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Our Silence Honours And Remembers Them

At the service were Gawler RSL President Paul Little, 101 Year Old War Veteran Sid Ey and Local MP Tony Piccolo.

 

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Baker Boys Do Waste Recovery Well In Willaston

This morning Environment Minister Ian Hunter officially opened South Australia’s newest resource recovery facility, Eco Waste Solutions in Willaston.  

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We Did It - Tulloch Tackled!

The Gawler community has won its battle to have the Gawler Green Shopping Centre intersection substantially upgraded, with a decision by the State Government to allocate $4 million to the project.

The decision has been welcomed by local Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo, who has co-ordinated a long campaign with local traders, residents and the Gawler & District College community to have the Tulloch/Main North Roads intersection upgraded.

Mr Piccolo said the strong campaign by the whole Gawler community has led to this fantastic decision.

“We did it!” Mr Piccolo said.

“The entire community contributed to this campaign which involved paper and online petitions, door knocking and letter boxing local residents by volunteers.

“Local people have been gathering support throughout the campaign by telephoning other local residents, visits to the Centre, and publicising the petition through social media.

“On top of the community campaigning, there have been countless meetings with Ministers and State Government officials.

“We left no stone unturned, to ensure we got the message across to the State Government of how important the upgrade of this intersection is.

“The social media campaign was particularly successful with almost 60,000 people viewing the petition through Facebook and entries on our website.

“Thousands have signed up to the petition.

“The response by the community to the campaign has been just wonderful.

“As a community we can proud of what we have achieved together,” he said.

The campaign intensified significantly in recent months when the intersection did not receive funding in the 2017/18 State Budget.

Mr Piccolo said he started agitating for improvement back in early 2014 when he commenced receiving complaints about the intersection from Gawler & District College and people who shopped at the Centre.

“At that time I started to have a series of meetings with DPTI officials and Council to see what could be done to improve the intersection,” Mr Piccolo said.

“Regrettably, Council did not see it as its issue; a view I disagreed with then and continue to do so now.

“While I acknowledge that Council and I did not see eye to eye about how the improvements should have been funded, it did in May this year, come on board and join the campaign for the intersection to be upgraded.

“While my previous budget bids seeking funding for the upgrade had not been successful, the community and I persisted to deliver this fantastic outcome,” he said.

Recently, local traders and employees at the Gawler Green Shopping Centre backed calls to have the Main North/Tulloch Roads intersection upgraded, with either a roundabout or traffic lights.

Mr Piccolo said many traders and employees believe that they would see an increase in patronage if the intersection was improved.

“People may be choosing to shop in other locations due to the difficultly in leaving the precinct,” Mr Piccolo said.

“I have been advised that the funding will be confirmed in the mid-year budget review and that design work will commence immediately, with the upgrade to be delivered during 2018.

“While I favour a roundabout at the location, enough funds have been allocated for the installation of traffic lights if that is the recommendation following traffic investigations.

“Our community can hold its head high in the knowledge that by working together we have achieved this fantastic and long overdue result.

“I welcome any feedback from the community as to their favoured outcome, be it a roundabout or traffic lights,” he said.

Feedback can be provided online at http://www.tonypiccolo.org/tulloch-feedback-form.

 

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War Memorial Gets $80'000 Boost From State Government

The Gawler RSL Sub-Branch is one-step closer to fulfilling its vision for a new All Wars Memorial at Pioneer Park after receiving an $80,000 State Government grant through ArtsSA.  

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James is SA's First Fred Hollows Junior Ambassador

Mark Oliphant College student, James Larsson, has become the first South Australian Junior Ambassador for the Fred Hollows Humanity Awards at a ceremony held this morning.  

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Join Your Local Mo-Member of Parliament

The Mo-Member for Light Tony Piccolo has put out the welcome mat for all to join his “Movember” team to raise money to improve Men’s Health initiatives.


