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Response from Cody Davies

  1. Following the example of other similar councils across Australia, regarding action on climate change, what climate change mitigation and/or adaptation actions do you see as important for Gawler Council over the next 4 years? (For example https://www.resilientsouth.com)

I’d be interested to see Council adapting to more efficient systems, such as LED lights, and building with the future in mind (e.g. solar panels like were built for the Gawler Community house) as well as educating more people on how they can help out in their own homes.

2. Lots of residential development is happening in Gawler at the moment. Some concerns have been raised regarding subsequent financial and environmental impacts to the community and council, please describe your approach or concerns about the following two aspects:

a. Ensuring, where possible, development incorporates sustainable design principles at design stage.

b. Ensuring that ongoing financial and energy inputs, to council (e.g. in maintenance of open space areas after hand-back to council) are considered at design stage.

I believe that the design stage is the most important stage to make these decisions, as it is the cheapest method in the long-term, as opposed to trying to retro-fit poorly planned development.

 

3. The future of sustainable food production and other rural uses in Gawler’s Rural Zone has been an issue for Gawler Council over recent years. Proposals include changing the Rural Zone to focus on more residential development. What do you see as the future for Gawler’s Rural Zone?

I think that Gawler would lose something if the rural zone was changed entirely to residential development. As far as the specific uses, without the briefings by staff that council staff would provide, it’s hard to tell what the most efficient use for the Rural Zone would be. Sustainable food production does sound like a good idea though.

 

4. Gawler has been a car reliant town, how would you encourage the adoption of sustainable transport options to help address Gawler’s traffic and car parking problems? (Eg. Footpaths suitable for bike trailers and prams, shade trees along footpaths, bicycle parking in the shopping precinct, water drinking fountains.)

I generally don’t use a car, so I rely on the local public transport for the most part. Some of the sidewalks in Gawler are unacceptable for e.g. prams and older people and we could do better there. The bus services in Gawler could also use some more fine-tuning and promotion so thay they can become more a more popular choice.

 

5. Tell us about your ownpersonal initiatives to make your lifestyle sustainable.

At our house, we try to conserve water by, for example, having a bucket in the shower and using that water for miscellaneous tasks. I also try to walk or take public transport when possible rather than relying on cars all the time.

 

 

Response from David Hughes

  1. Following the example of other similar councils across Australia, regarding action on climate change, what climate change mitigation and/or adaptation actions do you see as important for Gawler Council over the next 4 years? (For example https://www.resilientsouth.com)

Council needs to set the example and help community on a local level to follow in its actions, energy systems, minimise resource (power and water) use and adapt on a local level. Council policies need to address Climate change.

Assist our green belt landowners in our rural zone by reducing their rates by at least 10%. This was defeated in 2018 and 2017 by Gidman, Tooley, Vallelonga, Symes and Nicolson. Local food production is important to reduce transport or food miles and for local jobs.

Encourage recycling and green waste use on a local level. Use of Willaston private and NAWMA facilities needs to be fostered by Council to reuse and recycle by residents.

 

  1. Lots of residential development is happening in Gawler at the moment. Some concerns have been raised regarding subsequent financial and environmental impacts to the community and council, please describe your approach or concerns about the following two aspects:

a) Ensuring, where possible, development incorporates sustainable design principles at design stage.

Big savings in power consumption can be achieved through simple design technics, sighting, aspect and materials to be used in the building. Open space is using local native endemic species (require low inputs to establish and maintenance plus low maintenance shade trees. Good walking and cycling paths linked to local schools and shops to encourage heathy community movement.

Council needs to have well established biodiversity systems on a local level to support our important ecosystem services;

  • reducing erosion and soil loss by holding soil together thus is difficult to erode by wind or heavy rain events.
  • intact biodiverse systems provide protection against extreme weather conditions. In our steep creek environments the correct vegetation strategies will be much cheaper to establish and maintain than engineering solutions. 

b) Ensuring that ongoing financial and energy inputs, to council (e.g. in maintenance of open space areas after hand-back to council) are considered at design stage.

