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Chance discovery reunites woman with her husband's stolen ashes...
A good sort
A GAWLER business has played
a part in reuniting an Elizabeth
woman with the stolen ashes of
her late husband, after they were
discovered in a stream of local re-
cycling waste last week.
Last Friday, Northern Adelaide
Waste Management Authori-
ty (NAWMA) employee Robert
Smith was working in the pre-sort
room of NAWMA's Edinburgh
waste processing facility when an
unusual solid plastic object pre-
sented itself on the conveyor belt.
Mr Smith, known affectionately
to his workmates as 'Robbo', took
the object from the line and placed
it aside, identifying it as something
that could be significant to some-
one, before showing it to his line
NAWMA administration staff
then contacted Gawler's Taylor
& Forgie Funeral Directors -- the
business identified by name on the
container -- to help locate the ob-
The owner was an Elizabeth
woman whose home had been bro-
ken into, and the ashes taken from
her during the break-in, just two
The woman, who wished not to
be named, was "shattered" by the
loss of her husband's cremains, and
rushed to Gawler to collect them.
"When they announced that they
were Taylor and Forgie, and I rang
them back, because they'd left a
message, I said, 'you're not ringing
me to tell me the incredible news
that you've found my husband's
remains'," the woman told The
"This guy said, yes -- I don't
know how you describe that feel-
ing, it was just incredible."
Taylor & Forgie replaced the
container, which was damaged, be-
fore returning it to the woman.
The woman had been married
to her husband for 15 years before
he passed away in October, 2015
at the Gawler Health Service, and
said she was still grappling to come
to terms with his death, even today
-- which made the loss of his ashes
even more devastating.
"He didn't even want a funeral,
he just wanted his remains scat-
tered -- and he strictly listed exactly
where, in terms of location," the
"Part of my terrible feeling was
that I hadn't yet done what he'd
asked me to do, because I hadn't, at
that point, been able to bring my-
self to do it."
The woman hoped Mr Smith,
and everyone else involved, under-
stood what their actions meant to
her, as it enabled her to scatter the
ashes, as per her husband's wishes.
Mr Smith said his role in the sto-
ry was just a "total fluke", as he
was simply doing his job, but felt
great that he could help.
"That means everything to me
-- I'm just so happy that it found a
happy home, basically," he said.
"Then, hearing about what hap-
pened to the lady, I couldn't be-
lieve what happened to her.
"It was probably one of the most
amazing things that's happened to
me and that I've been a part of."
Northern Adelaide Waste
Management Authority employee
Robert Smith was sorting through
recycling waste when he found a
container of cremains.
PHOTO: Matteo Gagliardi
Trips translate into positive community outcomes: Mayor
GAWLER Mayor Karen Redman
has defended spending $17,000 of
ratepayer funds to bankroll inter-
state and overseas travel, saying
the two trips have created good
outcomes for the local community.
Last week, The Bunyip reported
Mrs Redman and Gawler chief ex-
ecutive Henry Inat spent $10,000
of ratepayer money to attend the
annual Local Government confer-
ence in Canberra recently.
It comes after the pair used
$7000 of ratepayer funds to make
a business trip to China in 2016, in
which Mrs Redman argued it was
used to promote Gawler.
She said the results of the over-
seas trip are now being realised
through an increase in Chinese
tourists travelling to Gawler as day
visitors, and two local business-
es linking with China's markets
"A modern council has a respon-
sibility to drive investment and
create jobs as and where it can, ei-
ther directly working with industry
or indirectly through lobbying for
and receiving grants for projects
which create local/regional jobs,"
"Achieving such outcomes can-
not just happen sitting behind a
"(It is) critical (the mayor and
CEO) get out there and fly the
Gawler flag to generate awareness
and interest in investment and job
"The costs of both the China and
Canberra visits are acknowledged,
however, it has been money well
spent, given the results achieved."
Mrs Redman said she and Mr
Inat have now attended the Can-
berra conference several times in
recent years, with significant in-
vestment achieved, and hopes of
more in the future.
"Both the CEO and I work hard
for our community at these visits,
with $5.6 million received after our
first visit (to Canberra), which is an
amazing outcome for Gawler," she
"Our success in grant funding
(has been demonstrated) through
our assertive approach to meetings
and lobbying politicians.
"Council currently has 10 grant
funding applications, pending
decisions with both Federal and
State Governments, (with) the total
value of these grants equating to
Moving forward, Mrs Redman
said she hopes there are further
opportunities to develop more in-
tercultural relationships that will
create more good outcomes for the
"I was approached by the Mayor
of Penglai, who visited Gawler and
the region, (to visit Penglai in Chi-
na)," she said.
"Unfortunately, due to the scru-
tiny of such a visit I was not able
to take up the opportunity of the
return invitation I received.
"This was a difficult decision to
make and was a direct result of this
"I look forward to the time when
Gawler can develop such relation-
ships that will only enhance our
success as a community."
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