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Local charity hits the ground running

Four Reasons

Lending a helping hand in floods

Mount Gambier social worker takes her skills to the Riverland

A Mount Gambier social worker witnessed firsthand the impacts of the River Murray flooding on Riverland communities after volunteering for three weeks to support affected residents. Limestone Coast foster care service manager Sherri Winter was a welcoming and compassionate presence for residents seeking support at the Riverland emergency relief centre in Berri. Ms Winter was one of several staff deployed

to emergency relief centres established in Berri, Mannum and Murray Bridge as part of an emergency response agreement between and the South Australian Housing Authority. Initially forging a connection with the lead flood response group, as well as forming an internal flood relief committee in early December, canvassed interest from staff regarding voluntary deployment to the relief centres as recovery officers.

Ms Winter travelled to Berri three times to offer support, starting with an initial eight-day stint in early December, followed by another eight days over the New Year period, returning for a third stay from January 9-15. Working as a relief officer in the makeshift hub at the Berri Senior Citizens Club, Ms

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Adventure tour operator welcomes financial boost

Limestone Coast tourism business earns a slice of grant funding

Well before the term eco-tourism was part of our vernacular and it was discovered the goldmine that nature-based experiences could provide to the tourism industry, Uncle Ken Jones was tapping into just such experiences.

It was as far back as 2005, when he was a park ranger, that Uncle Ken saw the value of taking people into the great outdoors and educating them about native flora and fauna and the many cultural lessons that could be taught around our indigenous heritage.

“I started doing those type of tours back then and have been doing them ever since,” Uncle Ken said.

His latest venture is Bush Adventures and the experiences he offers are just what the South Australian Government was looking to finance as part of the South Australian Tourism Commission’s $2 million Experience Nature Tourism Fund, with the Limestone Coast based Bush Adventures one of 18 recipients across South Australia, earning a share of the $486,000 handed out in the first round of grants.

The funding program runs over four financial years, with up to $500,000 available in each year and Bush Adventures snared just over $15,000 for the purchase of a trailer and equipment to operate an immersive eco-tourism experience through various national parks throughout the Limestone Coast.

“We (Bush Adventures) look to encourage visitors to our National Parks and we can provide a safe opportunity to showcase the natural assets of the Limestone Coast,” Uncle Ken said.

The trailer, which is in its design phase, will be used to store tables and chairs, waders for walking in

swamps, creeks and rivers, pop-up shades, car fridge and freezer and a barbeque for catering.

The Bush Adventures tours can be tailormade with around eight people the optimum number.

“We share stories about Boandik ancestry in the Limestone Coast,” Uncle Ken said.

And that’s not the only way Uncle Ken shares those stories – he has also penned a series of books, 13 so far, under the banner of History of the First Australians, which are available in most local school libraries and school visits and tours are also a huge part of Uncle Ken sharing his vast expertise.

The books came about during COVID and have taken off with demand continuing to grow.

“During the COVID shutdown I got bored and started drawing and that’s when I was asked if I would be interested in doing some children’s books,” Uncle Ken said.

“There is a lesson in every story –there’s always a meaning.”

Uncle Ken visits around 20 schools in the Limestone Coast, encouraging them to set up their own bush tucker garden and a camp fire area to sit and yarn.

“I also teach carpentry skills, art and craft, weaving, painting and sketching and bird watching,” he said.

But it is the Bush Adventures tours set to benefit from the lates funding and Uncle Ken has families in his sights.

“I love sharing all about our natural environment with visitors and locals and we encourage families, particularly with young kids, to get off their devices and get out into the bush and enjoy what nature has to offer here on our wonderful region,” he said.

“Story telling is a major part of our tours. We also focus on safely identifying bush foods, which we

do in our own home garden, and we share some meals with the herbs and species we grow at home in our own vegie garden and orchard. We also offer a beachcombing experience – learning about shellfish and celebrating our coast while cleaning up our beaches.”

Bush Adventures has worked closely with local land managers in setting up its tours.

“We make sure we have permission for access and they have encouraged us to increase the visitation so visitors can be offered better interpretation and appreciation of the natural habitat.”

Where possible Bush Adventures utilise local businesses and that that will be the case with the creation of the recently funded trailer.

South Australian Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison was excited about what this round of funding would achieve in the eco-tourism space.

“These tourism experiences will highlight the important natural and cultural assets that are our state’s national parks and will enable operators to attract visitors from interstate and overseas, as we support the industry to recover from the impacts of the pandemic,” Minister Bettison said.

“...we (Bush Adventures) look to encourage visitors to our National Parks and we can provide a safe opportunity to showcase the natural assets of the Limestone Coast..” Uncle Ken Jones (Bush Adventures)
“...I love sharing all about our natural environment with visitors and locals and we encourage families, particularly with young kids, to get off their devices and get out into the bush...” Uncle Ken Jones (Bush Adventures)
“...these tourism experiences will highlight the important natural and cultural assets ...” Zoe Bettison (South Australian Tourism Minister)

Helping students achieve their potential

Mount Gambier couple honoured for contribution to regional education & the community

“Giving access to education is in our DNA. People like the Cowans are our lifeblood.”

That was the sentiment of University of South Australia ViceChancellor Professor David Lloyd as the educational institution honoured Mount Gambier’s Bob and Gayle Cowan.

The couple were awarded Fellows of the University of South

Australia last year, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the growth and development of UniSA, and the couple’s commitment to education and the community of Mount Gambier has seen them receive even higher honours – both named in the 2023 Australia Day honours list, inducted as Order of Australia recipients (OAM).

The Cowans are passionate advocates for students from rural and regional areas, who often face disadvantage in accessing higher education.

The Cowans association with higher education is a partnership steeped in history. Bob Cowan’s parents, Bill and Marnie Cowan, had discussed establishing a fund to help tertiary students so following Bill’s passing Marnie and Bob established a private Trust in 1994 to benefit students in financial need, particularly from regional and rural areas.

The Cowan Grant was established to support initiatives that help financially disadvantaged students gain a higher education and over almost three decades, the grant has provided more than $3.2 million to more than 1500 students.

That assistance all started in 1995 when St Mark’s and Roseworthy Colleges were given funds to support selected students by reducing their boarding fees and then by the late 1990s Bob Cowan was in positive discussions with UniSA.

That resulted in students at UniSA Mount Gambier Campus being able to apply annually for a Cowan Regional Grant to


Mrs Gayle Linford COWAN, SA

For service to the community of Mount Gambier.

Cowan Grant Pty Ltd. (formerly Cowan Grant Charitable Trust)

• Secretary.

• Co-Founder, since 1994.

• Trustee, since 1994.

Friends of the Riddoch Art Gallery

• Former President.

• Former Treasurer.

• Founding Secretary.

• Co-Author, For the love of Art - 25 Years with the Friends of the Riddoch Art Gallery, Hansen Print, 2009.

Community - Other

• Trustee and Volunteer, Riddoch Art Gallery Foundation.

• Secretary, Reels Film Society, current.

• Secretary, Blue Lake Contract Bridge Club, current and Committee Member, since inception.

• Former Secretary, Mount Gambier Pony Club.

• Former Committee Member, Reidy Park Primary School Parents’ Association.

• Former Secretary, Umpherston Kindergarten.

• Former Secretary, Treasurer and President, Mothers and Babies Health Association.

Grant High School

• Former Council Member.

• Former President, Canteen Committee.

Mr Robert COWAN, SA

For service to the community of Mount Gambier.

Cowan Grant Pty Ltd. (formerly Cowan Grant Charitable Trust)

• Director, since 2008.

• Chair, 1994-2008.


• Board Member, YMCA Mount Gambier, 1999-2002.

• Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (formerly South East Economic Development Board) , 1992-1995.

• Committee Member, Grant High School, 1983-1986 and Former chair.

• Committee Member, Reidy Park Primary School, 1973-1981 and Former Chair.

• Committee Member, Umpherston Kindergarten, 1970-1974 and Former Chair.

Riddoch Art Gallery

• Board Member, since 2010 and 1999-2002.

• Former Chair.

• President, Riddoch Art Gallery Society, 1999-2000.

ForestrySA (formerly South Australia Department of Woods and Forests)

• Director, Forest Operations, 1987-1991.

• Director, Research and Development, 1982-1987.

• Director, Commercial Sawmilling, 1976-1982.

Forestry Organisations

• Member, Directors of Research Committee, Australian Forestry Council, 1987-1990.

• President, Radiata Pine Research Institute, 1982-1983 and Member, Executive Committee, 1976-1986.

• Former Board Member, South Australian Timber Corporation.

• Former Board Member, Mount Gambier Pine Industries Pty Ltd.

assist those students who have financial needs or a Cowan Placement Grant to assist students who incur additional costs while completing placements as part of their degree. For many students the support of the Cowan Grant has been the difference between being able to financially cope with their studies and not.

UniSA Mount Gambier Campus holds an annual Scholarships, Awards and Grants Celebration and Bob and Gayle take great pride in meeting many of the recipients of a Cowans Grant from that year.

And the powers-that-be at UniSA are all too aware the value of the kind of support people like the Cowans provide.

“Gayle and Bob Cowan are passionate advocates for students from rural and regional areas who often face disadvantage in their access to furthering their education and the career prospects that such education affords,” Vice-Chancellor Professor Lloyd said. “The Cowan Grant was established to support initiatives that help financially disadvantaged students gain a higher education and follow the career prospects that such education affords. They also encourage the broadening of horizons through international travel and challenge.

“The Cowans’ generosity and support has been spread widely, particularly in the past few years with education providers such as the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide, James Cook University, Kathleen Lumley College and St Marks College.”

The Cowans’ work in the education space is just one of the ways the couple have been active members in the community.

Bob had a 35 year career in the forestry and timber industry in South Australia before his retirement. He spent much of that career in senior executive roles at the South Australia Woods and Forests Department which is now Forestry SA. He is an expert in his

field adding to his Bachelor of Science (Forestry) with a Diploma of Forestry from the Australian Forestry School in Canberra and postgraduate studies in forestry at Oxford. He is generous with his expertise, lecturing in forestry technology at the South East Department of TAFE in South Australia and sitting on a number of forestry industry management boards and committees, including being President of the Radiata Pine Association of Australia and being the Inaugural Chairman of the South East Economic Development Board.

Since 2008 when the Cowan Grant was created as the sole recipient of the Cowan Family Trust, Gayle has been instrumental in its successful investment approach, enabling the trust to expand its philanthropic offerings, particularly supporting students from rural and regional family backgrounds.

She is also deeply committed to her Mount Gambier community, volunteering her time to several groups including organisations that reflect her passion for the arts. She has been a long time supporter of the Riddoch Art Gallery and is a generous supporter of other groups within Mount Gambier.

The contributions made to the wider community by both Bob and Gayle Cowan are many and varied but are best summed up by one Cowan Grant recipient at last year’s graduation ceremony.

“Your generosity has enabled countless students to pursue experiences that they never otherwise would have been able to access,” they said.

“...your generosity has enabled countless students to pursue experiences that they never otherwise would have been able to access ...” scholarship recipient
“...Gayle and Bob Cowan are passionate advocates for students from rural and regional areas who often face disadvantage in their access to furthering their education and the career prospects ...” University of South Australia Vice-Chancellor Professor David Lloyd

Penola’s recycled fashion fundraiser

Stand Like Stone to benefit from popular charity event

Penola’s Recycled Fashion

Pop-Ups are fast becoming a must for updating your wardrobe at bargain prices.

The event is entering its third year and shows no sign of slowing down. Held every quarter, organisers Amanda Flint and Janet Brodie always have a list of sellers pre-booking racks for the sale.

The event is a fundraiser for the Penola Coonawarra Sub-Fund of the Stand Like Stone Foundation. Sellers donate 25 per cent of their takings to the foundation and these monies are then granted to charitable projects in the Penola Coonawarra region.

This year’s first Pop-Up is being held February 17 and 18 at the Penola RSL Hall, between 4-8pm on Friday and 9am-12noon Saturday. While a chance for some to have a wardrobe clear out, it is definitely a fantastic opportunity for others to find fashion treasure –some still new with tags.

Women’s, men’s and children’s clothing will be on offer, as well a fun and social atmosphere for those searching the racks for summer wardrobe updates.

Friday evenings of the popup are especially social, with a complimentary glass of Coonawarra wine offered on entry. Amanda, Janet and their band

recycling and sustainability. In a world where a distressing amount of clothing ends up in landfill, it is fantastic to see clothing going on to a new home.

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP: Sally Skeer & Sue Price at a previous Pop-Up event.

TAFE set to spring back into action in 2023

South West TAFE’s Portland campus is reopening with new state-of-the-art equipment after a major revamp over the past 12 months.

The campus transformation features a new-look reception area, new library and study space and revamped rooms to improve the experience for students.

The campus was severely damaged by floods in January last year, forcing students and staff to be relocated across three sites around Portland while repairs and restoration works were completed. The refurbishment process provided an opportunity to introduce new and improved facilities along with the addition of $660,000 worth of new engineering equipment.

Students will return to the site at 154 Hurd Street from January 31 and the community and prospective students are invited to inspect the campus at an open day on February 15.

South West TAFE Portland and Glenelg regional manager Amy Silvester (pictured) said the one-in-100year downpour had caused significant damage and disruption, but the revamp will have long-term benefits.

“We had to shut down the whole campus for the year but we managed to keep going on other sites,” Ms Silvester said. “It was pretty much a whole re-set but it meant we’ve been able to make some great improvements and additions.

“It has been an amazing transformation and students will appreciate the renovated classrooms and new facilities and new equipment.

“We’ve also taken the opportunity to re-fit the engineering centre which now boasts the very latest equipment Including new lathes, milling machine, guillotines, welders.”

The redevelopment has included rectification works to the roof and drainage to prevent future damage in extreme rain events.

