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No Start Date Yet For Tulloch Road Upgrade

Local MP Tony Piccolo concerned that no start date has been set for Tulloch Road upgrade despite funding approved almost 12 months ago by the previous State Labor Government.

 

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Gawler Council Fails to Back Residents in Intersection Dispute

Coleman Parade residents will have to travel north to go south [to Gawler Green Shopping Centre] under a Gawler Council approved DPTI plan for the Gawler East Link Road

 

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Roundabout Road Block!

Local MP Tony Piccolo concerned the lack of a roundabout at the intersection of Coleman Parade and Potts Road will have a negative impact on residents in the area.

 

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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 https://service.sa.gov.au/cdn/statebudget/mybr201718/2017-18_mid-year_budget_review.pdf on page 36.

 

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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.  

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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.  

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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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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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Buoyed by the strong positive response to his petition, Local Member of Parliament, Tony Piccolo has again written to the Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis seeking funding for the upgrading of the Tulloch Road intersection.

Mr Piccolo recently started an online petition calling on the State Government to fund an upgrade of the intersection at Tulloch Road and Main North Road.

Mr Piccolo said that in a recent visit to the Gawler Green Shopping Centre many locals signed the online petition.

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

“To date more than 980 people have signed the online petition.

“More than 40,000 people have seen the petition through my Facebook page,” he said.

Mr Piccolo’s letter to the Treasurer, which was copied to Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan, said:

“I am contacted by constituents on an almost daily basis in relation to the intersection of Tulloch Road and Main North Road, Evanston.

I commenced talks with the Town of Gawler, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and the developers of the Gawler Green Shopping Centre in 2014 seeking to ensure that appropriate traffic management systems were put in place at the intersection as development occurred.

I initially requested that the development approval for the Bunnings store also include a traffic management system, which would see the developers of the site contribute to resolving the issues that were expected to arise at the intersection.

Unfortunately in December 2014, the relevant planning authority granted approval for the development of Bunnings at the Gawler Green site without seeking to resolve the issues that were foreseen at the intersection.

Again, when the Aldi development was approved, no steps were taken to manage what was already a busy intersection.

I recently instigated an online petition to ensure that you are aware of the public demand for this intersection to be improved. To date more than 980 people have signed the petition.

As you prepare for the mid-year budget review I ask that you consider funding an upgrade to the Tulloch Road intersection by way of the construction of a roundabout or traffic lights whichever is more appropriate,” Mr Piccolo wrote.

Mr Piccolo said that he would continue to seek support for his petition and is planning to be at the Lion’s Market at the Gawler Railway Station this Sunday.

To sign the Tulloch Road Intersection Upgrade petition visit http://bit.ly/tullochintersection.

 

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