Train shelter still in storage

THE heritage-listed Gawler railway station canopy is still in storage, as authorities consider plans to reinstate it in the future.

The State Government has previously indicated a commitment to preserving the curved-roof structure – which formerly covered platforms two and three at the Gawler railway station – amid community concerns it would be demolished following its dismantling in 2012 for restoration works.

A Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) spokeswoman confirmed the canopy is still in storage, and is still being considered for reintegration at the local station.

“The canopy is being stored under cover at Dry Creek, in accordance with the recommendations from heritage advisors,” the spokeswoman said.

“Integration of the canopy will be considered as part of stage two of the Gawler electrification project.”

Built in 1870 by James Martin & Company’s Phoenix Foundry, the former train shed and passenger shelter was dismantled in 2012 to make way for the Gawler train line upgrade.

The canopy also required a restoration, after the structure was deemed to have failed modern safety requirements in relation to wind-loading, due to rotted timber posts and cast-iron columns.

The original bluestone wall and wrought-iron features were planned to be preserved, while the timber posts were replaced with stronger steel posts and castiron columns, under the original restoration project.

However, in 2013, following the suspension of its initial project to electrify the Gawler railway line, the State Government revealed the canopy couldn’t be reinstated until more funding became
available.

The State Government last month announced it had delivered the contract for the $152.5 million first stage of the updated Gawler Railway Electrification project – which will only modernise
the line from Adelaide to Salisbury – and expected it to be completed by the mid-2020s.

Stage two will commence after stage one’s completion, conditional on a Federal Government agreement to contribute half of the $462.5 million budgeted for it by the State Government.

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Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

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