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Plains Producer $1.50 Wednesday August 10, 2011 STAR OF THE NORTH INSIDE We love that sound of music Crime drops in our region n BALAKLAVA’S Victoria Lane, aged 7 and one of the youngest participants in the Eisteddfod sang “Castle on a Cloud” from the musical “Les Miserables” in the Sub Junior division of Musical Theatre. She was also part of the Junior Ensemble group awarded second place for their rendition of “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” from the musical “Annie”. n report, page 3 Rain a boost n details, page 3 BONUS! PICTURES supplied by Linda Zerk. n Joseph Ingram, formerly of Port Wakefield, pictured with one of his props from his performance of “The Newspaper Lady”. Joseph became Speech and Drama champion after yet another captivating and entertaining battle with regular contestant, Kelly Bickle. Eisteddfod’s big crowds had Balaklava cash registers ringing! ORGANISERS of the Balaklava Eisteddfod pulled off a minor miracle last weekend, hosting a record number of entries including 2000 performers competing across 400 competitions over a seamless three-day event. While the Eisteddfod is more about musical numbers, some further figures to blow the mind include the 150-odd volunteers, not including caterers, who helped keep things running in six different By Les Pearson venues, including a 12-hour musical theatre marathon on Saturday. Eisteddfod committee president, Bronny Cottle, was extremely proud of the event. She said the huge amount of entrants was tough to manage but was happy all the same to see the interest in the annual Eisteddfod weekend. “It’s a really good problem to have,” she said. The organising committee also drew praise from revered adjudicator and accomplished accompanist, Malcolm Day, who was impressed with the flowing nature of the event. With the huge influx of visitors, local businesses copped a continual contingent of customers. Wendy’s Café and Cakes owner, Wendy Schulz, was thrilled with trading during the Eisteddfodd, particularly Friday. “It was the best trading day I’ve had in almost four years,” Wendy said. Mrs Schulz was prepared for the barrage, stocking up on food and milk before the event. She estimated the café used about 60 litres of milk over Friday and Saturday. 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VALLEY TOYOTA Great reading: SA ShowCase lift-out mag NEWS v District Paintball fun for youth crew Tate Michael still smiling after a paintball hit. Wakefield Plains Youth Advisory Committee(YAC) recently took about 20 youths to Elizabeth Paintball Park, for a morning of competitive paint splattering, followed by a pizza lunch. After stepping off the bus, generously supplied by Taylor & Simon in Balaklava, everyone was briefed on the rules, suited up then prepared for their first of three missions. A great day was had by all – the YAC group now is busy organising their next READY to battle it out on a paintball mission. holiday event. If you didn’t complete your Census form there’s still time. Nominate a young leader YOUNG people in the community are being encouraged to get behind International Youth Day on Friday. Federal Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion, said International Youth Day recognised young people in the Wakefield electorate and across Australia for the valuable contribution they make. “It is organised by the United Nations to recognise the efforts of the world’s youth in improving global society, while also helping young people to address the challenges they face and to join together to celebrate their achievements. “It’s also a great opportunity for us to nominate young people for the 2012 Young Australian of the Year Award. “I encourage all residents in the Wakefield electorate to nominate our local young people, those who through their own commitment and passion are reaching their goals and doing great things for themselves and their community.” Nominees for Young Australian of the Year need to be Australian citizens aged 16 to 30. Visit the Australian of the Year Awards website www.australianoftheyear.org.au and submit a nomination for the Young Australian of the Year. Nominations close August 31. LONG Plains netballers Amy Barr and Jess Costello fit the picture for young people. NEW HOT & COLD FOOD BAR Thank you to everyone around Australia who filled out their Census forms. We’ll start returning to your homes to collect paper forms on August 10, so please have your completed