Planning by Council at an early stage to ensure developers establish sustainable garden and open space designs suited to Gawler’s Climate. Our community on a monetary and climate change aspect cannot afford to water and maintain large exotic green spaces using species that require large amounts of fertilizer, water and upkeep. Like housing simple designs with correct materials and aspect can save huge amounts of inputs and still produce beautiful open spaces with nectar feeding native birds etc.

Strong healthy biodiverse systems are also crucial to sustaining farming, fishing, forestry and tourism activities which employ workers in Gawler and our region.

Projected temperature increases can lead to several medical conditions, including exhaustion and stroke. Treed shady and green areas can through recent studies reduce ambient temperatures by as much as 7 degrees in Gawler.

 

  1. The future of sustainable food production and other rural uses in Gawler’s Rural Zone has been an issue for Gawler Council over recent years. Proposals include changing the Rural Zone to focus on more residential development. What do you see as the future for Gawler’s Rural Zone?

If it’s all residential blocks Gawler’s identity will be lost forever. We will become just a northern suburb with no rural industries. From “best of town and country”, “to just town and suburbs”, we need to keep our village feel similar to Barossa Townships.

My first job after leaving Roseworthy College was as a horticulturalist working at a rose farm on a few acres on Gawler’s boundary. This productive property is still operating as is, with at least three other Rose properties in our rural zone. With the closure of Holden’s we need to keep and build our employing businesses. This zone means we have local food and flower production on our doorstep.

 

  1. Gawler has been a car reliant town, how would you encourage the adoption of sustainable transport options to help address Gawler’s traffic and car parking problems? (Eg. Footpaths suitable for bike trailers and prams, shade trees along footpaths, bicycle parking in the shopping precinct, water drinking fountains.)

For Gawler Councils recent walking and cycling plan I added a lot of comment on improving the corridors to make it easier and safer to get around especially for our school children and less able. Footpath upgrades have been a priority. We need to link our walking and cycling to encourage its use. Our new subdivisions need to be linked by these corridors. Wider footpaths are safer to use and encourage healthy social uses such as jogging, skating and cycling by families. The town now has a few electric charging stations for electric vehicles enabling shopping while their cars are recharged.

 

  1. Tell us about your ownpersonal initiatives to make your lifestyle sustainable.

As a family we installed a rainwater system plumbed to whole house. Established a wicking bed veggie garden, have fruit trees, working in with neighbours sharing produce especially eggs.

We shop local even for major purchases to keep jobs in our community. We use cardboard boxes and reusable shopping bags, reducing plastics. We have solar power and heating, planted local sustainable native gardens for fire safety and biodiversity, involved in education on sustainability on a local and regional level. Bushfire events will increase so I helped establish our own fire safe street with activities as we live in a high bushfire risk area with elderly residents.

 

 

Response from Alex Bradley

  1. Following the example of other similar councils across Australia, regarding action on climate change, what climate change mitigation and/or adaptation actions do you see as important for Gawler Council over the next 4 years? (For example https://www.resilientsouth.com)

I would be very interested to see a feasibility study undertaken to look at transitioning street lamps to LED. Looking at the results from a trial carried out in Ipswich, Queensland on 2,616 streetlights, they saw a reduction in C02 emissions of over 70%, and from an economic perspective a reduction in costs from $117k to $31k. The spent light globes are also free of heavy metals, and their functionality reduces light pollution.

 

  1. Lots of residential development is happening in Gawler at the moment. Some concerns have been raised regarding subsequent financial and environmental impacts to the community and council, please describe your approach or concerns about the following two aspects: a) Ensuring, where possible, development incorporates sustainable design principles at design stage.

I believe a bigger focus needs to be placed on stormwater harvesting and where possible recharging our aquifers. Council should be leading the way with sustainable gardens designed for our changing climate.

b.) Ensuring that ongoing financial and energy inputs, to council (e.g. in maintenance of open space areas after hand-back to council) are considered at design stage.

