Fringe Festival Competition

Posted on February 14, 2017


CAFE NOVA – 19 Murray St

JUST DESSERTS CAFE – Shop 1/40 Murray St



TASTE ON MAIN – Shop 2/95 Murray St




Programs to support local small businesses launched today

Posted on January 31, 2017

Programs to promote start-up businesses, increase the profitability of small businesses and mentor and support young northern entrepreneurs in the Gawler and Hewett areas were launched today.

The programs are the result of a partnership between the Stretton Centre at Playford Alive, the Gawler Businesses Development Group and Business SA.

Business SA will provide a range of complementary programs to generate economic activity in the local area.

A State Government Grant designed to create new job opportunities in the north in response to the closure of Holden, has made the program possible.

Local Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo, who successfully lobbied for the grant to help generate new economic activity, said the partnership between the three organisations will help small businesses grow.

The Business SA Northern Entrepreneurial Scheme 12 month program is modelled on the popular SAYES Program and aims to give our northern entrepreneurs 18 years and over, the skills to take a business idea and make it a reality.

Business SA’s Kerry Sutton said with the guidance of industry experts and their own experienced mentor, participants will gain an understanding of leadership, finance, marketing and human resources – all the essentials to launch and run a successful and sustainable business.

“Aspiring business owners will leave the course armed with a comprehensive, fully-formed business plan, ready to conquer the world, all fully funded,” said Ms Sutton. Phillip Arnfield from Build a Better Business will facilitate the Gawler Business Development Group program designed to grow businesses, no matter how small, by improving their profitability.

Lindy Hunt & Leigh Parsons, Directors of Adelaide Retaining Walls Pty Ltd, who completed an earlier version of the program, said the training empowered them to create change.

“We began to focus more on what makes the business profitable rather than just winning the next sale, and we learnt how to make ourselves accountable, “said Lindy Hunt.

“We have always known what we wanted the business to be like, but prior to doing this program we lacked a system that made us accountable to the vision we had for the business,” added Leigh Parsons.
Tony Piccolo MP

Stretton Centre Manager, Mr Dermot Cussen said the Home to Curated Office Environment initiative provides home-based businesses with the opportunity to operate from the Stretton Centre’s co-working office floor.

“In addition to receiving one to one business mentoring, successful applicants will benefit from working alongside and learning from other small businesses,” said Mr Cussen.

“Here at the Stretton Centre, it’s been great to see our Co-Workers grow within our curated office environment and employ new staff.

“Two examples include BT Group, a dynamic and innovative electrical contracting business and Sail & Swan, which produces bespoke, wedding stationery for national and international markets.

“BT Group currently employs four electricians, three apprentices and office staff, four of whom have been employed since July. In September Sail & Swan commenced its first employee,” added Mr Cussen.

Mr Piccolo encourages all local small businesses, and in particular young entrepreneurs, to go online and read the guidelines and application forms to see if they eligible to apply.

Guidelines and application forms for the various programs can be found at

Launching the NEGP at Stretton Centre

Business Newsletter January 18th 2017

Posted on January 18, 2017

Stay abreast of all the news and upcoming events for Gawler businesses by reading the January 18th, 2017 Newsletter HERE

Home-based Business – General Information

Posted on November 29, 2016

Are you a home-based business within the Town of Gawler Council area?

Not sure if you meet the requirements for a home-based business or just not sure if you need to apply for Council approval for your business?


The information provided below has been provided by the Town of Gawler.

A Home Business does not require Development Approval when its classified as a ‘home activity’, which means a use of a site by a person resident on the site—

a)    that does not detrimentally affect the amenity of the locality or any part of the locality; and

b)    that does not require or involve any of the following:

                      i.        assistance by more than 1 person who is not a resident in the dwelling;

                     ii.        use (whether temporarily or permanently) of a floor area exceeding 30 square metres;

                    iii.        the imposition on the services provided by a public utility organisation of any demand or load greater than that which is ordinarily imposed by other users of the services in the locality;

                   iv.        the display of goods in a window or about the dwelling or its curtilage;

                     v.        the use of a vehicle exceeding 3 tonne tare in weight.


Where a home based business does not fall within the ambit above, a change in land use application is required.

Similarly, advertisement signs will require Development Approval, other than where they fall within the following:

The commencement of an advertising display containing an advertisement—

d)    that is displayed for the purposes of identification, direction, warning or other information in relation to a detached, semi-detached, row or multiple dwelling or residential flat building, subject to the following conditions:

                      i.        that the advertisement area is not more than 0.2 square metres; and

                     ii.        that the advertising display—

A.                does not move; and

B.                does not flash; and

C.               does not reflect light so as to be an undue distraction to motorists; and

D.               is not internally illuminated; and

                    iii.        that not more than 2 such advertisements are displayed in relation to the same building;

For further clarification on your specific home based business, please call Caren for a confidential discussion

0488 440 588

Gawler Jazz Festival Media Release – South Aussie with Cosi 23rd September 2016

Posted on September 23, 2016

Catch all the action on the 2015 Jazz Festival tonight on Channel 9 at 8pm to get a taste of what this years Festival will be like.


