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An Electric Start To The Gawler Line

Local MP says the Federal Liberal Govt needs to come on board and partner with the state govt to deliver the electrification to Gawler Central.


Funding For Tulloch Road Upgrade Confirmed

Local MP Tony Piccolo discussing traffic management plans with Gawler & District college Principal, Mr Andrew Dickinson


The budget review reference can be accessed at on page 36.


Light Electorate Projects Get green Light

Infrastructure works worth hundreds of millions of dollars directly benefitting the people in the Light electorate will commence early this year after a parliamentary committee granted final approvals just prior to Christmas.

Local Member of Parliament, Tony Piccolo said that many of these projects were shovel ready but required considered by the Parliamentary Works Committee before construction could commence.

Projects that are of direct interest to the area include:

  • The installation of traffic lights at the intersection of Dalkeith and Main North Roads;
  • Gawler East Link Road;
  • Stage 1 of the Electrification of the Gawler Rail line; and the
  • Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme.

According to the committee’s report, the Dalkeith Road intersection upgrade is expected to cost up to $7.9 million.

Mr Piccolo said the improvements will include traffic lights to fully control all through and right hand movements both into and out of Main North, along with the construction of left hand turn slip lanes.

“48 crashes were reported at this intersection between 2012 and 2016, including 27 casualty crashes and 21 resulting in property damage,” Mr Piccolo said.

“The predominant casualty crash type is ‘right angle’ followed by rear enders and right turn.

“I have been working with the Dalkeith Country Fire Service since January 2015 in calling for the intersection to be upgraded.

“I would like to thank the leaders and members of the local CFS who have worked tirelessly to get this intersection upgraded,” he said.

The Gawler East Link Road, estimated to cost about $55 million will provide direct access for residents in the new developments in Gawler East to Main North Road.

The benefits of the project including reducing traffic along Calton Road, Murray Street and Adelaide Road.

The committee also approved Stage 1 of the Electrification of the Gawler Rail line, which is projected to cost a total of $615 million when Stage 2 of the project is completed to the Gawler Central Station.

Mr Piccolo said that Stage 1 of the project involves the line been electrified from Adelaide to Salisbury and is scheduled to start this year.

“With some financial support from the Federal Government the whole Gawler line could be completed,” Mr Piccolo said.

“The State Government has committed 50 percent of the funding in the State Budget to enable this to happen.

“Federal Labor is committed to co-funding the electrification project, unfortunately the Federal Liberal Government is not supporting public transport infrastructure projects.

“I remain hopeful the Federal Liberal Government will see the benefit to the community in funding the electrification project,” he said.

The Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme was approved by the committee and is expected to deliver 12 gigalitres of recycled water to Virginia/Two Wells and Northern Adelaide Plains horticulture areas.

The new 27 kilometre pipeline, which is jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments will help generate over 3,700 jobs in the horticultural industry by increasing the productive capacity of the land in the area.

Mr Piccolo said that the NAIS one of the most exciting projects for the region.



Despite recent calls by the Liberal Party, the Gawler Council selected the route for the Gawler East Link Road originally outlined by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure last Tuesday.  


Local Member of Parliament Mr Tony Piccolo has welcomed the decision of the Gawler Council to confirm finally the alignment of the Gawler East Link Road.  

Funding Boost for Four Local Schools


Local MP Tony Piccolo with two of the local Principals who’s schools will benefit from the additional funding – from left, Paul Bennett from St Brigids Catholic School and Darryl Trigg from Immanuel Lutheran School.


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


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

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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