Gawler town centre set to be revitalised

Media Release


27 January 2016

Joint release with:

Sean Edwards

Senator for South Australia

Karen Redman

Mayor for Gawler

Two of Gawler's most iconic buildings, the heritage listed Gawler Institute and Town Hall, are set for a $12.8 million transformation into a fit-for-purpose cultural and business centre.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Australian Government is investing $5.6 million towards the redevelopment of the Gawler Central Business District.

"Funding for the project is being provided under Round One of the National Stronger Regions Fund," Mr McCormack said.

"The programme is providing $1 billion over five years to fund priority infrastructure projects, such as this one, in regional communities across Australia.

"We are pleased to partner with councils and not-for-profit organisations to deliver projects which will strengthen Australian regions socially and economically."

Senator for South Australia Sean Edwards joined councillors today in Gawler for a combined site visit of the Gawler CBD redevelopment and of the nearby Gawler Youth Recreation Precinct.

"The youth precinct project was completed last year with the construction of a skate park and youth precinct to complement the existing sport and recreational facilities at Clonlea Park," Senator Edwards said.

"Young people of Gawler have been enjoying the upgraded and redeveloped youth-centred space since its completion; which has provided wider benefits throughout the community."

Mayor of Gawler Karen Redman said the Town of Gawler would contribute $7.2 million towards the revitalisation of the Gawler CBD Hub.

"The two restored buildings will be linked by a compatible extension and shared walkway between Murray and High streets. The space will comprise three levels of multi-purpose space, and for the first time, regional standard gallery, performance and exhibition spaces right in the heart of Gawler" Mayor Redman said.

"The extension will include an expanded regional smart library, a café and a digital business hub to support new regional businesses and existing enterprises.

"It will also include a youth activities centre, a cultural heritage centre, showcasing the nationally

significant Gawler Heritage Collection and flexible space for employment and training opportunities as part of the Work for the Dole programme.

"The redevelopment of these civic buildings creates a new dynamic cultural and business hub through provision of state-of-the-art facilities and services to the community. It will also offer a new model for fostering regional economic development and job creation."

Project construction is expected to start in June 2016 and to be completed in late 2017.