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CHILD SAFETY IN COLLEGE EXAPANSION IGNORED

Tags: Schools / Safety / Young People

  • By Light Electoral Office
  • Mar 05, 2021
CHILD SAFETY IN COLLEGE EXAPANSION IGNORED

The Marshall Liberal Government has brushed aside concerns about child safety expressed by the local community in the $5.3 million expansion of Mark Oliphant College (MOC).

The expansion of the college will create places for an additional 100 students and generate more traffic in the locality.

Local Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo said that while he welcomed the investment in the college the Marshall Liberal Government has failed to listen to community concerns about child safety which will be further compromised by the increased traffic along Newton Parade and Douglas Drive.

Mr Piccolo raised his concerns in the Public Works Committee of State Parliament this week on behalf of repeated concerns raised by the MOC Governing Council and the community generally.

“Traffic congestion has now reached a crisis point, where the government must take action before a serious incident occurs,” said Mr Piccolo.

“The current drop off zones do not cope now, and will be worse with the planned expansion.”

“I am advised that the additional 100 places are likely to create an additional 80 traffic movements in an area which is already not coping.”

The committee was advised that the new project would create an additional 20 staff and visitor carparks.

Mr Piccolo said the Marshall Liberal Government should work alongside the City of Playford to resolve this dangerous situation immediately.

“A solution exists to reduce this problem significantly, but the Marshall Liberal Government have to be prepared to listen to the community and work with the local Council,” said Mr Piccolo.

Mr Piccolo said that the government needs overcome its short-sightedness because in addition to the traffic issues, he was concerned that the expansion will only cater for 2021 students, and by 2022 the college will be at capacity again.

“The committee heard evidence that there are currently 1672 students enrolled at the school and the expansion will cater for up to 1700,” said Mr Piccolo.

“The expansion is based on a current enrolment of 1600 which is clearly out of date and wrong.”

“The college currently is using the library, the boardroom and other facilities as classrooms, which are not designed for that purpose.”

“Students and teachers at MOC deserve better.”

Mr Piccolo called on the Marshall Liberal Government to start planning for the next expansion now so our community is not disadvantaged.

“Sadly, the concerns I raised were brushed aside by the Marshall Liberal Government dominated committee.”


 

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Extract from Hansard - Foundation Barossa

The Hon. A. PICCOLO (Light) (15:51): Today, I bring to the attention of the house a project undertaken by a foundation in the region. The foundation I would like to speak about is Foundation Barossa. Foundation Barossa is undertaking a very important project in partnership with Kids Under Cover and Centacare Youth Homelessness in the Barossa area.

We all know that homelessness is a major problem in our community, and in particular, youth homelessness. What we do not fully understand is how the pandemic has made it worse. The foundation has done some research in the Barossa area and found that prior to the pandemic being declared in South Australia, there were 44 children in the Barossa region who were identified as homeless. In their view, this number has increased significantly, with children as young as eight years old presenting as homeless to Centacare, one of the partners in this project.

Foundation Barossa believes that with COVID people across the country are being told to stay home. For some young people, this is a very difficult ask. There is no youth shelter in the region and there is a worrying increase in the number of children sleeping rough and in cars during the cold winter. There is a misconception in society that young people experience homelessness by choice. The reality is very different. As with all homelessness, people assume it is a choice. The issues are vast and complex

For at-risk young people, their lives have become emotionally and often physically unbearable. Their home life may be impacted by the disadvantage of poverty, neglect, abuse, unemployment, substance abuse, health issues, disability and mental illness, amongst others. I commend Foundation Barossa for undertaking to work with Kids Under Cover and Centacare to initiate this project.

Kids Under Cover runs an innovative, evidence-based studio program which provides secure and stable accommodation for young people at risk of homelessness. They build relocatable one-bedroom and two-bedroom (with bathroom) studios that are installed in the backyard of the family or carer's home. Each studio is used to prevent homelessness on average for four children. The extra space relieves overcrowding, eases tensions and provides young people with a secure and stable place, giving at-risk young people the room to recover and develop.

