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News and Views for the Light Electorate | Published by Tony Piccolo MP | Edition 7, September 2008


Community Safety Traffic Concerns Addressed


Focus on the North North on the Move


Focus on Men Willo’s Wonders


Milestones Vet School Success

North fights back The North is once again the place people want to be. It is estimated that in 2021 there will be 35,549 more people residing in the Northern region compared with 2006.

Light MP Tony Piccolo said, “ The focus, energy and time currently on display in the north highlights the many communities and individuals who are keen to embrace the opportunities and challenges ahead.”

Nearly $4.5 billion will be spent on major projects in the North providing a boost to infrastructure, housing and industry.

“The fact that the three levels of government, local, state and federal are all working together to achieve the right outcomes for the north will benefit everyone” he said.

This investment makes the north a truly attrac tive place to work , live and set up business.

“ With this growth there will come employment opportunities”. It is predicted that there will be a skills and labour shortage

across Australia but with the north growing at a faster rate this will have an even greater impact for the northern region.

Now is the time to take stock so that this growth truly targets the current residents in the northern region.

Mr Piccolo believes, “This is a great opportunity for young people wanting to enter the workforce and for older people wanting to re-enter the workforce”.

This issue of Enlightened highlights a number of initiatives in the north that target education, employment, social and economic goals for the northern region.

It also gives those people currently employed opportunities to improve their skills and their attractiveness to their current employer and future employers.

“The future is certainly bright for the north and this is due in no small part to the hard work that many locals have put in to developing the community and working together over the years”.

What a Bottler! Amcor recently announced that it will build a third glass furnace at its wine bottle plant north of Gawler. The new furnace will cost $150 million and be completed during the first half of 2010. Light MP Mr Tony Piccolo said together with the investment in the first two furnaces, Amcor has invested over $400 million in developing a world class facility. Upon completion, the site will have three furnaces with an annual capacity of 600 million wine bottles.

Mr Piccolo said the new furnace will create approximately 60 additional long term employment opportunities for the region. Amcor Glass Group General Manager, Mr Tim Johnson said the wine industry in Australia continues to exhibit solid growth and this translates into an increasing demand for wine bottles. “Our glass operations have consistently delivered high levels of quality and service since commencing operations in 2002.” “Investment in wine bottle manufacturing in Australia has been a great success for Amcor,” he said. Premier Mike Rann has welcomed glass bottle maker Amcor’s announcement of a major expansion of the company’s manufacturing facility near Gawler. Continued on PagE 2

Happy Father’s Day!

Darryl Francis enjoying a quiet moment with daughter Bailey at Clonlea Park Photography courtesy of Peter Dibben Photography

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Speeches & Questions

editorial Joys of Fatherhood

Below are speeches and questions asked in Parliament by Light MP Mr Tony Piccolo. Copies of the speeches and answers to the questions can be obtained online at or contact the Loght Electorate Office on 85 222878.

title QUESTIONS Broadband Services

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Schools, Water and Energy Consumption

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Major Events

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Trade Mission, India

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Dental Health

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Premier’s Anzac School Prize

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Local Government

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Cancer Council of SA

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Racing Industry

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Florey Adelaide Male Aging Study

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

South Australia Works in the Regions

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Children in Care

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Member’s Remarks

Thursday, June 05, 2008

National Men’s Health Forum

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Urban Growth Boundary

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Gawler Railway Station Restoration

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the joy of being a father and a child in our community. Parents and children will tell you about the wonderful bonds they have. Times of family celebrations such as a child’s 21st birthday party or a dad’s 60th birthday party are often opportunities to hear the warm and loving stories a dad and his children tell about each other.

Johnson, Mr M.R

Thursday, April 10, 2008

McLeod’s Daughters

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Evanston Gardens Primary School

Thursday, May 08, 2008

International Men’s Health Week

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Volunteers, Service Clubs

Thursday, June 19, 2008

These occasions also mark the changes in the relationship as children grow older and the father/child relationship becomes one more between adults. Then there’s the joy of becoming a grandparent.

Italo-Australia MP Forum

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Economics and Finance Committee: Franchises

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

This edition of Enlightened falls close to Father’s Day so we’ve decided to focus on the fathers in our society.

This is the beauty of being a parent, the opportunity to enjoy the growing and evolving relationship over the years. Father’s Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the joy of family and parenting. It gives us all the opportunity to take time to be with Dad in our lives and express our love and care. Father’s Day can also be a day of sadness for some families. As our world has changed and family structures have changed there are challenges, in particular for families who have separated or are bereaved. It is important that we as a community and a society recognise the changes we have experienced and endeavour to help people adjust to these changes in a positive way. Perhaps we can try to view them as opportunities.

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Amcor CEO Tim Johnson, Russel Wortley MLC and Tony Piccolo MP inspecting the Amcor Plant

SPEECHES Tony Piccolo MP with two constituents

What a Bottler!

“This expansion by Amcor is another vote of confidence in the South Australian economy and a terrific boost to employment and investment in the Gawler region,” Premier Rann says. The CEO of the Light Regional Council Mr Brian Carr said the additional investment by Amcor continues their strong commitment to the industry. “Since building the plant in 2002 Amcor has created many direct and indirect job opportunities for our community” Mr Carr said. The State Government has been working closely with Amcor and the Light Regional Council for more than two years to bring this investment to fruition.