form ready. If you completed the eCensus for your whole household, we don’t need to return. It is compulsory, so please join the rest of Australia to shed some light on who we are – and light the way forward for your community. Fill out your form and wait for us to collect it, or complete your form online at census.gov.au If you didn’t receive a form, please call the Census Inquiry Service on 1300 338 776. WEDNESDAY Pasta & Schnitzel Night, $11.50 FRIDAY & SATURDAY Hot Vegetables, Potato & Pasta Bar Cold Salad Buffet SUNDAY Traditional Sunday Carvery, carved to your plate with Real Gravy and Yorkshire Puddings! LOWER LIGHT HOTEL PHONE: 8520 2003 2 www.plainsproducer.com.au Plains Producer, Wednesday August 10, 2011 NEWS v District Community helps fight crime Les Pearson reports: CRIME figures in the region dropped by between 15 and 30 per cent in a five-year period between 2005 and 2009, recently published data shows. The numbers were made available on a new, up-to-date, crime statistics website. Attorney-General, John Rau, the Office of Crime Statistics and Research (OCSAR) launched a revamped, easy to use Crime Mapper site last week. The new version of Crime Mapper includes statistics from 2005 to 2009, with older material still available on the previous Crime Mapper website. The new version allows locals to view statistics as per their local government area. Clare and Gilbert Valleys Coun- cil had the largest drop in criminal offences, plummeting almost 30 per cent to 2009. Crime in Wakefield Regional Council also fell about 20 per cent in the same period, while Mallala District Council recorded a drop of just over 16 per cent. Yorke and Mid North Local Service Area (LSA) Superintendent, Peter Anderson, said Police Commissioner, Mal Hyde, has pushed for an extended time to reduce localised crime. “The police commissioner, has for some years now, been focussed on driving down crime and through the performance review process he introduced shortly after his arrival,” Mr Anderson said. “There has been a strong focus on performance of the local service areas and that has translated into more proactive initiatives being introduced by LSA’s, depending on the nature on the crime, which might be unique to their area.” Mr Anderson said local communities have helped dramatically reducing crime in their areas in recent years. “In a nutshell, it means police have been very focussed on solving crime, preventing crime and working with the community in different forums with different initiatives,” he said. “Those things have come together, resulting in a steady drop in crime, which is very pleasing for everyone.” Rain a blessing after warm spell (AVA) Pet Dental Health Month. “One major cause of dental health problems is the damage to dogs’ teeth caused by bones,” says Dr Christine Hawke from the AVA’s dental health special interest group. “Common oral problems caused by bones can include broken teeth, and injuries to the BALAKLAVA gums and tongue They can also cause constipation, blockages and food poisoning,” she said Common signs of dental problems that owners should keep an eye out for include bad breath, inflamed gums, and teeth that are stained with tartar. Make an appointment for your pooch at your local vet. CORNED SILVERSIDE 4.99 kg P 8862 1571 F 8862 2096 Plains Producer, Wednesday August 10, 2011 FARMERS endured almost springlike weather for the start of the month, before a more than welcome return to order over the past week as widespread rain fell around the region. The warm weather even crept into early August before a wintry weekend put cops back on track. Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster, Darren Ray, said the weather has been somewhat unseasonal. “The temperatures in the first few days of August this year were unusually warm for this time of the year, with daytime temperatures as much as nine degrees above average,” he said. “For most locations across the Mid North, and South Australia more generally, temperatures were record highest for the first 2 weeks of August.” Roseworthy reached 26.8 degrees on August 3, while Snowtown (26.1) and Clare (24.4) also reached unseasonal highs. On the near horizon, Mr Ray said it was likely more rain is not far away. “The second week of August will see cooler conditions to start with, and on and off shower activity, before conditions warm up over the coming weekend, ahead of another cold front and more rain early next week,” he said. Most of the region has received a solid drenching