A focus must be placed on the ongoing financial costs of open space maintenance at the design stage so that significant changes don’t need to be made after handover to council. Collaboration with community groups to determine if there would be an uptake in community gardens in new developments or current under-utilised open spaces. Anything we can do to help residents enjoy open spaces close to home without the need to drive can only be beneficial for the community as a whole both socially and environmentally.  

 

  1. The future of sustainable food production and other rural uses in Gawler’s Rural Zone has been an issue for Gawler Council over recent years. Proposals include changing the Rural Zone to focus on more residential development. What do you see as the future for Gawler’s Rural Zone?

This is an emotive issue and I believe is intrinsically linked to Gawlers long term identity. It serves not only as an agricultural area but also a buffer from the continued sprawl from the northern part of Playford. If it were to be changed to have a more residential focus I would like to see low density development with larger blocks and open spaces. I would be interested in the possibility of collaborating with Playford Council in this area with their Managed Aquifer Recharge scheme.

 

  1. Gawler has been a car reliant town, how would you encourage the adoption of sustainable transport options to help address Gawler’s traffic and car parking problems? (Eg. Footpaths suitable for bike trailers and prams, shade trees along footpaths, bicycle parking in the shopping precinct, water drinking fountains.)

The condition of footpaths is an issue in many parts of Gawler. Both young and old struggle due to sections lifting and a lack of lighting after dark. My wife struggled with the pram when walking and an elderly neighbour no longer walks to the closest deli, in part because of the condition of the footpath. Bike parking along Murray Street would not have to take a lot of space as the footpath is wide in many places.

 

  1. Tell us about your ownpersonal initiatives to make your lifestyle sustainable.

We are avid recyclers at home with our children making use of the bottle recycling for pocket money! We also look to grow as much as we can from our vege patch and are lucky to have an underground rainwater tank large enough to sustain the vegies all year round. The compost bin is also very well used. With no natural gas available in our street we have recently replaced our hot water system with a heat pump set up. We are mindful of the waste that we generate as a family and I’m quite proud of the fact that as a family of four we have significantly reduced the amount of waste going in to our red bin each week by half. 

 

 

 

Response from Paul Koch

  1. Following the example of other similar councils across Australia, regarding action on climate change, what climate change mitigation and/or adaptation actions do you see as important for Gawler Council over the next 4 years? (For example https://www.resilientsouth.com)

It’s important that the issue of climate change is part of Council’s core business. Cultural change is needed. I was one of those who lobbied for a Council sustainability officer, who is now working systematically through Council’s practices and processes to reduce our carbon footprint and save money.  It’s important to plan a holistic approach to reducing Council’s carbon footprint. Council can take a role in leadership and education in this space.
I would also like to see Council transition to electric vehicles across the fleet with power offset by PV cells.

 

  1. Lots of residential development is happening in Gawler at the moment. Some concerns have been raised regarding subsequent financial and environmental impacts to the community and council, please describe your approach or concerns about the following two aspects: a) Ensuring, where possible, development incorporates sustainable design principles at design stage.

When building, the aim should be to design for efficiency and sustainability right from the beginning, by enforcing design principles like solar orientation, energy efficiency ratings and water-sensitive design principles.  Council needs to lobby to tighten up building codes and Development Plan policies.

b)Ensuring that ongoing financial and energy inputs, to council (e.g. in maintenance of open space areas after hand-back to council) are considered at design stage.

Of concern to me is the rolling out of highly intricate irrigated open-spaces.  Plus having new reserves as close as 200m apart. I have worked for four councils, and dealt directly with developers, who often want as much irrigated open-space as possible, as the centre piece to a new land release, which ‘sells’ blocks.
These ‘high standard’ reserves require more resources (water, labour, materials and machinery use) compared to the reserves normally seen in Gawler. They are not sustainable financially or environmentally. The issue of equity should be addressed and the number of reserves should be rationalised.