Gawler Christmas Festival 2008 Sunday 7 December 2008 - 11am to 3pm. Christmas is fast approaching and so for the Town of Gawler that means organising the 2008 Gawler Christmas Street Festival. The 2007 Festival proved to be a huge success with over 8,000 people participating. A strong marketing

campaign is being developed which will focus on the festival as a family orientated community celebration.

operators to be involved in this prime oppor tunity to promote and fundraise.

Already there have been many enquiries from various organisations wanting to be involved. A priority for the event is to showcase our local talent and community. Invitations are presently being extended to local organisations and business

If you are involved in a community group or business that would like to participate in the event please contac t Ms Lynette A n c e l l f r o m t h e To w n o f Gawler on 8522 9263 prior to 15 September 2008.

I know of many Dads who have not had the most positive experience with their own father and they’ve taken the opportunity to make a change with their children. They’ve used their experience to learn and grow – not to repeat the past and they now have wonderful relationships with the children they cherish. Recognising that opportunities and challenges can make the world a better place and give us the opportunity to grow my wish would be that this Father’s Day be a positive experience for each and every one of you. This Enlightened gives some examples of men making a real difference to our community. Make sure you read the article about Willo’s Shed which talks about men who have taken a shed and turned it into an opportunity for men to learn and grow together in a great social atmosphere.

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KEEPING THE COMMUNITY SAFE Xavier Traffic Concerns Addressed Light MP Mr Tony Piccolo has welcomed the announcement by the Road Safety Minister the Hon Carmel Zollo that action will be undertaken quickly to improve pedestrian and road safety in the vicinity of Xavier College.

“Resolution of the safety problems stalled for some months because of differences of opinion on what action was required between the Light Regional Council and Officers from the Department of Transport“, said Mr Piccolo.

Mr Piccolo has led a community campaign for road safety improvements in the locality for the past 18 months.

“I made it very clear that action on the problem was required urgently and that I would pursue the issue until it was resolved”.

Mr Piccolo said that the announcement recently in State Parliament during estimates committees hearings vindicates the uncompromising campaign he has led to having the speed limit reduced, changes to the intersection of Kentish/Mallala Roads undertaken and measures taken to deter parents from dropping off their children in unsafe areas and manner. Mr Piccolo said that while every driver and pedestrian has a personal responsibility to keep our roads safe, measures can be taken that encourage parents to do the right thing. Mr Piccolo first raised the matter with the Road Safet y M inister on 25th March 2007 following a meeting with Xavier College Pr i n c i p a l M r Ly n n M a r t i n a n d complaints from nearby residents.

Mrs Zollo says the measures will address concerns for the safety of people accessing Xavier College. “I recognise that school children are being dropped off and picked up at this location and after lobbying from Local Member Tony Piccolo and visiting the area myself, we’ve decided a number of actions will greatly improve safety”, said Mrs Zollo. “While it has taken some time to resolve the issue, I am pleased that common sense has finally prevailed” Mr Piccolo said. He acknowledged the support he had received from the Minister for Road Safety, Xavier College and the Gawler Road Safety Committee. “It is now important for Light Regional Council to work closely with Transport Officers to have the safety plan implemented urgently” said Mr Piccolo.

Mrs Zollo said this is an example of how we can work together to improve road safety. “M r Piccolo has shown great commitment to achieving this outcome for his electorate – with Xavier College and the local councils also working well with the department to come up with a detailed action plan.” said Mrs Zollo

KEY POINTS The Department of Transport Energy and Infrastructure will: • Reduce the existing 80km/h speed limit on Mallala Road to 60km/h - from the existing 50km/h sign at Willaston (200m north of the roundabout on Dawkins Avenue) to a position 200m north of Kentish Road. • With regard to the junction layout of Mallala and Kentish Roads, DTEI will develop a concept and cost estimate for providing a separate left turn lane from Mallala Road into Kentish Road. This will enable drivers on Kentish Road waiting to enter Mallala Road to identify the separate-approaching through and left turning-movements on Mallala Road and thus provide more opportunities for them to turn right onto Mallala Road. • In conjunction with Council and the College aim to restrict pedestrian

BUG Cycles Into Gawler Gawler now hosts its own BUG – or Bicycle User Group. Gawler resident, Sophia MacRae has established the Gawler Bicycle User Group (GBUG) with the aim to encourage cycling as a safe, convenient and healthy transport option in the town of Gawler, while working towards a lower emissions society.

understands that maximising the benefits of increased cycling requires support from the community, council and government.

Sophia is passionate that cycling can reduce the impact on the health system, local environment and local roadways.

Interested Gawler locals and Gawler Council representatives including Gawler Mayor Brian Sambell and Chair of the Bicycle Institute of South Australia (BISA), Jeremy Miller, attended the Gawler Bicycle Users Group’s (GBUG) inaugural meeting on Wednesday, July 16, at the Gawler Sport and Community Centre.

While optimistic about the future of cycling in Gawler Sophia says she

GBUG will give its members a voice on issues particular to the area of Gawler.

Sophia says the need for bicycle lockup points around local shopping centres and the idea of widening the footbridge linking Eighth Street and Julian Terrace to make it a more bicycle friendly path are some of the things the group is exploring.

