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BUSTING FOR BUSES
T H E I N T ROD U C T I ON o f bus services for the Town of Gawler and Hewett are on track according to local State Member of Parliament Mr Tony Piccolo. Services that are scheduled to start during July 2011 were a major election commitment by the State Labor Government. They will operate in the urban areas of Gawler and Hewett from early in the am peak to later in the evening after the pm peak Monday to Friday. Mr Piccolo said preliminary discussions had commenced with local councils to explore routes that could cater for the buses to be used. “The areas of Hewett, Gawler, Gawler East, Evanston Park, Ev a n s ton, Ev a n s ton S out h, Ev a n s ton G a rden s , H i l l ier, Gawler West and Willaston will benefit from the new bus service,” Mr Piccolo said. Mr Piccolo said he was very keen to hear people’s ideas about what routes the service should follow. “I want to ensure that as many people as possible have access to the services,” Mr Piccolo said. “It is crucial the bus services connect residents to important service providers in the town so I would like to hear from institutions a nd faci lities t hat prov ide ser v ices to t he community about their ideas for possible routes,” said Mr Piccolo. M r Piccolo sa id t hat t he services will connect people to the local town centre and the key railway stations of Gawler Central, Gawler and Tambelin. “The service will act as a feeder service into the existing train service,” Mr Piccolo said. M r Pic colo s a id t he bu s ser v ices w i l l be par t of t he Metroticket system so residents will be able to use the same ticket for both a bus and train to Adelaide if it is used within the normal 2 hour limit. “This represents the biggest
investment in Gawler’s public transport needs since trains were introduced over 150 years ago,” said Mr Piccolo. Mr Piccolo said t he State Government had listened to the people of Gawler’s call for sustainable public transport. “This commitment demonstrates that this government is putting the ‘public’ back into public transport,” said Mr Piccolo. “ The new bus ser v ices represent a major win for the local community and builds on the existing Dial a Ride and train services.” When combined with the new electrified train service scheduled to come into ser v ice during 2013, the people of Gawler will certainly have the best of ‘town and country’. “Gawler residents will pay no more than their city counterparts
Public Transport Area. Tony Piccolo MP pointing out some spots likely for inclusion on new bus route. a nd t he Government is commit ted to ensuring t hat infrastructure keeps up with community demands,” said Mr Piccolo. Mr Piccolo said he has raised the issue of the need for greater public transport ser vices for Gawler on a number of occasions in pa rlia ment a nd w it h t he Minister so he is very pleased with the introduction of bus services next year. “Public transport is not only about providing the community with an affordable alternative to the car, but it will also help reduce traffic in the area as more people hop aboard a bus,” Mr Piccolo stressed. Mr Piccolo acknowledged the good work being undertaken by officers of the Public Transport Division in ensuring that the services start on time next year.
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From the Editor
Member for Light, Parliament of South Australia. Well, Christmas is just around the corner, and another year is almost over! As we look back over the events of the past year both Australia and the local community have weathered some turbulence reasonably well. While some in our community are doing it tough, overall we still remain a great country to live in. So over the Christmas festive period it is incumbent upon all of us to think about (and act) on how we can make the world a better place for those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Despite their failings the Churches do a lot of great work in supporting loca l commu nit y – most of it t h rou g h t hei r a ssociated charitable organisations. This edition of Enlightened has a number of community advertisements promoting local events. On the back page you will find information about the upcoming Gawler Street festival. Feel free to cut the advertisement out and look out for our stall on the day. As this is the first edition of En l ig htened si nce t he State Election I would like to take this this opportunity to thank the community for their ongoing
support. To make history by winning back to back elections in the Light electorate (I am the only ALP candidate to achieve that goal) was certainly a great (and humbling) personal experience. For my success, in addition to you the voter, I would like to thank my many campaign workers and supporters. In t he hu st le a nd bu st le of a campaign at times some things are said and/or done, that with the benef it of hindsight you may have done differently. If I did or said something that may have offended a member of the com mu n it y, I do apolog ise and assure you that it was not intentional. My first term was certainly a learning experience. Despite my years in local public life, the parliamentar y role was ver y different, as I came to grips with the “party political system” up close. Balancing the needs of the local community with state-wide objectives remains an ongoing challenge. I hope you enjoy this bumper edition of Enlightened and trust that you and your family have a Blessed Christmas and a New Year full of Joy and Peace. May 2011 be better for all.
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SOCIAL networking technology like Facebook, twitter and msn messenger has not only changed how people communicate with each other (and in particularly the young) but it is also set to change the nature of politics. Loca l state Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo receives a number of requests for assistance via a Facebook message – a message posted on his wall! M r P ic c olo s a id t hat he received h is f i rst Facebook request from young Roseworthy resident Ms Kelly Hunter who complained about the state of her road. The 13 year old, Kapunda High School student posted a message on Mr Piccolo’s wall which said; “Hello Tony, i think i would really appreciate it if you got some people to grade Ronda Ave in Roseworthy ? Because the other day i fell off my bike and it hurt, thankyou.” In response to her Facebook message Mr Piccolo wrote to t he Lig ht Reg iona l C ou nci l requesting that they investigate the request. Kelly’s mum and dad had already complained to the council about the state of the road, but they felt they had not received a sympathetic hearing from the Council staff which prompted Kelly to write to Mr Piccolo. Mr Piccolo said he was happy to report the road was recently graded. Mr Piccolo said he would encourage local people to use whatever medium is easiest for them to contact him when they
Tony discussing the condition of the road with Kelly.
require assistance. M r Piccolo wa s qu ick to stress that traditional methods of communication via letter and phone were still quite acceptable. Mr Piccolo says he already receives a great dea l of correspondence via his website at www.tonypiccolo.org or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Mr Piccolo who was
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introduced to Facebook by one of his young staff members said he is more than happy to receive requests via Facebook, Twitter or his website. Mr Piccolo said he can be followed on twitter @tonyforlight “As a local member I am happy to hear from my constituents in whatever form works for them,” said Mr Piccolo.
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2011 CITY OF PLAYFORD AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR AUSTRALIA DAY CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS Each year we recognise the outstanding achievements of community members and local heroes through the City of Playford Australia Day Awards.
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT Does your organisation engage volunteers? Could you use a hand? If so perhaps we can help …. Volunteering Barossa & Light provides a central point of information for volunteers and community organisations across the Light Regional and Barossa Council areas.
Presented annually at the Australia Day Event at Fremont Park, the Awards acknowledge the valued work of the unsung heroes in our community who give generously their time and expertise to help others. Our next Citizen of the Year may be your neighbour or colleague who volunteers for charity. It may be your friend or family member who never hesitates to assist in their local community. The following 2011 Australia Day Awards are now open for nominations: • Citizen of the Year • Young Citizen of the Year • Older Citizen of the Year Award • Sports Club Member of the Year • Community Group of the Year • Community Project / Event of the Year The addition of the Older Citizen of the Year Award provides the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding contribution older people make to their local communities. This may be through volunteer work, leadership, working with service organisations or serving on committees. To nominate someone that makes you proud, collect a nomination form from City of Playford Customer Service desks or download from www.playford.sa.gov.au/goto/ australiadayawards2011 Attach any supporting documentation and return by Friday 26th November 2010. 2 | Enlightened | Edition 16, December 2010
Our free service includes : Promoting your volunteer vacancy and organisation - Flyer design and printing Flyers displayed in Nuri and Kapunda Libraries - Vacancy advertised on Council website Referral of prospective volunteers - Assistance with volunteer policy Inclusion in our quarterly magazine - Assistance with writing grant applications Workshops and courses (a small fee may apply) - Library of volunteer books For more information please contact Jo Parker Phillips or one of the volunteer team on 8563 8495 or email email@example.com Visit us at www.barossa.sa.gov.au
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KEEPING THE COMMUNITY SAFE
ALCOHOL RELATED STREET BEHAVIOR
Tony Piccolo MP with members of the forum.
A FORUM has been established in Gawler to address alcohol related street behaviour. Initiated by local Police, the forum comprises representatives from licensed premises (including clubs), t he Liquor Licensing Commissioner, the Australian Hotels Association, the Town of Gawler and local MP Tony Piccolo. Mr Piccolo said the forum seeks to find practical solutions to problems associated with alcohol related behaviour. “The forum will identify issues that go beyond the individual licensee and see how we can, as a community, better manage any anti-social behaviour in the public sphere,” said Mr Piccolo. Mr Piccolo said at one of its ea rliest meetings t he for um identif ied the lack of public transport at the time licensed
premises closed as a issue likely to contribute to some street behaviour. “This lack of transport was seen as contributing to some street related offences as revellers were hanging around the streets rather than going home,” said Mr Piccolo. “By dispersing patrons of l ic e n s e d pre m i s e s a s s o on a s pr ac t ic a l we reduc e t he opp or t u n it y for d i s ord e rl y behaviour on our streets,” said Mr Piccolo. “Clearly we don’t want revellers to drink and drive so we need to ensure safe alternatives are available,” said Mr Piccolo. Mr Piccolo said in response to the forum decision, he has held d iscussions w it h t he Public Transport Division of the Department of Transport to explore options to improve public
transport. Mr Piccolo said one aim of the forum is develop an accord a mongst t he various par ties to agree on what action each stakeholder can take to improve com mu n it y s a fet y for bot h the revellers and the general community. Mr Piccolo congratulated the local Police, the Liquor Licensing Commissioner and local licensees for taking a pro-active approach to s ome of t he i nc re a si n g problems associated with alcohol related behaviour. Mr Piccolo said the forum would be keen to hear from members of the local community about any issues they believe need to be addressed. Mr Piccolo said he was happy for his off ice to receive any suggestions and he would forward them to forum members.