Ms Silvester described the refurbishment as a massive job. “The team did well to keep everything going across three sites last year but we’re all extremely relieved and excited to be back on one site.”

The open day will be from 3pm-6pm on Wednesday, February 15. The damage repairs have been covered by insurance.

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Community windfall

United Way Glenelg continues to make a difference

United Way Glenelg is proud to announce the allocation of funds to several community projects aimed at improving the lives of residents. These projects, selected through a rigorous evaluation process, will address a variety of needs in the community, including education, healthcare, and financial stability opportunities.

United Way Glenelg is a nonprofit organisation that supports the Glenelg Shire by raising money from individuals businesses, and organisations in the area. The money is then used to fund programs and services that address a wide range of issues, including poverty, education, and health care. By supporting local people with local money, United Way Glenelg can ensure that the resources and services provided are tailored to the specific needs of the community.

United Way Glenelg executive officer Nicole Carr said United Way was committed to improving the lives of residents and were proud to

support these community projects that will make a real difference in the lives of many.

“We are grateful to our donors and supporters who make this funding possible and we look forward to seeing the positive impact these projects will have on our community,” Ms Carr said. The following projects have been selected to receive funding:

• Portland District Health Samaritan Fund will provide financial assistance and support to individuals and families facing emergencies. The fund will provide critical aid to those who need it most, ensuring that they have the resources they need to get through difficult times.

• Bundarra Primary School will purchase sensory items for students as a vital step in supporting emotional regulation during challenging times or when personal trauma and experiences become overwhelming. These items, such as fidget toys, stress balls, and weighted blankets, can

provide a sense of calm and focus for students, helping them to better cope with difficult emotions and situations.

• Glenelg and Southern Grampian Local Learning Employment Network will create three locally produced videos is an effective way to raise the aspirations of marginalized young people in the region by highlighting the career journeys of local individuals with similar backgrounds. These videos will serve as powerful role models, demonstrating that it is possible to overcome obstacles and achieve success despite facing challenges. For more information about these projects or to learn how you can support United Way Glenelg, please visit www. If you would more information on United Way Glenelg please contact Nicole Carr at United Way Glenelg mail@unitedwayglenelg. or phoning 0410 513 305.


Portland Special School will acquire a barista machine for its senior students as an innovative way to support their development of essential skills such as working collaboratively, handling money, and social interactions.

The barista machine will provide a hands-on learning experience for students, allowing them to work alongside one another to make coffee and engage with customers in a real-world setting.

The barista machine will provide students with the opportunity to learn the skills required to operate the machine, make coffee, and handle money. This will also give them the opportunity to practice their social skills, as they interact with customers and work in a team.

“This program will not only provide students with valuable skills that they can use in the future,” Ms Carr said. “It will foster a more inclusive and supportive learning environment. It will also help to break down stereotypes and discrimination, by showcasing the capabilities and contributions of students with disabilities.”

EMPOWERING STUDENTS: Portland Bay students Perrin Sellwood & Laurie

barista course.

Call goes out for blood donation

Got a bit of time this February? Time to give blood and change lives?

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Local charity hits the ground running

Four Reasons Why secures a new corporate partner

Aside from helping people, there is no better way for a charity to kickstart its year than with securing a new corporate partner, committed to helping fill the coffers so the next 12 months can be filled with providing assistance to families doing it tough.

Mount Gambier based charity Four Reasons Why has done just that, starting with a fundraiser last Saturday night at Sorrentos 5290 –the charity’s newest sponsor.

For Four reasons Why founder Trudi Shelton the approach from Sorrentos was a godsend.

“They approached us and asked if we would like to have a fundraiser in January,” Trudi said. “We’ve never started fundraising that early and it’s just great to be able to start the year like this.”

It’s the perfect start to 2023 coming off a huge 2022.

“This has come off the back of our biggest and most successful Christmas in the five years since we started,” Trudi said. “In a nutshell we helped 180 families and 346 kids, distributing $22,000-plus worth of assistance for Christmas. We are really proud of that achievement in reaching so many people.”

But Trudi has been working in this space for long enough to know you have to build up those funds and the support again each year so you can continue to help those who need it most.

“Our focus in 2023 was always going to be to replenish the funds in order to see longevity and this initial fundraiser will really help,”

she said. “It is great to have a new supporter come on board and fun to start the year with a light-hearted social event that will also create awareness about our charity and allow us to reach more people that maybe don’t really know what we do.”

Subsidising sports fees and other educational costs, providing clothing, teaming with schools and other charities to support food programs are just part of what Four Reasons Why does within the community.

“To kick off the year with a new partner is great and they have assured us moving forward they want to continue to support our work,” Trudi said.

Four Reasons Why is pushing its sports program at the moment, taking advantage of the new Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre to support kids that otherwise would not be able to afford to access the new stateof-the-art facility.

“We are looking to help low socio-economic families to access the centre and the opportunities it provides,” Trudi said.

The Sports Membership Assistance Program (SMAP) is there to help finance activities or sport of the person’s choice by offering $350 a year and the eligible age group has just been extended to 9-25 year olds.

“Whether it is club sport, swimming lessons or gym membership, we are happy to help,” Trudi said. “It could be

dance lessons, basically whatever, and it is a really easy application process.”

Four reasons Why will also be looking to further strengthen its ties with schools, especially in creating hubs – safe spaces for kids and parents alike to pop in and talk about their needs.

“We already have good connections with North, Melaleuca and Mulga Street where we have been a presence in these hubs where it can be a more casual, social approach to get help to families,” Trudi said. “It seems to work well if someone can pop in and have a chat to someone if they are struggling and doing it tough so we want to be a regular presence in these hubs and others.”

And while Four Reasons Why is welcoming a new corporate partner in Sorrentos Café, they are also grateful for some of the longer term partnerships, with the Barry Maney Group falling into that category with local staff, through the CMV Staff Foundation, selecting Four Reasons Why as their charity of choice for a $3500 donation.

“We feel blessed to have been chosen,” Trudi said. “It shows they believe in the work that we do and that’s why they provide ongoing support.”

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Jason Peake is the face for the Barry Maney Group’s commitment to Four Reasons Why.

“The work that Four Reasons Why do in the local community at the grassroots level is phenomenal,” Jason said. “They are able to act quickly, ensuring that the families or individuals they are helping can receive items that many of us take for granted.”

And it is a sign the legacy of the late Barry Maney lives on at the Barry Maney Group, even with its relatively new ownership through CMV, that also had a strong, preexisting philosophy about giving back to the community.

“The Late Barry Maney provided a clear and positive legacy through all his business dealings that put ‘Ethics before Profit’ and ensured that nothing came before the satisfaction of our customers, our community and our staff. It has been fantastic that we have been able to continue on Barry’s legacy with the CMV Group, and the CMV Group Staff Foundation, as both business values were aligned in providing our community the

necessary opportunities to grow and pave a stronger future for all,”

Jason said.

Four Reasons Why also has another potential fundraising campaign on the go at the moment with a Noel Barr Toyota initiative where the public gets to head into the dealership and vote for their favourite charity. The campaign finishes at the end of May with the inning charity securing $1000 with the remaining two charities also in line for a smaller windfall.

“It is fantastic to get this kind of support,” Trudi said. “The way businesses and individuals are approaching us and offering help is brilliant and makes our job easier – we can focus on where the need is rather than being too worries about where the next dollar is coming from.”


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Giving back in their own backyard

City of Mount Gambier honours volunteers at Australia Day event

Mount Gambier Senior Citizen of the Year Allen Woodham OAM channelled his inner John F. Kennedy Jr as he paraphrased the former US president at the end of his acceptance speech on Australia Day, applying JFK’s famous inaugural address to challenge everyone to give back to their community.

“Ask not what your city can do for you but rather ask what can I do for my city – if you do that I think your life will change considerably.”

Sage advice from a man who has spent seven decades dedicating himself to community service, mainly through his involvement in the brass band movement.

Allen was joined by Citizen of the Year Graham Carter OAM, Young Citizen of the Year Zane Serdarovic, Community Event of the Year representatives from the Fantasy Medieval Fair and Active Citizenship award winners, the RSL Blue Lake Highland Pipe Band at Mount Gambier’s Cave Garden breakfast event to commemorate Australia Day last week.


Clare Scriven (South Australian Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development)

“I always feel it is a privilege to speak on Australia Day – it brings us all together to celebrate what we love about our nation. To celebrate the land, the lifestyle, our diversity, our mateship, our resilience, the sense of a fair go and the freedom we enjoy. Most people do wonderful things in our community without expecting any recognition. They are role models for so many people in our community.”

Tony Pasin (Member for Barker - delivered by Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin OAM)

“We reflect on what it means to be Australian, we acknowledge and celebrate the contribution of every person to this land. We all share a stake in our future, all have a responsibility to each other, we all have something to celebrate. We are a nation of freedom and opportunity, even in tough times. We should be proud of who we are and what we have achieved together – to work hard, to contribute to the community, a sense of mateship, of belonging, of prosperity.”

Lynette Martin OAM (City of Mount Gambier Mayor)

“Australia day allows us to reflect on what it means to be Australian. We have the privilege of living in one of the world’s great countries. We can reflect on our past, celebrate the present and look to the future. It is the unsung heroes of our community that make our city a much better place.”


2023 Citizen of the Year Graham Carter OAM (awarded in 2022)

“I feel very humbled, blessed and honoured at the same time. I’m totally honoured to be able to work for the community and to take part in many other organisations within the community not just Lions. I have worked with many community members and I really owe part of this to them also, people who work together towards a common goal – the community of Mount Gambier and its betterment. Mount Gambier has great facilities, assets and potential and we need to bear in mind they can always be improved. I want to give a great shout out to the people that are Mount Gambier’s unsung heroes, who give their time and money, volunteering and supporting community causes and events. We need to ask ‘how do we support them? We need to recognise their efforts. If you know people who have given a great service and are an unsung hero, recognise them and nominate them (for an Australia Day award).”

Graham’s long journey of community contribution has focussed on humanitarian service and building better communities for the benefit of all. Graham (pictured bwloe left with City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin OAM) is a remarkable member of our community who has contributed distinguished service of the highest order in civic, agricultural, emergency services and community service organisations. His wise, calm, facilitating approach, combined with great inner strength and seemingly endless capacity for work, has made an outstanding contribution to the many voluntary

and business organisations with which he has been associated for over 60 years.

2023 Young Citizen of the Year –Zane Serdarovic

“I got involved in Riding for the Disabled (RDA) because I had my own horses and I wanted to do something to give back to the community. I enjoy being around horses and through the RDA I could give back to the community and help disabled people. It is not just a way to give back to the community, it has also been a great way to make new friends.”

Zane is the President of Mount Gambier’s Riding for the Disabled Centre and does incredible work day in and day out with the centre’s members. Zane (pictured below right) has done a fantastic job in providing the best possible service he can to the RDA clients and strives for change.

Recently Zane organised an awards night for the centre with medals and certificates as a way for everyone to feel valued and appreciated. Zane makes every person who walks into the centre feel welcome, and when asked why he volunteers, Zane said, “the kids, their smiles and how much they love it, it honestly just makes it worth it every time.”

2023 Senior Citizen of the Year Allen Woodham OAM (awarded in 2012)

“The Brass Band movement is a way of life and I’ve been 70 years in that movement. Very, very blessed to live in Mount Gambier – one of the most fantastic cities in one of the most fantastic countries in the world. This is an award I will treasure. If you have a passion follow that passion and see where it takes you.”


RAISING THE FLAG: (Left) The 48th Army Cadet Unit were in charge of the flag raising ceremony that took place while the national anthem ws sung at the beginning of the official proceedings at the 2023 Australi Day breakfast in Mount Gambier.

Allen (picturd top right) has contributed to the life and advancement of Mount Gambier for many decades. He has worked with the Salvation Army, Mount Gambier City Band, Lions Club, Local Brass Band, and Christmas Parade Advisory Group. Allen is currently the treasurer of the Mount Gambier Lions Club and has had previous terms in this role and as President of the Club whilst also serving in his third term as President of the Mount Gambier City Band. 2023 Community Event of the Year – Fantasy Medieval Fair (Committee members pictured below - Tammy Flier - Event Management; Talie TeakleEvent Organiser & Luke StewartEntertainment Coordinator)

“Our committee worked tirelessly behind the scenes and the great business community helped us try some of the crazy stuff we did to provide an alternative, family event in the immersive atmosphere we created. We truly loved putting on the event.”

The inaugural Fantasy Medieval Festival was awarded Community Event of the Year for creating a fantastic community atmosphere, with plenty on offer for the whole family. A dedicated team of volunteers ran the festival, which generated significant visitation to Mount Gambier, a terrific accomplishment in its first year. 2023 Active Citizenship – RSL Blue Lake Highland Pipe Band

“We thank the City of Mount Gambier for the recognition with this award.”

The RSL Blue Lake Highland Pipe Band ((pictured right with City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin OAM) can trace its history back to 1895. During this time, it has supported the Mount Gambier and district communities primarily free of charge with a myriad of musical support and has represented Mount Gambier overseas. Along with the music the band provides to the city, the RSL Blue Lake Highland Pipe Band provides tuition and instruments free of charge to community members, introducing young people to the pipe band fraternity.


ARIES (March 21- April 20)

Lucky Colour: Green

Lucky Day: Tuesday

Racing Numbers: 4-2-5-3

Lotto Numbers: 4-12-23-36-35-9

Changes and alterations in your plans could be unavoidable at this time, so make the most of it. Your movements during this period could coincide with someone else’s.

TAURUS (April 21- May 20)

Lucky Colour: Blue

Lucky Day: Thursday

Racing Numbers: 4-3-2-5

Lotto Numbers: 1-15-26-34-45-8

Important period in business affairs and do not let anyone intimidate you into doing things their way. Finances are about to turn to your favour and some luck could also help.

