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With a 130-year old family
history rooted deeply in the
Cromer area, it is only fitting
that the Haeusler name should
be commemorated by the bridge
their family built.
Located on Cromer Road,
approximately three kilometres
from Mount Pleasant, the
modest but proud bridge is
used frequently by the locals –
especially as other routes are
often subject to flooding.
Gottfried Haeusler purchased
land in the Cromer area in 1853,
married, and moved in the
following year as one of the area’s
approaching the District Council
with a proposal to construct a
bridge over the Torrens River,
‘determined’ Gottfried decided
that he would instead build it
The bridge holds decades of
history, from being used by the
local school bus to being made
narrower through reconstruction
However, until February 26
John (Jack) Muster and Vern
Mueller, of Cromer, proposed the
idea to name the bridge last year
as a “recognition of the family
who lived in the area for a very
They were inspired by Clara
Rattei (nee Haeusler), daughter
of Gottfried, who told them the
story of how the bridge was made
Along with other passionate
locals, they lobbied to get the
council to consider the apt
naming of the bridge, and 108
people signed a petition to
Thelma, wife of the late Angus
Haeusler (fourth generation
and grandson of Gottfried), was
there to see the naming of the
bridge, along with her daughter
Diane Gore, (nee Haeusler),
her grandson Warren Gore and
numerous Cromer community
The family farming land
was carried on through several
consecutive generations, until
being sold in 1983.
Whilst Thelma now
resides in Handorf, she
mentioned how “the bridge
serves quite a big
area,” highlighting the
importance in acknowledging her
Mrs Thelma Haeusler (centre) gathered with her daughter Diane
Gore (nee Haeusler) and grandson Warren Gore, to represent three
generations of the Haeusler family and celebrate the success of the
bridge being named.
The proud Cromer community were there to support the Haeusler family history. Warren
Gore, Lyall Starkey, Diane Gore (nee Haeusler), Shirley Dylan, Thelma Haeusler, Graham
Hissey, Elizabeth Herrmann and John (Jack) Muster.
The Barossa Council has been in close contact
with property owners to manage corella flocks in
the Nuriootpa area.
Late last year Council became aware that a
large flock of corellas numbering 1,000-1,500 was
congregating in the vicinity of the Nuriootpa oval
and high school, and further investigation revealed
the birds were attracted to the area because of the
readily available water supply (irrigation, water
Council liaised with property owners to limit
access to the water, which encouraged the birds
to move on, and subsequently flock numbers
dramatically reduced to a couple hundred.
It is understood that numbers have recently
increased, which is believed to be due to a
corresponding increase in the availability of water
at these sites.
Council will continue to work with property
owners in a bid to restrict the birds’ access to water.
Possible solutions include altering watering times
to prevent pooling of water and managing stock
troughs appropriately to prevent the little corellas
accessing the water whilst ensuring sufficient
access for stock.
To date there has been no need to cull the birds
and Council is confident that with cooperation from
property owners the flock numbers can be managed.
In Tanunda a flock near Heinemann Park
appears to have moved on since a stock trough
was located and emptied.
There is still a large flock at Curdnatta Park in
Sandy Creek where a number of large open dams on
private property is making management difficult.
Council is considering bird scaring which would
require a number of consecutive nights to make
Managing Nuriootpa Corellas
A bridge with history
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