$75,000 TO CHANGES IMPROVE SAFETY INTERSECTION
Tony Piccolo with the changed lane markings in the background.
THE TRAFFIC light sequence and lane layout at the intersection of Murray Street and Lyndoch Road have been altered to improve safety and traffic flow according to Light MP Mr Tony Piccolo. Mr Piccolo wrote to both the Gawler Council and the Minister for Transport the Hon Patrick Conlon requesting a review of the intersection in response to concerns and complaints raised by local drivers. Mr Piccolo said previously the inside lane at the intersection allowed right hand turns and forward movements while the outside lane only allows motorists to drive straight ahead. Mr Piccolo said that he had asked for t he conf ig urat ion to be reviewed as a number of motorists had expressed the view that the inside lane should be right-hand turn only. “In their view this will reduce queuing in this lane by shifting it to the outside lane and also stop the “bottlenecks” that occur when the two lanes merge just north of
the intersection,” Mr Piccolo said. Mr Piccolo said that he had received a response from both the Minister and the Council that they were happy to trial the changes. Mr Piccolo said the reconfigured intersection appears to be working quite well. Mr Piccolo said traffic around Gawler has been raised by a number of constituents as a key issue to be addressed by local and state government. Mr Piccolo said the traffic problem required a multi-pronged approach; existing roads need to be made more efficient, new roads need to be built and traffic levels better managed through improved public transport. Mr Piccolo said the introduction of bus services in Gawler from July 2011 would help keep traffic levels down. “ T he c on s t r uc t ion of a n appropriate south eastern and north eastern connector will also be a priority for me during this term of government,” said Mr Piccolo.
TWO student road safety hot spots within Gawler have been investigated by local authorities. At a meeting convened by local member Mr Tony Piccolo MP, representatives from Gawler High, Gawler Police, the Gawler and Light Regional Councils and Department of Transport agreed to investigate what action could be taken to reduce the risk to student safety in two locations. M r Piccolo s a id t he t wo localities; the roundabout at the intersection of Mallala and Dawkins Roads, Willaston and Para Road, Evanston, had been identified by the community as requiring some attention. At Evanston, students leaving the High School to catch the train station are at risk from motorists who exceed the speed limit and students who fail to exercise due care when crossing the road. Mr Piccolo said the Council, Police and the High School will explore options to make this section of the road safer for students to cross. “It’s about reducing the risk so that if everyone does the right thing crashes shouldn’t occur,” said Mr Piccolo. At Willaston, the bus pick up and drop off areas have raised concerns for some local residents who have seen students walk across the roundabout and try to dodge heavy traffic. Mr Piccolo said the Willaston matter had been addressed by moving the bus stop. “W h i le a l l motor ists a nd pedestrians have a duty to use the roads safely, we need to ensure we are not increasing the risk by placing bus stops in the wrong areas,’ said Mr Piccolo. A dedicated pedestrian crossing has been identified as a solution to the Para Road matter and funding options are currently being explored.
IMPROVEMENTS A HUNDRED metre stretch of the Main North Road at Willaston has been upgraded to improve road safety and traffic flows in the locality. Light MP Mr Tony Piccolo said the State Government has allocated $75,000 through its Responsive Road Safety Funding Program to improve road safety along a 100 metre section of Main North Road, Willaston adjacent to the “commercial precinct”. The work has involved the installation of a painted median scheme on Main North Road between the Willaston Bridge and the pedestrian refuge. “ The new painted median will separate opposing traffic f lows and provide a sheltered right turn lane into off street local business car parking on the eastern side of Main North Road,” said Mr Piccolo. “The aim of the project is to reduce the potential for rear end and right turn crashes for vehicles turning into the car park and
provide a smoother flow of traffic through the area,” Mr Piccolo added. M r Piccolo sa id t hat t he Department had worked very hard to develop a design that resulted in no loss of on street car parking. “While the project has taken some time to come to fruition DTEI need to be congratulated on their efforts to meet the concerns of local business people,” said Mr Piccolo. Mr Piccolo also acknowledged t he i nput by loca l busi ness people in getting the project implemented. Mr Piccolo said the kerbing, footpath and driveways on the western side of Main North Road were also upgraded. “Some minor aspha lt a nd underground drainage works were a l so u nder t a ken,” M r Piccolo said. The Town of Gawler will also make a financial contribution to the project.
From left Sam Kenny, Engineer , Town of Gawler; local business owner, Alison Sadler; Liam Threadgold, Project Manager, DTEI; and local MP Tony Piccolo on the site of the proposed works. Edition 16, December 2010 | Enlightened | 3
WOMEN IN THE COMMUNITY
HEALTH CENTRE FOR WOMEN OPENS THE GAWLER Women’s Health Centre was recently officially opened by Gawler resident Ms Judy Gillett-Ferguson.
The Centre has been established through joint efforts initiated by t he Gawler and Su r rou nd s Women’s Hea lt h Action Group and supported
by Country Health SA and the Gawler Health Foundation. Light MP Mr Tony Piccolo said the centre aims to care for the health and well-being of women
accessing the service, with the skills and knowledge of various health professionals. Ms Gillett-Ferguson said in 2000 the concept of a women’s Health Centre in Gawler was a twinkle in Gaye Harden’s eye – not even an embryo at that point. “It wasn’t unti l Gaye was hospitalised at the Lyell McEwin for a nasty illness a year later that the metaphoric seed began to grow,” said Ms Gillett-Ferguson. “Despite a few labour pains it was a relatively safe and easy ‘ bir t h ’ due to t he excel lent support of so many ‘midwives’.” Speaking at the opening of the facility Mr Piccolo said the centre was testimony to t he determination and hard work of local resident Ms Gaye Harden.
Mr Piccolo said while Gaye led the team, she was well supported by women in the action group and the community at large. “The honour board reflects the broad community support for and input into the centre,” Mr Piccolo said. The centre has a focus on: • Providing women with clear information about health care and available options • Incorporating a holistic view of health into determining service delivery • Listening to women as the experts in their own well-being In closing Ms Gillett-Ferguson said “Ladies and gentlemen this ‘child’ is healthy and vigorous but will always need ongoing care and support if it is to thrive and grow.”
BOOK HONOUR At the opening of the Gawler Women’s Health Centre are (from left) Tony Piccolo MP, Ms Judy Gillett-Ferguson, Erik Moen, Debbie Martin, Auntie Josie, Andrew Glenn and Gaye Harden.
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THE SIGNIFICANT Women of Gawler project is a wonderful initiative that acknowledges and celebrates women from within the local community said local State Member of Parliament Mr Tony Piccolo at the official launch. Mr Piccolo said there is an extraordinary diversity of women represented in this book, from the traditional owners of the land, women who migrated from countries around the globe and women who were born and bred in Gawler. “But no matter where they are from, all these women share some strongly-held values and beliefs,” Mr Piccolo said. “Their courage under difficult circumstances shines time and time again through the pages of this book… as does their powerful commitment to the unique community that makes up the Gawler region.” Mr Piccolo said he found incredibly inspiring the story of t he Elders from Gawler’s Aboriginal community. “Three remarkable women who were removed as children from their Aboriginal families – Kaylene Brown, an Adnyamathanha (AHN-JA-MUTNAH) woman; Dawn Trevorrow,
a Ngarrindjeri (NA-RIN-JERRY) woman; and Kaurna woman, Mary Graham – have gone on to provide cultural, spiritual and physical support for Aboriginal people in the Gawler region,” he said. Mr Piccolo said closer to home for me, in an emotional sense, are the stories of local women who started their lives in Italy “..Despite the challenges of acquiring a new language, trying to absorb a new culture, they have found great meaning and success in their lives,” Mr Piccolo said. “While their lives are seen t h roug h t he pr ism of t hei r families, and in particular their children, their personal stories reflect their geographic and life journeys.” “This is a wonderful book; recounting the lives of some local women with great dignity, care and respect; and certainly to be treasured by many people,” Mr Piccolo added. The book was forma l ly launched by former (and first female) Buniyp editor, Ms Heidi Helbig. The Zonta Club of Gawler, who sponsored the project won an award at the annual Premier’s Service Clubs Awards.
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At the book launch are Tony Piccolo, Heidi Helbig (3rd from right), book editor Elizabeth Mansutti (centre) and members of the project team.