GEMINI (May 21- June 21)

Lucky Colour: Violet

Lucky Day: Wednesday

Racing Numbers: 2-3-6-2

Lotto Numbers: 2-13-26-25-40-33

Big changes in your working environment should be for your benefit and even you could be tempted you should stick to the known for the time being, luck should be on your side now.

CANCER (June 22- July 22)

Lucky Colour: Cream

Lucky Day: Monday

Racing Numbers: 1-3-5-9

Lotto Numbers: 1-15-26-34-8-5

Keep away from other peoples problems and even if you are invited to do not give your opinion now. People that are important to you will support you and someone might help you to sort out your problem.

LEO (July 23- August 22)

Lucky Colour: Mauve

Lucky Day: Saturday

Racing Numbers: 6-2-3-5

Lotto Numbers: 1-12-26-34-43-2

Travel is highlighted during this period either yours or someone close, also problems could arise about departure times. You could be kept very busy sorting out problems brought about by your forgetfulness.

VIRGO (August 23- September 23)

Lucky Colour: Fawn

Lucky Day: Monday

Racing Numbers: 1-3-6-9

Lotto Numbers: 1-12-15-26-35-45

Social life is highlighted during this period and you could really enjoy yourself now. Your relationship with loved ones is improving and more happy moments to come.

LIBRA (September 24- October 23)

Lucky Colour: Blue

Lucky Day: Wednesday

Racing Numbers: 4-2-3-6

Lotto Numbers: 1-12-15-26-34-40

If planning to move now is the time to do it. Or if you have been thinking of travel or even a weekend away this period could give you the best chance for a long time.

SCORPIO (October 24- November 22)

Lucky Colour: Hot Pink

Lucky Day: Friday

Racing Numbers: 1-3-5-9

Lotto Numbers: 1-12-26-35-36-33

You should be able to sort out your life much better now and more time to do the things that interest you. Some good and surprising news from far away could also help you to be more happy.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23- December 20)

Lucky Colour: Blue

Lucky Day: Thursday

Racing Numbers: 1-9-4-5

Lotto Numbers: 1-15-24-45-40-33

Someone from your past could create some problems in your present domestic situation big changes are about to happen and new and interesting people could alter your ideas.

CAPRICORN (December 21- January 19)

Lucky Colour: Peach

Lucky Day: Monday

Racing Numbers: 1-8-4-4

Lotto Numbers: 1-15-45-40-22-21

There could be many new ideas tossed around and your ability to grasp the situation will become handy now. Starting a new love affair might not be the wise thing at the moment.

AQUARIUS (January 20- February 19)

Lucky Colour: Green

Lucky Day: Tuesday

Racing Numbers: 4-2-1-2

Lotto Numbers: 4-12-26-35-8-40

Do not let anything or anyone stop you from achieving what you really want of life. It is also a good time to start taking care of your health and fitness, join the clubs now.

PISCES (February 20- March 20)

Lucky Colour: Apricot

Lucky Day: Sunday

Racing Numbers: 7-5-1-4

Lotto Numbers: 7-15-28-40-11-1

Not a good time to confide in people, best to keep your plans and ideas to yourself and not let anyone take credit for your work. If someone owes you something make sure they pay.

Horoscopes with Sarah Kulkens

Many hands make light work

Southern Grampians Shire ackowledges hard working volunteers on Australia Day

The Southern Grampians Shire joined councils across the country in handing out Citizen of the Year Awards on Australia Day.


Raymond McIntosh

Citizen of the Year

Raymond “Mocka” McIntosh

(pictured right with Mayor Cr David Robertson) has been a contributor of the local community for a long time, traveling across Australia to set up fights for his boxers. Boxing is a way of life for Mocka, but it has also been a lifeline to younger citizens, helping kids with needs, and creating opportunities to straighten lives through fitness and dedication. They have started off as beginners, making their way up to pro fighters, and going all of the way to Commonwealth Games trials, Asian-Oceanic Olympic Pre Selections, all after winning multiple State Titles.

Trust has been an important element in Mocka’s Gym, where if kids didn’t have the money for a session they weren’t turned away. Mocka would just say next time and move on, as his work was about getting the best out of the kids with no outside distraction. As time progressed and the kids turned into young men and women, the sacrifice of time from Mocka didn’t end but was put into the cars, then the bus, driving the district looking for sparring partners.

Mocka’s training runs throughout the week, including women only classes. He assists those that want to take the sport further, male, female and junior members, and has dedicated much of his life to mentoring others. Mocka is also very involved with the Coleraine RSL, and the annual ANZAC Day march and had played football for Coleraine Football Netball Club for several years.

A great effort whilst also working full-time, husband to wife Helen, raising three kids, and now being a grandfather.

Mocka’s drive and passion for the sport of boxing extends into the everyday lives of his pupils, instilling values that working hard work creates success.

Live 4 Life Crew

Young Citizen of the Year

The Southern Grampians Live 4 Life Crew (representatives pictured above right) are Year 9 leaders from across the shire who have volunteered their time to increase understanding, reduce stigma and improve mental health knowledge. As mental health ambassadors, they share positive mental health messages in their respective schools. In 2022, over 450 year 8, 9 and 10 students in the Southern Grampians Shire received teen mental health first aid training through Live 4 Life.


Community Event of the Year

More than 120 Bulldog tractors from across Australia converged on the Hamilton Pastoral Museum in October to participate in the Australian record attempt to bring the largest number of Bulldog tractors together to celebrate 100 years since the first Lanz Bulldog tractor rolled off the Germany production line.

The event attracted 1,00 enthusiasts from across Australia and was the largest rally ever held on the Hamilton Pastoral Museum’s grounds, establishing the Australian record for the largest gathering of Bulldog tractors. Considerable work went into planning, setting out and weather proofing the rally grounds. Bulldog tractors played an important role in Australian agriculture and many of the restored and unrestored tractors showed they still ‘had it’ and participated in tractor pull demonstrations. The tremendous success of the twoday rally was thanks to the people who brought their tractors long distances to participate and the team of volunteers that worked tirelessly to make the event run so smoothly. Profits from the event will go towards maintaining and expanding the Hamilton Pastoral Museum’s historic buildings and displays to celebrate the legacy of farming and regional living in western Victoria.

Mayor’s Award

Peter (not pictured) has given countless hours to the community of Hamilton and District and to numerous charities through his music. He plays the banjo, sings and has an excellent sound system which he makes freely available for the events in which he is involved. Peter has since been instrumental in the establishment of “The Evergreens”, which has built an admirable record of community contributions, playing regularly at “The Grange and “The Birches” and recently for a Western District Health Service fundraising event. In November last year, “The Evergreens” were a key performer in a concert held at the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre to support Care Australia’s Appeal for the Ukraine.

Peter has performed at “The Grange” and “The Birches” at least monthly over many years including intense months of COVID holding sessions outside with speakers so residents could enjoy the performance, but be protected from possible infection. Numerous charities have benefited from his busking including but not limited to Blaze Aid, Standing Tall, Police Legacy, Drought Appeals, the M.R.I. Appeal, the Hamilton and District Rural Australians for Refugees Group, and H.I.R.L.

Mayor’s Award

YUMCHA Hamilton 18 – 25 Crew

YUMCHA Hamilton 18 – 25 crew is a youth led social group which celebrates diversity, socially connects, and engages young people who identify as LGBTQIA+, their friends and allies.

The young people involved in this group are amazing community champions, who use their lived experience to create awareness as they support health promotion and inclusion through activities including planning projects and events showing great leadership whilst being positive role models for the younger group members. Each of the groups personal efforts have made a significant contribution to the community.

Southern Grampians Shire Council Community Recognition Awards

Ainsley Wilson

Ainsley’s family involvement in the Rotary Club of Hamilton has seen her providing catering for all Rotary functions and fundraising events including Sheepvention. Ainsley is a member of the Society for Growing Australian Plants and the Wannon-Nigretta Community Group. She is passionate about her environment and growing Australian native plants and alerts the Wannon community for the eradication of South Africa Weed Orchid whilst removing these within the Wannon Falls Reserve and in the area surrounding her

property. Ainsley is always helping neighbours who are unwell, providing support and care, looking after neighbours’ pets and property while they are absent.

Jane Van Herpen

Jane was a Western District Health Service volunteer for 10+ years as a driver and provided a sewing service for patients/ residents of Eventide. A member of the Wannon Nigretta Community Group and the Hamilton Eisteddfod Board for over a decade, she has also been an enthusiastic Member of the Hamilton Singers and recently joined the Uniting Church Second Bite program. Jane has a strong commitment to her neighbours driving elderly residents to medical appointments, assisting with shopping and has tutored many local children through their school life, acting as both tutor and mentor.

Clare Hilsdon

Claire is a mum, a part-time teacher aide, and a regular volunteer within the Southern Grampians including - A Run Director at Hamilton parkrun, a running Coach for both adults and children at the Hamilton Running Club, and is a mentor at Standing Tall in Hamilton.

Claire also volunteers as a Melbourne Marathon Pacerwhere she runs the total 42.2kms in a set time supporting other

runners along the way to complete marathon running goals.

Celeste Benoit

Celeste is a passionate member of the Hamilton Fire Brigade where she selflessly dedicates her time to protecting the community.

Celeste has a passion for youth programs and is the state representative for the local district for young adults within CFA. As the current lieutenant, she strives to be a change maker within the organisation and promotes and enhances new members by being an exemplary role model and mentor.

Rebecca Dohney

Rebecca is an inspiration to many, raising three children and contributing to almost every local event. She donates her time and marketing skills to anyone trying to better the community.

She runs the ‘Hello! TARRINGTON’ Facebook page and organised a town trick or treat this year donating her time and money setting up ‘pop up’ locations. She is always willing to help anyone in need.



AWARDS: (Below) The 2023 Australia Day Southern Grampians Community rRcognition Award winners.

Timothy Fry

Tim is currently the Unit Controller at Hamilton SES. In the recent Hamilton flooding event, he and his partner Jess were in the SES Offices co-ordinating the 71 calls for help that night. At the same time they both knew their own house was suffering water damage. Tim is dedicated, methodical, organised and an excellent trainer. He does a lot of the training at the SES and will often train SES volunteers on weekends. He is an inspiration and a role model to other SES volunteers and a vital member of our community.

Jessica Mayne

Through her involvement with the local SES and community work, Jessica’s vibrant community spirit shines through.

Along with her partner Tim, Jessica has been a dedicated part of the SES team for the past six years and devotes all her free time to making sure her beloved community is in safe hands.

Erika Murphy

Erika is a self-employed, busy wife and mother of three (two of whom have ongoing health issues). Between managing work, home and hospital trips, Erika’s inventive fundraising for the RCH has been outstanding, raising over $20,000 in the past five years. Her capacity to involve not only family, but friends, small business, sporting clubs and community members has ensured unequivocal and repeated responses of support by all who become involved.

Amongst all of this, she somehow found time to take a leading role in fundraising for the Epilepsy foundation which raising over $10,000.

Ingrid Mojica Perez

Ingrid grew up in Hamilton and has made significant contributions to the local legal community. She has dedicated her career to assisting locals, particularly with Legal Aid and pro-bono work in the areas of Family Law, Criminal Law, Child Protection and Intervention Orders including Family Violence matters.

Rappensberg returns to Boandik top job

This year will represent a year of significant change for Boandik given the continued rollout of the Commonwealth Government’s Aged Care Reforms, with the board pleased to announce that Glenn Rappensberg will return as the organisation’s chief executive officer this week.

Boandik president Vicki Quinn acknowledged the efforts of outgoing CEO Declan Moore whose tenure concluded last week with the board wishing him all the best in his future endeavours.

Mr Rappensberg most recently was Boandik’s interim CEO from May to September last year following the resignation of longstanding CEO Gillian McGinty, and successfully steered the organisation through a four month sanction period following a review by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission in the beginning of 2022.

“The board is delighted that Mr Rappensberg is able to return to Mount Gambier whilst Boandik continues its journey of self-evaluation post last year’s sanction period to ensure that the care and safety of residents and clients remains at the highest possible standard,” Mrs Quinn said.

With the ongoing rollout of the Commonwealth Government’s Aged Care Reforms, Mr Rappensberg’s qualifications, experience and expertise will assist the board in their strategic leadership of the necessary operational outcomes required of the eight Aged Care Standards.

Ingrid has made significant voluntary contributions as the Young Lawyer’s Representative on the Western District Law Association Committee for a number of years and her dedication to assisting others is frequently commended by clients and her peers in the legal community.

The Balmoral Op Shop

The Balmoral Op Shop is run by a group of local ladies who welcome visitors into the shop like an old friend helping locals, campers and visitors alike opening the doors so that they can come in and have a look around and grab a bargain. Bus tours have been organised to come to Balmoral just to visit our ladies.

They have supported many within the community including the Christmas BBQ’s.

Kathy Mibus

Kathy has worked tirelessly for many years collecting and organising programs that raise significant amounts of money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Her generosity seems endless as she supports many charity programs including Pink Ribbon Day, Indigenous Missions, the Lutheran World, the Starlight Foundation, Second Bite and has sponsored a child through the Smith Family since COVID.

As Kathy says, if any worthwhile local charity requires support, we will support it with magnificent results. Kathy’s father setup a trust which supports the Start Foundation.


(Above top) Representatives of the 100 Bulldogs for 100 Years at the Hamilton Pastoral Museum

MAYOR’S AWARD: (Above bottom)

Representatives of YUMCHA

Hamilton 18 – 25 crew, a youth led social group which celebrates diversity, socially connects, and engages young people who identify as LGBTQIA+, their friends and allies

A key responsibility for the Boandik CEO moving forward will be to work with the board to evaluate the effect of the reforms on the organisation’s human, material and financial resources to ensure the current high standard of care and support afforded to residents and service recipients, can be maintained in the most cost-effective manner, whether that be as a single entity or in partnership with another entity.