Th e At to r n e y- G e n e ra l M i c h a e l Atkinson and Correctional Services Minister Carmel Zollo moved quickly

to amend Truth in Sentencing laws, introduced by the Liberal Government in 1994. During July, convicted murderer Shane Andrews claimed before the Supreme Court that he has a right to ‘automatic parole’ because he was sentenced before the laws took effect. The court has reserved its decision.

“Regardless of what the Supreme Court now decides, thanks to the quick work of the Rann Labor Government and the support of the Parliament this unrepentant killer will not be released,” Mr Atkinson said.

movements across Mallala Road directly opposite the College. • I n conjunc tion with Council

incorporating trains and bicycles as a more viable transport option. Gayle says the lack of footpaths in the local area and both road and child safety concerns were also revealed as being key factors as to why Gawler residents do not use bicycles as a major form of transport. Group discussion on the night highlighted the need for more bicycle lanes around Gawler.

GBUG comes on the heels of the Gawler Council Walking and Cycling Plan which revealed that many Gawler residents live within four kilometres of their workplace or local train station.

They believe there is a lack of bike lanes in the new plans for the redevelopment of Murray Street and suggested that the speed limit there be reduced from 50 to 40km/h.

Plan author, Gayle Buckley presented her findings and a local survey at the meeting and pushed the idea of

One of the main ideas put forward by the meeting was for GBUG to work closely with council and the State

Crooks Stay In Jail Light MP M r To n y Piccolo has welcomed new laws passed recently by State Parliament to close a Attorney General possible Michael Atkinson loophole that could have allowed serious criminals, including murderers, to be released from jail immediately.

Tony Piccolo MP with Xavier College Principal Lynn Martin

The Parole Board has ruled three times that Andrews is not fit to be set free, primarily because he has expressed no contrition and has little insight into the effect of the murder he committed. Mr Piccolo said while the Government had been advised Andrews’ court action has a slim chance of success; it would have been negligent if it didn’t take every step to protect the public. “The Parliament always intended that Truth in Sentencing would apply to all prisoners, regardless of when they were sentenced. The Parliament has now affirmed that stance and removed any shadow of a doubt,” Mrs Zollo said.

upgrade the pedestrian crossing points at Redbanks Rd/Dawkins Avenue roundabout.

Government to arrange a sealed green travel corridor along the Gawler train line to Edinburgh Defence Base and through to Adelaide to encourage cycling beyond the boundaries of Gawler Council. Sophia said that there are very few alternatives for cyclists travelling north-south through Gawler, with the only alternative route being Barnet Road/Gosford Street, across the river and railway line. “This alternative route is very indirect, making the busy Main North Road the preferred cycling route” she said. Recommendations from the GBUG meeting will now be reviewed to identify any conflicts or potential opportunities for the undertaking of projects to achieve outcomes for GBUG.

Mr Piccolo thanked fellow members of Parliament for realising the urgency of this Bill and passing it with nearrecord speed. Mrs Zollo said, “while the issue was not a problem of our making, it’s one I’m glad we’ve fixed.”

BACKGROUND - Shane Andrews • Convicted in 1991 of the shooting murder of Brian Lyden. • Sentenced to life in jail with a nonparole period of 23 years. • At that time Andrews and other prisoners were entitled to instant release upon the expiry of their non-parole period • In 1994 the law was changed so that now prisoners must apply for release to the Parole Board. • The Parole Board has ruled three times that Andrews is not fit to be let out.

Correctional Services Minister Carmell Zollo

Community Announcement Do you have a concern about a particular community safety issue? Let us know on 8522 2878 and we will investigate!

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residents see red over green waste Just as the nation adopts environmental and green policies Gawler is losing the green bins from its streets. The Town of Gawler’s decision to charge $55 for its green bins has angered the Gawler community. Light MP Tony Piccolo said, “It is difficult to understand this decision given that green waste removal s h o u l d b e e n co u ra g e d i n o u r community.” “My office has received numerous complaints from residents who are angry with the way this decision was implemented and the decision itself.” Mr Piccolo said there are stories of

streets that previously had 10 green bins and now there is only one. “There is a need for Councils and communities to work together on issues such as these and people are telling me that they are feeling left out of this process” said Mr Piccolo. While he acknowledges that waste removal is expensive and Councils have to meet their budgets, he says that there needs to be a common sense approach that recognises current community priorities. “Environmentally friendly waste removal is a strong community focus and this should be supported by Council policies”, he said.

Community Announcement Do you have a good news story to tell? Let us know on 8522 2878 and we will try to publish it in a future edition!

Willaston resident, Rick Drewer (pictured) has taken a public stand on this issue and has made strong representation to the Council. He says, “I’m not unhappy to pay for a service but am very annoyed by the lack of logic, consultation and courtesy throughout the whole process.” Mr Piccolo is suggesting that this is an area where Council, ratepayers and community groups need to work together to develop a solution that is good for the town. Tony Piccolo’s Office has made a number of representations to Council on this issue and will continue to advocate on behalf of the local community about this very important issue.

