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Local Couple Named 2019 Australian Grandparents of the Year

Tony Piccolo with Grandparents Geoff and Maxine Bolland and their grandchildren Isaac and Bailey (front)  

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.


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.  

Medal Winner Alex Makes The Right Decisions

Angaston A Grade footballer Alex Brackstone has won the 2017 Motor Accident Commission (MAC) Road Safety Round Medal in the BLG League.  

Enlightened Pollies Set To Descend On Parliament

Young “pollies” from the Light Electorate are set to descend on Parliament House as part of the YMCA 2017 Youth Parliament.

The nine students from secondary schools across the local electorate are part of the “Enlightened” team, sponsored by local Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo, participating schools and local Councils.

Mr Piccolo said he was a firm believer in the philosophy that it takes a community to educate a child so he wrote to the mayors of Gawler, Light Regional and the City of Playford asking if they would be prepared to co-sponsor a “combined” Light electorate team to participate in the Youth parliament.

“I am pleased that the mayors have all agreed to chip in to support these young people,” Mr Piccolo said.

Light Regional Council’s Mayor O’Brien said he believes this opportunity for young people within our communities to learn about and take part in a Youth Parliament is an excellent initiative and provides a wonderful opportunity for students to learn more about all forms of Government.

Mayor O’Brien commended Mr Piccolo for providing this opportunity and personally supporting this initiative and he looks forward to following their progress with considerable interest.

Secondary schools in the electorate or those who have a substantial number of students living in Light were invited to nominate students.

Mr Piccolo said six local schools nominated students and agreed to financially support the project.

“The YMCA SA Youth Parliament is a nonpartisan program that seeks to empower young people to be advocates for their community,” Mr. Piccolo said.

“The program is focused on personal development, youth leadership and connecting parliamentarians and decision makers with youth voices and opinions.”

“Every year, young leaders come together to learn about public speaking, parliamentary procedure, bill development and advocacy.”

The team will spend the weekend of the 6th/7th May training for the Youth Parliament week to be held from the 9th to 14th July.

Youth Parliament decisions are referred to the State Government for their consideration.

“I look forward to working with the “Enlightened” team and supporting them through the process,” he said.

More information about the Youth Parliament can be obtained online at





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