over the past week. Since the start of August, rainfall totals across the Mid North have generally been between 20 and 30mm, with a heavy 36.6mm being recorded at Manoora. However, while things appear on track in the paddock, rainfall is slightly down on the yearly average. “Rainfall for the growing season so far for many but not all locations, has been 30 to 50mm below average for this time of the year across the Mid North,” Mr Ray said. “This is because Indian Ocean waters near north-western Australia have cooled in recent months, following the end in March of the La Nina event that was behind much of the wet conditions through spring and summer in 2010 and early 2011. “The cooler Indian Ocean conditions are likely to continue into spring, meaning that drier than average conditions are more likely to continue through that period, with slightly warmer than average temperatures likely into spring.” FROM THE GAUGE Rainfall totals in mm to 9am on August 8: Manoora 36.6 Sevenhill 32.4 Saddleworth 31.0 Watervale 27.7 Mallala 27.6 Riverton 21.0 Tarlee 20.6 Roseworthy 20.0 Brinkworth 16.0 Stockport 15.2 Blyth 15.0 Snowtown 13.6 Two Wells 27.2 Auburn 27.0 Clare 27.0 Pt Wakefield 26.4 Rhynie 25.8 Hoyleton 23.8 Balaklava 22.1 Better Quality, Choice & Price $ 13 Wallace Street Balaklava SA, 5461 culture of not providing police with information as much as they do now.” Modernised policing techniques and equipment has also helped stem the flow of crime. “Steadily we’ve been able to hone our community initiatives and likewise, our investigational abilities,” Mr Anderson said. “Every single day, we have a technical meeting in the morning to look at what crime has been committed in the past 24 hours and addressing all of those crimes to the best extent possible.” The new Crime Mapper website can be found via - www..ocsar.sa.gov. au/maps. OCSAR is part of the AttorneyGeneral’s Department and is responsible for both monitoring statistics and researching crime and criminal justice issues. n CROPS BACK ON TRACK: Lou brushes up on vet’s dental advice BALAKLAVA’S Katie Urwin is following advice from Australia’s veterinary surgeons as she prepares to clean the teeth of her best pal, Lou. Vets are encouraging dog owners to cut bones from their pets’ diets to help improve their dental health as part of the Australian Veterinary Association’s Such joint initiatives include dry zones, implemented in a number of rural towns around the state. “That certainly is one of the initiatives which has helped in reducing street crime,” Mr Anderson said. “People feel more comfortable getting out in those areas now. “There are many examples reduction behavioural offences dropped with the introduction of dry zones.” Mr Anderson explained police have become more involved with the communities in their LSA, nurturing a healthy relationship between the public and the officers. “Through that community interaction and education, people are far more willing to come forward now and provide information because they know it does help and they can see the results,” he said. “In years gone by, there was STRAWBERRIES 2.99 SHORT CUT BACON $ PUNNET 9.99 kg $ MIGHTY SOFT ROUNDS & SPLITS CRUMPETS 1.39 $ Specials available - Wednesday August 10 to Saturday August 14, 2011 or while stocks last www.plainsproducer.com.au 3 4 www.plainsproducer.com.au Plains Producer, Wednesday August 10, 2011 LIFESTYLE v Your Page Our own White House president Star of the North we circulate in: Auburn, Balaklava, Blyth, Brinkworth, Bute, Clare, Dublin, Gawler, Hamley Bridge, Kapunda, Lochiel, Lower Light, Mallala, Manoora, Owen, Pt. 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Hamley Bridge Local identities Newton and Sue Lines have joined the Mid North masses who have been travelling abroad. The Hamley Bridge Football Club president and his committee member wife, had a great time touring the USA, catching up with two exchange students they had hosted some years ago. One student, Erik, was getting married, and the other one, Bobby, now works for the Obama administration, so Newton and Sue managed to have a trip to the Whitehouse. Whilst there, the Hamley president and his “secretary” had the chance to briefly meet the “other” President, Barack Obama. It obviously pays to know people in high places! Upon the Lines’ return, the (Hamley) president was asked by the supporters ‘Did you promote the Hamley Bridge Football Club and wear your club shirt?’ The supporters were shocked to hear a very definite reply in the negative, but Newton quickly explained that having the words “Hamley Bridge Bombers” emblazoned across his chest may have tested the American’s security sensitivity. I agree, but I’m sure Newton could’ve held his own against tackles from the Whitehouse security! Two Wells A little ‘light’ music A Blue Light Disco will be held on Friday, August 19, from 7-9.30pm in the Two Wells Community Centre. Cost $5 for 8-17 year olds. It’s been three years since 5 Take five with Louise Michael ENJOYING the fun at the Brinkworth winetasting are (from left) Christine McKenzie, Lorraine Mills and Lynley Appleton – PICTURE courtesy Anne Green. Good times flow at Brinky Brinkworth The 41st Winetasting and Smorgasbord night held on July 30, was a resounding success yet again. Numbers were down slightly but the good crowd enjoyed great food, wine and music, with dancing going on until the early hours of Sunday Blue Light Discos started in Two Wells, thanks to the help of Gawler Blue Light and some great volunteers. To celebrate the third birthday, there will be lots of giveaways and Golf club swings into auction Balaklava BALAKLAVA Golf Club will be driving for dollars at its annual auction night fund raiser on Saturday, August 20. Why not get a table together and enjoy a fun night of bidding, with a bit of a “knees up” courtesy of popular entertainer Danni Hooper? There’s a theme to the night – “hats and boots” – so that should Email: louise@ plainsproducer. com.au or find Louise on Facebook bring some interesting outfits. As usual, Yours Truly and Himself will follow the theme ... but I’m not telling what our costumes will be. Find out on the night – and bring your basket supper along. All welcome, from 7pm, with a small charge of $15 to help with costs. For bookings, call Janice on 8862 1733 or “Lethal Lee” on 8862 1616. morning. Celebrity guest, ABC presenter Peter Goers, appeared waving his hands and cheering for Port Power. Peter provided humorous and animated accounts of his experiences in SA country halls and the social history they represent. A great night was had by all. prizes, including a portable DVD player. So come along and have a good time. If he was younger, I’m sure the John Travolta impersonator Vince Hatch would go too! And speaking of dancing and music, have you noticed how many ‘old’ songs are being rewritten, not necessarily for the best? The other day I heard a rap type version of Harry Belafonte’s Day-O. The original might be slower but it’s the real one. And what about Dirty Dancing’s ‘I’ve had the time of my life’, with all the girls swooning over Patrick Swayze. Now the Black Eyed Peas have done their version, having ‘the ti-iime of their life’. It’s OK but the original from the movie will always be the real deal. • Price - $1.50* www.cpasa.asn.au Phone: 8373 6533 Vol. 106 No 30 (*Recommended and maximum price only) The Plains Producer, winner 2008 & 2009 Best Newspaper award, *under 2,500 circulation Print Post Approved PP531442/00003 ‘Colourful’ remarks I WOULD like to thank everyone for the hair colouring tips after my recent ‘story’ on grey hair and ageing. But I’ve since found out I’m not alone in having mistaken identity. Owen local Brian Parker went into the WRC where he was greeted by Nadene Wehr saying ‘Hello Andrew’. That made Brian’s day, thinking he looked as young as his son, Andrew! And quite a number of other married men (who shall remain nameless) have been asked if they are ‘out with their mother’ – oops. But by the same token, some ladies have told me, thanks to the wonders of salons and colours, they ‘look so much younger than their (greying) husbands’. So all’s fair in love and hair! School News KESAB environmental solutions has announced a school poster competition with cash prizes of $2000. Different categories are open from Reception to Year 12. The competition is open to all schools and seeks to recognise budding artists focusing on environmental issues and community awareness. Themes include litter, recycling, water, energy, climate change, biodiversity and environmental protection. Entries close September 30. Go to – firstname.lastname@example.org Mallala Primary students have had a busy start to Term 3. Deb ball practise is in full swing, public speaking has been completed and the choir is performing at the Festival Theatre on September 21. The annual school concert will be held in the gym on Thursday November 17 at 3.30pm and again at 7pm. Port Wakefield students travelled to join Balaklava Primary students on