The organisation will shortly commence a comprehensive change management project in order to embrace the Aged Care Reforms positively and work with the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission; it’s residents and staff; and the South East community, to maintain and enhance its status as a much respected and loved provider of services to older Australians and living with a disability across our beautiful region.

Local MP welcomes good news for building sector

Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell welcomed the decision of the South Australian Government to use local products and services for the construction of public housing and now the first opportunity for local businesses to take advantage of the newly installed policy is here with tenders opening for a number of public housing projects across South Australia.

“The decision to use SA products for SA public housing is a great result for our local manufacturers and also demonstrates that our state supports its own,” Mr Bell said. “There’s recently been record State Government investment in our public housing sector, of $177m for 400 new homes. This decision will deliver a real confidence boost to both our building and manufacturing sectors, support local jobs and show that it is a strong advantage to be South Australian based.

“Obviously Mount Gambier is already wellknown for its timber mills and although local products are already being used for housing frames, Mount Gambier timber could now be utilised right across South Australia.

“There’s multiple products that go into a new home, including timber frames, bricks, concrete and steel for roofing and reinforcing, and our state is already producing most of these.

“So not only will this benefit our existing manufacturing industry, this mandate could also spawn new manufacturing industries for our region, as proactive businesses seek to fill the gaps with uniquely South Australian products.”

Tenders for the construction of 133 new homes were released last as the State Government continued to accelerate plans to build 400 new public housing homes, getting more South Australians into secure and affordable housing.

The SA Housing Authority (SAHA) has released tenders for the new builds in Kilburn, Broadview, Felixstow, Woodville, Edwardstown, Paradise, Hectorville, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Renmark and Mount Gambier. Construction is expected to be completed in 2024.

Of the 133 new homes, 103 are part of the government’s commitment to build 400 additional new public housing homes under the $177.5 million Public Housing Improvement Program (PHIP) that was fully funded in Labor’s first budget.

An election commitment, the PHIP will also see 350 empty public housing properties upgraded so they can be homes again for people in need and extra maintenance carried out on 3000 more homes. The upgrades and extra maintenance will be supported by an investment of more than $40 million.

In addition to these new tenders, a further 81 homes are already contracted for construction, with 71 underway and 10 in the final stages of planning approval. Locations include Salisbury, St Mary’s, Parafield, Elizabeth, North Plympton and Croydon, as well as Mount Gambier and Murray Bridge.

Tenders have been released to SAHA’s panel of pre-qualified builders and applications close at 2pm on February 21. If new builders wish to join the panel, they can register their interest by contacting the Authority.


Grant District Council award winners

Australia Day honours for hard working local volunteers



Sheryl Teigesser (pictured top left) is an active volunteer in the Donovans community. Sheryl’s passion for helping others has led her to volunteer with various groups and organisations, including the Donovans Country Fire Service (CFS) Brigade, Donovans Recreation Advisory Council (DRAC) and Port MacDonnell SA Ambulance Service. With eight years of experience coordinating administration for the DRAC and volunteering as the administration coordinator for the Donovans CFS for some years, Sheryl also utilises her skills each year to assist with coordinating the local ‘Biggest Morning Tea’ for the Cancer Council, and both Donovans Easter and Christmas Markets. Those who know Sheryl describe her has a team player and dedicated to the projects she is involved with making her a deserving winner or the 2023 District Council of Grant Citizen of the Year Award.


As a newer resident to the District Council of Grant, Elivia Stanley (pictured bottom left) has wasted no time in becoming an enthusiastic member of the local community. Elivia is an athlete at the Port MacDonnell Netball Club and Cadet with the Kingsley CFS Brigade. Caring and committed are two words that have been used to describe Elivia which is reflected in the interactions she has with others in the community. Elivia’s caring nature is a strong trait noticed by the Allendale East Area School where she is currently undertaking a Traineeship.

Elivia’s willingness to participate in the local community will be a great asset for her and the district going into the future, and is why she is worthy recipient of the 2023 District Council of Grant Young Citizen of the Year Award.


Community Event of the Year will be presented to the Yahl Soldiers

Memorial Hall Committee (pictured above bottom right) for their Yahl Community Christmas Celebration.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties, there were limited community events held during 2021. The Yahl Soldiers Memorial Hall committee were one local group able to host a successful event being their community Christmas party.

A total of 70 Yahl community members came together to enjoy a day full of classic backyard games, a barbeque lunch and popular jumping castle kindly donated by Member for Barker

Tony Pasin. Locals also got into the Christmas spirit early by decorating their home entrances which were judged with a winner being awarded at the community Christmas celebration.

Yahl is a thriving community within the council area and events like the Yahl Christmas Celebration allow residents to prosper and connect making Yahl Soldiers Memorial Hall committee a deserving awardee for the 2023 District Council of Grant Community Event of the Year.


The Active Citizenship Award

will be presented to Allendale East Area School students for their Biggest Morning Tea

With many school events postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, Allendale East Area School students (pictured above top right) were eager to get involved with the community again. The school jumped back into the community spirit by hosting a ‘Biggest Morning Tea’ to fundraise for the Cancer Council.

The event was the schools first in over a year and saw many students actively participate in organising and running the

morning tea held at the Port MacDonnell Golf Club. A total of $1500 was raised by the students for the Cancer Council.

School teachers have reported that students demonstrated great leadership skills making the fundraiser a success. In addition to raising money for a worthy cause, the event and social interaction was well received by the community which makes the Allendale East Area School students an appropriate winner of the 2023 District Council of Grant Active Citizenship Award.

Australia Day awards handed out at Willalooka event for Tatiara District Council



Regarded as a true local, Michael (pictured above left) is a local farmer, born locally, educated locally, played his sport locally and is a kind and generous community man.


Clare (pictured above centre) has been an active member of the Bordertown Netball Club over the past 12 months, serving on the club’s committee, coaching, umpiring and playing. She also took on the roles of Junior Development Co-Ordinator and Grounds Co-

Ordinator. Clare is also involved in the local swimming club and the Bordertown Festival and Show. Clare received the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and as part of the service project worked with the Smith Family in a reading program with young school students. COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR - BORDERTOWN SPRING FESITVAL & SHOW The Bordertown Spring Festival and Show (committee pictured above right) held its 144th Annual Show on November 12 last year at the Bordertown Showgrounds. The theme “Rural Women on the Land” was incorporated into the event with author “Liz Harfull” attending and opening the show.

Gentleman Jack rewarded

Tireless volunteer honoured at Glenelg Shire event

An unwavering commitment to the community was recognised at last week’s Australia Day events, with local volunteer and ‘valued citizen’ John (Jack) Matthews awarded the shire’s top honour.

Mr Matthews (pictured) was named the 2023 Glenelg Shire Council’s Citizen of the Year at Australia Day civic events in Portland and Casterton.

The Casterton-based awardee has been a stalwart, both behind the scenes and in front of the mic, of the township’s much-loved event the Australian Kelpie Festival and Working Dog Auction.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Scott Martin said John, affectionately known as Jack, had become an iconic figure of the Casterton Kelpie Association.

“He has been involved with the event since it first began in 1996 and to this day remains an integral volunteer,” said Cr Martin said.

“John dedicates many months throughout the year coordinating and ensuring that each part of the Kelpie Muster weekend is well oiled and organised.

“On the day of the festival, he is the recognisable voice behind the mic commentating the popular Kelpie Dash and the Kelpie High jump and goes to go great lengths to ensure that every event-goer

has the best possible experience throughout the day.

“His commitment to the Casterton Kelpie Association was acknowledged in 2006 when he was awarded a Life Membership, highlighting his passion and tireless contributions.

“Alongside his service to the Kelpie Association, John has been involved with the Casterton Apex Club, Street Drags, Golf Club and has also dedicated more than 23 years to local basketball coaching.

“He has supported many young players to develop their skills for the game through his encouraging approach and leadership.

“John is a wonderful example of a community ambassador, and the impact individual efforts can make for the greater good.

“We thank him for his selfless contributions to our shire, and for the region as a whole.”

Mr Matthews was joined in the award honours by fellow recipients:

Senior Citizen of the Year

Phil Jarrett

Phil has dedicated more than 70 years of service to the community. He joined the Portland Citizens Brass Band when he was just 10 years of age and served in many important events including The Harbor Opening in 1950, The 150th Anniversary Celebrations in 1984

and The Royal Visit in 1985.

Phil is a passionate Band member and even volunteers his time maintaining the historical building the Portland Citizen’s Brass Band calls home. He prides himself in sharing his knowledge and his love of music to the youth of today, bridging the gap between the generations.

Alongside the Portland Citizens Brass Band, he is an active member of the Portland Historical Society and President of the Curators Cottage Committee. He spends endless hours volunteering at the cottage and has been an ambassador for Portland sharing his vast knowledge of the town’s history.

Community Group of the Year

Friends of the Great South West Walk

The Friends of the Great South West Walk was formed in November 1983 to maintain and

Seaside award winners

Robe District Council hands out Australia Day honours

Robe District Council celebrated Australia Day with a breakfast function at the Robe Institute Lawns, with the local Lions Club catering the official event. ‘Reflect. Respect. Celebrate.’ was the theme of the 2023 event.

The breakfast function gave council an opportunity to present the 2023 Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award winners, acknowledging those who have made an outstanding contribution to the community.


Citizen of the Year - Dr David Senior (Pictured right inset)

Young Citizen of the Year - Maddie Wirth (Pictured far right inset)

Community Event of the Year - Woman Who, by Sonia Lego (Pictured below)

Mayoral Award - the late Rodney ‘Toad’ McMartin (accepted by his family) (Pictured below right)

promote the Great South West Walk (GSWW).

The group regularly trim and mow the walking tracks, as well as working on signage maintenance and erosion control and revegetation along the exposed coastline.

In the last year alone 57 volunteers recorded more than 7000 hours of volunteer activities,

with many additional unrecorded hours in meetings, planning, governance and leadership.

The Friends of the Great South West Walk are also incredibly active in raising the profile of the GSWW locally and further afield, with guidebooks, gift cards, calendars, website , weekly newspaper columns and regular social media promotion.

“...he has been involved with the event since it first began in 1996 and to this day remains an integral volunteer...” Cr Scott Martin (Glenelg Shire Mayor)

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Lending a helping hand in floods

Mount Gambier social worker takes her skills to the Riverland

A Mount Gambier social worker witnessed firsthand the impacts of the River Murray flooding on Riverland communities after volunteering for three weeks to support affected residents. Limestone Coast foster care service manager Sherri Winter was a welcoming and compassionate presence for residents seeking support at the Riverland emergency relief centre in Berri.

Ms Winter was one of several staff deployed to emergency relief centres established in Berri, Mannum and Murray Bridge as part of an emergency response agreement between and the South Australian Housing Authority.

Initially forging a connection with the lead flood response group, as well as forming an internal flood relief committee in early December, canvassed interest from staff regarding voluntary deployment to the relief centres as recovery officers.

Ms Winter travelled to Berri three times to offer support, starting with an initial eight-day stint in early December, followed by another eight days over the New Year period, returning for a third stay from January 9-15.

Working as a relief officer in the makeshift hub at the Berri Senior Citizens Club, Ms Winter was often the first person residents spoke to for support after being affected by rising water levels.

“Our role was to help assess people’s eligibility for financial support, such as government grants, , assist people who had been displaced due to utilities being cut-off, as well as people seeking emergency accommodation,” Ms Winter said.

“I also gave out many Foodbank parcels and the local Woolworths and Foodland stores had also donated food vouchers for us to give out to affected people.

“A big part of it was just being willing to listen, to show compassion and try to understand what these people were going through.

“It was then important where possible to provide people with the information they needed to receive support or to refer them to services that could help.”

In many instances, Ms Winter said she was faced with people who were uncertain of what impact the floods would have on their livelihoods.

“Other natural disasters, such as bushfires, can have an immediate and clear impact, but a lot of people could only watch and wait to see this disaster unfold over a longer period,” she said.

“That uncertainty weighed on them and the mental health impact of that was certainly an important consideration.”

Ms Winter said while not being a local meant she had limited understanding of the normal water levels of the area, she said there were many obvious signs of significant flooding.

“There were just the tips of signs poking out, plenty of trees underwater and scrub covered – it was quite confronting to see,” she said.

“Many roads were flooded and closed, even getting to Berri took an additional 40 minutes having to detour through Renmark and Paringa rather than going through Loxton with the Bookpurnong road completely submerged.

“It was surprising how fast the river was flowing.”

In her last week in Berri, Ms Winter said the focus was shifting towards recovery as relief officers started to log tasks for people requiring clean-up assistance and service reconnections with the flood waters receding in the Riverland.

“The State Government’s announcement of the $300 travel grant on January 8 meant many people attending the centre were looking for reimbursement of the additional costs they had been accruing due to the road closures, which caused a significant increase in travel times to local townships.” chief executive officer Shane Maddocks said the agency was proud to shift outside its

“...a big part of it was just being willing to listen, to show compassion and try to understand what these people were going throughl...” Sherri

normal scope of service delivery to support affected communities.

flooding, whether it be directly or through their families and friends, but our agency as a whole has galvanised throughout this crisis to ensure our services continue and people receive the support they need, when they need it.

“It has been inspiring to see the willingness of our staff to make changes and in some instances completely shift their lives for over a week to support each other and the communities we call home.”


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As well as real estate agents and local businesses!

“...other natural disasters, such as bushfires, can have an immediate and clear impact, but a lot of people could only watch and wait to see this disaster unfold over a longer period...” Sherri Winter

“The River Murray flooding has had a significant impact on many people throughout the Riverland and Murraylands and it was important to our agency that we played a role in providing care and support for those affected in these communities, which are within areas where we have provided other services for decades,” Mr Maddocks said.

“Our staff who live in the area continue to be impacted by the

In addition to the deployment of recovery officers, has deployed four financial wellbeing program staff and two Community Connections staff across the Berri, Mannum and Murray Bridge centres.