The other partner, Centacare, provides case management, early intervention, outreach, post-crisis, and waitlist support to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Barossa region. The foundation is now very busy trying to raise $100,000 to support this project. The foundation also does other things, such as offering scholarships, which I will talk about on another day. The foundation is now seeking to find 100 people who will donate $1,000 each to make this project sustainable in the long term. I commend the foundation for the work they have done.

I also commend the work being undertaken by the churches in my town of Gawler. The churches have now embarked on a project to provide a night shelter for people sleeping rough in the town of Gawler. Sadly, this government has neglected to actually address the issue of homelessness outside the CBD. I commend the work they did in the CBD, but out in the regions, in places like Gawler and the Barossa, there has been no additional money put into budgets to support those programs to treat homeless people. The churches are coming together now to hopefully open next year a night shelter service, which will provide a meal, a place to sleep, a place to wash and a place to wash clothes and provide some people with some dignity.

The last matter I would like to raise very briefly today is the issue of country football. I am sure that a lot of other members in this place would relate to country football. The clubs are now fast approaching their finals. I understand the restrictions in place are there to keep people safe. There is no dispute there, but what I am seeing now are a lot of clubs and leagues doing it really tough to actually keep the clubs financially sustainable.

My local league, the Barossa Light and Gawler Football Association, are seeking some support from the government to actually ease some of those restrictions, if possible, to make sure that the final series can be successful and to make sure that we have a league next year.

 

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St. Pats Celebrates 1,000th Apprentice Sign-Up

Tags: Schools / Young People

  • By Light Electoral Office
  • Mar 17, 2020
St. Pats Celebrates 1,000th Apprentice Sign-Up

At the ceremony were (from left) Tony Piccolo MP, students Charlotte Simmons, Jordan Ranasinghe and Christopher Skelton, and College Principal, Danny Deptula.

 

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GAWLER & DISTRICT COLLEGE SET FOR $10 MILLION UPGRADE

Looking forward to the $10 million upgrade are (from left) reception students Alyssa Taylor and Taite Turner, Tony Piccolo MP, College Principal, Angie Michaels and Year 7 students Jack Perry and Skye Bradley.  

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Jack Perfects the Art of Drawing

Tags: Tony Piccolo MP / Light Electorate / Young People

  • By Light Electoral Office
  • Aug 21, 2019
Jack Perfects the Art of Drawing

Hanging his work ready for exhibition is Jack Nicholls with Local MP Tony Piccolo and his teacher Ms Denise Piggott
 

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Youth to YAP with Local MP

Tags: Tony Piccolo MP / Gawler / Light Electorate / Schools / Young People

  • By Light Electoral Office
  • Aug 13, 2019
Youth to YAP with Local MP

Local MP Tony Piccolo discussing the proposed YAP with the two participants from St Patrick’s Technical College – from left College Captain Scott Larsen (former Xavier College Student) and Vice-Captain Corey Lloyd, (former Trinity College Gawler River Student)  

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Uproar Over Learner Driver Testing Shutdown

Tags: Tony Piccolo MP / Gawler / Roads / Safety / Young People

  • By Light Electoral Office
  • Jul 23, 2019
Uproar Over Learner Driver Testing Shutdown

Showing their displeasure are from left, Instructor Keith Scott, learner drivers Dennis Power and Jordan Potter, Instructors John Ellis and Keith Scott, and local MP Tony Piccolo.
 

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Students' Artwork Calls for a More Sustainable Future

Some of the Year 8 students who’s work appears in the exhibition
 

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“LEO” GALLERY SET TO ROAR

Tags: Tony Piccolo MP / Light Electorate / Schools / Young People

  • By Light Electoral Office
  • Apr 09, 2019
“LEO” GALLERY SET TO ROAR

  

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