Rick Drewer with his green waste bin

Vision For Gawler East Dam To Produce Flooding Relief Lo c a l r e s i d e n t s w i l l h a ve extensive opportunities to have their say in the development of the Gawler East area under a historic agreement signed by the Town of Gawler, developers Delfin Lend Lease and the State Government. The agreement brokered by the member for Light Mr Tony Piccolo MP ensures that the policies developed for the Gawler East area will have extensive input by the local councils and the community. Mr Piccolo said under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) the rezoning process will give the community plenty of opportunity to express their views on how the area should look. Mr Piccolo’s comments regarding the impor tance of community consultation were backed by the Minister for Urban Development and Planning the Hon Paul Holloway. Mr Holloway said a community consultation process is to be conducted as part of the rezoning so nearby residents in Gawler and the Barossa Valley, as well as other interested parties, can have their say on the proposed development. “The Rann Labor Government is also committed to detailed structure

planning for new areas such as Gawler East, to ensure developers and local councils work together to achieve well-planned and well serviced communities,” Mr Holloway said.

Mr Gazzola said that he had been told that during the earthworks to create the dam’s foundation numerous tree logs were found buried deep in the river bed. “Forensic testing of a sample of the logs, at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, determined the logs as 5,500 year old River Red Gum or Eucalyptus Camaldulensis,

“Through this cooperative approach, the Government can ensure these new housing estates are based on a blueprint that delivers open space for public use, transport routes, communit y infrastruc ture and convenient shopping precincts”. Town of Gawler Mayor Mr Brian Sambell said he was pleased with the agreed rezoning process and all parties were committed to developing clear guidelines for the project. “We’re all excited by the potential of this new residential area and how it can enhance the growth of the broader community” he said. “As part of the rezoning process, a community consultation program will be conducted to ensure residents can have their say,” Mr Sambell said. Mr Piccolo acknowledged that some people in the community opposed the proposed development and respected their views.

“I understand that one of the logs has been erected as a cairn at the entrance to the dam and samples of the logs have been provided to local museums and others have been reserved for further research,” Mr Gazzola said. Tony Piccolo MP, Nick Champion MP, Minister Patrick Conlon and Bruce Eastick

State infrastructure Minister Patrick Conlon recently opened South Australia’s biggest flood mitigation project in decades at Kingsford (Gawler). Mr Conlon said the $16.1 million Bruce Eastick North Para Flood Mitigation Dam represents a major achievement of collaboration and cooperation between Federal, State and Local Governments. “We saw at Virginia in 2005 the sheer devastation that can be caused by

floods in this area,” Mr Conlon said. The opening of the dam was attended by a number of members of parliament, including Labor Upper House member the Hon John Gazzola MLC . Mr Gazzola said the dam controls floods by temporar ily stor ing stormwater upstream of the dam wall and outlet pipes in the wall allow stored water to flow down the river at a reduced rate that leads to the reduction in flooding downstream.

Fred Pedler, Executive Officer of the Gawler River Flood Mitigation Authority said the Gawler River has a history of flooding and since 1851 there have been 21 significant flood events, on average about once every ten years. “All of these flood events caused damage to homes, farms, businesses and infrastructure with losses in the millions of dollars to families and Governments and dislocation to the economy, “ said Mr Pedler. The project had its beginning as the State Government response to the floods in 1992.

“Now is the time for people who care about Gawler to help develop the vision for this new development.”

Kaurna Welcome Dam Na Marni Yella tarraitparendi pudni Tandanyangga binbinbalya Kaurna.

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tokutya kuma.

Today we come together to sit and stand as the Kaurna do on sacred Kaurna land.

We sit and we rise to enlighten each

Ngai Narri Katrina – Kar tanya bultoarra Ngankita Alma – Kartanya.

that as humans – our desires for our

I as first born proudly stand alongside my first born mother – Alma.

Bultoarra kurruru mangkondi

Watte partanna birko budnandi yarta yerta Yiityu

Tony Piccolo MP, Mayor Brian Sambell and Richard Osborne for Delfin at the Gawler East site

Tirendi karrendi ngutto atpandi

We come as messengers for our Dreaming, our Ancestors and to pay tribute to those who have created and built this dam.

other about our own Creators knowing children – are all one and the same.

mannirendi mepaiendi kudlayurlo. We here are creating a new circle – a special dam to offer eternal protection for the Australian generations to come.

Katrina Power and John Gazzola MLC

FOCUS ON THE NORTH The Future’s Peachy! It is difficult not to be impressed and delighted by the work done by community groups and residents of the North. Light MP, Tony Piccolo said, “Moving about in my electorate is a joy. It is just great to meet those people who really care and who are putting in and making a real difference.” At the Northern Summit Mr Piccolo caught up with members of the Peachey Belt Residents Association. This group of hardworking people have between them, more than a century’s worth of experience and knowledge working on behalf of their community. Shaun Barby, Chairperson of the

Association said, “We aim to help the residents in the Peachey Belt and Playford Area by working together to get things done and to advocate on people’s behalf.” He said one of the great things is that as a well established and recognised group many of the major players come to their meetings and issues are addressed on the night. “A great example of this is that at the last meeting the build up of weeds at the Smithfield Railway Station was raised and this was fixed within a week,” he said. While there are many achievements the Association is particularly proud of getting toilets at the Stebonheath

Flow Park. For 9 years the park had no toilets and through the advocacy of the Association the toilets are now there, making this park a better place to visit. Mr Piccolo said, “Members of the Association like Shirley Harris have been doing community development within their local communities long before this term was ever invented.” Shirley is very proud of the community she lives in, “We’ve been living in and working on behalf of our community for decades now and we’re proud of our leadership role as it comes from our true community involvement.” Mr Piccolo congratulated this group on their hard work, commitment and caring for their community. For more information, contact Shaun Barby (Chairperson) on 0427 798 094.