 


Brendan’s and Gusto’s Barber Shops are joining Tony to promote “Movember”


 

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Local Teachers and SSOs Recognised On World Teacher's Day

Over 750 teachers and support staff in schools that service the Light Electorate received Certificates of Appreciation last Friday from local State Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo, as part of the celebrations to mark World Teachers’ Day 2017.

Mr Piccolo said the certificates were a symbol of appreciation for the work teachers and support staff perform in educating and caring for the students in their care.

Celebrated in over 100 countries, World Teachers' Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers and support staff in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society.

Mr Piccolo said this is a day on when students, parents and community members can demonstrate their appreciation for the contributions that teachers and support staff have made to their community.

Mr Piccolo said he wrote to all school principals in the local area inviting them to nominate teachers and support staff in their school they would like to see receive a certificate of appreciation.

World Teachers’ Day was initiated on 5th October 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

In adopting this day governments recognise the importance of competent, qualified and motivated teachers in society and important role support staff play in the management of our schools.

Internationally, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the first Friday in October, however as this usually occurs during Australian school holidays, so in Australia, it is celebrated on the last Friday in October which this year was Friday 27 October.

Every year Mr Piccolo personally presents the certificates at one school and was honoured last Friday to present the certificates to teachers at Adelaide North Special School, which does an outstanding job in developing our young people living with disability.

Mr Piccolo said volunteers also play an important part in educating our children and their contribution would be acknowledged and celebrated on another occasion.

 

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Local Traders Back Call To Upgrade Tulloch Intersection

Local traders and employees at the Gawler Green Shopping Centre have backed calls to have the Main North/Tulloch Roads intersection upgraded with either a roundabout or traffic lights

Local Member of Parliament, Tony Piccolo recently meet with a group of traders from the Shopping Centre who have joined with him in calling for the Tulloch Road intersection to be upgraded and they have urged all their customers to sign the online petition.

Mr Piccolo’s online petition, calling on the State Government to fund an upgrade of the intersection at Tulloch Road and Main North Road, has been seen by more than 40,0000 people and can be signed at http://bit.ly/tullochintersection.

Mr Piccolo said that at the recent visit to the Gawler Green Shopping Centre, many of the shop owners and employees expressed their frustration at the current state of the intersection.

“Many believed that they would see an increase in patronage if the intersection was improved,” Mr Piccolo said.

“People may be choosing to shop in other locations due to the difficultly in leaving the precinct.

“I have also been door knocking in Evanston Park, Evanston and Evanston South talking to people about the intersection,” he said.

Mr Piccolo recently wrote to both the Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis and Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan in response to the petition and other action undertaken by the community.

“I outlined to the Treasurer and Minister that the intersection was a major issue for the people living in electorate,” Mr Piccolo said.

“I requested that as the Treasurer prepares for the mid-year budget review he considers funding a roundabout or traffic lights at the intersection.

“I, like most members of our community, just want this intersection fixed,” he said.

 

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2017/2018 Editions of Community Services Directories Launched

The 2017/18 edition of the Greater Gawler and Playford Communities Services directories for people living in the Light electorate was launched this morning by local Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo.

Mr Piccolo produces the directories in response to the numerous enquiries his office receives regarding access to local service providers, particularly from seniors.

The first edition was published in October 2010, with the Playford version added in 2014, with both now also available online at www.tonypiccolo.org/publications-1

They will be available online or in hardcopy, according to the need of individual user.

Mr Piccolo said seniors wanted to know who to contact about a range of services, particularly when things went wrong.

“We have developed these booklets in response to the type of enquiries my office has received from seniors in our community,” said Mr Piccolo.

“Wherever 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.”

This is the fifth edition of this publication, which has been redesigned to reflect the feedback received.

A range of seniors groups across the electorate attended the launch, including advocacy groups the Catalyst Foundation, COTA and the National Seniors Australia, Northern Districts Branch.

Letters will shortly be sent to all seniors in our community inviting them to access either the directory online or order, free of charge, a hardcopy from our office.

 

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