BUILDING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
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COMMUNITY SPIRIT LOCAL MP Mr Tony Piccolo believes the capacity of new growth areas to ‘build community’ will pose a greater challenge to planners than providing the physical infrastructure. Speaking recently at a meeting of the Gawler Kiwanis Club, Mr Piccolo expanded upon concerns he raised at the recent annual seminar of the Country Planning Officers’ Group. Mr Piccolo said the physical inf rastructure needs of new communities can be quantified and engineering solutions can be found reasonably easily. “The social infrastructure of communities is harder to identify and provide,” said Mr Piccolo. Mr Piccolo said by socia l infrastructure he did not mean schools or hospitals and the like,
because again those requirements can be planned for and delivered in a timely fashion. “I a m concerned about those intangibles that are the heart and soul of communities, like volunteering, a sense of belonging, shared experiences and history,” Mr Piccolo said. “These things develop over time and can’t be immediately quantified and manufactured, but are central to fully functioning a nd he a lt hy c om mu n it ie s ,” stressed Mr Piccolo. “While new communities can attach themselves and integrate to existing communities, large green field developments pose a greater challenge,” Mr Piccolo added. “We need to ensure we get a good ba lance bet ween t he economic and environmental benefits of large scale
F I NA L Y E A R Me c h a n i c a l Engineering students at the University of Adelaide, including two from the Light electorate, are developing a wind turbine for potential urban (residential) use. This sustainable engineering project is the work of students Thomas Duncker, Craig Hall, Adrian Miles, Matthew Seccafien, Fraser Rigby, Matthew Radosevic and Sam Thoday. Sam and Matthew live in the Light electorate. When the project came to the attention of local State Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo MP he arranged for some members of the project team to meet the Premier, Mike Rann.
Mr Piccolo said the Premier has a strong interest in renewable energy and he was very keen to hear about the work of the students. Mr Piccolo said the students a re designing, bui lding a nd testing a Vertical Axis Smart Turbine (VAST) with the aims of: • Developing a wind turbine suitable for use in an urban environments • Producing higher efficiency energ y in comparison to current wind turbines • I m p r o v i n g o n e x i s t i n g Da r r ieu s t u rbi ne de sig ns by i mplement i ng moder n engineering solutions • Utilising an automatic control
developments and the socia l needs of t hese emerging communities.” Mr Piccolo said these larger, new com mu nit ies pose a challenge to service clubs and c om mu n it y g roup s a s ne w residents often do not have any affiliation or connection to the existing area. “They lack that shared history.” “While it is a challenge it a lso of fers ser v ice clubs a n opportunity to play a different role in the community, moving away from the more traditional ‘physical projects’ to a greater community building role,” said Mr Piccolo “We have to be careful that we just don’t build houses and facilities, because in the long run areas prosper because they have a strong sense of community.” system to optimise turbine performance Mr Piccolo said he had been adv i s e d t he VA ST had t he following advantages: • Greater power production in poor wind conditions – low speeds and turbulence • More adaptive to varying wind direction and speed • Less noise during operation • More controllable in high wind speeds • More suitable for roof top installation The project is being supervised by Dr Maziar Arjomandi, Senior Lecturer and Brad Gibson, PhD student from the University of Adelaide. T he project forms a core component of f i na l yea r engineering studies, with students assessed on technical capabilities, engineering report production, public seminars and exhibitions and project management.
Tony Piccolo MP with representatives of local service clubs discussing how they can work together for the community.
SMART SOLAR GAWLER Solar Community is a community based, not for profit neighbourhood group, c on s i s t i ng of o w n e r s a n d supporters of privately owned residential solar power systems. The goa l of Gawler Sola r Communit y is to sha re information about the financial and environmental benefits of having your own solar power system (solar panels). Gawler Sola r C om mu n it y is cu r rent ly orga n isi ng a community group purchase of private solar power systems in the Gawler area with the following aims: • To enable people interested in solar power to make decisions based on non commercia l advice, making it easy for people to choose a suitable system for their home, • To help people accurately evaluate/calculate the financial
issues of buying a solar power system, • To hold public community meetings so that people can meet with the members of Gawler Solar Community and have questions answered in person, • To or g a n i s e a g r ou p of interested purchasers a nd negotiate w it h loca l solar power system suppliers • To s e c u r e c o m p e t i t i v e cooperative purchase group d iscou nt pr ices a nd h ig h quality technolog y for the group, • To make sure that the selected supplier can install all systems by the end of the December 2010. I f you a re i nt ere s t e d i n receiving more information, or joining the purchasing group, please contact malbal79@gmail. com.
From Left ; Tony Piccolo MP, Premier Mike Rann, Students Fraser Rigby, Matthew Seccafien and Sam Thoday.
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FOCUS ON SMALL BUSINESS
SA GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES NEW FRANCHISE LAW PROPOSALS
FRANCHISE law reformer and local Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo has welcomed the recent announcement by the Rann Government of the appointment of a Small Business Commissioner and proposed ne w state laws to prov ide franchisees with a fairer playing field. Mr Piccolo has been leading a national campaign to reform the Franchise code of Conduct to redress the “power imbalance” that currently exists between franchisors and franchisees.
In December last year Mr Piccolo introduced a Private Member’s Bill into the South Australian State Parliament that sought to strengthen the Federal Code by introducing provisions: • requiring parties to a franchise agreement deal with each other in “good faith” • that would penalise parties that breached the Franchise Code of Conduct • to improve dispute resolution processes i nclud i ng t he creation of a Small Business Commissioner Mr Piccolo said that he is
ver y plea sed t hat t he St ate Government has decided to pursue franchise law reform along the lines of the Private Member’s Bill he introduced. “W hi le t he new bi l l is li kely to adopt some of t he prov isions of t he Vic tor ia n Small Business Commissioner model, recommendations made in the Inquiry into Franchising by E c on om ic a nd Fi n a nc e Committee of t he Sout h Au s t r a l i a n Pa rl i a ment w i l l underpin the proposed new South Australian laws,” said Mr Piccolo. Mr Piccolo said he initiated
the South Australian inquiry as a result of the experience some local franchisees had at the hands of their franchisor. “Unfor tunately for one of them, they have since closed down, losing their investment in the business.” “These proposed new laws will be a godsend to those mum and dad franchisees who have been dealt with harshly by their franchisors.” “The current Franchise Code of Conduct effectively leaves f ra nchisees at t he merc y of franchisors.”
Mr Piccolo said recent changes to the Franchise Code of Conduct by the Federal Government, while welcome, did not go far enough to redress the power imbalance. S ou t h Au s t r a l i a w i l l b e the first State Government to introduce new state based laws to provide additional protection to small business, and the tens of thousands of small franchisees. Mr Piccolo said the proposed new laws w i l l help promote a more ethical code of practice in the franchise industry and help eradicate some of the more extreme rogue elements.
PICCOLO APPOINTED: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
LOCAL Member of Parliament Mr Tony Piccolo has be en app ointe d to the p ositi on of Deputy Chair of the S outh Austr alian Business Development Council. The Business Development C ou nc i l i s a n i nde p endent a d v i s or y b o d y t h at m a k e s recommendations to the Minister for Small Business on ways in which the state government and industry can work together to strengthen the capacity of small businesses to respond to local issues and opportunities. The appointment has been made by t he Sma ll Business M i n i s t e r t h e H o n To m Koutsantonis MP. Mr Piccolo said he was pleased to accept the appointment as it would give him a better insight into the needs of small business within his electorate.
“A signif icant par t of t he economy of my electorate is based on small business.” “My pa r t icipat ion i n t he Council will help me gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing small business and enable me to better serve those small businesses in my electorate,” said Mr Piccolo. “W het her t hey are in ret a i l, ser v ices , fa r m i ng or manufacturing I am keen to hear from them,” said Mr Piccolo. Mr Piccolo has been a leading national advocate for the reform of franchising laws to give small bu si ne s s g re ater protec t ion f rom predator behav iour by multinational franchisors. M r P ic c olo’s a c t ion s for franchise law reform have been backed by key small business a s soc iat ions bot h i n S out h Australia and nationally.
Mr Piccolo said that he would be keen to hea r f rom loca l business owners regarding their ideas about: • Initiatives to promote business continuity, sustainability and growth. • Areas for reducing regulations in the small business sector. • Mea su res to i ncrea se t he competiveness of the small business sector • Key issues affecting family businesses • Oppor tunities to promote sustainability in consultation with other industry groups and educational representatives. • Challenges and opportunities in the provision of government ser vices and programs for small businesses. • Changes that will improve the environment in which small businesses operate.
Tony Piccolo MP discussing proposed franchise law reforms with local Cheesecake Shop franchisee Brad Skuse.