 

  1. The future of sustainable food production and other rural uses in Gawler’s Rural Zone has been an issue for Gawler Council over recent years. Proposals include changing the Rural Zone to focus on more residential development. What do you see as the future for Gawler’s Rural Zone?

I have constantly advocated for retaining Gawler’s rural area and not slicing it into suburban blocks, proposed as low as 1600 to 2000 sq metres (ie 1/2 acre or less).  That is like Cockshell Estate and Hamilton Park which are Residential Zone. Once it gone it’s gone. One argument from those who want subdivision is that the area is no longer viable for primary production. I disagree with this.  There is significant horticulture currently occurring. Also as a horticulturist, I have experience in growing Australian native foods, and feel that a wide range of Australian native food crops could be grown commercially in the Rural Zone by adapting to new cropping systems.

 

  1. Gawler has been a car reliant town, how would you encourage the adoption of sustainable transport options to help address Gawler’s traffic and car parking problems? (Eg. Footpaths suitable for bike trailers and prams, shade trees along footpaths, bicycle parking in the shopping precinct, water drinking fountains.)

Gawler should seriously look at becoming as cycling-friendly as possible, with bike lanes, secure parking etc so more people will feel comfortable and confident to cycle. This would relieve pressure on the road network. At times people may not be very confident on a bicycle amongst vehicles, but a culture of sharing the road would go a long way to create an environment conducive to cycling.

I was part of the committee that scoped the Gawler River shared path. This creates a safe route for cyclist and walkers to be able to link in to the town centre and railway stations for connections. 

 

  1. Tell us about your ownpersonal initiatives to make your lifestyle sustainable.
  • Designed and implemented a sustainable landscape that works in with the natural seasons, requiring little to no extra water.
  • Installed greywater recycling system
  • Recycle or compost majority of household waste.
  • Recycle as much as possible through the yellow bin. For bulky material use we use on-line forums for re-distribution.
  • Converted a car to electric drive 6 years ago, offsetting the energy used by PV panels on the house roof. Have covered over 40,000kms.
  • Cycle as much as possible.
  • Disconnected house airconditioning unit and use natural airflows, shading etc to cool our house in summer.
  • Insulated the roof and installed overhead fans
  • Replacing all my petrol-powered garden tools with battery operated (commercial grade) ones.

 

 

 

Response from Adrian Shackley

  1. Following the example of other similar councils across Australia, regarding action on climate change, what climate change mitigation and/or adaptation actions do you see as important for Gawler Council over the next 4 years?(For example https://www.resilientsouth.com)

Councils have a vital role in undertaking measures to assist in limiting global warming to 1.5 C.   Gawler Council should be expanding solar power production on buildings and potential solar farms, moving to electric vehicles, and prioritising investment in good walking and cycling infrastructure. Possible solar lights on some high use walking paths.  Councils also have a major role in providing leadership and community education to improve recycling, reduce power use, limit water use etc. Council is monitoring relevant variables but needs more attention to getting results and publicity such as in Annual Report.  Gawler Council can assist resilience with biodiversity assets in the town by finalising its Biodiversity Management Plan and redirecting some resources to implement priority actions.

 

  1. Lots of residential development is happening in Gawler at the moment. Some concerns have been raised regarding subsequent financial and environmental impacts to the community and council, please describe your approach or concerns about the following two aspects: a. Ensuring, where possible, development incorporates sustainable design principles at design stage.

I have several years’ experience on development assessment panels. Unfortunately the experience with most new housing development is that it is quite difficult for councils to produce more than minimum outcomes.  Partly this results from state development and building codes providing developers and builders with basic requirements only. Just saying Council will actively enforce standards does not necessarily produce good results.  Gawler would benefit from a dedicated planner with higher level sustainability skills.

b. Ensuring that ongoing financial and energy inputs, to council (e.g. in maintenance of open space areas after hand-back to council) are considered at design stage.