Staff are continuing involvement in the flood recovery centres, providing four elements of the financial wellbeing programinformation (preventative and responding to crisis), connection to a broad range of services, financial counselling and emergency financial assistance.

Visit emergencies-and-safety/ river-murray-flood for the latest information and advice on the River Murray flood.


Limestone Coast foster care service manager Sherri Winter spent three weeks supporting flood-affected residents in the Riverland.

UNITED TO HELP: (Below) Mount Gambier social worker Sherri Winter (far right) joined a team of people from other South Australian agencies supporting the Berri emergency relief centre. :
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Historic home opens doors for fundraiser

Family day out set to raise funds for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

United Way Glenelg and the owners of Annesley House are excited to announce an open house and garden event in support of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The event is to be held on Sunday, February 26, from 12noon to 2pm for a tour of the historic Annesley House, and to 4pm to enjoy the beautiful gardens.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Annesley House and learn about its history, indulge in delicious freshly cooked pizza and Italian street food, and finish with a refreshing gelato, coffee or bombolini.

Patrons can also shop for locally grown, in-season produce from Portland Community Garden or relax on the lush lawn with a glass of Italian wine, beer or a limoncello cocktail and listen to the soothing sounds of Italian jazz by Australian

musician Bill Harrower and local singer Teleah Armsitead’s irresistible melodies.

“We are thrilled to be able to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and provide our community with access to free books,” said Nicole Carr, owner of Annesley House and United Way Glenelg executive officer.

This event is particularly meaningful as it honours the legacy of Sarah Wadmore, one of the previous owners of Annesley House, who was known for her compassion and dedication to helping others in need.

Admission to the event is $10 and there will be no pre-sale tickets.

For more information about Annesley House and the open house and garden event, please visit the social pages of Annesley House or contact Ms Carr at 0410 513 305.

Don’t miss this opportunity to support a great cause and enjoy a day filled with history, music, refreshments, and community.


It was built at a time when buildings were designed to impress and displays of wealth and status in the community were all about the family home and Portland’s Annesley House perfectly encapsulates that philosophy.

Annesley House was built in 1878 for the Western Victorian seaside town’s chief medical officer, Dr Brewer and also housed his medical rooms. The respected surgeon also served as mayor of Portland, Victoria’s oldest permanent settlement dating back to 1834 when the Henty family made its home at what evolved into Victoria’s second busiest international port.

It was restored to its former glory in the early 2000s. In keeping with the emphasis on opulence that was a consistent feature in architecture of the late 1800s, Annesley House had a wow factor the minute you step inside. The formal entry hall leads to the grand staircase that is the centrepiece of the two storey residence –with its beautifully restored natural timber finish and obligatory red carpet leading directly from the front door right up to the second storey. Simplicity and elegance, while closely replicating just how it would have looked to anyone who visited Dr Brewer in the late 1800s, is a theme that permeates the restoration of each of the seven apartments. Then owner Mark Robinson, who took over the property in 2004 and set about the much needed restoration, kept the history of the house and the town very much at the forefront .

Dr Brewer’s original consulting rooms, which were situated on the ground floor, have been transformed into an apartment that can cater for up to eight people with a main bedroom and two smaller bedrooms.

The bathroom features a traditional Victorian claw foot bath, while the centrepiece of the completely renovated kitchen is the original fireplace.

In the late 1800s, Portland had already developed into a busy port and dynamic commercial precinct and a man of Dr Brewer’s standing would have often been called upon to accommodate visiting captains. That is the inspiration for the one bedroom apartment on the second story, known as the Captain’s Quarters, with the refurbishment reflecting the eclectic taste of a seafaring gentleman of the late 19th century.

There were also apartments that reflect the tastes of the ladies of the era with Rosalie’s Retreat, a one bedroom apartment named in honour of Dr Brewer’s only child. Rosalie never married and hence there were no heirs and it wasn’t hard to imagine the doctor’s daughter sitting in this room enjoying the view of the sea and wondering if a possible suitor would ever cross her path. A claw foot bath was also a feature of this apartment, which also boasted views of historic St Stephen’s Church.

In the early 1900s, the Wadmore sisters took over the mansion and that was when it was first used as an accommodation facility, emerging as a high quality guesthouse. Given the respected, entrepreneurial sisters pioneered what would become the future of the mansion, the Robinsons named the Honeymoon Suite after the Wadmore girls with the large spa a 21st century touch but the king size four poster bed was a clear throwback to the heady guesthouse days of the early 20th century.

The Baytree Suite owes its name to Mrs Luers, who took over Annesley House in the 1940s and was enamoured with the majestic Bay tree that is a feature of the property’s picturesque gardens. Mrs Luers was the daughter of a prominent politician and poet and Annesley House was literally the centre of her universe. She was passionate about her role looking after the guests of the residence and also spent a lot of time creating and maintaining the immaculate grounds. And if there was a way to talk to the guests that frequented the guesthouse in the1900s, it’s safe to say most of them would have fond memories of her playing the piano. The Baytree suite is a two bedroom apartment on the second floor and was originally Dr Brewer’s private sitting room.

Even the housekeeper’s cottage was transformed into accommodation and rather than the elegance of the mansion, it maintained a cosy feel and perfectly suits a family holiday. With the original cooking fireplace, porcelain sink and flagstones, there was no mistaking the rustic comfort of the cottage, which is at the rear of the main house, while the adjoining private courtyard was perfect for Portland’s balmy summer evenings. Not surprisingly the most breathtaking of all the rooms was the formal downstairs sitting room – it was where Dr Brewer would have received his many and varied distinguished guests. Given that architecture in the 1800s was all about making an impression, this was the room where no expense was spared in making sure anyone who visited knew they were in the home of people of great influence and wealth. That’s why the Robinsons went out of their way to incorporate as many of the period features as possible including the original high ceilings and ornate ceiling rose, the Italian marble fireplace and the gold leaf pelmets that frame the hand drawn glass windows. The conservatory part of the area has provided the opportunity to create an intimate space for reading and relaxation with again French doors leading out into the garden and courtyard areas. Annesley House has undergone another wonderful transformation under the leadership of new owner Nicole Carr and the February 26 open day is the perfect way to check out the historic building’s new look, learn about the shitory, enjoy a wonderfujla day of food and entertainment and raise some money for United Way Glenelg and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Annesley House is at 60 Julia Street, Portland.

Unexpected, playful & challenging

National exhibition set to call The Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre home

Experimenta Life Forms explores the changing understandings of life in unexpected, playful and challenging ways and it is coming to Mount Gambier’s Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre this week. The official opening is this Friday at 6pm, with opening remarks by Artistic Director Jonathan Parsons and Lead Curator Lubi Thomas. Catering will be provided and the bar will be open so RSVP via or phone on (08)8721 2563. Philosophers have wrestled with defining life for thousands of years. Experimenta Life Forms reveals how contemporary artists are approaching this perennial question, at a time when

technological change and new research findings are making definitions of ‘life’ increasingly difficult to pin down. What new life forms are emerging through technological and biological adaptation and invention? Are our definitions of life shifting because of new scientific discoveries? How do First Nation’s epistemologies influence our ways of thinking and understanding life? How are notions of our place in the web of life changing now that research is identifying sentience in animals, plant-life, and maybe soon to be found in our machines?

Experimenta Life Forms is a timely exhibition featuring a diversity of artforms including

robotics, bio-art, screen-based works, installations, participatory and generative art. The exhibition showcases 26 leading Australian and international artists whose work makes significant contribution to current dialogues about the changing landscape of life as we know it.


Credit : Experimenta Life Forms (2021) Plimsoll Gallery, UTAS, Hobart (TAS). Justine Emard, ‘Soul Shift’ (rear); Laura Woodward, ‘Planet’ (foreground). Photo credit: Rémi Chauvin


Perfect work life balance in the heart of Mount Gambier!


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76 Wehl Street South, Mount Gambier. Run a business from home with the best shedding in the CBD of Mount Gambier! Have the perfect work life balance with incredible entertaining areas! The home includes 4 good sized bedrooms, all with TV points as well as reverse cycle heating/cooling. 3 bedrooms with built-in wardrobes. A newly renovated bathroom and a great modern kitchen with dishwasher, built in pantry and large gas cooktop. The living room features reverse cycle heating/cooling as well as a wood pellet fire and electric “wood” looka-like fireplace. The home is lit with LED lights throughout. The large high clearance rear shed to fit 20+ cars (+ truck) includes 2 mezzanines

with heavy duty floor, large pit with LED lights, bar/games room with commercial bar fridge with reverse cycle and wood pellet heater. You’ll also enjoy the large inground heated pool with a 6-person spa with new pumps/heaters. Sauna/shower room. Brand new pergola BBQ area with new perfect for those summer nights. Other great features: , 5 large water tanks, 3 solar systems + batteries, Security system all around with 24-hour recording, New high fencing remote controlled security gate with 90% of the perimeter fencing being new. This well positioned house is walking distance to the CBD as well as across the road from the popular Reidy Park Primary School.

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2. Nina, Pinta & Santa Maria were three ships used on the first voyage of which 15th century explorer?

3. New Holland was the historical European name for which island nation?

4. Doha is the capital of which Middle Eastern country?

5. Which animated characters are known as the Sensational Six – the six biggest stars in the Disney universe?

6. Superstar Robbie Williams initially found fame as the lead vocalist of

which 1990s boy band?

7. On which date this year will King Charles III’s official coronation ceremony take place as part of what has been slated as a three day celebration?

8. Travis Barker is married to which Kardashian sibling?

9. Which country does tennis star Sebastian Korda represent?

10. Who is the Federal Health Minister?

11. US tennis star-turned commentator Pam Shriver was the long time doubles partner of which other superstar multi Grand Slam champion?

12. Sportage and Picanto are models of which car manufacturer?

13. Tim Allen was the star of the 1990s family sitcom Home Improvement as the patriarch of the Taylor family at the centre of the TV show –what was the name of his neighbour?

14. What do we call baby penguins?

15. How many Grand Slam


Singles titles did Lleyton Hewitt win and name which slams he won?

16. Who was in command of the ship when the Mutiny on the Bounty occurred in the 18th century?

17. Who plays the character Hector Barbossa in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise?

18. Sacramento is the capital of which US State?

19. Romantic composer Frederic Chopin wrote works for mainly which instrument?

20. Who did Michael Clarke replace as Australian cricket captain?

21. Which four women played off in the 2023 Australian Open semi finals?

22. How many sequels did author Louisa May Alcott pen to her triumphant literary hit Little Women?

23. An iconic symbol of American independence, the Liberty Bell is housed in which city?

24. General Francisco Franco was once dictator of which European country?

25. The Fortescue River is the third longest river in which Australian State?

26. How many novels make up the C. S. Lewis classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia?

27. What is the capital of Northern Ireland?

28. Which actor played Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades movie franchise?

29. How many sides does an octagon have?

How to play: To solve this puzzle each 3x3 box, each row and each column must contain all the numbers from 1 to 9.

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31. What was the name of the Julie Andrews character in the epic movie The Sound of Music?

32. How many players are on the field at any one time in an AFL match?

33. The Kookaburras is the moniker for which Australian national sporting team?

34. 2023 Australian Open quarter finalist Sebastian Korda’s sisters are also elite athletes in which sport?

35. From which country’s cuisine o we get the dessert Crepes Suzette?

36. How many items make up a traditional baker’s dozen?

37. Which cocktail rose to fame as the drink of choice for the gals on the TV series Sex and the City?

38. What were the Christian names of doomed explorers Burke and Wills?

39. How many times has Margot Robbie been nominated for an acting Oscar?

40. Widely regarded the best quarterback of all time, at what pick was Tom Brady take in the 2000 draft?

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RLA 280309 | 50 James Street, Mount Gambier | | Real Estate Sales Property Management 0407 213 023 Bernie Manser Property Management 0407 235 345 0417 071 180 Chris Manser Real Estate & Livestock Sales 0417 414 127 Nicole Rutkowski Property Management 8723 6866 0428 941 519 207 & 209 COMMERCIAL STREET EAST, MOUNT GAMBIER P.O.A INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY WITH COMMERCIAL STREET FRONTAGE A fantastic opportunity exists to purchase two generous sized allotments with the possibility of three separate rental returns. Both allotments are situated at the Eastern end of the main Street of Mount Gambier offering two shop fronts, shedding, a work-shop, office and 3 bedroom stone home. We have been busy selling and leasing property and would like to assist you with the sale or management of your property. Call one of our professional & friendly staff members for your honest, no obligation appraisal today! 3/58-60 SUTTONTOWN ROAD $280 PER WEEK 2 1 1 FOR RENT - AVAILABLE 10/02/2023 2 Bedroom unit both with ample cupboard space, open plan lounge/dine & kitchen with gas cooking. Bathroom with separate shower and bath. Small pet negotiable. CAPTIVATING CHARACTER HOME IN CENTRAL LOCATION Built in 1935 and situated just 1 minute from the main street of Mount Gambier on a 616m2 corner allotment, this home is filled with character and old-world charm. The upper level of the home offers two large bedrooms, spacious lounge / sitting area with lead light windows & an open fire, a formal dining room and a spacious light filled kitchen with gas cooking, dishwasher & pantry. The quaint upstairs bathroom features a bath with overhead shower, toilet and vanity. The lower level of the home features the expansive main bedroom with walk in robe, 4th bedroom or study, main bathroom with shower, vanity and toilet and a modern lounge room with gas heating opening out to a private, covered entertaining area. Other features include Large modern laundry, small downstairs kitchenette, double garage accessed from Gray Street with remote roller door & secure rear yard and a rear balcony. $610,000 4 2 2 LEASED

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Located close to Max Young Memorial Park, St Martins Lutheran College and McDonald Park Primary School. Accessed via a bitumen driveway, leading to a secure double garage with internal access. A formal lounge room or fourth bedroom features bi-fold doors and a ceiling fan. The master bedroom boasts a WIR and an ensuite. Two additional double bedrooms feature BIR’s. The bathroom is a three-way design with a vanity, a separate shower and bath and a toilet. An open-plan kitchen, dining and living room opens onto the huge alfresco area via sliding doors. The kitchen features a b/bar, double sink, water purifier, d/washer, and s/steel electric oven and cooktop. The outdoor area is landscaped offering a garden shed, a clothesline and a vegetable patch. Ducted Heating runs throughout the home, and the windows are double-glazed with external roller shutters.

