Gawler 2013-14 Annual Report - page 14

Town of GawlerAnnual Report 2013/14
Page14
introduction •
summary
• strategic directions • statutory information • index
Gawler is located approximately 42 kilometres northofAdelaide, at the edge of themetropolitan area and identifies itself
as a separate provincial town.
TheTownof Gawler covers an area of 42 square kilometres.Within its boundaries are the following areas:
• Bibaringa*
•Gawler South
• Evanston
•GawlerWest
• EvanstonGardens • Hillier*
• EvanstonPark
• Kudla
• EvanstonSouth
• Reid
•Gawler
• Uleybury*
•Gawler East
•Willaston
*Area extends beyondTown of Gawler boundary
Gawler’s estimated population, according to theAustralianBureau of Statistics in 2012, was 21,271. Since its formation
in 1839, Gawler has served as a regional centre for the surrounding area providing retail, education, medical, community
and recreational services and facilities. The catchment for Gawler is estimated at 90,000 persons.
AnABSRegional Profile of theTown of Gawler, commissioned in 2011, provides a snapshot of Gawler in comparison to
theState. It confirms that theTown of Gawler has:
• a similar unemployment rate (5.9%) compared to the rest of SA
• agreater proportion of one parent families (14%) than the rest of SA
• less than theState average of the population are born overseas (23%)
• a similar number of youngpeople (30%) compared to the rest of SA
• less young people (15-19 years) studying full time (42%) compared to the rest of SA
• agreater proportion of the population is of retirement age (18%) compared to the rest of SA
Young families, retirees and elderly citizens all choose to live inGawler for its relaxed lifestyle. Residents and visitors
identify that the strong sense of history, community and environmental pride aremajor social assets for Gawler,
complementing the services and facilities theTown provides.
The community is actively interested and involved in
the changes that affect the town. Community consultation undertaken byCouncil and the increasing use of social
media in this regard provides avenues for public debate and the opportunity for residents to influence future
outcomes. Council has progressed several policy initiativeswhich have embraced an increased need to engage
and listen to the local community. The policy outcomes that have resultedhas improvedensuring that local
community priorities are clearly documented.
Gawler Profile
• MonthlyFinanceReportsare tabled toCouncil, outside
of theperiodic (quarterly) reviewsof theAnnual Budget /
BusinessPlan;
• ACouncil ComparativeDataReport,whichcompares
the financial performanceof theCouncil withsimilar
Councils’, is tabled toCouncil onanannual basis (the
various financial dataprovided issourced from
comparativedataprovidedby theSouthAustralianLocal
GovernmentGrantsCommission).
HumanResources
TheTownofGawler’s futuresuccessdependsupon theskills,
energyandcommitment of itsemployees.Aclear strategic
focus inhuman resourcemanagement aligns theorganisation
with itsbusinessstrategy.Ahighlyproductiveandcompetent
workforcewill deliver services that demonstrateCouncil’s
ability tomeet infrastructure, communityand financial
responsibilities.
Council needs toattract, developand retain talented
individualsandprovideastimulating, supportiveandsafe
workenvironment that enables them tomaximise their
contribution.
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