Open space planning has been a problem.  Developers always wish to provide showy landscaping to encourage sales. Council has an obligation to ensure equity across old and new areas and appropriate landscaping and facilities. I have been actively working for some years to provide input on sustainable landscaping.  There is an important role for local parks and playgrounds but water use and management costs need to be reasonable.  The creeklines and steep areas in the foothills in eastern Gawler need to be promoted for their biodiversity and habitat qualities and potential for high value quiet recreation for locals and the wider community.

 

  1. The future of sustainable food production and other rural uses in Gawler’s Rural Zone has been an issue for Gawler Council over recent years. Proposals include changing the Rural Zone to focus on more residential development. What do you see as the future for Gawler’s Rural Zone?

Rural areas are important in providing food and a society where food production is not divorced from urban living.  There are issues with viability of some crops in Gawler’s Rural Zone and changes will be needed.  There are quite a number of successful primary production activities – horticulture, viticulture, flower production and nurseries.  Cooperative activities need to be encouraged. The Rural Zone also allows many people to enjoy a rural lifestyle with home based businesses and other industries including horses and dogs.  I have supported rate rebates for rural areas.

I don’t believe there is support for a future involving much expanded residential housing at the expense of rural activities and the current open landscape.  Gawler Rural Zone is about 1650 hectares containing about 250 houses.  With current development rules could expand to 400-500 houses mainly in the Kudla 0.9ha area.  Taking out about 150 ha (State Government MOSS, cemetery & council land along Smith Rd and existing industrial areas) and allow say 300 ha for roads and some open space – 1200 ha with 1 acre (0.4ha) lots has potential for c.3000 houses in total, and ½ acre (0.2ha) lots potential for c. 6000 in total. For comparison urban Gawler now has about 9000 houses.

 

  1. Gawler has been a car reliant town, how would you encourage the adoption of sustainable transport options to help address Gawler’s traffic and car parking problems? (Eg. Footpaths suitable for bike trailers and prams, shade trees along footpaths, bicycle parking in the shopping precinct, water drinking fountains.)

Council recently adopted a new Walking and Cycling Plan.  Prioritising funding for the initiatives in the report is the key. Building a case for funding input from State and Commonwealth Govts is also needed.  Some footpath improvements are particularly urgent for walking into the town centre eg along Julian Tce east side. Funding has been quite high for residential footpaths for a few years but there is still a big backlog.  Better infrastructure and publicising the benefits of walking and cycling is the best way to limit traffic problems and car use.  Support other suggestions in question.

 

  1. Tell us about your ownpersonal initiatives to make your lifestyle sustainable.

Reduced home energy consumption through low energy lights, better home insulation, energy efficient appliances, having house temperatures much higher in summer and lower in winter and having only limited living areas heated or cooled to save on heating and cooling, use of overhead fans for efficient summer cooling in several rooms, shaded walls with deciduous plants to reduce heat intake in hotter months.  Careful recycling. Better shade management and hand watering in native plant nursery to reduce water use by about 2/3.  More walking and some cycling – more to be done here! Providing habitat in garden and nursery for many native reptiles and other critters.

 

 

 

 

 

Response from Diane Fraser

  1. Following the example of other similar councils across Australia, regarding action on climate change, what climate change mitigation and/or adaptation actions do you see as important for Gawler Council over the next 4 years? (For example https://www.resilientsouth.com)

Irrigation, solar, led lighting. are all things council now strives to achieve

Ideally it would have been great if instead of Building the Desalination Plant, the money had been distributed over local councils so they could develop their own wetlands. water retention & water recycling. (Similar to Salisbury.)
That didn’thappen,sonow council needs to work closely with developers on reusing stormwater for our open spaces.

Onkaparinga Council have recently sent out a booklet on correct use of roadside bins, to all residents.
I would like to see NAWA do the same?

 

  1. Lots of residential development is happening in Gawler at the moment. Some concerns have been raised regarding subsequent financial and environmental impacts to the community and council, please describe your approach or concerns about the following two aspects: a.Ensuring, where possible, development incorporates sustainable design principles at design stage. b. Ensuring that ongoing financial and energy inputs, to council (e.g. in maintenance of open space areas after hand-back to council) are considered at design stage.

a. Would like council to have more say in the design stage of development. Unfortunately a lot of that is now taken away from council & run through State Govt. Planning Dept.

b. Would like council to have more say in design of parks & open space. (Using drought tolerant plants water retention & irrigation.)