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RLA: 1811 23 Gray Street, Mount Gambier (08) 8725 6666 RENTAL PROPERTIES 80A Commercial Street West, Mt Gambier Office space for lease $22,000/annum | Available Now 4 Ellis Street, Mt Gambier 3 2 2 $450 pw | Available 02/02 LOW MAINTENANCE, SECURE EASY CARE LIVING FOR RENT $240 per week Contact: Rebecca Von Duve 0456 825 565 Available Now via SAL Real Estate have available for rent this secure and modern private unit nestled at the back of a group of three • Two bedrooms main with built in robe • Open plan living, dine and kitchen with reverse cycle air conditioning Electric cooking • Spacious bathroom with separate bath and shower RENTAL PROPERTY OF THE WEEK 1 1 2 3/212 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier SA 5290 RESORT STYLE LIVING AT HOME ON ACREAGE FOR SALE $1,380,000 21542 Riddoch Highway, Moorak SA 5290 Contact: Brenton Leggett 0438 344 042 Approx Land Size: 11.1 Hectares 7 3 4 Only Minutes from the Mount Gambier city centre, this stunning lifestyle opportunity awaits! • The master suite features an en-suite and bedroom 4/ensuite also has an en-suite & walk in robe
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Timber cattle yards, fenced into 5 main paddocks SOLD Call Brenton on 0438 344 042 Call Vicki on 0417 804 782 3/102 Wehl Street North, Mt Gambier Quiet unit in group of 3 2 1 1 $220 pw | Available 10/02
MINUTES FROM THE CITY CENTRE FOR SALE FROM $180,000 2 O’Dea Road, Suttontown SA 5291 Contact: Brenton Leggett 0438 344 042 Aprrox Land Size: Ranging from 3,617m2 - 5,801.2m2 SUBDIVISION 6 Large allotments available ranging from 3617m2 to 5801.2 sqm • Zoned: Suburban Neighbour hood • Well situated off main roads with a rural outlook Power and mains water supplied to each allotment • Enjoy building your dream home with loads of room for shedding only minutes from the city centre • NBN: Available NEST OR INVEST FOR SALE $189,000 - $195,000 Unit 6/3 Locke Street, Mount Gambier SA 5290 Contact: Vicki Quinn 0417 804 782 1 1 2 Grab the keys to “Un - Locke” this Locke Street Property • 2 bedrooms, main with built in robes • Freshly painted throughout Open plan kitchen/meals/lounge with reverse cycle wall unit and gas cooking • Brand new carpet throughout • Valuable second living area with reverse cycle wall unit and gas heating NEW UNDER CONTRACT INVESTMENT OOZING POTENTIAL FOR SALE $295,500 83A Jubilee Highway East, Mount Gambier SA 5290 Contact: Brenton Leggett 0438 344 042 Approx Land Size: 1,137m2 1 1 3 • SAL Real Estate is pleased to offer for sale this 3 bedroom home located a short walk from the City Centre • Constructed of Mount Gambier stone the property is currently lease until 10/4/2023 @ $300 per week. The home is comprised of a large lounge room with cosy wood heating, Timber kitchen with electric cooktop, wall oven and walk in pantry. Bathroom with separate shower/bath/toilet UNDER CONTRACT 3/212 Commercial St East, Mt Gambier Low maintenance 2 1 1 $240 pw | Available Now A PERFECT PIECE OF PARADISE FOR SALE $299,000 - $315,000 11 Elder Street, Mount Gambier SA 5290 Contact: Vicki Quinn 0417 804 782 Approx Land Size: 733m2 1 1 3 3 bedroom stone home • Main and 2nd bedrooms have built ins • Reverse Cycle Air heating/cooling Updated kitchen with electric cooking appliances • Neat and tidy bathroom with shower and separate bath • Single car garage with remote access NEW 27/184 Jubilee Hwy West, Mt Gambier Safe and secure 2 1 1 $240 pw | Available 17/02

21 Lumidin Boulevard, Mount Gambier

1 Kywong Court, Mount Gambier


Modern, rendered family home in a fabulous location overlooking reserve land. Offering either 3 bedrooms (main with ensuite containing shower, toilet & brand vanity plus WIR), BIR’s in bedrooms 2 & 3, whilst the bedroom could alternatively be used as 2nd living or large office. There is ducted gas central heating r/c air conditioning unit. The spacious open plan kitchen/ dining/family area overlooks the north facing pergola & comes complete gas cook top & brand new dishwasher. The main bathroom is central to bedrooms 2 & 3, brand new vanity, separate shower & bath plus separate toilet. The double garage UMR with remote control door provides internal access into the home.

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46 Acacia Street, Mount Gambier


Situated on an elevated 922m2 corner allotment, is this wonderfully cute brick home with garaging galore! The flexible floor plan offers an additional separate lounge with loads of natural light coming through the enormous windows, ceiling fan, r/c air conditioning & gas heating. Large eat in kitchen is bathed in natural light, offering plenty of storage & bench space, gas cook top, electric oven, double sink & corner pantry. Formal dining room located directly next to the kitchen is such a versatile space that could also be used as an office, a 4th bedroom, yet another extra living space, the options are endless. Three large carpeted bedrooms, one offering r/c air conditioning & all featuring huge BIR’s. Added bonuses of solar panels, rainwater tank & chook pen. Sale is subject to grant of Probate.

$400,000-$440,000 Contact Toni Gilmore 0402 356 905

57 Yahl Road, Yahl


Spacious & lovingly maintained this solid stone home is located on an exceptional 825m2 allotment opposite the reserve. Beautifully maintained gardens set the scene & in addition you are spoilt with a park like setting view. There are 4 bedrooms all which are generous in size & flow down one side of the home. The front lounge is north facing & captures beautiful lighting & warmth while the kitchen/meals area is spoilt with size & comprises of dishwasher, WI pantry, plenty of cupboard storage. The kitchen overlooks the large second living area with r/c air conditioner positioned at the rear of the home. Original bathroom with separate shower recess, bath & vanity is neat & tidy, & resides amongst the bedroom wing.

$369,000-$399,000 Contact Toni Gilmore 0402 356 905

- Set up high in the popular Conroe Heights area on a beautiful tree lined Cul-de-sac

- Centre point of the home is a sprawling tiled open concept living with views to the enclosed rear yard & the alfresco outdoor living

- Two car garage UMR with internal access plus additional shedding

Al Lamond 0418 849 266


Appealing Mount Gambier Stone cottage situated maintenance 673m2 allotment, in the popular Township. Offering an inviting lounge with s/c wood r/c split air conditioning, updated dine-in kitchen electric cooking, plus 3 large bedrooms with separate formal dining room or possible 4th bedroom required. Outside features include large garden water tanks and town water, plus double bay clearance 9m x 6m iron shed for extra undercover storage. Additional features include aluminum windows, driveway entrance & bitumen road frontage. within close proximity to Yahl Primary School minute drive of Mount Gambier.

$310,000-$340,000 Contact Al Lamond 0418 849 266

A: 22 Sturt Street, Mount Gambier P: 08 8723 3416 RLA 282 450 unlocking dreams PROPERTY SPECIALISTS Sara McManus 0438 708 281 - This beautiful home is definitely one of a kind, & the moment you walk through the front door, your expression will be one of awe! - Stunning renovated timber kitchen with walk in pantry, gas cooking and pressed tin splashback - Separate work from home studio or possible second living arrangement (S.T.P.C) 4 2 4 Ben Ransom 0400 870 362 BUSINESS - Independent tyre business that is long established with a strong loyal clientele - Business predominantly services prime movers & earth moving equipment & has access to quality tyre brands & suppliers - Steady figures year on year with ability to further grow sales, excellent annual turnover & gross profit 21 GREENRIDGE DR, MT GAMBIER $639,000-$679,000 Sara McManus 0438 708 281 - Modern open plan kitchen, dining, family space opening out to the fantastic alfresco area - Stunning master suite with large WIR & ensuite, whilst bedrooms 2 & 3 contain large BIR’s - Double garage UMR plus a single colorbond shed - R/c ducted heating & cooling & 22,500L rainwater supply to the house New 4 2 3 $499,000-$529,000 Contact Sara McManus 0438
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1 Wehl Street South, Mount Gambier 08 8724 9999 98 George Street, Millicent 8733 1989 SERVICING THE GREATER LIMESTONE COAST + WESTERN VICTORIA 965 Newmans Road, Dergholm $595,000 - $645,000 Karyn Prelc 4 1 8 HOME AND ACREAGE 157.65 acres (approx) 2 Shelley Crescent, Mt Gambier $650,000 - $675,000 Jason Malseed 4 2 2 2 RESIDENCES 10 Sandy Lane, Robe $699,000 - $729,000 Karyn Prelc 3 2 6 5 acres (approx) HOME AND ACREAGE 7 Shanks Street, Penola $325,000 - $340,000 Karyn Prelc 4 1 4 12 Pearce Crescent, Mt Gambier $270,000 Wendy Flint 3 1 5 9 Morphett Terace, Tarpeena $295,000 - $315,000 Jason Malseed 3 1 1-2/25 Power Street, Mt Gambier $750,000 - $775,000 Wendy Flint 5 3 4 1 Oak Avenue, Lucindale $285,000 - $295,000 Karyn Prelc 4 2 4 76 Wehl Street South, Mt Gambier $799,000 - $849,000 Jason Malseed 4 3 20 NEWPRICE
138 Church Street, Penola 765m2 (approx) Expressions of Interest Karyn Prelc LAND 29 Compton Street, Pt MacDonnell $430 per week To apply 4 2 4 FOR LEASE Jason 0419 032 795 Wendy 0468 692 993 Nadene 8724 9999 Kathy 8733 1989 Naomi 8724 9999 Sam 8724 9999 Olivia 8724 9999 Katie 8724 9999 18 Stiles Street, Mt Gambier Highest & Best Offers Wendy Flint 3 1 3 157 Bahgallah Road, Casterton Contact Agent Karyn Prelc 4 2 7 HOME AND ACREAGE 8.5 acres (approx) EDI Tree and Garden Business For Sale $400,000 Wendy Flint BUSINESS 64A Wehl Street North, Mt Gambier 1,272m2 (approx) $165,000 Wendy Flint LAND 26&28 McCourt Street, Millicent $295,000 Wendy Flint 6 2 2 2/25 Power Street, Mt Gambier $350 per week To apply 2 1 2 FOR LEASE 2/113 Sturt Street, Mt Gambier $280 per week To apply 2 1 FOR LEASE 126 North Terrace, Mt Gambier 2,215m2 (approx) $369,000 Wendy Flint LAND 119 Roach Road, Lucindale 27x12m Shed | 4 acres (approx) $300,000 - $330,000 Jason Malseed LAND Sand Mine, Comaum 12.26ha approx up to 10m deep $550,000 Karyn Prelc MINING OPPORTUNITY

Have you noticed that all the public holidays relate to things that people disagree with, are offended by, or that are no longer politically correct. Cancel culture has now moved onto trying to cancel public holidays.

Now let me just start by saying that I do understand people objecting to Australia Day and wanting to change the date. Celebrating the day when Europeans arrived in Australia and set about destroying the hundreds of Indigenous nations that had existed in Australia for thousands of years, on top of systematically killing Aboriginal people, separating children from their parents, and all of the other things that have happened since then, does seem a little crass. So I don’t have an

issue with moving Australia Day and exploring what we want to celebrate and focus this day on.

Having said that I’m just a bit worried that we’re going to end up with no public holidays if we get rid of everything that offends people. I don’t know about you, but I like public holidays. Think about it.

Apart from the very offensive Australia Day, we have the public holidays focused on the carpenter from two thousand-ish years ago, namely Good Friday, Easter Monday and Christmas Day. These ones have become controversial due to the fact they are focused on one religion. Not everyone believes in this religion. Why should they be forced to celebrate a faith that has no relevance to their life? In a world where we have to be tolerant of all beliefs, some people think that schools shouldn’t be talking about this Christian festival, and we shouldn’t be decorating public spaces for a religion that only a small group of people believe in.

I’m all for people making the decision that they don’t want to celebrate these Christian festivals. Each to their own. But on the flip side let people have their beliefs and respect that.

I’m wondering if the way to get more people on board with these holidays might be to change Christmas to Baby Day. In this way you can celebrate the baby Jesus if he’s your guy, or any other baby you want if you’re not a Christian. You could celebrate your child,

your neighbour’s child, your mum and dad’s amazing child. Everyone’s a winner.

Likewise we could change Easter Friday to Dead People’s Day. If you’re a fan of Jesus you spend the day thinking how sad you are about his passing. Otherwise you think about your favourite dead person. Your grandma. Your oldest friend Gary who ate too much saturated fat and didn’t take the advice of his doctors to cut back. Maybe a celebrity who had some impact on you. Elvis Presley. Darren “Pants” Millane. Shane Warne. Olivia Newton-John.

Easter Sunday could be changed to Comeback Day. Again, if you’re a follower of Christ you keep celebrating his great comeback from the dead. If you’re not, you concentrate on a great comeback that has some relevance to you. Think about Australia 2 being 3-1 behind in the 1983 best of seven America’s Cup and coming back to a famous victory. How about Michael Bevan leading Australia to an incredible win against the West Indies in a one dayer in 1996 after being six wickets for 38 chasing 173. Carlton beating Collingwood in the 1970 Grand Final after being 44 points down at half time.