Centre Supports Job Seekers

Peachy Belt Residents Association members with Cr Glenn Docherty (left) at the Northern Summit

The Future’s Bright For Northern Kids

The official opening of the Northern Adelaide Career and Workforce Development Centre took place on Tuesday, July 29.

The Kids and Future Jobs Forum heard that local jobs growth in the north has been faster than for SA and that unemployment is at record lows.

The Centre which is operating from John Street, Salisbury, was jointly opened by the Federal Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, and State Employment Minister, Paul Caica.

Playford Pathways, an initiative of the City of Playford ran a very successful Kids and Futures Job Forum on the 6th of August.

Light MP Mr Tony Piccolo said the Workplace Development Centre will assist people to enter training, find employment and make career changes through offering career guidance, job search assistance and assistance with SATAC applications. “The Centre also aims to strengthen the relationship between industry bodies and major employers in the Northern area” he said. Mr O’Connor said the Centre’s opening is a significant step in helping both young people and mature-aged workers in this region. “The centre will help job seekers in this region increase their skills and

Minister Caica, Trish White MP Member for Taylor and centre manager, Jacqui Sheppard, Tony Piccolo MP, Nick Champion MP and Minister O’Connor at the opening

employability and will help local industry to find a suitable skilled workforce.” he said. Minister Caica said “Like the other five centres we’ve established, the Northern Adelaide Centre will assist people who are unemployed, underemployed or seeking a career change.” “The approach is to primarily focus on assisting people in the early stages of job seeking, with the aim of breaking the cycle of unemployment as early as possible.”

The Career & Workforce Development Centre is one of six in the State and was set up with $450,000 of funding from the South Australian and Federal Governments and is a Career Advice Australia Initiative supported by the City of Salisbury, the Innovation Economic Opportunity Group, Northern Futures Inc. and the University of South Australia (UniSA), which donated the Centre’s computers. To speak with someone at the Centre please ring 1800 619 933.

Minister For North Appointed The Rann Government has created a new ministry to focus on the issues facing the northern suburbs of Adelaide.

Light MP Tony Piccolo said a key message is that qualified people get jobs. “In fact 82% of people with a Certificate 1 or higher will get a job.” “The bad news however, is people who leave school before they complete Year 12, only 58% of these people will get a job” Mr Piccolo said this is an area that offers many opportunities for service delivery in the north, as the number

“It only takes a moment to have a look again to see good is going on” “ … it’s the spirit that’s coming from our students out here … gives us a strong basis for the future” said Ms Rankine. In announcing the appointment the Premier Mike Rann said Ms Rankine is a very long time resident of the

In the recent reshuffle the Member for Wright, the Hon Jennifer Rankine MP was appointed Minister for the Northern Suburbs. Speak ing at the conclusion of the Northern Summit Ms Rankine s a i d t h e d ay h i g h l i g h t e d t h e enormous amount of work and opportunity that’s happening out in the northern suburbs.

The forum brought together key players in the region who looked at ways to translate the growth in the north into great opportunities and outcomes for kids.

of students in the north completing Certificate 1 or above is less than the State average. “Given the energy and commitment from the people attending the forum, this opportunity is one that is set to be tackled with enthusiasm and a great sense that the change can and will happen.” “The North is set for great things and the opportunities are at an all time high for young people.” Mr Piccolo said the Gawler 15 program from Gawler High School Hospitality demonstrated that the change has already started. “ These young students provided the catering on the day and their professionalism and public contact skills were of a high calibre.” “This work contributes to the students’ vocational education which means they are well on the way to achieving the certificate they need to be employed when they leave school” he said.

northern suburbs who has lived and represented people in the area for many years. “She has incredible empathy for people in the northern region and will champion their causes strongly around the Cabinet table – in the same way that John Hill champions the cause of the southern suburbs.”

Nick Champion MP, Hon Jennifer Rankine MP and Tony Piccolo MP at the Northern Summit

Ms Rakine said that as part of her role she would be strongly promoting the great things that are already happening in the north.

Ms Rankine said the community were sick of hearing negative stories about the northern suburbs.

“Whether it be education, housing redevelopment … industries being established, job opportunities….great things are happening” said Ms Rankine.

“The community are saying we’ve got great young people up here, we’ve got strong communities that have real heart and spirit” said Ms Rankine

“They are sick of seeing individual cases being highlighted and everyone thinking that that reflects our entire community’ … there’s a real push to re-establish the pride that people have.” “We need to get those positive images out for the rest of the state to see.”

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Willo’s Doing Wonders! Since opening last year Willo’s shed has attracted about 1200 visitors providing men with the opportunity to network with other men. The shed currently has 32 paid up members with many learning to cook, learn about diabetes and a range of other issues that impact on men’s lives. Men of all ages are welcome to attend.

tools from men who have a lot of experience. “ The boys are learning under the supervision of experienced tradespeople and are using tools not available to them at school” said Sharon. Sharon says the boys are learning more than just how to use tools.

before they can start on the tools.

some renewed confidence about life.