Katherine Krollig and Rachel Demarchi in their kitchen
Ron and Sue Lawns (Baker’s Delight , Munno Para) winners at the recent Franchise Council of Australia Regional Franchise Awards. With Tony Piccolo MP and Exec. Director. Of the FCA, Mr Steven Wright. 6 | Enlightened | Edition 16, December 2010
THE PERFECT morsel was created from an idea by two friends Rachel Demarchi and Katherine Krollig discussing collaboration on a cookbook project. Out of this process the perfect morsel was developed, a catering ser v ice w it h persona lised attention to detail and delicious food. T h e p e r fe c t m o r s e l w a s launched successf u l ly on S e p t e m b e r 4 t h 2 010 w i t h generous support from family and friends. Rachel a nd Kat herine are committed to meeting those needs. Rachel and Katherine said that as a result, a significant part
of their business is from repeat customers and referrals. “We wou ld welcome t he opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry, “said Katherine. Rachel said that they are able to cater to a wide range of menus to suit a variety of budgets and tastes. Rachel and Katherine are local to Gawler and Districts, having watched the area prosper and grow, attracting the expansion of established and introduction of new business in the region. Rachel Demarchi ca n be contacted on 0414371597 while Katherine Krollig can be reached on 0435218088.
COLES TOLD TO BACK AUSSIE FARMS THE SOUTH Australian Labor Government and the Liberal Opposition joined forces in the House of Assembly recently to send a strong message to Coles Supermarkets to work alongside the Australian Pork Industry in its campaign to improve animal welfare. In a strong show of solidarity for South Australian farmers members of t he L abor a nd Liberal parties voted to call on Coles Supermarkets “to support rural and regional communities by investing in research that will improve animal husbandry practices and the productivity of the animal related industries”. The motion by Labor Member for Light Tony Piccolo MP and seconded by the Liberal Member for Ha m mond Mr Ad ria n Pederick MP called on Coles
supermarkets to “apply the same of a marketing ploy than a real “What we could end up with welfare standard to all its pork concern for animal welfare. is a decimated industry, where products and not just Australian “Coles’ claim that this is about we end up importing all our pork grown pork”. animal welfare is just nonsense,” products, with no net benefit to D u r i ng t he debate C ole s said Mr Piccolo. animal welfare across the globe.” Supermarkets “It wou ld came under be a t ra gedy strong at tack i f a c ou nt r y for their such as ours, unilateral which has so decision to stop many resources purchasing and is able to Australian feed it s ow n pork from p e ople , end s producers who up importing do not phase fo o d ,” M r out gestat ion P i c c o l o stalls by 2014. stressed. Mr Piccolo “W hat this sa id on t he motion seeks to face of it do is to ensure t h e d e c i s i on that we have a appea red Australian Pork Limited CEO Andrew Spencer discussing the Coles le vel play i ng to be more decision with Mr Tony Piccolo. f ield i n t h i s
NEXY TO DRIVE SAFETY & GROWTH
Tony Piccolo MP with state Parliament colleague Lee Odenwaldwer (Little Para) and Federal Member for Wakefield Mr Nick Champion. A F T E R fou r y e a r s i n t h e planning and two years to construct, the Northern Expressway (NEXY) has finally opened. C omple te d t h re e mont h s a head of schedu le, t he $564 million road is the state’s biggest transport infrastructure project since the opening of the South Eastern freeway. Light MP Mr Tony Piccolo said NEXY would bring great traffic relief to a number of communities within the Light electorate. Mr Piccolo said NEXY would remove heavy traffic from the Angle Vale Township and the Evanston Gardens and Kudla communities along the Angle Vale Road. “Evanston Gardens and other communities will no longer have to hear the noise of heavy trucks driving by,” said Mr Piccolo. “By diverting traffic along NEXY the communities can now develop more fully,” he said. “NEXY will make local roads much safer by redirecting heavy traffic onto the main highway,” said Mr Piccolo.
Mr Piccolo said NEXY would increase tourism to places like Gawler and the Barossa as the trip to the area from Adelaide would be quicker. Mr Piccolo said that not only would NEXY improve road safety in the area by removing a number of intersections, but it would also be an economic boon for the area. “NEXY will attract business investment to the area,” said Mr Piccolo. “With business investment come jobs and apprenticeships for our young people and work for existing businesses.” Mr Piccolo said NEXY had been designed to minimise road traffic noise and the adjacent walking and bike track will be great for families who wish to ride or walk in safety. “By reducing travelling times for carriers, NEXY keeps our region competitive and ensures businesses in the area can grow,” said Mr Piccolo. Mr Piccolo said we should acknowledge those families who had to move their homes to make room for the highway.
industry,” he said. Mr Pederick told Parliament “while Coles claim that animal welfare is the driver of this decision, it appea rs more commercial than altruistic.” “ If Coles were truly concerned about animal welfare it would acknowledge that all pork-based sma l lgo o d s a re made f rom fresh pork wherever it is grown, whether it is pigs from Denmark, USA or Canada (from where a lmost a ll our pork imports emanate), and should be entitled to the same consideration”, said Mr Pederick. “Coles should apply the same dema nds on processed pork i mpor ts. It wou ld cer ta i n ly be ironic if we had to finish up trying to import fresh pork from countries using sow stalls.”
A PREMIER GAME
South Australian Premier Mike Rann took time out from his busy schedule to catch a game of football and netball at the home of the Gawler Lions during the recent footy season. The Premier was invited by the South Gawler Football Club to toss the coin to start both the A Grade football and netball matches. The visit to the Eldred Riggs reserve was arranged by local state member of Parliament Mr Tony Piccolo. Mr Piccolo said the Premier is a strong supporter of local sport and tries to attend a locally based game when time permits. Mr Piccolo said the Premier s ay s loc a l spor t s a re of ten the heart and soul of country communities because they are run by volunteers and are a whole of family affair. “While the kids play football both mum and dad are often active in the running of the club’s
activities,” said Mr Piccolo. Mr Piccolo said the Premier had a great time at the Lion’s den and was able to hear many stories from past players who had attended the past players luncheon that day. The Premier was particularly impressed with the two clubs (South Gawler and Willaston)
for dedicating some of the day’s matches to road safety. The Premier felt privileged to toss the coin for the A Grade Football match as it was played for the Heinrich/McGahan Cupan important event for both clubs. “The Premier really liked the strong family atmosphere that was present at the club.”
Premier Mike Rann discussing the game with South Gawler Captain Aaron Baylis and President Mr Gus Barker
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EVANSTON and Evanston Park residents have called on the Gawler Council to “back off ” from their opposition to the G aw l er R ac e c ours e DPA according to a sur vey und er ta ken by l o c a l State Member of Parliament Mr Tony Piccolo. M r Piccolo recent ly sent re sid e nt s i n Ev a n s ton a nd Evanston Park a survey seeking t heir v iews rega rd ing t he proposed neighbourhood retail development that the DPA would allow and the legal action in the Supreme Court by the Gawler Council to have the DPA knocked out. M r Piccolo sa id t hat t he initial responses (527 responses at the time of going to print) quite clearly indicated strong com mu n it y suppor t for t he development and equally strong opposition to the Council legal action. “While I am not permitted to
comment on the legal merits of the current Supreme Court action by the Gawler Council, it is clear from the community that they see it as unnecessary and a complete waste of ratepayer monies.” Mr Piccolo said from t he 527 responses received by last Friday the following results were received: • 4 41 suppor t t he proposed development and oppose the council legal action. • 3 support the development only • 20 support the development but are unsure of the council legal action • 21 oppose the development and support the council legal action • 11 support the development and support the council legal action • 5 oppose the development but unsure about the council legal action • 3 oppose the development and oppose council legal action
ROAD SAFETY YEAR eleven Trinity College student Michael Shanahan has joined the Gawler Road Safety Committee to provide a young person’s perspective regarding road safety issues. M ichael l ives at Freel i ng a nd wa s nom i nated by h i s College in response to a request from the Committee to involve young people in their awareness campaigns. The objective of the Gawler Road Safety Committee is to raise awareness of road safety issues that impact on the local community. Michael hopes to inject a different and perhaps a broader perspective into the committee discussions. “With young people disproportionately represented in serious car crashes, it is important t h a t aw a r e n e s s c a m p a i g n s understand how young people think,” said Michael.
“I hope to provide views that will help better target the road safety message,” he said. The commit tee comprises representatives from the local council, SA Police, Department of Transport, local media, local schools and local residents. Loca l state Member of Parliament Mr Tony Piccolo is also a member of the committee. Mr Piccolo said the “speed limit trailer” that drivers would see around town is an initiative of the local road safety committee. “The trailer just raises people’s awareness of speeds they are travelling at in built up areas,” said Mr Piccolo. Mr Piccolo said we need to reduce the “carnage” on our roads and education is an important element of any accident reduction strategy. Further information about the group can be obtained from Mr Robert Laidlaw on 04 0797 9163
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are unsure d e ve lopm e nt but council legal action • 3 a r e u n s u r e development a nd council legal action • 1 5 a r e u n s u r e development and council legal action • 2 informal responses Mr Piccolo sa id cla ims by t he Council that they had community support for t he ac t ion a re not borne out by the survey responses to date. “The claims they made that they had communit y suppor t to oppose the development are either just not true or they acted on a sma l l nu mber of loud voices,” said Mr Piccolo. M r Piccolo sa id the vast majority of re sident s s a id t he availability of shops in the southern end of the town would be of huge benefit to them
of the op p o s e
in the locality. “Overall, the survey results s t r on g l y i nd ic a t e t h a t t h e development is seen as a positive for the area”. “Many residents expressed their concern that the current
council was out of touch with the needs of the community and hoped that the elections would of the infuse new blood.” suppor t Mr Piccolo said many residents felt that the legal action was of the a complete waste of ratepayer’s monies and could be better spent on services. Some residents i n the locality expressed t he v iew t hat if t he development went ahead they would shop there rather than go to Munno Para which they now do. “Residents want the track to be there, and they understand it has to be commercially viable – I just don’t understand why the council cannot see it,” said Mr Piccolo. “It is u nfor t u nate that the Council could risk up to $300,000 of ratepayers monies for an action not supported by the community” Subject to various traff ic and other amenity issues being Premier Mike Rann and G&BJC President, Dr John addressed Mr Piccolo McKinnon officially open the new facilities while Tony h a s s u p p o r t e d t h e Piccolo MP looks on. redevelopment and DPA.