 

  1. The future of sustainable food production and other rural uses in Gawler’s Rural Zone has been an issue for Gawler Council over recent years. Proposals include changing the Rural Zone to focus on more residential development. What do you see as the future for Gawler’s Rural Zone?

Contentious issue.
It is difficult for people to make a living out of small acreage. (water & labour costs.) So maybe answer is to allow reduction in size of acreage (5 acres).
I would not like to see our entire rural zone turned into residential blocks.

 

  1. Gawler has been a car reliant town, how would you encourage the adoption of sustainable transport options to help address Gawler’s traffic and car parking problems? (Eg. Footpaths suitable for bike trailers and prams, shade trees along footpaths, bicycle parking in the shopping precinct, water drinking fountains.)

The car park for Gawler Central could become multi storey. That would alleviate parking problems for those coming from Barossa, Freeling & even Clare. (This should be funded by Dept Transport & Infrastructure.)
If we had more bike storage, then more locals would ride to station.
More people are riding bikes today, although mainly for pleasure. We need to encourage them to ride more often.
We also need more bike racks at super markets.
Having been to Munster, in Germany, (the 2n d biggest city in Europe for bicycles) there are thousands of bikes at the train stations.

 

  1. Tell us about your ownpersonal initiatives to make your lifestyle sustainable.

My late husband & I were very conscious of environmental design when we built 23 years ago. Insulation, roof vents, living areas facing north, no windows facing west., verandas, carport & pergola covering nearly every wall & window of house.
I spend approx 10 months of year on rain water & have solar panels.

I participate in clean plastic collection & am very careful with recycling.
I have changed many aspects of garden with water wise plants & have dripper systems installed.

I have been involved with Gawler Community House now for 8 years & we have created a kitchen garden using wicking beds. Installed solar panels & are very conscious of recycling. Also involved in clean plastic collection.

 

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FRASER Diane
, Living in Gawler for 33 years, I have been a business owner and active member of the community including an Elected Member of Council 2010-2014. I have a sincere passion for Gawler and now retired, continue to enjoy contributing to the community by being a Board Member and Treasurer of the Gawler Community House. I am also Deputy Chair of The Suicide Prevention Committee. I regularly attend Community Service meetings to stay in touch with Gawler’s activities and development. I look forward to being an unbiased voice for our diverse and growing community.

Authorised by Diane Fraser 14 Sunnydale Ave Gawler East S.A. 5118

 

Response from Ian Tooley

  1. Following the example of other similar councils across Australia, regarding action on climate change, what climate change mitigation and/or adaptation actions do you see as important for Gawler Council over the next 4 years? (For example https://www.resilientsouth.com)
Whilst the need for climate change adaptation is inevitable, Gawler Council must be a leader in actions for mitigation. The latest IPCC report outlines the devastation of 1.5C of warming and that 2C of warming MUST be avoided! Gawler Council must not only reduce its carbon footprint but it must lead our Gawler community on a journey towards carbon neutral! Reducing energy consumption; sourcing energy supply from renewables; divesting from fossil fuels and fossil fuel linked financing; converting to electric fleet vehicles; running community education programs; facilitating the uptake of solar PV and water conservation for residents and business are just some ways that council can lead in this space. 