“We take safety very seriously in the shed,” says administrator Brian Walter.

Fatherhood worker Aaron Phillips says you could not get Michael to say a word when he first arrived at the shed in May this year.

The students also speak highly of the program. M a t t h e w s a i d t h e i n s t r u c to r s explained everything well and really talked you through the way to use the

Many of the men who attend are retired tradesmen and they are putting their skills to good use by teaching young men and boys valuable skills about using various hand tools.

It is run, managed and maintained by those who attend it. Aaron says the shed works well as the men were involved in fitting it out and it’s up to them to maintain it. The shed was established with financial support from the Gawler Health Service and assistance from Employment Directions.

13 year old Adrian, from Angaston, enjoys coming to the shed and thinks the skills he is learning will assist him in getting a job when he gets older. Evanston Primary School students with Pastoral Care Worker Sharon Mount, Doug Llyod (left) and Graham Hillman

“ They are learning how to plan projec ts and learning how to persevere when things don’t go quite right,” she says. Sharon is full of praise for the shed as it is building positive relationships with the schools and community generally. “ The shed gives older men the opportunity to share their knowledge and sk ills with boys who may otherwise miss out. “ Doug, a retired builder says the boys are very enthusiastic and receptive to learning new skills.

Adrian from Angaston

Evanston Primary School Pastoral Support Worker Sharon Mount takes a group of boys from the school to the shed every week during school term. Sharon says the shed gives the boys the opportunity to learn to use hand

Michael enjoys coming to the shed. He says the shed has nice people, he is learning new things and the shed makes him feel good. At the shed the men learn how to cook healthy foods economically.

Men like Doug Llyod and Graham Hillman think it is fantastic that they are able to pass on their skills to the next generation.

“Not only is it fun, but I’m also learning important things,” says Adrian.

“Now you can’t shut him up.”

“They are achieving excellent results,” he says. Graham, a retired teacher says the boys are “so keen to learn” that it is a joy to teach them. The year 5-7 boys have to undertake an induction and safety program

machine. “ I loved the sander “ he said. Broderick said he was pleased with the project they undertook and liked the way the chest he made has turned out, “but I still have to paint the lid,” he added.

Light MP Mr Tony Piccolo said that the shed provided a very practical and important venue for men to address issues facing them. “The shed gives men of all ages a

Michael at Willo’s Shed

place to do ‘bloke things’ but at the same time learn valuable new skills for life, “ he said. He congratulated the Gawler Health Service for having the vision to support the venture.

James said he learnt a lot and it was easy and fun to do. Matt said that, “It was good to use some machines that I’d never used before.” Michael, 43, is one of the many success stories of the shed. He moved to Gawler after his parents died, suffers from epilepsy and is on a disability pension. While his neighbours, “looked out for him” Michael had become withdrawn and didn’t leave his unit very often. He suffered from depression and bad headaches and his doctor referred him to Willo’s shed, where he has gained

Fatherhood Worker Aaron Phillips (left) with Administrator Brian Walters at Willo’s Shed

“A Vocation, Not An Occupation” Indigenous Health Aaron Phillips, the Fatherhood Worker within the Communit y Ser vices section, of the Gawler Health Service, says he has a role with enormous privileges. Mr Phillips is quick to stress though that these are not financial or fringe benefit privileges. M r Ph i l l i p s s ays t h e y a re t h e privilege of helping to make a difference in people’s lives, especially the lives of children. “It is tough being a parent in these times of rising interest rates and the upward spiral of fuel prices and associated transport costs.” said Mr Phillips. “Children are individuals just as we are.” “There is no comprehensive, step by

step manual we can refer to when we have problems.”

“My role is to work with Fathers of all ages, who have children of all ages.”

Mr Phillips said there are many support groups, Government and Non Government agencies that support the vital roles that mothers have, but precious little male friendly support.

“It is not my job to provide them with all the answers, indeed I do not have all the answers, but to offer support and to walk alongside them as they embark on this exciting new journey.”

“Men need to be able to talk with other men in a time and at a place that they feel comfortable in,” he said.

Mr Phillips says the part of his work that gives him the most satisfaction, is working with soon to be Mums and Dads at Antenatal Groups.

The Gawler Health Service has won many awards and accolades for its Midwifery Services. Mr Phillips said the Fatherhood Worker position is another example of innovative thinking by the Gawler Health Service designed to provide a better service to those who live in the Gawler region.

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“The positive response I receive from those attending is overwhelming.” “Walking around Gawler, I often meet people who have been to these classes, who are happy to share their experiences with me.” “This is a privilege” he says.