EXPLORE OPTIONS NORTH
Photo courtesy of the Barossa Herald President of the Gawler Harness Club points out where a new facility could be located. HARNESS Racing SA (HRSA) have held preliminary dis cussions w ith the State Government to ascertain whether any publicly held land in the northern suburbs or Gawler might be available for a new racing facility. The discussions were prompted by the closure of the Gawler Harness Racing Club (GHRC) track at Gawler to make way for the Northern Expressway. Loca l State Member of Parliament Mr Tony Piccolo has been working with the GHRC to explore possible sites for a new racing facility for the club. Mr Piccolo led a delegation to the Minister for Infrastructure, t he Hon Patrick Colon who
authorised the relevant State Government agencies to have discussions with HRSA. Mr Piccolo said the discussions were in a very preliminary stage, and were temporarily on hold while HRSA find a new Chief Executive Officer. Mr Piccolo said the talks were about exploring possible sites in the northern areas (including Gawler) that might be suitable for a racing track should the opportunity and need arise in the future. The State Government i s c om m it t e d t o h av i n g a su st a i nable raci ng i ndu st r y a s c a n be ev idenced by its recent financial support for the redevelopment of the Gawler
& Barossa Jockey Club track in Gawler. Mr Piccolo said he would certainly support the building of a new harness racing track in his electorate so to cement its reputation as the equine capital of Australia. “Racing facilities create jobs, support local businesses and bring visitors to the town,” said Mr Piccolo. “A ra nge of issues wou ld need to be addressed before any decision about any possible site was made,” Mr Piccolo added. “It is very early days, but the State Government has clearly indicated it is prepared to provide the appropriate support to local harness racing.”
SERVICE DIRECTORY FOR SENIORS A DIRECTORY of services for seniors in the Light electorate was launched by local Member of Parliament Mr Tony Piccolo on Friday 1st October, International Day for the Older Person. T he cont ac t book let wa s produced by M r Piccolo i n re s p on s e t o t he nu me rou s enquiries his office receives from seniors. Mr Piccolo said seniors wanted to know who to contact about a range of services, particularly when things go wrong. “We have de veloped t h is booklet in response to the type of enquiries my office has received
from seniors in our community,” said Mr Piccolo. “W herever possible, we have provided local contacts for a range of government or community based organisations and agencies.” “We have tried to provide as much information as possible without making it too complex.” “It is designed to be easily read so that information can be found quickly,” Mr Piccolo added. This is the second edition of this publication and as such it has been redesigned so that information required urgently, can be found more quickly.
Information in the booklet was collated by Mr Piccolo’s office with assistance from the staff of the Gawler Council Library and Community Development Department. Copies of the booklet were recently posted to all households in the Light electorate who have a senior (60 years or above) residing at that address. “We will also load a copy of the directory on our website at www. tonypiccolo.org,” said Mr Piccolo. Add it iona l copies ca n be obtained from Mr Piccolo’s office at 148 Murray Street, Gawler.
From left , Colin Jordan , Joan Galway and Beth Hudman helped Tony piccolo launch the directory for seniors.
GUTSY RESIDENTS SURVEY SEEKS LOCAL Member for Light, Tony Piccolo has congratulated the gutsy residents at the Hillier Residential Park, who have championed changes to the way stamp duty is charged across the state. Mr Piccolo had raised the issue of stamp duty payable on transportable homes with the Treasurer, af ter residents at Hillier Park raised their concerns with him about the tax. T h e Tr e a s u r y r e c e n t l y a n nou nc e d a ne w re ve nu e ruling, which will provide relief from stamp duty for people who transfer transportable homes. G enera l ly, st a mp dut y is payable on the transfer of real and personal property which includes relocatable homes. A number of Stamp duties are being phased out as part of the GST agreement with the Commonwealth. Stamp duty on relocatable homes was due to be phased out by the 2012/13 financial year but the Treasurer, the Hon Kevin Foley has made a decision to stop collecting it.
Mr Piccolo said that a resident at t he Pa rk had broug ht to his attention some confusion su r rou nd i ng t he i mposit ion of stamp duty on the transfer of relocatable homes w it hin residential parks as some had paid it and others hadn’t. Mr Piccolo sought clarification from the Treasurer and asked under what circumstance would stamp duty not be payable. M r Piccolo sa id t hat t he Treasurer had already made an “ex gratia” payment to a resident within a residential park. Mr Piccolo sought a policy decision on the matter because individual “ex gratia” payments can get messy and unfair. Individual “ex gratia payments should only be used in limited “s p e c i a l c a s e s ” w h e r e t h e imposition of the law would be unfair or the law operated in a manner never intended,” said Mr Piccolo. “Following my representations the Treasurer has announced a general administrative decision to no longer collect stamp duty on relocatable home transfers within
residential parks.” “The decision will be effective from 1st July 2009, so those residents who have paid it will be eligible for a refund if they can demonstrate they paid it.” Mr Piccolo acknowledged that while he welcomed the decision t hose who pa id sta mp dut y prior to 1 July 2009, could feel aggrieved by missing out on the refund.” “ Un f o r t u n a t e l y, a l l n e w initiatives need a cut off point and some will miss out” Mr Piccolo said he was happy to make further representations to t he State gover n ment to assess whether the relief can be extended. “W hile t he stamp dut y is technically still payable because the law has yet to be changed, this policy announcement means it will not be collected. Mr Piccolo said that while we would all like to pay fewer taxes it is the price we pay to have a caring and civil society. “There w i l l a lways be argument about what is a fair tax amount,” said Mr Piccolo.
Local MP Tony Piccolo with residents from Hillier Park (Campaign initiator Mrs Judith Shortt is two places to the right of Tony)
Light MP Mr Tony Piccolo discussing his International Year of Youth survey with local young people (from left) Mitch Rose, Olexij Shaschko, Rose Coldbeck-Shackley and Meredith Hennessy.
YOUNG people in the Light e l e c tor ate w e re g i v e n t h e opportunity by their local State Member of Parliament Mr Tony Piccolo to express their views on a range of issues. An electorate wide written survey was sent to all households by Mr Piccolo where young people aged 18-25 years were resident. Mr Piccolo said the purpose of the survey was to hear the views of young people regarding issues important to them. “I va lue t he opi n ions of young people and the survey results will help me gain a better understanding of their views on a range of issues,” said Mr Piccolo. “I will also get an insight into their aspirations and needs.”
Mr Piccolo said the survey was prepared in consultation with members of local youth advisory committees, council officers and other community groups who work with young people. Mr Piccolo said a modified survey was also undertaken by some senior students at local secondary schools. The survey was undertaken du r i ng Aug ust to ma rk t he beginning of International Year of Youth (IYY). Mr Piccolo said the IYY is about advancing the full and effective participation of youth in all aspects of community life. Mr Piccolo said he would use the information collected to lobby local Councils and the State and Federal Governments to ensure policies and services reflected the needs of young people. Mr Piccolo said he hopes to publish the results of the surveys as soon as possible. “The survey results will help me develop an agenda for action to support young people in my communities,” Mr Piccolo said.
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STALEMATE TO EXHIBITION A JOURNEY FROM TRAIN
A FRIENDSHIP formed on the train on the way to work ever y day by three Gawler residents resulted in a combined exhibition of their art at the Gawler Community Galler y during November. Speaking at the opening Mr Piccolo said the three friends, Kerrie Barrett, Peter Murdoch and Naomi Fatling discovered they all shared a desire to express themselves through art while talking on the train. Mr Piccolo said while t he ar tists have ver y varied backgrounds and experiences, one thing in common is their interest in art. Kerrie’s interests in landscape have been greatly inf luenced by Eric Minchin of Brushmen of the Bush fame while Peter, who originally trained as an art teacher, but worked in different fields over the years, has never lost his passion for art and has in recent years exhibited widely. Naomi has found time, while
raising a family, to study the various art forms, has her works in a number of private collections. “The three artists have found a connection through art,” said Mr Piccolo. “Art can be a great source for building community,” Mr Piccolo added. “Art is both a ref lection of the individual but also a mirror against the artist’s surrounds. Art is both informed by, and informs community.” Mr Piccolo said the exhibition s h owc a s e d a c o l l e c t i on o f paintings, drawings and prints, from the imaginary and real, t o t h e s a d ne s s , s e n s u a l it y and vitality of life, and to the compositional exploration of the everyday world around us. Mr Piccolo congratulated the artists for their fine work, and commitment to their dreams, and wished them great success. The Gallery can be contacted on 85 23 5995 Thursday – Sunday between 10am-4pm for more details.
