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SAVE THE ADELAIDE 500 CAMPAIGN CRUISES INTO GAWLER

  

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LIBERALS DERAIL BAROSSA RAIL PROTECTION BILL

Tony Piccolo MP near the Altona Bridge which could be redeveloped by digging up the rail track.

A law introduced into State Parliament to protect the Barossa Rail Track and corridor from been dug up further, was this morning derailed, with every Marshall Liberal Government MP voting against the Bill.

Taskforce chair and Duty Member for Schubert, Mr Tony Piccolo, introduced the Bill in February based on the work of the Barossa Tourist Train Taskforce.

“I am very disappointed that the Marshall Liberal Government has blocked this important bill,” said Mr Piccolo.

“The government has missed an opportunity to protect the rail corridor between Gawler and Angaston.”

“Now the Barossa Rail Corridor is vulnerable to Kromer’s Crossing style of vandalism, which has cut-off Nuriootpa.”

“There may also be potential for the line to be blocked or cut-off again at the Altona road bridge between Rowland Flat and Lyndoch, which has been earmarked for major redevelopment.”

“This Bill would have required any development work that would block or cut-off the line to be approved by Parliament.”

“This damage to the line will mean more taxpayer funds will be required to undo and fix these problems before the rail corridor can be operational again, potentially costing millions of dollars.”

The Statutes Amendment (Barossa Rail Corridor) Bill 2021 would have achieved three things.

  • restrict the government from selling off any part of the rail corridor to any third parties,
  • it would have formally defined what the corridor is and
  • provided a safeguard for any development along the corridor, which under the proposed law, would have required the consent of Parliament.

“It is now open slather for the government to further cut-off the line under the guise of crossing upgrades. It will just delay the entire tourist train concept and make it more expensive than it needs to be,” Mr Piccolo warned.

 

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REVIVING GERMAN LANGUAGE IN THE BAROSSA

The State Government has been asked to re-establish a German bi-lingual school in the Barossa.
 

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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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LIBERALS TO DE-RAIL BAROSSA RAIL PROTECTION BILL

Tags: Barossa

Categories: Bills Introduced

  • By Light Electoral Office
  • Mar 05, 2021
LIBERALS TO DE-RAIL BAROSSA RAIL PROTECTION BILL

  

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TAFE CUTS HURTING STUDENTS IN NORTHERN ADELAIDE

Tags: Schools

  • By Light Electoral Office
  • Feb 26, 2021
TAFE CUTS HURTING STUDENTS IN NORTHERN ADELAIDE

  

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Check, Mate ? New Chess Club Formed In Gawler

Tags: Local Business

  • By Light Electoral Office
  • Jan 15, 2021
Check, Mate ? New Chess Club Formed In Gawler

  

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MINISTER REFUSES ROUNDABOUT AT DANGEROUS INTERSECTION

Tags: Roads / Safety / Barossa

  • By Light Electoral Office
  • Dec 29, 2020
MINISTER REFUSES ROUNDABOUT AT DANGEROUS INTERSECTION

At the “dangerous” intersection are (from left) local business man and residents Mr Neville Linke, Owner of Filmer Delivery, Mr Gary Curtis and Member for Light and Duty Member for Schubert, Mr Tony Piccolo.  

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FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR TOURIST TRAIN TASKFORCE

Tags: Barossa

  • By Light Electoral Office
  • Dec 29, 2020
FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR TOURIST TRAIN TASKFORCE

“Will the Barossa Tourist Train Make a Comeback?” asks Tony Piccolo MP  

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