Summer Business and Entrepreneurship Program for Gifted Children

Posted on August 10, 2016

So very pleased to hear about our younger generations researching how to start a business. The students involved in this program are interested in launching, owning and managing their own companies and brands.  They have been very excited about coming up with creative ways to market themselves and their ideas. The students are hoping to use community outreach to expand their own companies in the future.

One of the kids, Nick, did some research on his own to figure out how to attract new consumers and organizations interested in supporting, investing, and buying from a new business. He shared this resource article with us and it is well worth a read. Well done Nick!



Tips for Starting a New Business

Posted on July 11, 2016

This great video will give you ample information to tart you on the right track with your new business



Tax Tips from the Australian Taxation Office

Posted on June 21, 2016

Did you start a new business this year?

  • 10 May 2016

    Starting a new business can be exciting but there are expenses associated with setting it up. The good news is that you are now entitled to claim certain deductions this year instead of having to spread the deductions over five years.

    This applies to the following costs you may have had when setting up your business:

    • Professional, legal and accounting advice
    • Australian government fees and charges.

    This is part of a series on small business tax concessions – look out for more articles in the newsroom

    For More information click here


Yamaha National Band Championships-Easter Weekend

Posted on March 20, 2016

The Yamaha National Band Championships will be hosted by Trinity College and Gawler this Easter weekend. It will be a spectacular event with a Parade of Bands on Saturday morning (9.00am-12.30pm) in Murray Street (road closure) and entertainment in Walker Place all weekend. The competition will be held at Starplex, Alexander Ave. Evanston Park. Don’t miss this fabulous event! Click here for more information.

Yamaha National band Champioships Gawler


Communication & Marketing Contractor Wanted

Posted on January 12, 2016

The Gawler Business Development Group is the prime Gawler body representing the interests of its business members. The organisation is responsible for marketing Gawler as a commercial destination via its on-line business directory, Facebook and events such as the Gawler Jazz Festival and Gawler SALA Art Trail and promoting Totally Locally. The organisation also provides business support by hosting business seminars & breakfasts, networking with other organisations and liaising with Council to improve the practices and sustainability of Gawler businesses.

The Gawler Business Development Group Inc. is offering a 2 year contact (with a possible extension) to the right person to undertake the role of the Communications and Marketing Contractor. The contract position is full time, approximately 35-38hrs/wk. The hourly rate of pay of will depend upon experience & qualifications.

The role is dynamic and involves a variety of responsibilities; communication, event management, administration, project management, representation of Gawler businesses, networking, Social media interaction, website population, marketing and deputations to Council. Some out of hours work is required.

This is a contract position, not an employee position and hence the applicant must provide their own ABN, office space, insurance, vehicle, phone and computer etc.


  • Tertiary qualifications in one (or more) of the following; Event Management, Communication & Marketing, Business Administration, Business Development or a related field
  • Own ABN number, insurance (public liability and product), transport, computer and office facilities
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Experience in marketing, communication, administration, public speaking & event co-ordination
  • Strong organisational and computer skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and take direction from the GBDG Chairperson and Board
  • Motivation, initiative, engaging manner and strong networking ability

Highly Desirable:

  • Reside in Gawler or the surrounding area
  • An understanding of business challenges
  • Experience in WordPress (website)

Position Description:

The term is a two year contract, with a four month probationary period. The position includes;

  • Production of agendas, minutes, general administration, annual business plan, letters, emails, various reports and correspondence
  • Payment of accounts
  • Marketing via social media, the Gawler Business Directory, competitions, newspapers, Totally Locally concept, newsletters, direct mail, radio, website (WordPress) and media releases.
  • Event co-ordination and marketing of; business breakfasts, seminars, meetings, Gawler Jazz Festival and Gawler SALA Art Trail and AGM
  • Networking and building relationships with local businesses, community members, Council and other organisations

To Apply:

Please provide;

  1. A covering letter explaining why you are the right person for this contract position
  2. Your resume outlining your education and up to last ten years of work history
  3. Business name & ABN number
  4. A recent sample of a media release or article you have composed
  5. An example of marketing material you have provided or created
  6. Details of a Facebook or social media site you administer
  7. Details of an event or project you have recently organised
  8. A marketing or business plan of which you are the author
  9. A sample of minutes or an agenda which you have produced

Closing Date: 5pm Friday 29th January 2016

Email Application to: [email protected]

Enquiries can be made to Peter Caddy M: 0415 775 863

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