-
cil Assessment Panel (CAP) deci-
sion to refuse planning consent to
build a new medical practice on
Council received a development
proposal from Lucy and Dr Dene
Larwood last August seeking to
construct consulting and treatment
rooms for a dermal therapist and
gynaecologist practice at 163 Mur-
ray Street, Gawler, which is vacant,
except for an outbuilding.
The proposal sought to demol-
ish the outbuilding to develop the
consulting rooms, as well as create
10 on-site car parking spaces, land-
scaping, retaining walls and free-
standing signage on the 1246m2 lot,
located across the road from Gawl-
er Central Shopping Centre.
The CAP denied the planning
consent for the proposal at its meet-
ing in February, despite a recom-
mendation from council staff that it
approve the application.
The CAP initially considered
deferring the matter and asking the
Larwoods to provide further infor-
mation to clarify the panel's con-
cerns about the application.
However, the motion to defer the
matter failed to attract a seconder,
with the CAP then voting to refuse
development plan consent due to
the concerns voiced by panel mem-
"The proposed development
does not...show good design re-
lating to aesthetics, materials, use
of the land and energy efficiency
provisions in line with the view of
the historic conservation zone," the
CAP's decision read.
"(It doesn't) provide sufficient
landscaping provision to soften the
street scape view to Murray Street
Gawler from the rear carpark.
"(It does) not show well thought
out design for vehicle access to and
from the property.
"(It does) not provide clarity re-
lating to any future development of
the elevated portion of land at the
rear of the property."
The Larwoods subsequently
lodged an appeal of the decision,
with a preliminary conference held
in April and a further deputation
presented by architect Peter Hi-
gnett, on behalf of the Larwoods,
at the latest CAP meeting in May.
The Bunyip understands the CAP
has accepted an amended develop-
ment proposal from the Larwoods,
but produced a list of conditions
required to be met to obtain devel-
The CAP's spokeswoman and
independent chair, Dr Susan Shan-
non, confirmed the matter is cur-
rently before the Environment, De-
velopment and Resources Court.
"Recent deliberations pertaining
to a compromise proposal submit-
ted by the applicant to CAP for
consideration form part of these
court proceedings," Dr Shannon
"As this matter is the subject to a
(confidentiality) order pursuant to
Section 56A(12)(a)(vii) of the De-
velopment Act 1993, CAP is not at
liberty to comment on these delib-
erations until such time as the mat-
ter has been finalised by the court."
The Bunyip has approached the
Larwoods for comment.
Hit-and-run leaves family in limbo
A GAWLER resident whose
car was smashed into on Sun-
day night is appealing for
anyone who might be able to
identify the driver of the other
vehicle, after a man who was
allegedly apprehended at the
scene claimed to be the passen-
At around 7.50pm on Sun-
day, police and emergency ser-
vices were called to High Street,
Gawler, following reports of a
A police spokesperson said
that upon arrival at the scene,
police found a silver Holden Ba-
rina had collided head-on with a
parked blue Nissan Tiida.
"The Barina had flipped onto
its roof and the Tiida had been
pushed backward into a fence,"
the spokesperson said.
"There were also a number of
people at the scene who were
spoken to by police, (and) there
were no reported injuries."
The owner of the Nissan, High
Street home owner Danielle
Parsloe, said she and her fam-
ily returned home from dinner
around two hours later to find
the car had narrowly missed their
home and had smashed into their
Ms Parsloe was told that a
neighbour chased down a man
who allegedly tried to run away
from the accident, but, despite
this, no-one can place him be-
hind the wheel of the car.
"The police got him and they
did a breath analysis," she said.
"However, he was saying that
he was the passenger.
"They know that he was drink-
ing, but they could not prove that
he was the driver of the vehicle at
the time of the crash.
"No-one can confirm that they
saw someone else run away from
the scene with him."
Ms Parsloe said her family is
now $15,000 out of pocket, as
they are unable to lodge an insur-
ance claim without evidence of
who drove the other vehicle.
"As far as the police are con-
cerned, even if we got CCTV
footage from one of the pubs of
him getting into his vehicle, be-
tween the time frame of leaving
the pub to the accident occurring,
we're not sure whether he may
have picked someone up, in the
meantime, and stopped driving,"
"So, unless someone can actu-
ally place him in the driver's seat,
we've got nothing.
"It's had a huge effect, and
we've only just bought this house
six months ago.
"I'm not able to work at the
moment because I've just had a
baby, so we're up **** creek,
"It's pretty serious, from our
The police spokesperson
would not confirm the de-
tails of the alleged incident,
but said the police investigation
Anyone with information who
has not yet spoken to police is
urged to contact Crime Stoppers
on 1800 333 000, or report their
information online at www.
in the black
THE latest iteration of Gawler Council's
draft budget for 2018/19 has returned a
minor operating surplus, after council
managed to identify just over $200,000 in
When council first adopted its draft
2018/19 budget and released it for public
consultation in late April, it contained an
operating deficit of $124,000.
Gawler Mayor Karen Redman said that
the current version of the draft budget,
which was presented to both last week's
Audit Committee meeting and last night's
special council meeting, provided for an un-
derlying operating surplus of $77,000.
"In accordance with the resolution made
at the (April) council meeting... the ad-
ministration has identified opportunities to
improve the estimated 2018/19 operating
result," she said.
"The net savings identified has resulted
in a $200,000 improvement in the estimated
Mrs Redman listed some of the key sav-
ings measures council achieved to bring
the draft budget back into black as being:
a $54,000 saving in electricity expenses,
$50,000 in depreciation, $28,000 in employ-
ee costs (classified as "short-term, one-off
savings") and $15,000 in interest expenses
(due to a recent interest rate reduction).
Council reported receiving just three writ-
ten submissions during the recently-con-
cluded consultation period on the draft
budget, along with a number of replies to its
social media posts relating to it.
Elected members will vote on whether
to adopt the 2018/19 budget at their June
meeting on Tuesday, June 26.
Gawler resident Danielle Parsloe in front of her Nissan Tiida, which was significantly damaged in an alleged hit-and-run
on Sunday night.
PHOTO: Matteo Gagliardi
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