CONTINUES: RSL AND TOWN OF GAWLER OVER WALK OF HONOUR
DIFFERENCES between the Town of Gawler and the Gawler RSL over the decision by Council to relocate the “walk of honour” appear to have broken out again. In his report to RSL members at the annual dinner held recently Sub-Branch President, Mr George Sibenaler renewed his criticism of the Council for not consulting properly with them. Mr Sibenaler told members “as we a ll k now t he Gawler
Town Council has dismantled “Gawler’s Walk of Honour” and relocated it to the foyer of the newly renovated Gawler Institute Foyer where they are not readily accessible to members of the public, veteran’s relatives or loved ones.” Mr Sibenaler went on to say “this was done without proper c on s u lt at ion w it h t he Su b Branch” and that “we intend to actively pursue this issue and
present a submission to the new Gawler Town Council to have “Gawler’s Wa l k of Honou r” returned to its rightful place” The Gawler RSL wants the walk of honour, which comprises va rious honou r boa rds, “on p er ma nent d i splay, for t he veteran’s relatives and loved ones, the veteran community and the people of Gawler”. Mr Piccolo said the RSL is keen “to ensure the sacrifices made and the special debt owed to those who have served is not forgotten.” Loca l State Member of Parliament Mr Tony Piccolo said he was disappointed that the matter had not yet been resolved. “Despite a number of public statements by the Council that they would negotiate with the RSL, nothing has happened,” said Mr Piccolo. “Our veterans deserve better treatment than this from the Gawler Council.” At the annual dinner subbranch stalwart Wayne Clarke was awarded life membership by the National Executive for his outstanding service to the RSL. At t he dinner Mr Piccolo donated to the club a framed picture marking the sub-branch’s recent 90th birthday.
MUNNO PARA FORMER MAYOR
Artists Kerrie Barrett, Peter Murdoch and Naomi Falting with Tony Piccolo at the opening of the exhibition.
MAN WITH THE DOG
The Mahoney family sisters Evelyn Hall, Christine Lucantoni, brother Don, and sister Shirley Sevi with Council employees Richard Girvin and Les Harrison with Tony Piccolo MP in Baker’s Par. 10 | Enlightened | Edition 16, December 2010
Wayne Clarke receiving his RSL Life Membership from Graham Nybo State RSL Vice President while Tony Piccolo and Gawler RSL President Mr George Sibenaler look on.
The family of the late Briant “ Te d” Mahone y have b e en touched by the gesture by the Gawler community to place a plaque in his memory, in Baker’s Park. Bria nt, or t he “ma n w it h the dog” was one of Gawler’s characters and his passing was a sad moment for both his family and the community. A plaque in memory of his life was recently unveiled in Baker’s Park where Briant found refuge. His family said that Briant was complex person, shy but at the same time drew people towards him. The plaque was suggested by the workers of DrugArm SA who befriended Briant during their walks around Gawler on Friday and Saturday nights. Local Member Tony Piccolo M P helped co-ord i nate t he preparation of the plaque and was
able to garner the support of the Gawler Council. The plaque has been placed on the bench where Briant spent much of his time in his later years. Mr Piccolo said the Council have been very supportive and he particularly wanted to thank all the staff within the engineering department who made the event happen. Br ia nt , a n av id Power supporter, is remembered as a good natured person who just preferred to live by himself. One of six children, Briant attended the local Samaritan school in his early days and his family still recall him racing down the main street of Gawler in a horse and buggy. His family said he spent most of his working life in labouring and gardening jobs. Briant passed away earlier this year, aged 68, after spending his last days in a local nursing home.
LIGHT MP Mr Tony Piccolo says he was saddened by the news of the passing of former Mayor of the former City of Munno Para Mrs Jo Gapper. Mr Piccolo said Mrs Gapper was a strong advocate for her community and her passing will be mourned by many. Mrs Gapper was the Mayor of the City of Munno Para for ten years prior to it merging with the City of Elizabeth to form the current City of Playford. Mr Piccolo said he first served with Mrs Gapper when elected to the Munno Para Council in 1981 and until 1985 when he moved to the Town of Gawler. Mr Piccolo said Mrs Gapper, who was a councillor at the time, was certainly a feisty woman and didn’t suffer fools easily. “Jo was forthright and you knew where you stood with her,” said Mr Piccolo. “While Jo was strong in her views she was never malicious or nasty.” “She wasn’t a tall person but she certainly had a lot of stature.” “I always remember her (I was only 21 at the time) as impeccably dressed and never afraid to speak her mind.” “While I was on the receiving end of her displeasure a few times, I still hold very fond memories of her contribution to the council and community.” Mr Piccolo said he extended his sincere condolences to her family and friends at their loss.
FOCUS ON SCHOOLS
MINISTER VISITS LOCAL SCHOOLS FOR GAWLER HIGH SCHOOL THE MINISTER for Education and Children’s Services the Hon Jay Weatherill MP visited Gawler High and Evanston Gardens Primary School recently as part of a program to meet with as many school communities as possible. At Gawler High the Minister was briefed on the progress of development of the proposed Birth to Year 12 School on the High School site. According to local MP, Mr Tony Piccolo, the Minister was very impressed with the range of programs run by the local schools to engage their students in learning opportunities. “The Minister was certainly i mpressed w it h t he f lex ible approach adopted by schools to match learning programs and activities to the needs of students,’ said Mr Piccolo. “The schools are certainly adopting creative techniques to engage their students,” said Mr Piccolo. Over $14million will be spent in new and refurbished facilities for the school over the next few
years. Mr Piccolo said the school merger offered an opportunity to adopt new ways of educating our young people. The Minister also observed a range of educational programs for young students as part of his tour of Evanston Gardens Primary. Mr Piccolo said the Minister also saw the Student Representative Council in action at Evanston Gardens. “It is great to see schools building leadership skills in our young people,” said Mr Piccolo. During the tour of Evanston Gardens Primary Mr Piccolo stressed to the Minister that the current school is unlikely to cope with the anticipated influx of young people from the new areas within the Evanston South and Evanston Gardens areas earmarked for residential development by t he Gawler council. Mr Piccolo said he understood that an education and care brief had been prepared to review whether the current facilities enabled the primary school to fulfil its vision.
Minister Weatherill at Evanston Gardens Primary School.
L O C A L S t a t e Me m b e r o f Parliament Mr Tony Piccolo took a momentary trip down memory lane while officially opening the new arts and home economics buildings at Gawler High School recently. Mr Piccolo, an old scholar of the school, said the buildings he was officially opening were on the site where his first classroom was site back in 1972. Mr Piccolo said that although he was very happy to see the school get new facilities, he was a little sad that his first year classroom had to be demolished to make way. T he $3.6 m i l l ion projec t jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments prov ide new a nd innovative facilities.
Mr Piccolo said the home economics spaces have been designed to enable students to le a r n s k i l l s w h ic h m ay lead to future employment in commercial enterprises. “The k itchen facilities i ncor por ate appl ia nc e s a nd equipment to learn these skills, while maintaining the necessary standards for safety and hygienic food preparation,” Mr Piccolo said. “The arts and home economics centre also provide students with cutting edge access to E learning.” “The students at Gawler High School will be very well equipped to respond to the technological demands of the 21st century, in their work or future learning.” Mr Piccolo said the Gawler High School community should
Officially opening the new facilities is local member Tony Piccolo assisted by student forum member Shaye-Lee Toet, governing council chair Mrs Angela MacFarlane, and Federal member Mr Nick Champion.
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feel enormously proud of the new arts and home economics buildings. M r P ic colo t a l ke d ab out how just over 38 years ago as a small boy he had set foot in the school, had his first classes in the buildings which have been demolished for this great development he was opening that day. “The small boy was full of hopes and dreams about the future.” “This school helped fill those hopes and dreams as it does for its students today.” “It is with great pleasure and pride that I stand here today, 38 years later, to officially declare open the new arts and economics buildings at Gawler High School.”
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SERVING THE COMMUNITY
SERVICE CLUBS PRAISED IN STATE PARLIAMENT THE COMMUNIT Y work performed by local service clubs has been acknowledged in State Parliament. Loca l State Member of Parliament Mr Tony Piccolo MP speaking in parliament to mark service club week recently said the week “celebrates and recog n ise s t he out st a nd i ng contribution and achievements of all South Australian service clubs and that each make an enormous contribution to the lives of other South Australians”. “While the clubs do great work individually, when they combi ne t hei r ef for t s t he y do some fantastic things for communities,” said Mr Piccolo. “In my hometown of Gawler, the work of the combined service clubs is everywhere to be seen,” he told Parliament.
