Gawler 2013-14 Annual Report - page 6

Town of GawlerAnnual Report 2013/14
Page6
introduction •
summary
• strategic directions • statutory information • index
Mayor’sReport
TheTownof Gawlermade considerable progress inwhat was essentially a year of applied planning for a better long term
future. Throughout the2013–14ElectedMembers and staff initiated and advanced a raft of strategic planning and policy
reviews andpublic consultations that will secureGawler’s long term future economically, socially and environmentally.
Of coursewhilst weplan for a better futureCouncil has also continued tomaintain our amenity and community assets,
deliver services and respond to community demands, inwhat was a tough fiscal period for Gawler. However, despite the
challenges that were often not of our own doing, wehavemanaged to turn the tide of past deficit budgets and delivered
an underlyingoperating surplus of $160,000, the first time inmany years.
To see thework begin on theClonleaParkSkatePark andYouthPrecinct this financial year is very heart warming, as
the futureof our youth and theability of Council to deliver such important amenity for our youth is a long time passion of
mineasMayor.
The $1.02mdevelopment of ReidReservehas got underway, transforming theGawler River landwest of theRoseworthy
Railway line, back to its natural environment and at the same timeproviding new infrastructure for soft recreational
pursuits such as cyclingandwalking.
Around the town, our footpath renewal and road resurfacing rolls on unabated.Admittedly not as fast or as
comprehensively as some residents are calling for, but all within our budget restraints, and all completed on time.
I would like tomake special acknowledgment of our service clubs and community volunteers and the contribution
youmake toour great community. Some of your efforts are directly linked toCouncil through our libraries, theVisitor
InformationCentre, HomeandAgedCare; whilst other support is indirectly through running important events such as the
VillageFair, Carols, RallySA, theSwapMeet, or your sports club, church or heritage group.Whatever your interest and
passion, your volunteering of your time and talents and effortsmake amassive contribution to the social wellbeing of this
townshipand onbehalf of theTownof Gawler I thank you and encourage you to keep giving.
I would also like to recognize thework and contribution of our elevenElectedMembers. In addition toCouncil meetings,
Council presides over ten committees and numerous other advisory groups.
To theCommunity, whether through contactingElectedMembers to ensure your voice or thoughts are heard, writing a
letter to the editor of a local paper, or throughmaking deputations toCouncil, your direct involvement is a reflection of
your love for this townand our community.
The roleof Mayor has againbeen incredibly demanding and always rewarding as I officiated overmany community
events. Thenumber of events perhaps increased due to this being our 175th celebratory year as a town. The 175th
events have grownas our community has embraced the 175th branding and themed their events and activities around
thepast 175 years. Special thanksmust go to theGawler 175EventsCommunityReferenceGroup for championing this
commemoration.
Mayor BrianSambell
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