 

  1. Lots of residential development is happening in Gawler at the moment. Some concerns have been raised regarding subsequent financial and environmental impacts to the community and council, please describe your approach or concerns about the following two aspects: a.Ensuring, where possible, development incorporates sustainable design principles at design stage. b. Ensuring that ongoing financial and energy inputs, to council (e.g. in maintenance of open space areas after hand-back to council) are considered at design stage.
2 (a) It’s one thing to have energy efficient and sustainability design policy and principles but it is another thing to ensure that builders and developers are compliant – council must do both! Council MUST insist on energy, water and resource efficiencies at the design and planning stage, AND check and ensure that there is compliance at the construction phase! I have successfully got council to sign up for the SA Govt funding source for the energy and heritage upgrades of our historic buildings!
2 (b) I was successful in having Gawler Council commit to fund and install a virtual power plant on its Administration Center. This will pay for itself in 3 years. This is both environmentally and financially prudent, puts downward pressure on rates and models good practice for our community. 
I have been, and remain, a fierce advocate for council and developers to agree on sustainable open space design and amenity at the design phase and remain opposed to downgrading open space that has already been approved, developed and marketed – this is totally unfair to the people who have purchased because of what was agreed to and marketed!
  1. The future of sustainable food production and other rural uses in Gawler’s Rural Zone has been an issue for Gawler Council over recent years. Proposals include changing the Rural Zone to focus on more residential development. What do you see as the future for Gawler’s Rural Zone?
I totally support the overwhelming desire of the vast majority of those living in the Rural Zone to have their case considered! The consistent message(s) in the hundreds of submissions from the residents and land owners in the Rural Zone are:-
-commercial food production is not possible nor viable on their relatively small land holdings. 
-there is no reliable nor affordable water supply to support commercial food production. 
-the concept of a Green Belt or Buffer Zone is ‘mythical’ as no one, not Government, Council nor individual, has purchased or committed land for such a purpose. 
-residents and land owners in the Rural Zone do not want dense urban sprawl, they want the opportunity to have consistent land division applied down to no smaller than around a half to one acre minimum. They want to see a low density green Rural Living zone established, similar to Hamilton Estate and Cockshell Estate at Gawler’s Eastern entrance. 
  1. Gawler has been a car reliant town, how would you encourage the adoption of sustainable transport options to help address Gawler’s traffic and car parking problems? (Eg. Footpaths suitable for bike trailers and prams, shade trees along footpaths, bicycle parking in the shopping precinct, water drinking fountains.)
I’m an enthusiastic electric bike rider and strongly support the expansion of our walking and cycle trails. Whilst we have made progress in Gawler, most of our ‘dedicated’ cycle lanes are non-compliant by international standards and must be improved! Improved cycle infrastructure will provide the safety and security that encourages more to take up the cycle option! I am also strongly in favor of public transport and with the electrification of our rail line, I support investment in developing and expanding Park and Ride facilities and infrastructure. I support Walker Place becoming a green public square and community space. Electric vehicles are inevitable and Gawler could become an early adopter and advocate – starting with the Gawler Council fleet and buses!
  1. Tell us about your ownpersonal initiatives to make your lifestyle sustainable.
In 2014 I campaigned on a strong environmental platform and I have been true to that over the past 4 years. I have successfully influenced many decisions at council and successfully promoted many environmentally sustainable initiatives and policy developments. 
I am a trained Climate Change leader, presenter, activist and lobbyist with Al Gores The Climate Reality Project. My home and garden are used by Open Gardens SA as an example of energy and water efficiency through design, water harvesting, solar PV production and organic food production. 

 

 

Response from Paul Little

  1. Following the example of other similar councils across Australia, regarding action on climate change, what climate change mitigation and/or adaptation actions do you see as important for Gawler Council over the next 4 years? (For example https://www.resilientsouth.com)

Re questions 1 I feel not enough is being done to sustain our two rivers as I feel that  both the North and South arms of the river needed to be properly sustained to promote the local wild life etc.  I would if elected try and  revegetate the banks  etc.

 

  1. Lots of residential development is happening in Gawler at the moment. Some concerns have been raised regarding subsequent financial and environmental impacts to the community and council, please describe your approach or concerns about the following two aspects: a.Ensuring, where possible, development incorporates sustainable design principles at design stage. b. Ensuring that ongoing financial and energy inputs, to council (e.g. in maintenance of open space areas after hand-back to council) are considered at design stage.