“The volunteering stories of social and cultural benefits are “The sense of community they these clubs are truly amazing.” sometimes hidden but are no less develop is critical to the wellMr Piccolo said service club important,” Mr Piccolo stressed. being of many, particularly those t r a d it ion s h ave b e en d e ve lop e d and nurtured by committed indiv idua ls over ma ny yea rs of ser v ice to t he community. “The week i s a b o u t ack nowledg ing the various club members’ willingness to donate their time to improving the lives of others.” “W hile t he economic benefits of volu nte er i ng are well k nown, Val Mew, Naomi Arnold, Tony Piccolo MP and Maggi Gregory at the Service Club t hose inta ngible Award night.
who for whatever reason have become isolated from mainstream communities.” Mr Piccolo recently represented the Premier at the annual Association of Service Club Organisations Premier’s Awards. The awards recognise outstanding achievement by a service clubs or their members for service to the community. Mr Piccolo congratulated the Zonta Club of Gawler for their Award for its contribution to the Significant Women of Gawler project. Mr Piccolo a lso hosted a dinner for the Presidents of the service clubs in his electorate. At the dinner the Presidents agreed to meet on a regular basis to promote t heir work and identify projects they could combine to bring to fruition.
COMMUNITY MARKET SUCCESS AWARDS BUILD LOCAL THE WEEKLY Gawler Station Market which had its humble beginnings in a Lions Club community project to preserve the station precinct buildings has grown into a major fundraiser for local charities. Approaching its tenth year of operation, the market which is run by the Lions Club of Gawler raises about $15,000 a year for important community projects a nd c ha r it ie s ac c ord i ng to immediate past Club President Mr Eric Filmer. Mr Filmer said the market is run “by the community for the community’. “All the proceeds from stall fees and charges are invested in the local community in the form of projects or supporting other community based charities,” said Mr Filmer.
I n 19 9 9 t he L ion s C lu b volu nte ered to “adopt ” t he Gawler Railway Station as a project where the Club managed major renovations to the station buildings. Mr Filmer said under the auspices of local Lions member and builder Mr Pat Mells, the club was able to access “work for the dole” funds and resources to upgrade the station buildings. In 2001 the market was started as a means of raising further funds to restore the station and other community projects. A year later, the Club was able to have the locomotive placed at the station to reinforce the importance of rail transport to the town. Mr Filmer said the Club was always keen to work with other community groups and in 2006 invited the Gawler Community
Gallery to take residence in the Station house. “The market and the Gallery support each other by attracting tourists to the Station,” said Mr Filmer. Mr Filmer said the market attracts hundreds of visitors on a Sunday morning and they can buy anything from fresh fruit and vegetables, to household bric-abrac, books and jewellery. “ T here i s s ome t h i ng for everybody at the market,” said Mr Filmer. The market operates every Sunday (except Anzac Day) from 6:30 am for sellers and 7:00 am for buyers in the Gawler Station car park. Mr Fi l mer sa id new sta l l holders are always welcome, as more sellers means more funds for community projects.
At the award presentation with Tony Piccolo were Peter Heyworth, Sue Morris, Carol Carter, Jacqui Stapleton, and Tony Zappia MP.
Gawler Lions Club past President Mr Eric Filmer, while jewellery stall holder Ms Kerrie Roe looks on. 12 | Enlightened | Edition 16, December 2010
VOLUNTEERS from Gawler have graduated from the Active Volunteering Program run by Northern Volunteering SA Inc. Loca l member of state parliament Mr Tony Piccolo was the guest speaker at the ceremony. The program sets out to assist volu nteers i n t he Nor t her n Community to achieve nationally r e c o g n i s e d a n d a c c r e d it e d Certificates II or III in Active Volunteering Mr Piccolo said the certificates are recognition of the volunteer’s individual achievement in their volunteering and life experiences. Mr Piccolo said the program is set out to make the studying process less intimidating, with plenty of help and advice at hand when required “The program has proven to
build a volunteer’s self-confidence and can inspire them to reach higher and achieve more,” said Mr Piccolo “The program has encouraged participates to undertake further study in volunteering.” Competencies covered include: • Communication • Administration • Occupational Health, Safety & Welfare • Effective Volunteering • Team Work • Safe Food Handling • Child Safe Environments • First Aid Mr Piccolo said the certificates can also be part of the volunteer’s pathway to further education. Mr Piccolo said that Northern Volunteering is to be congratulated for their initiative.
SERVING THE COMMUNITY
RITA’S LIFE OF SERVICE RECOGNISED MS RITA Argent has had her 33 years of service as co-ordinator to the Gawler Care and Share Group re cognise d in State Parliament. Loca l state member of parliament Mr Tony Piccolo paid tribute to Ms Argent’s work in his first speech in the new parliament. Mr Piccolo told state parliament that “I bring to the house’s attention the story of a woman in my electorate who has devoted her life to family and community service.” Mr Piccolo said “The Gawler Care and Share Group is the life work of Rita, who has been the coordinator of the group since it was first established 33 years ago in March 1977.” Mr Piccolo said Rita with the help of some other volunteers, established the group as they saw a need for elderly in the area who lived in their own homes (many widowed) to have a place where they could meet with other people to have fun, fellowship and support. Mr Piccolo also acknowledged the contribution made by former member for Light (Hon. Bruce Eastick) and volunteers R ita Su mmer ton, Mrs Higg ins, Audrey Ahrens, Joy Connors, Josie Shinkel, Monica Brown, Betty Alison and Mary Harnett.
Over the years the group has provided over 120,000 meals and opportunities for friendship for hundreds of local people. Mr Piccolo told parliament while the group provides a great service to its members, the real story behind its success is the commitment and devotion of Rita to serve others. M r Piccolo sa id pr ior to establishing the group, Rita was caring for her parents and it was this experience as a carer for her parents that motivated Rita to establish the group. Tr a i ne d a s a nu r s e a nd midwife, Rita gave up her career to help support and care for her parents. “It has been a life of caring and sharing with and for others,” said Mr Piccolo. S he s p ent s ome of her working life employed at the local Hutchinson Hospital, the place where she entered the world 22 years earlier. “ To u n d e r s t a n d t h i s commitment you need to have a better understanding of Rita’s life,” said Mr Piccolo. Born on 6 August 1931 at the Hutchinson Hospital, Gawler, to her commission agent father, Walter, and housewife mum, Vera, Rita grew up in Wasleys (north of Gawler). She has a younger brother, Cedric, who became a detective
and worked alongside the well known King O’Malley. Born at t he height of t he depression, the farming community was hit hard and, as a consequence, commissions dried up and her father sought work in other areas. W hile t he family lived in Wasleys they spent a great deal of time in Gawler, the nearest major centre. The family would go to Gawler for shopping, the annual show, doctors, etc. More importantly, as R ita would put it, “Wasleys didn’t have a frock shop.” The family’s experience in Wasleys has been documented in the recently published book by Nancy Wood, Wasleys As It Was. In 1956, the family moved t o G aw l e r w h e r e h e r d a d c om menc e d work w it h t he E&WS. Mr Piccolo said “In 1974, Rita interrupted her nursing career to provide care for her parents.” “And in 1977 she delivered her labour of love, the Gawler Care and Share Group,” Mr Piccolo said. When asked about her work with the group R ita humbly responds, “I have been cared for by them” and that she “wouldn’t change anything” had she had her life over again. She states that she is “very grateful for family and friends”.
ASSOCIATION TURNS 70 IN L ATE April the Gawler Branch of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) of South Australia celebrated its 70th birthday with a function at the Gawler Arms Hotel. Light MP, Mr Tony Piccolo who attended the celebrations said he had been told that sixty five members formed the Gawler Branch of the CWA on the 3rd of April 1940 at a meeting in the High Street Institute Hall. Mr Piccolo said the minutes show that at the meeting Miss Barnet was elected president and annual subscriptions were set at 2/- (shilling) for married women and 1/- for single up to 21 years. June 21st 1940 saw the opening of the first CWA Rest Room by Lady Hudd and this room was made available rent free through the generosity of Mrs W.J. May. Mr Piccolo said during the war effort articles made included camouflage nets, sheep skin vests and knitted wear. “ I am told that Miss Barnet used onion skins to dye wool a khaki colour for the hundreds of pairs of socks and scarves that were knitted,” said Mr Piccolo. “Bra nch Members a lso
rendered down fat for making soap, collected rags for cleaning work and sent food parcels and magazines to the fighting forces.” In June 1960 a block of land in Reid St was purchased with a hall being built which opened in May 1962. During 1972 membership grew to 103 members. Mr Piccolo said he recalled negotiations commenced during 1992 with Gawler Council to re-locate the hall to Tod St and in 1998 the present building was opened.
Mr Piccolo sa id members over the years have enjoyed bus trips, all kinds of art, craft, floral art, drama, and leadership and computer workshops. “In the true spirit of a service c lub t he G aw ler C WA h a s supported numerous community projects, donated to disaster and emergency aid both locally and state wide.” W hile membership has declined to about 50, the CWA Gawler Branch continues to care and share and promote and offer friendship.