Monday, August 8, for the ‘Junkfood Jim and the Flying Circus’ performance. It was presented by Graeme Denton, a qualified teacher and dietitian who promoted healthy eating in a fun way. n joke of the week: Did you hear about the chicken who was sent home from school? It was using foul language! Published by Papers and Publications Pty Ltd, 9 Howe Street, Balaklava 5461. ACN 007 718 569. ABN 58 007 718 569. Printed each Tuesday evening by Yorke Peninsula Country Times, Kadina COUNTRY PRESS SA Andrew Parker CORNY CORNER * Member of Country Press SA Brian Parker WE HEARD! Bra-zan! o A local farmer’s wife had caught a mouse in a ‘regular’ trap. She bent over to empty the trap (not using her tongs) but the sneaky mouse had been feigning death. Upon its release, the rascally rodent (which must’ve been male) Plains Producer, Wednesday August 10, 2011 jumped straight up at the woman and headed down the blouse for the cleavage. The mouse disappeared into the depths with the woman in question heard screaming and, like scenes from Tarzan, was seen pounding her chest to truly kill the mouse. We’re not sure who got the biggest shock but the mouse, when extracted, did appear to have a smile on its face! Riverton The ‘all town garage sale’ is on Saturday, August 20 from 8.30am. Maps can be picked up from Stuff ‘n’ Nonsense prior to the day. OWEN Don’t forget the car boot sale on August 21. Details, Rodney: 8528 6268. We help people through difficult times Durdin Funerals AFDA MEMBER • BURIALS • CREMATIONS • PRE-ARRANGED FUNERAL PLAN Serving the Lower North & Adelaide Plains BALAKLAVA - 8862 2101 www.plainsproducer.com.au 5 NEWS v District Man, 81, dies as car, truck collide MANOORA The death of an 81-year-old man from Manoora has taken the state’s road toll to 71, compared to 77 this time last year. He died when his car and a B-double semitrailer crashed on Waterloo Road at about 8.45am on Friday. PT WAKEFIELD Police arrested a 17-year-old local youth for driving while disqualified after he allegedly rode a mini bike through the township on Tuesday, August 2. •A 21-year-old man from Port Wakefield was arrested for alleged property damage and possessing cannabis on Monday. He was bailed to appear in court at a later date. DISTRICT POLICE NEWS Put the finger on crime, call CRIME STOPPERS 1800 333 000 n CALL 131 444 outside business hours or 000 in an emergency •A 42-year-old man from Loxton was arrested for alleged offences of driving unlicensed and possessing cannabis on Monday. He was bailed to appear at court at a later date. SEVENHILL A 59-year-old man from Clare was reported for the allegedly driving with the prescribed concentration of alcohol and exceeding the speed limit. He was issued with a BALAKLAVA CLARE RIVERTON ❋ ❋ ❋ ❋ • Medicare Bulk Billing on all Enhanced General Foot Care Primary Care Foot Pain Treatments Foot Othoses • Department of Biomechanical Assessment Veterans’ Affairs Claims FOR ALL APPOINTMENTS JACK MILLER 8250 3732 Visitors welcome as Horizon sparkles Horizon Christian School is having a busy time. Recently a group of Japanese students visited the school – seen here touring Balaklava with teacher Ray Bennett. Next Thursday, August 18, the school holds its popular Family, Fun and Fireworks night. • Prefects (from left) Madison Veitch, Caleb McPharlin, Melinda Grigg and Brock Hamann are showing off some of what will be available on the night. The event, which is held every second year, will be a fundraiser for equipment for the schools new gym. Kicking off at 4pm, the night will finish up at 7,30pm, with the fireworks display at 7pm. Admission is $5 per person, $15 for a family of four with $2 per extra child. 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Picking a highlight from the weekend was particularly tough for Mrs Cottle, although the performance by Bruce “Dizzy” Raymond’s concert band was “extraor- dinary”. “Everything you see just wows you,” she said. Mrs Cottle believed it was important to maintain the solid number of local entries. “It’s not always about winning,” she said. “Locals need to be part of it, not only to compete, but it also gives them an opportunity to see some of the best of the best and learn from them. “We want to keep the local content as high as we can.” Entrants are not only judged by adjudicators, experts in their respective fields, they are also given guidance and feedback on their performance, helping them achieve at their best. “Adjudicators not only wrote up a sheet of feedback for them, but