Re point 2.  As you can see by my attached flyer I have always been interested in open space it is good for the environment and good for our children’s health.

 

  1. The future of sustainable food production and other rural uses in Gawler’s Rural Zone has been an issue for Gawler Council over recent years. Proposals include changing the Rural Zone to focus on more residential development. What do you see as the future for Gawler’s Rural Zone?

Re point 3 when I was on the Council last 2001 I was one of the main advocates of the Green belt along with Tony Piccolo as we were the Reid Ward Councillors at the time.

 

  1. Gawler has been a car reliant town, how would you encourage the adoption of sustainable transport options to help address Gawler’s traffic and car parking problems? (Eg. Footpaths suitable for bike trailers and prams, shade trees along footpaths, bicycle parking in the shopping precinct, water drinking fountains.)

Point 4 has always been a problem in this town because of the way Col Light designed it.  The area has always been designed to accommodate  traffic and shopping and  I hope this can change but I doubt it.

 

  1. Tell us about your ownpersonal initiatives to make your lifestyle sustainable.

Point 5 see attached flyer and  you will see what I am interested in.  To finish off I was on Council when we bought in  Recycling and at that time I was black balled by other Councillors and Unions but after a discussion with them I feel we now have a great but not perfect solution.

 

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 I am nominating for Gawler Council as I feel I can contribute to the smooth running of Council. I am a retired Police Officer and since retiring I have been involved in several Community activities.  Namely President RSL, Director on the Hospital Board, Director of Barossa Light and Gawler Football League.  I am a volunteer Pensions and Welfare Officer for Australian Defence Force. I have lived in Gawler for 41 years, married to Margaret with three adult children.  My main interest in standing is my interest in our Roads, Recycling, and the upgrade and maintenance of our sporting ovals and walking trails etc.   I feel I can constructively in Council uphold the value of honesty and accountability which will foster community confidence. This I feel can be done by looking at both current and future needs for this Council.     As a long standing member of the Gawler Community I feel I understand the needs of the Town and have a good understanding of what is required. I would deem it a privilege if you placed me number 1 on the Ballot Paper.  (must Vote for 10 candidates)

Authorised and Printed by  Paul Robert Little     5 Urwlin Ave Evanston Park 5116   0428440619

 

Gawler Local Council Elections

Local Council elections are happening soon! In November everyone eligible to vote will receive a ballot form in the post.

If you are enrolled to vote in the normal state elections, you are already on the roll for council elections. Local council rolls also include people who are property owners but not residents. Voting is not compulsory, if you want to know more check out the Electoral Commission of SA website here.

Transition Gawler has prepared a few questions on sustainability issues relevant to the Gawler area, and will be distributing 5 questions to each candidate shortly. Each response will be posted on our website, to enable our community to get to know more about the sustainability credentials of the candidates.

Happy reading!!

Transition Gawler encourages everyone to have their say and vote in November!

Click here to read response from Cody Davies

Click here to read response from Alex Bradley

Click here to read response from David Hughes

Click here to read response from Paul Koch

Click here to read response from Adrian Shackley

Click here to read response from Paul Little.

Click here to read response from Ian Tooley

Click here to read response from Diane Fraser

Gawler Farmers Market

We are holding a Working Group Meeting to discuss the new Farmers Market.

Time: 7.00 pm
When:  24th of August 2017
Where: Gawler Elderly Centre, 7 Fourteenth St, Gawler South (Thank you Town of Gawler for the room hire).

This will be a facilitated session, held by volunteers.

If you want to contribute an active role in progressing a new Gawler Farmers Market, please come along and have your say, …your help is appreciated and essential.

For more information, you can email transitiongawler@gmail.com or telephone Miriam Yip 0427 316 976

For more info, https://thenewgawlerfarmersmarket.wordpress.com/
Please note the site is still under construction.

 

Survey

We need your thoughts and opinions on what makes a good farmers market.

Please fill out out quick online survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/gawlerfarmersmarket

Find out more about Transition Gawler at https://transitiongawler.org/