Suddenly we’d all be able to enjoy these previously Christian festivals in the way that suits us best…except if you’re a Jehovah’s Witness. They don’t celebrate anything do they?

Next public holiday on the chopping block will be Monarch’s Day, formerly known as the

Queen’s Birthday Holiday, prior to Her Majesty kicking the bucket. With half of the country (heaps more actually) wanting Australia to abandon our connections with the monarchy, this holiday no longer has relevance. Maybe we could change this one to Family Day. Haven’t we been reminded recently that the royals are a family, just like our families. There was a crazy, old, racist grandpa. The whingey little younger brother who wants everything to go his way. The dirty uncle who should be in jail. Sounding more and more like your family, right?

We’ve already been trying to get rid of the Adelaide Cup Holiday, because it really has no importance to anyone outside of Adelaide. And let’s be honest. Noone in Adelaide even cares. Only 5500 people attended last year, or 0.003 of South Australia’s 1.8 million population. But if we renamed it Animal Day, we’re all on board right? Celebrate your pets. Spend some time doing something to protect endangered species. r if all else fails enjoy a delicious steak.

Labour Day’s time must be nearly up. A day that celebrates workers being exploited so that “the man” can get rich on their blood, sweat and tears. Let’s just flip that one to Holiday Day; a day that celebrates not working.

Boxing Day might be in trouble because not everyone likes cricket.

I’m still a big fan of a public holiday that celebrates how important

Test Match cricket is, but also understand that not everyone appreciates a sport that takes five days to reach a conclusion. This one is an incredibly significant day so rather than change it we should just put anyone who doesn’t understand the importance of cricket into a re-education camp.

ANZAC Day would have to offend someone in some way. Keep in mind that this is the day that commemorates over 11 000 Australian and New Zealand young men being needlessly sent to their deaths in a poorly executed military campaign that failed spectacularly. Maybe we could rename that one Gutless Leadership Day, recognising the old blokes who sat smoking pipes while someone else did the hard work. Everyone can send an angry email to someone who has thrown them under the bus at some point in their life.

If you’re offended by anything here, particularly my general ignorance, email me at

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Upcoming bull sales

Strong herd performance

Weeran Angus has invested heavily in industry leading genetics

The team at Weeran Angus are super excited with the lift in the herd’s performance figures across the program, which are coming through very strongly with this run of Autumn sale bulls.

Weeran has invested in industry leading genetics using high performance ai sires, with an exciting run of sale bulls by Chiltern Park Moe, Baldridge Compass, Sydgen Enhance and Musgrave Exclusive.

There is also a line of very impressive bulls by TeMania

with calving ease. We also pride ourselves on exemplary temperament across our herd. We have backed this up by purchasing four new walking sires for our program with Lawsons Momentum Q85 having his first sons in this sale, and in the future we will see Landfall Mainland Q494, Waitiara Quidditch Q43 and Dunoon Quambatook Q317 progeny. The larger herd, and therefore higher sale bull numbers ensures there is a large cross section of genetics, and


Mount Gambier Angus Bulls

Wrattenbullie Poll Herefords


Tugulawa Simmental Stud


Limestone Coast Combined

Stock & Land Beef Week

Field Day • Mountt Gambier


Friday 3rd February 8.30am

Rellum Farms Field Day

Friday 3rd February

Mount Gambier Limousins

Field Day

Friday 3rd February

Warrawindi Farms Field Day

Monday 6th February


Thursday February 9th

Granite Ridge Angus Stud

Friday 10th February @ 12noon (SA Time)

Goolagong Santa & Angus

Stud Friday

Friday 10th February (Reedy Creek) & Friday 17th February 1pm (Warnertown)

Bonnydale Black Simmentals

Monday 13th March @ 1pm(WST) Bridgetown WA

Sterita Park Angus

Monday 13th February 4pm

Lucindale SA

Yerwal Estate Simmentals

Monday 13th February

@10.30am Lucindale South

Nampara Pastoral Co Tuesday

Tuesday14th February on property


Wednesday 15th February

Keith SA

Glatz Black Angus Wednesday 15th February @11.30am

Avenue Range SA

Boonaroo Angus Friday

February 17th 11.30am (Vic Time)

Oak Downs

Friday February 17th

Glendan Park Herefords & Adameluca Angus

Friday 24th February @ 1pm

Lindsay Murray Greys

Tuesday 28th February @ 11.30am (Pigeon Ponds)

Weeran Angus

Tuesday February 28th @1pm


Naracoorte Shorthorn Bull Sale

Thursday 16th March

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We are excited to be again presenting 100 performance bulls, both Herdbook and APR, for our annual Autumn sale on Tuesday 28th February, at 1pm. We invite you to come along to our Beef Week Field day on Friday 3rd February, to inspect our sale line up by Baldridge Compass, TeMania Perique, Sydgen Enhance, Chiltern Park Moe, Hazeldean F1023, Coonamble Hector, Weeran VHWQ15 by Lawsons Momentous, Musgrave Exclusive, Lawsons Momentum Q85 and Witherswood Bronc. Along with this, our first Murdeduke Quarterback sons

will be for sale. You will not be disappointed. We have been watching these young guns since they hit the ground, and we get more excited every week!

Genomics is giving the most accurate information for each bull, and it’s great to know that the information we are presenting on each bull is honest and shows true integrity in our program! Every calf is tagged and weighed at birth….935 calves in 2022! Dick Whale has just gone through every bull and graded them up, and it is very pleasing to see how well they are looking for phenotype and structure with the backing of excellent performance ebv’s. Following the successful introduction of online bidding with Elite Livestock Auctions, we will continue to run the live simulcast with Elite. With Brandon Sykes running the online video component of the sale, and Elite running the live feed, it is covering all bases and giving everybody around the country an opportunity to participate in the sale.

For further updates, please follow the Weeran Angus program on Facebook and Instagram. If you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list, please call Jo Moore on 0429 787258.

Mark your calendar:

Date: 17th February

Venue: Oak Downs – via Bordertown , SA

Sale Format: Helmsman System


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Upcoming bull sales

All about the service at Bonnydale

Black Simmentals in the spotlight


Mount Gambier Angus Bulls

Wrattenbullie Poll Herefords


Tugulawa Simmental Stud


Limestone Coast Combined

Stock & Land Beef Week

Field Day • Mountt Gambier


Friday 3rd February 8.30am

Rellum Farms Field Day

Friday 3rd February

Mount Gambier Limousins

Field Day

Friday 3rd February

Warrawindi Farms Field Day

Monday 6th February


Thursday February 9th

Granite Ridge Angus Stud

Friday 10th February @ 12noon (SA Time)

Goolagong Santa & Angus

Stud Friday

Friday 10th February (Reedy Creek) & Friday 17th February 1pm (Warnertown)

Bonnydale Black Simmentals

Monday 13th March @ 1pm(WST) Bridgetown WA

Sterita Park Angus

Monday 13th February 4pm

Lucindale SA

Yerwal Estate Simmentals

Monday 13th February

@10.30am Lucindale South

Nampara Pastoral Co Tuesday

Tuesday14th February on property


Wednesday 15th February

Keith SA

Glatz Black Angus Wednesday 15th February @11.30am

Avenue Range SA

Boonaroo Angus Friday

February 17th 11.30am (Vic Time)

Oak Downs

Friday February 17th

Glendan Park Herefords & Adameluca Angus

Friday 24th February @ 1pm

Lindsay Murray Greys

Tuesday 28th February @ 11.30am (Pigeon Ponds)

Weeran Angus

Tuesday February 28th @1pm


Naracoorte Shorthorn Bull Sale

Thursday 16th March

Naracoorte SA (Bundaleer, Nentoura, Caskieben) magazines/beef-bull/

Celebrating 100 years of Taege engineering excellence & their range of ground breaking farm machinery

operated by the Introvigne family, is based near Bridgetown, Western Australia and supplies Black Simmental and Simangus bulls to all states of Australia. A key component of the bull supply is the offer of free delivery Australia wide. Free delivery together with an unprecedented level of after sales service has seen bull sales grow exponentially. Satisfied customers keep returning to purchase outstanding genetics that deliver performance from calving ease right through to exceptional growth and carcase performance and maternal excellence.

The Western Australian operation, of 1300 females is based near Bridgetown in the Blackwood River Valley region of the southwest of the state where 600 registered Black Simmental and Simangus females form the seedstock operation which provides the bulk of the bull sales. The Introvigne family also operate Bonnydale QLD in partnership with Jake Berghofer and Emma Patterson at Barambahdale and Moffatdale. Nearly 400 registered Black Simmental, Superblack and Brangus females help supply an ever-growing demand for Bonnydale branded bulls which in 2023 will exceed sales of 300.

In 2023 Bonnydale will conduct its 27th Annual On-Property Bull Sale in Bridgetown on Monday 13th March. On Offer will be 85 exceptional Black Simmental and Simangus bulls that promise to deliver superior performance. In addition, over 100 bulls will make the journey to the Queensland operation for sale later in 2023.

Bonnydale utilises IGS through the American Simmental Association and was one of the early adopters of this world leading performance database. Every registered animal, including all bulls, has been DNA parent verified and carries comprehensive Genomic Enhanced EPD’s. The breeding objectives have been developed to deliver an efficient cow herd that can wean heavy, market suited weaners year in year out. A strict seven-week mating ensures

as part of the efficiency dividend.

An alliance with Willie Altenburg’s, ASR Ranch in Colorado, USA has underpinned the development of an elite cow herd via the annual supply of embryos. Due to his retirement Willie sold the herd in its entirety to Triangle J Simmentals where the alliance with continue under the stewardship of principle Darby Line. Triangle J Ranch is noted for providing the Simmental breed with exceptional AI sires both in the USA and Australia.

Bonnydale sired calves are providing outstanding results in all facets of the beef production supply chain. Clients regularly report exceptional weaning weights compared to other breeds. The additional proof is in the downstream performance, at the feedlot and off grass where Bonnydale genetics, particularly Simangus calves are excelling in the delivery PCAS grassfed yearlings and have become PCAS preferred for Woolworths WA grassfed beef program.

The performance of Bonnydale genetics in feedlots is well known, be it reduced days on feed, feed conversion, performance and carcase compliance or reduced animal health costs, these all provide for a more profitable feeding scenario.

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This year Taege is celebrating 100 years of engineering excellence, with more Australian farmers enjoying the benefits of this Kiwi manufacturer’s range of ground breaking farm machinery.

Designed for the rugged conditions of New Zealand, Taege products are a perfect fit for Australian farms.

Taege Engineering offer a diverse range of air seeders, direct drill seeders, cultivators, tyre rollers and hoppers – all of which are available through Australian distributor Gendore Tractors and Machinery.

Gendore Managing Director Derek Genoni has seen Australian farmers take a liking to Taege products, particularly the air seeders and direct drills.

“Taege’s seeder design is unique, with tungsten points mounted to vibrating ‘S’ tynes that are set on a specific angle to ensure the tyne buries itself in the ground,” Derek explained.

“The tyne goes up and down over contours independently of the frame, jumping rocks and following banks and hollows in a way that other tine drills simply can’t achieve.

“It cuts through trash and hard compacted ground to plant the seed at a consistent depth, creating a perfect seed bed for superior germination and moisture retention.”

Derek also says working speed over the paddock can be up to 25% faster with a Taege.

“You can only do that with a machine that follows the contours,” he explained.

“It is an exceptionally good product, designed to deliver superior performance in all conditions.”

Cameron Hill runs a fat lamb enterprise at Winchelsea in Victoria. He purchased a new AS480 (4.8m) Taege Air Seeder in April this year. He says the machine proved to be a “perfect fit” for their business. The narrow spacing, under 121mm, resulted in better ground cover and more feed for the sheep.

“I’m really happy with the germination and accuracy of the machine,” says Cameron.

“We have sown Phalaris at 12 to 14 kilograms down to 3 to 3.5 kilograms, and have been sowing ryegrass at 25 kilograms, which is pretty well spot on.

“We are probably getting an extra 10 or 12 hectares a day compared to the 3.5m drill. The boxes are a little bit bigger too, so the machine is not stopped for as long.”

To find out more about the range of Taege farm machinery and to find your nearest dealer, visit


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February 4

French onion chicken salad

2 thick slices (about 200g) sourdough bread, cut into 2.5cm pieces

11/2 tbsp olive oil

40g (1/2 cup) coarsely grated cheddar

200g rindless bacon rashers, coarsely chopped

130g (1/2 cup) sour cream

125g (1/2 cup) whole egg mayonnaise

1/2 x 35g pkt French Onion Simmer Soup Salt Reduced


February 7

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1/2 iceberg lettuce, leaves separated, torn

60g baby spinach

320g pkt tomato medley mix, halved

1 Lebanese cucumber, halved lengthways, thinly sliced diagonally

2 cooked chicken breast fillets, thinly sliced

2 green shallots, thinly sliced



First and foremost is the opportunity to make a positive impression at your sale. And what better way to do this than a sale facility that reflects the quality of your stud and livestock!

With a strong industry and consumer focus on animal comfort, being able to keep your cattle calm, comfortable and out of the weather is another drawcard.

And this makes working conditions safer and more enjoyable for you and your staff too!

Most on-farm sale facilities are also versatile and multi-purpose investments.

These are just some of the reasons industry leaders like Angus Seedstock Operation and long-term Action Steel customer, Banquet Angus are investing in infrastructure for their on-farm sales.

Action Steel worked in with the yard supplier to design and build an impressive 51m x 27m x 4.5m sale shed and yard cover for Banquet Angus.

The yard cover was designed to work in seamlessly with new cattle yards. The southern wall is enclosed to provide protection from the prevailing weather, and wall vents and sliding doors provide airflow through the facility when needed.