many were also doing mini-masterclasses,” Mrs Cottle said. “It helps the performers understand the complexities of how music is made.” Mrs Cottle said the adjudicators at the Eisteddfod are unique to the event in how they provide lessons to the entrants and reinforce lessons from teachers. “It’s brilliant for the teachers and brilliant for the performers,” she said. Another highlight over the weekend was the delicious food served by the ladies of the Catholic Church to volunteers and organisers who jostle over the many delights. Trish Langdon’s cake also was most sought after by one particular MC. “It was real comfort food,” Mrs Cottle laughed. The event committee, comprising of Mrs Cottle, vice president Di Spence, promotions manager Glenys Cocks, convenors coordinator Jo May, Sally Cowan, Jeanette Nuemann and administrator, Trish Goodgame, has worked tirelessly for many months to ensure a smooth show. “There were no hiccups and everything went beautifully to plan,” Mrs Cottle said. “It was almost like a zip, everything just connected up.” BUSINESS DIRECTORY CATERING Tom’s Catering Service Whether you choose a 5 course gourmet dinner or delicious finger food Tom caters for all. 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The clean up is set for this Sunday, August 14, from 8am to noon. Helpers need to wear Call for town’s youth at working bee gloves, sensible shoes and clothing and bring a rake or shovel. Meet opposite the hospital. “We don’t want to damage the mower blades, so collecting fallen tree branches and stones would be a big help,” he said. “The club has been approached by Balaklava Area Committee to assist with funding for the skate park ... so we thought, ‘why not get the people who will use it to help us?’” Community donated cash and “in-kind” support of $15,000 is required to help fund the $100,000 park, which has been financed by a State government grant of $50,000 and Wakefield Regional Council budgeted funding of $35,000. At present about $6,000 has been gathered as the community share for the park, which will be built in an area of parklands north of the swimming pool. “It would be great to see local kids and their parents get behind the club, which in turn will help them to enjoy their skate park,” said Warren, who urged helpers to attend on Sunday. Balaklava Area Committee chairman, Terry Williams, said the Lions Club proposal was an excellent way to bring the local Balaklava community together. “I hope people realise they sometimes need to personally chip in to help achieve something,” he said. “The Lions do many great things for their communities – throughout Australia and the world – so it would great for the community to return the favours on Sunday.” A skate park committee also needs members willing to take an active support role. Contact Terry on 8862 1977 during business hours. Donations towards the Area Committe’s skate park fund will also be accepted at the working bee. • Balaklava Area Committee also will be asking for community support as it progresses the proposed Shamus Liptrot Memorial Cycling trail. Work is continuing on this project, with contaminated soil testing – a costly component of the trail’s development – being arranged along the rail corridor from Balaklava to Halbury. Some public donations for associated costs, as well as general assistance, will be requested at an appropriate time. SHEARING AND WOOD CHOPPING CANCELLED: Copping it sweet in a new area Balaklava Show gets two days of horse action By Sally Crowther THIS Saturday, August 18, will mark the last day two local police officers spend patrolling local roads and nabbing villains. Port Wakefield Brevet Sergeant, Charmaine Barlow, 30, is transferring to Hallett, while Hamley Bridge Brevet sergeant, Eddie Dilena, 38, is moving to Burra. But don’t be alarmed about their departure. We are assured replacement officers will soon be appointed. The decision to transfer was not easy, but the couple, who recently became engaged, believe it will be beneficial. “I’ll be able to spend more time with my bride to be,” said Eddie. “Also, I have worked at Hamley Bridge for almost five years, so it will be a fresh change.” The move will see the officers working in different clusters, which means their rosters will be similar. “Currently our rosters rarely match, but with the move we will be working in different clusters allowing us to have annual leave together,” Charmaine said. With a new town to patrol and new relationships to form, both officers are l