Funding ideas on track

A MOSAIC walking track is just one of 26 local community ideas that will be considered for funding through the State Government’s $40 million Fund My Neighbourhood program.

The State Government program has given South Australians the opportunity to nominate and vote for projects that will improve
their streets, amenities and their communities, overall.

Gawler resident Lance Hatcher officially submitted a proposal for a mosaic track to be installed alongside the existing Gawler Rivers Path, after receiving support from the Rotary Club of Gawler.

Rotary Club of Gawler president Marielouise Lees said the club was more than happy to sponsor the project after seeing how
much it could liven up the trail.

“I’ve always been a fan of street art, I think it just makes the town look fantastic and I think Gawler could do with some more,” Mrs Lees said.

“Myself and Kate Ahlfors (a mosaic artist) got together and we went and did the Gawler walk.

“The Gawler walking trails are fantastic, however there are some spots through there that are a little dull.

“We picked out eight locations that we thought would be great, and the idea is that the mosaics will be beautiful, but also functional, so Kate is looking at doing things like couches, picnic tables…and also some of them would be historical.”

The total cost of the project is estimated at $70,000, fitting into the $10,000 and $150,000 program criteria.

Some of the other local ideas that will be considered for funding include an outdoor shelter, barbecue, viewing and seating for families at Gawler South Football Club; a new workshop at Willo’s Men’s Shed; a playground at Willaston’s Elliot Goodger Memorial Park; and the installation of a heating and cooling system at the Gawler Bowling Club.

Mrs Lees said the Fund My Neighbourhood program is fantastic, as it allows the community to have their say on things they think would improve their town.

Gawler Council was presented with the 26 proposals at a special meeting on Tuesday night, with elected members deciding to sponsor all of them, but to promote only those relating to Gawler.

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Growing up in Roseworthy and attending Kapunda High School, Laura joins The Bunyip in June, 2016 whilst completing the final year of a double degree in Journalism and International Relations at University of SA. This is Laura's first role as a Journalist following a stint at Gawler Council in the Communications Department. She will cover the news in the Playford and Mallala council regions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys anything health and well-being related, and can be regularly seen shopping for fresh, healthy produce at local markets.

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