Rita Argent cuts her cake celebrating 33 years of service.
RSL 60TH THE GAWLER RSL Women’s Auxiliary celebrated its sixtieth birthday during August with a party attended by a number of state RSL Women’s Auxiliary officials and local State Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo. T he Au x i l ia r y held its inaugural meeting at the RSL Clubrooms on Tuesday 11t h July 1950 on the site where the Nor t her n Ma rke t Shoppi ng Centre now stands. Mr Piccolo said the minutes from the first minutes state ‘Mrs Poole occupied the chair and told the ladies present that the object of the meeting was to form a Women’s Auxiliary Committee
to help the RSL members with various functions they may hold in the future.’ Of latter years fundraising has been achieved by games mornings, (cards, bridge etc.) three times a year attended by members and women from the general community. Mr Piccolo said there is a strong sense of commitment by all the members of the Gawler Auxiliary – 17 in number at present. “It was with great delight, that they and many visitors celebrated t heir 60t h a nniversar y w it h a lovely lunch on Tuesday 10th August,” said Mr Piccolo.
Photo courtesy of The Bunyip Julia Marterne, Iris Crouch and President Linda Bertram.
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NORA CRUISES TO 100
Gawler East resident, Mrs Nora Sexton celebrated her 100th birthday in June this year with a ‘low key’ party with family and friends. Nora was born on 23rd June 1910 in the Jamestown hospital 12 kms south east from her mid north home town of Caltowie. The third child (of six) to Katherine and Peter McCarthy Nora spent her early childhood going to school at the St Killian Convent School and helping with chores around home. At school she excelled in sports and the piano. Later in life she was well known in her town of Crystal Brook of being a very accomplished tennis player and played the organ in her local church. “I was head organist for a while”, says Nora. She learnt to play the piano the hard way and she still recalls the “cracked knuckles” at the hands of the sisters. Nora’s mum and dad had a road making business in the early days but the depression and difficult times in the country meant work was hard to find and dad went on to do labouring work and later qualified as a fitter and turner. After leaving school at about age 14, Nora was apprenticed to a local tailor where she helped with
a great deal of sewing and general sales in the shop. A skill she was to put to a great deal of use later in life with her family. Nora’s mum Katherine died when Nora was only 17 so she had to leave her job and help look after the family. Nora still recalls the f irst family washing she had to do by herself. “The copper was huge, and all the clothes had to be scrubbed by hand,” she said. “I was head cook and bottle washer,” she says with a wry grin. Nora helped care for her two older brothers Jim and Charlie and younger sister and brother Katherine and Peter. Peter is the only remaining sibling, aged 89 and he lives at Enfield. Nora married a loca l lad, M ichael S ex ton i n 1932 i n Georgetow n, a boy she had known since school days but had not “taken any notice of really”. Asked if she could recall the d ay M ichael prop os e d , she went quiet and said “you don’t really talk about those things”, ref lecting the values of a time when some things stayed private. She says with a big grin that she has many fond memories of her life with Michael. Michael was a farming lad, who had to work the family farm from an early age because his father died
when he was only 12. The married couple moved to Crystal Brook to live, a place she still loves (and misses) to this day. Despite her strong connection to the town, she says “you have to move on”. Nora gave birth to her first child Zeta in 1933, followed by son John in 1942. Zeta lives with her husband Dennis (Ward) in Gawler while John lives in Para Hills. Nora spent most of her adult
life caring for her husband and children “as you did in those days”. While having fond memories of her life to date, Nora is reluctant to reminisce as she finds it hard to recall some of the details and prefers to talk about the good life she currently lives. She is happy to talk about the dances that she and Michael attended, even after the children were born. “They were great fun and we
looked forward to attending them on a regular basis.” Nora said. In 1989 Nora and Michael moved to Gawler to be closer to family, but within a year her husband passed away. Nora kept busy through her volunteering work at Vinnies, a role she fulfilled for 17 years until an illness forced her to take a less active role in the community. Nora now c a l ls Sout her n Cross Homes in Gawler her new home. She celebrated her birthday with her two children, seven grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren and other family and friends.
Tony Piccolo with Nora Sexton and daughter Zeta Ward.
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John and Gillian Farrington, 60th
William and Beryl Skinner, 50th
George and Eileen Presswell, 65th
Ophie and Ruth Renner, 50th
Geoff and Christine Foster, 50th
Kaye and Allan Evans, 50th
Eric and Elsie Clarke, 60th
Jack and Betty Newman, 60th
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Colin and Rita Baker, 60th
Roy and Pat Pickworth, 60th
GIRL GUIDES CENTENARY THIS year is the Centenary of Guiding and the Year of the Girl Guide with a unit opening in Gawler in 1921 following support expressed at a public meeting. Ms Sue Cr u isha nck, u nit leader and an assistant state commissioner, sa id init ia l ly meeting in various halls due to the high cost of rent, it was decided Girl Guides needed to find a place to call home. “In 1951 a building fund was established with donations from the community and fundraising activities to help towards the cost,” said Ms Cruishanck. Ms Cruishanck said the land was donated by Mr Jacobs and an 18ft x 36ft x 8ft building with a cement floor was decided upon. The building was completed in the beginning of 1953 and a Thinking Day Service was held on Sunday 22 February 1953. A competition to name the hall was held and won by Ms C Sweeney with name Para Pine Guide Hall officially opened on the 21 March 1953. A fence was installed in 1958, a kitchen in 1960/61, new toilet and septic in
1965 and a fireplace in 1966. Since then a new front foyer has been built, the kitchen and bathrooms upgraded, new fencing and a brand new verandah. Ms Cruishanck said t hese activities have all been the result of hard fundraising and the money for the verandah was raised with recycled corks as they are paid to collect them. “ T he loca l Apex Club helped with the erection of the verandah,” she said. Ms Cruishanck said the Gawler Guides currently have 100 girls and 15 adult members but new Guides and leaders are always welcome. “Guides are aged from 5 years to 18years, with leaders 18 plus,” she added. Ms Cruishanck said the Guides have had an eventful year. During the year they: • had a Thinking Day Family afternoon at Pioneer Park on Sunday February 21. • we r e r e pr e s e nt e d a t t h e International Womens Day afternoon with a display of uniforms over the years. • were involved in Clean Up Australia Day in Pioneer Park.
• attended 100 day of the year a
camp that was held at Douglas Scrub McLaren Vale • took part once again in the A n z a c M a rc h a nd D aw n Service here in Gawler. • were busy promoting Guiding and selling Biscuits.
• participated in a Centenary
Guides SA. “So I guess we will be busy once again,” she said with a smile.
Campfire in Princess Park. • helped out at the Gawler Show • attended a weeklong Centenary Camp at Lucindale for Guides and leaders. Ms Cruishanck said in 2012 it will be the Centenary of Girl
For enquiries contact t he District Leader Win Nicolai on 0428231976.
Gawler Rivergum Guides with leaders Sue Cruickshank (holding child) and Kimberlee de Ron.
N RO AD
Entire street jampacked with activities
Come and see Santa arrive at 11.00am
Follow the Elf Trail on the day!
Food and drink stalls Toilets
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ROTARY CLUB OF GAWLER LIGHT CHRISTMAS RIVERBANK DISPLAY On the 4th of December the Rotary Club of Gawler Light will again set the Christmas Riverbank Display on the banks of the Gawler River at Julian Terrace for all to enjoy. With the generous help of local traders over the last 12 months the club has done extensive landscaping of the site due to its steepness and size of the display We would like to acknowledge Clark- Radin Lawyers, LR&M Constructions Pty Ltd, R&M Timber, Mitre 10 Gawler and Virgara Wines for their assistance with this display.
THE ORIGINAL GAWLER LIONS MARKET EVERY SUNDAY
The Rotary Club of Gawler Light presents the Christmas Riverbank Display to the people of Gawler as a Community Service Project. Please go to our website www.gawlerlightrotary.org.au to see more about this and other projects Rotary is involved with. Christmas Greetings & Best Wishes to All
8am - 12 noon at the Gawler Railway Station Jewellery, Tools, Plants, Books, Craft, Bric-a-Brac, Videos & DVDs
Publication supported by Tony Piccolo MP A community celebration proudly brought to you by “Best of Town & Country”
Christmas is traditionally a time of joy and goodwill as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. This is an important time for families, friends and communities to gather together, to encourage one another and be thankful for the blessings we receive. The Town of Gawler would especially like to thank the service clubs, community groups, businesses and the Gawler Business Development Group who have collectively contributed to the Christmas Street Festival. Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.
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+ Sausage Sizzle
Gawler Christmas Street Festival Sunday 5 December 11am to 3pm Murray Street
CIRCOTRON BALLOON ARTISTS FACE PAINTERS LIVE MUSIC TRAVELLING FARM JUMPING CASTLE V8 SIMULATOR GIVEAWAYS GALORE