The Kaleteeya Aboriginal Health Team provides a painting activity for their Aboriginal men at their Community lunch program held each Tuesday at the Gawler Health Service during school term dates. Craig, one of the Aboriginal Health Workers at the GHS says the painting activity provides an outlet for their personal expression of their artistic creativity whilst providing opportunities for health and wellbeing conversations to occur. “This has resulted in respectful access to podiatry and mental health services at the Gawler Health Service” says Craig. “Additionally, the Aboriginal men have allowed their paintings to be developed into framed prints” “These prints will be used as gifts to

encourage their elders, mums, sisters, aunties, cousins, brothers, uncles and friends to continue in their quest for attaining a healthy social and emotional wellbeing status” he added. Craig said the team has, in conjunction with the Hep C Council of SA, developed a DVD as an education resource. “The Aboriginal men contributed a significant role in the discussions and the production of the characters.” “This DVD has since been promoted throughout Australia at a recent Queensland health conference with rave reviews.” “The DVD has also been entered into a Best Indigenous DVD competition because of its production quality and its simple, easy to understand message titled “Don’t Be Buntha – Hep C Don’t Let It Be.”


Come on - Have A Service Local GP Dr Don Davis says it is important for men to have regular health checks to ensure their bodies are working at optimum condition.

Under an agreement with the Town of Gawler the Gawler BEC will operate from upstairs in the Visitor Centre, Lyndoch Rd. The Centre will also house the Council’s economic and business services section.

“ Th e y k n ow re g u l a r s e r v i c i n g is essential.”

Speaking at the official launch held recently the Member for Light Tony Piccolo MP congratulated both the BEC and Council for the initiative.

Drawing on the motor vehicle analogy, Dr Davis says few of us wait until the brakes fail before we have our brake pads replaced.

Mr Piccolo said that local businesses now had a “one stop shop” for a broad range of business advisory services.

“Few of us wait until we run out of petrol before we fill our petrol tank.” “Sadly however, this is what many men are doing with respect to their health.”

“However, depending on how we use it and how we are put together some people have problems.” He says many of these problems such as high cholesterol, high blood sugar and hypertension and skin cancers, if diagnosed early and managed appropriately, do not result in decreased life expectancy. “So what I am recommending is that

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The Northern Adelaide Business Enterprise Centre has opened an office in Gawler.

Dr Davis said most young men realise this when it comes to maintain safety, efficienc y and longevity of their motor car.

Dr Davis says the human body is a highly complex and efficient machine which, generally speaking, goes on year after year without facing any major problems.

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Dr Don Davis checking Light MP Tony Piccolo’s blood pressure

if you think there may be something wrong with you, go and make an appointment to see your doctor to have a health check.” “If you find a lump, if you notice blood in your bowel movements, if you notice that bowel habits have changed, or if you feel in any way that your human machine is not functioning properly, make time to see your doctor.” “As men we tend not to do this, unfortunately and I have to say I am not the best person in this respect.”

“The attitude is that it may go away, I hope it will go away, or nothing nasty could happen to me.” “So men the ‘take home’ message is, if you don’t feel things are working right in your body get them checked and repaired before you break down.” “Offer your body the same degree of care that you would give your motor vehicle.” “And remember, mental health is also an important part of the service schedule.”

Mr Piccolo said the BEC complemented the services provided to the business community by the Gawler Business Development Board. “ The board can complement the BEC activities through their business networks and provide a very good link to the businesses in the town” “Businesses in Gawler now have excellent support. “ The BEC is significantly funded by the State and Federal Governments. “I would encourage small businesses, especially those home based businesses to seek the advice and support of the Centre on how they can expand their business or tackle any problems they are having.” To contact the BEC phone 8256 0930.

Martin Johnson

Best pub You walk in there And a bloke with a bit of character Will tap the point of your elbow With the bent knuckle of his finger. Hey, he’ll go, the next thing Stories he guesses you’ll find amusing; Not just because they’re about his life But because they reflect upon your own. Your own versions Melding with his as the yam Gives you a greater sense of belonging In the world; the community; the bar. And when you leave he’ll turn to another and reckon, He’s alright. Begin the same stories over again. Fall quiet remembering what you said As you go through he streets, A little light on your feet, The hum of a tune in your heart. The time of day about to start. Written by Gawler Poet, Martin Johnson

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Accidental Hairdresser Local barber shop owner David Oliver is a hairdresser by accident. Twenty five years ago he applied for a job with the City of Salisbury for a sign writing apprenticeship. While doing very well in the selection process (there were over 500 applicants) he was pipped at the post by another young hopeful. Disappointed, but undeterred and keen to find employment David, after the interview at the Council, called into Figaro’s hairdresser in John Street and asked if they were looking for an apprentice. He started the next day!

For the past eight years David, in partnership with his wife Linda, has owned the barber shop in Murray St Gawler. He employs two hairdressers, Glen Justice and Joe Henry. David’s clientele are almost exclusively men as the business is run on the old barber shop basis. David says the best part of the job is that you get to meet and talk with a wide range of men from across the community. Asked whether men chat like women do with their hairdresser, David responds with an “oh yeah, boy do they “.

While the men talk, David sees his role as more of a counsellor than a confessional.

Greg says he loves the sense of community in running a local business. He enjoys his regular customers and the opportunity to provide a service that recognises and responds to individual need. As he says his motto is: “If we haven’t got it we’ll get it”.

While running a small business has its drawbacks, like the “heaps of paperwork since the GST came in” David enjoys the flexibility that comes with being self employed. David said the business gives him time to be with his family. “I enjoy the freedom to be around my family” said David. And the family comes first in David’s life. In June last year he decided to not open on Saturday mornings and spend time with his kids who were now old enough to play sport. David says most hair fashions come and go and come again, but usually with a variation. David says Gawler has been good to him so he tries to employ a new apprentice every few years. In fact, he has a new apprentice starting later this year.

