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Spotlight on Cheek Ave
VISIBILITY issues on Cheek Avenue
have been put under the spotlight by
Gawler East residents.
Street lighting on the road at night is so
poor it has caused several accidents on the
main thoroughfare, with sub-standard il-
lumination creating issues for vehicles and
Cheek Avenue resident Trevor Bellcham-
bers labelled the situation a "disaster wait-
ing to happen".
"At night it is hopeless, there are these
little orange glows up in the air, they give
no light on the ground," he said.
"I feel it is really unsafe...it is a danger.
"It shouldn't be like this in this day and
age, this is a main road now."
The main lighting issues occur between
the sections of the avenue between Lyndoch
Road and Calton Road.
Mr Bellchambers, who has lived on the
road for more than 30 years, said he had
seen several accidents occur because of the
poor lighting, as well as many near misses.
"We have had cars run into other cars...
we have had instances of cars rolling and to-
talling each other," he said.
"When you are walking at night you can't
see anything either."
The Neighbourhood Watch Group 111
co-ordinator, Mr Bellchambers said he had
contacted Gawler Council several times to
voice his concerns.
"They agree it is a problem and they will
do something about it, but most likely only
when the road is upgraded, which could be
20 years time," he said.
"In the meantime, we are stuck with a
Gawler Council chief executive Henry
Inat said there were no immediate plans to
upgrade lighting on the road.
"There is currently no plans to upgrade
the lighting on Cheek Avenue," he said.
"Cheek Avenue is proposed to be upgrad-
ed as a result of growth in the area.
"Council is currently in discussions with
relevant stakeholders to finalise trigger
points for construction, funding arrange-
ments and road hierarchy."
Neighbourhood Watch Group 111 secre-
tary Adrian Crouch, who has previous ex-
perience as a lighting technician, said there
was no doubt the lighting needed to be up-
"The lighting on this road is generally 18-
watt sodiums, which we used back in the
'80s and '90s," he said.
"They have a limited output and are gen-
erally used for internal street lighting, not
DESPITE a recent drop in member
numbers, Neighbourhood Watch still
remains a valuable staple of the Gawler
A reduction in crime rates around the re-
gion has meant fewer residents are involved
with local Neighbourhood Watch groups,
but that does not make them redundant,
according to members.
The service has been running in the state
since the 1980s, however it has undergone a
shift in focus to other issues as well as crime
Barossa police Chief Inspector Alex Zim-
mermann said a drop in community mem-
bers involved with local groups was "a con-
sequence of low crime rates".
"I think Neighbourhood Watch is still
incredibly important...it's an under-rated
service," he said.
"Criminals don't want to be in those ar-
eas, there is a deterrent effect."
Neighbourhood Watch Group 111,
which covers a large area of Gawler East, is
focusing on other community issues -- like
road conditions, street numbering, lighting
and drainage -- now crime is no longer as
Co-ordinator Trevor Bellchambers said
he was proud of the safety record the group
had built in the area.
"This is one of the safest areas in the
state," he said.
"We try and keep very vigilant to make
sure it stays that way...we don't want to be-
Neighbourhood Watch Group 111 has
recently focused its energy towards lobby-
ing Gawler Council and other organisations
on a range of issues including lighting on
Cheek Avenue and the need for a 'No right
turn' sign at the Calton Road and Murray
Mr Bellchambers encouraged community
members who had an issue to contact the
"It's like a group of friends that meet once
a month and get together to have a chat,"
"If you have a concern in the community,
come to us."
If you have a community issue or are
interested in being involved with your lo-
cal Neighbourhood Watch group, call the
Barossa police Crime Prevention Section
-- Carl Pfei er
Shift in focus for watchers
Neighborhood Watch members Trevor Bellchambers, Ross Kirby and Adrian Crouch are
dissapointed with the standard of lighting on Cheek Avenue.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
At night it is hopeless, there are
these little orange glows up in the air, they
give no light on the ground.
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