Hair dressers David Oliver, Glen Justice and Joe Henry at the Barber shop

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David is optimistic about the future and believes the new developments will keep small businesses like his open, as long as “they get the traffic right”!

Greg Matz

There’s no doubt Greg Matz is seen as an elder statesman in Gawler. His business experience and involvement with the local community means he’s often the person people turn to for advice or an opinion. Greg’s such a likeable chap that everyone drops by to have a chat. This means he’s close to the pulse of the community and often knows about what’s going on well before others. Greg and his wife Judith run the local Mensland menswear store in Murray St, Gawler. They’ve been in the menswear business for about 12 years. Prior to this he established and owned the Insurance Shop in Gawler which is now Elders Insurance. He’s also owned and operated 5 women’s fashion stores in metropolitan Adelaide and country SA.

He gets a great deal of satisfaction from serving customers and fulfilling their needs. As well as his working life Greg is heavily involved in the SALT Church and his Christian life serves as a balance to keep his world in perspective. When you’re next walking along Murray St drop in and have a chat with “Matzie” – he has a wealth of knowledge and you never know you might just pick up that bargain you’ve been waiting for.

Community Announcement The next edition of Enlightened will publish a special feature on home based businesses. If you would like your home based business considered for inclusion (at no charge) let us know on 8522 2878 or email us at

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Vet School a Success The new Veterinary School at the Roseworthy campus of the University of Adelaide has been a huge success with over 150 students applying for the 50 positions available in 2008. The new school will transform the Roseworthy campus as the University invests over $37 million into new and refurbished facilities to meet the needs of the veterinary program. The Member for Light Tony Piccolo MP and Federal MP Mr Nick Champion recently undertook a tour of the new vet school. The School will provide a

major education and research boost for the campus and region. “It will certainly attract new research and investment dollars to the area and launch a learning and research renaissance at the campus offering,” Mr Piccolo said. Professor Gail Anderson, Head of School, Veterinary Science said the new school would be developed over four stages. Stage 1 involved the upgrading of two lecture theatres and refurbishment of tutorial rooms for students undertaking the program during 2008.

Stage 2 involves the upgrading of existing teaching laboratory IT and furnishings and re-fit of office accommodation for first 20 teaching appointments for 2009 teaching year.

Professor Phil H ynd, Direc tor, Roseworthy Campus said the new school has set itself the mission to be a world leader in the education and training of omni-competent veterinary graduates in all aspects of veterinary science.

training and research.

first intake are female students.

This will house Physiology, anatomy/ d i s s e c t i o n a n d s u rgi c a l s k i l l s laboratories and ancillary facilities.

“Particular emphasis will be placed on biosecurity, aquaculture, equine a nd p ro du c t io n a n im a l s.” s a i d Professor Hynd.

Stage 4 will be ready for occupancy in late 2010 and will include the new Veterinary Teaching Hospital and associated clinical facilities.

Professor Anderson said graduate attributes will be aligned with industry and community needs through co-operative partnerships in teaching,

Stage 3, which will be ready for the 2010 teaching year, will involve the building of a new Teaching Laboratory Complex.

She said 80% of the vet school students are South Australian, with 50% from rural and regional areas. None are straight from year 12 while the balance is mature entry students and 75% of the

Of the $37 million to be spent on the new school $15 million has been provided by the Federal Government, $5 million by the Rann Government with the balance to be funded by the University itself.

ZION Turns 100 On July 26 the Zion Lutheran congregation celebrated its centenary.

“Churches have played, and continue to play an important role in the lives of the people of the community.”

The event was marked with a dinner on August 2nd and a special service on Sunday 3rd of August attended by the President of the SA/NT District, Rev Robert Voigt.

“Over the years, the Zion Lutheran Church in conjunction with other Churches in the town have played a significant pastoral role including helping refugees settle into the community.”

According to Whitelock’s History of Gawler, Pastor Ey, the congregation’s first clergy appears to have conducted his first Lutheran services in the old Primitive Methodist Church. The current Church was opened and dedicated on the 9th April 1922. Rev. Geoff Havelberg said the centenary had adopted the theme of “learn from the past to be bold for the future”.

Vet School students discuss their science lesson with Tony Piccolo MP (4th from right) and Nick Champion MP (4th from left) while Professor Gail Anderson and Professor Phil Hynd look on

Light MP Mr Tony Piccolo said the centenary of the church was a major milestone in the life of the congregation.

Tony Piccolo MP with Rev Geoff Havelberg (centre) and Pastor Rev Robert Voigt at the Centenary Service


Myra and Colin Knox - 50th Wedding Anniversary

John and Helen Moore - 50th Anniversary

Betty and Keith Krieg - 60th Wedding Anniversary

Bob and Merridy Miller - 60th Wedding Anniversary

Jim and Marjory Lodge - 60th Wedding Anniversary

Melva Lowe - 90th Birthday

Connie Allister - 100th Birthday

Louisa Christina Richardson - 100th Birthday

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Enlightened : Edition 7 (September 2008)  

News and Views of the Light Electorate, Published by Tony Piccolo MP