Like many other custom build sale venues, the project is very versatile, with the cattle yard cover able to be used as part of the general farm operation going forward. The sale arena can also be used for machinery storage.

To learn more about this project, or to see other examples of Action Steel farm shed builds, visit

And if you are looking to cover your cattle yards or upgrade your shedding, talk to the team at Action Steel!

Action Steel specialises in building heavy-duty farm sheds for livestock and cropping enterprises across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.


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Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place bread, in a single layer, on prepared tray. Drizzle over 1 tbsp oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the bread is golden and crisp. Set aside to cool. Separate croutons. Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook bacon, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until golden. Place sour cream, mayonnaise, soup mix and lemon juice in a small jug. Season. Stir to combine. Place lettuce, spinach, tomato, cucumber, chicken and croutons in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle over sour cream mixture and top with shallot to serve.

Garlic chicken noodles

400g dried thin spaghetti

2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve

2 Chicken Breasts

2 zucchini, peeled into ribbons

1 baby fennel, shaved

1 garlic clove, crushed

Grated orange rind

Chopped fresh dill


Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Meanwhile, heat

1 tablespoon of the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cook the chicken for 5 minutes each side or until cooked through. Slice. Heat remaining oil in the pan. Cook zucchini, fennel and garlic for 1 to 2 minutes until soft. Toss with chicken, spaghetti, orange rind and dill. Serve drizzled with a little extra oil.

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McFadden goes back to back in King’s Challenge

Bumper crowd head to Borderline

A huge crowd, frenetic racing and a pseudo hometown victory made for a successful King’s Challenge at the Borderline Speedway on Australia Day.

James McFadden, who is married to a Mount Gambier local, took the chequered flag, defying a strong challenge from rising star Jock Goodyer, to make it back to back King’s Challenge titles.

A regular visitor to the sprintcar circuit on both sides of the border over he summer break, the US based driver is driving for the newly formed Hodges Motorsport – a team with its sights set firmly on taking the weekend’s Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at Warrnambool – with high profile honours including Jack Riewoldt, Scott Mclaughlin, Gerard Whateley and the brains of the operation –Tim Hodges.

Organisers admit they were somewhat caught on the hop with the size of the Australia Day crowd at the Borderline but in the end, president Cary Jennings (below) said everyone rolled up their sleeves to ensure a successful event.

“The crowd was massive – I can’t remember it being that big since maybe when we hosted the Australian Titles for sprintcars,” Jennings said. “The atmosphere was amazing. The carpark was full and so was the paddock we borrowed as another carpark across the road. We expected about 3000 and we had over 5000 people there.”

And while that is huge for the local Borderline Speedway coffers, it is also a boon for Mount Gambier businesses.

“They had to fuel up with petrol, had to stay somewhere and spend some money in Mount Gambier, especially at the hospitality venues,” Jennings said. “We give them a good program, and a great night’s racing and they go home satisfied.”

Avalon organisers were also caught off guard with the size of their crowd as well as part of the

Cricket results

on Australia Day

Barber Shield West Gambier 1st innings 232 (J. Blackwell 73; S. Willis 32; N.

Gunawardana 28; B. Stephenson 25; I. Mulraney 4/50; D. Kenny 3/53; E. Fisher 2/64) & 2nd innings 4/99 d North Sportsman’s 100 (H. Fisher 35; E. Fisher 22; S. Willis 5/23; T. Badman 3/12; K. Chapman 2/12)

South Gambier 231 (S. Easterbrook 41; D. Loupos 37; J. Sims 35; M. Sims 32; J. Opie 28no.; M. Waters 4/53; Z. Zema 2/31) d Penola 199 (D. Clayfield 83no.; M. Waters 32; M. Smith 27; J. Kuhl 3/31; E. Geary 2/15; C. Jorgenson 2/22).

East Gambier 1st innings 154 (E. Marks 72; N. Walters 3/35; L. Gibbs 3/37;

W. Rowland 3/10) & 2nd innings 154 (A. Hentschke 80; E. Marks 46; H. Hicks 4/14; J. Sanders 3/57) d Mil Lel 97 (J. Miller 18ret.; A. Hentschke 5/53;

E. Marks 2/17; C. Little 2/1) & 2nd innings 0/20

Crouch Shield

Gambier Centrals 9dec/234 (B. Collins 44; D. Barrett 38; J. Thompson

33no.; R. Flamank 2/37; J. Lawrence 2/20; C. Lynch 2/5) d East Gambier

1st innings 145 (A. Schultz 49; D. Whitehorn 40; K. Riseley 4/49; I. Czaban

3/8; B. Barker 2/46) & 6/192 (R. Flamank 62; M. Fox 3/64)

West Gambier 1st innings 2dec/99 ((J. Judd 30; C. Biddle 24no) & 2nd innings 4/75 d Kongorong 1st innings 94 (A. Maidment 31; L. Brown 3/25) & 2nd innings 159 (no details available)

South Gambier 1st innings 75 (B. Geary 25; M. Sims 22; S. Megaw 5/32; T. Grigg 3/6) & 2nd innings 2/108 (A. Kuhl 49no.) d Mil Lel 1st innings 62 (B. Whicker 5/11; K. Maxwell 2/0) & 2nd innings 132 (M. Little 39no.)

Glencoe 1st innings 257 (C. Hill 58; L. Von Duve 42; J. Matthews 40; M. Walters 2/48; S. Fisher 2/54) & 2nd innings 8/202 d North Sportsman’s 1st innings 186 (D. Carraill 47; S. Fisher 33; S. Fennell 4/46; J. Matthews 2/11; M. Crowe 2/8)

Cox Bros Shield

Kalangadoo 206 (S. Casey 57; A. Carter 36; H. Evans 32; C. King 4/86; E. Williams 2/64; S. McCourt 2/37) d Gambier Centrals 1st innings 151 (L. Rainey 47; S. McCourt 35; E. Williams 22; C. King 21; B. Newton 4/33; A. Stone 4/43;) & 2nd innings 3/129 (E. Williams 57no)

Mil Lel 1st innings 209 (B. Lawson 52; K. Mulraney 43; M. McGrath 4/59; C/ Vine 2/13) d Glencoe 1st innings 119 (M. Haase 35; C. Hicks 3/18; T. Virtanen 2/7) & 2nd innings 2/41

O’Donoghue Shield

South Gambier 7/200 (E. Geary 47ret.; J. Kuhl 44ret.; J. Geary 25no.; J. Prior 3/14; P. Dycer 2/24) d West Gambier 111 (J. Prior 37; F. Skeer 28no.; R. Case 18; A. Milich 5/8; J. Sims 2/11)

East Gambier 1st innings 9/186 (A. Clarke 66; R. Lawrence 36no.; L. Richards 24; T. Bel l3/16; C. Carson 2/11; H. Hicks 2/13) d Mil Lel 1st innings 65 (T. Grigg 28; L. Richards 3/7; A. Clarke 2/13) & 2nd innings 64 (R. Clarke 5/18; C. Richards 3/3; L. Richards 2/16)

Hall Trophy

West Gambier 7/126 (B. Noble 30ret.; T. Richards 20ret.; B. Catlin 3/11) d Penola/Naracoorte 53 (J. McClure, B. Watson 12; T. Richards 3/7; N/ Fox 2/7; J. Hewlett 2/2)

Speed Week extravaganza that wound up at Premier Speedway in Warrnambool for the three day 50th anniversary Grand Annual Classic.

“We don’t really know why the crowds were so good but we think it is a combination of things, including people really starting to get out and about and travelling more,” Jennings said.

“All we know is it was so pleasing to see the amount of people coming to support Mount Gambier and the Borderline Speedway and spending money in Mount Gambier.”

No doubt the drivers need credit for the outstanding night of racing on Australia Day but also the track condition, which was receiving plaudits left, right and centre, especially from neighbouring track officials, including Portland and Hamilton officials.

“People were saying it was the best track they had seen in a long time,” Jennings said. “To

hear how good people think the track is makes you proud that you are doing something right and it comes back to the years and years of experience of Bill Barrows and his crew and it is no surprise the final was run at a blistering pace.”

Lap times just over the 11 second mark were recorded in the title decider.

“That is getting around the track very quickly,” Jennings said.

In the end, 66 cars contested the King’s Challenge, the Borderline’s premier stand alone event, and the wingless sprints, who will be back for the February 18 meetings, putting on a good show as well.

Rain affected night two of the Warrnambool racing, with organisers racing the clock to finish night two’s action Sunday afternoon before still looking to run the night three program as scheduled.

Mil Lel 6/199 (H. Hicks 50ret.; R. Grigg 23ret.; R. Lucas 23; K. Mulraney 22ret.; O. McCracken 18; C. Feetom 2/24) d South Gambier 1st innings 54 (T. Horbury 2/2; O. McCracken 2/18) & 2nd innings 5/15 (K. Mulraney 2/2; L. Cameron 2/0)

Millicent 208 (T. Lawlor 49; R. Lindner 29; N. Fitzgerald 19) d Mount Burr 88 (N. Wright 26; N. Fitzgerald 3/3) Sims Shield

Millicent 5/187 (O. Nicholls 53ret.; T. Lowe 32no.; P. Duldig 31ret.; H, Batt 2/9; J. Lambert 2/22) d Penola 4/126 (J. Manninen 25ret.; W. Harris 21ret.)

Mount Burr 2dec./154 d North Sportsman’s 6dec./25

Mil Lel 3/127 (H. Virtanen 27ret.; T. Cox 15ret.; B. Carter 13ret.) d Kongorong 6/89 (Z. Angelino 36)

South Gambier 8/134 (A. Sims 24; J. Clayfield 22ret.; A. Smith 18ret.; K. Rainey 2/9) d Gambier Centrals 6/100 (I. Thami 15no.; C. Howard 2/2)

Pennant bowls results

Ladies Pennant Division One

Millicent Blue 45/6 d Kingston 43/2; Port MacDonnell 49/8 d Penola Red 33/0; Mount Gambier RSL Red 54/6 d Millicent 48/2; Penola Blue 63/8 d Mount Gambier RSL Blue 34/0

Division Two Naracoorte 63/8 d Lucindale 38/0; Robe 58/6 d Beachport 40/2; Port MacDonnell 45/8 d Beachport Blue 42/0; Naracoorte RSL 50/8 d Mount Gambier 32/0

Division Three



Central & Tigers continue to dominate

Minor premiership all but sewn up with six rounds to play in Mount Gambier baseball

Friday night baseball saw Central play host to South under the bright lights of Blue Lake Sports Park. Ethan Chuck was given the job for Central letting big cousin Dylan rest his arm. Chuck didn’t disappoint, and took the game by storm.

Central had control of the game from the get go, with a four run first followed by a three run second. South battled hard and the future stars in Declan Habner and Tarkyn Morale lead from the front for the Indians but they just weren’t good enough on a night that Central all but locked up the minor premiership with six weeks left to play in the home and away season.

The final score was Centrals17 to South 6. Dylan Chuck was player if the game with four safe hits.

Saturday afternoon it was Tigers v Federals and Federals looked on song early. Tigers coach Karl Ransom took the mound in what would be his 350th senior appearance in the orange and black.

Federals got the first run of the game and held Tigers but Ransom was finding his grove on the mound. After five innings it was still close, Tigers were leading by just two runs but Jesse Foster and Matt Thompson we’re about to click the turbo button and they blew the game to pieces with a four run sixth and and six run seventh to make the game a 13 to two ball game. Ransom finished the match with 16 strikeouts on the hill, whilst Jesse Foster and Alex Reppin had three hits each.



Tigers 13 (J.Foster, A.Reppin 3; B.Marcus, M.Thompson 2; J.Powell, P. Kermond, K.Ransom) d Federals 2 (C.Carpenter, R.Hutchesson 2; M.Nicholls, C.Nicholls, T.Miller, D.Searcy)

Central 17 (D.Chuck 4; A.Ridding 3; N.Meinck, M.Cutting, E.Chuck 2; D.Gull, B.Lynagh) d South 6 (B.Nash, T.Morale, D.Habner, R.Placcuci, R.Parsons)


South 8 drew with Tigers 8


Tigers 19 d South 8; Central 13 d Central Magpies 1


South 13 d Tigers 6


Central 19 d South 2; Tigers 7 d South 6


Central 10 lost to Federals 12; South 9 d Tigers 8


Central 7 d Federals 6

Plenty of big hits on the softball diamond

Mount Gambier Softball League enjoys some strong batting as finals approach

Saturday’s first game of the day saw Wanderers take on Warriors in an entertaining game.

Wanderers hitting was strong throughout with seven extra base hits in their 13 safe hits for the day managing to out hit Warriors who

managed six collectively.

For Warriors it was Bec White and Clare Chaplin who shone managing to hit safely twice each whilst for Wanderers their best at the plate were Lily Clifford-Finch, Fiona Finch and Rej Smith all

picking up three safe hits each.

With Wanderers hitting well, they managed to take a seven nil lead through the first three innings until Warriors were able to peg it back with three of there own in the top of the third.

Unfortunately for Warriors, there wasn’t much more to come on the score board as the hitting dried up and managed only one more run for the game.

A slice of luck went Charli Kaigg’s way which led to her achieving her first triple for the season as did Finch.

However the highlight of the day with the bat was the inside the park home run which was ripped down the left field line off the bat of Clifford-Finch, that was where she could really show off her speed and make it home safely.

Warriors third base Ange Queale (pictured right) was outstanding all day at the corner pulling off three ripping plays, all from hard hit balls but she saved the best for last with a catch off a line drive and turned it in to a double play singlehandedly.

Erin Chaplin was solid on the mound for Warriors, pitching the entire game, as was mith doing the same for Wanderers with both managing minimal walks and a couple of strike outs each.

In the end Wanderers hitting was just too strong on the day finishing

up winners 14 to 4.

The other match was another classic Concordes versus Concordes round with White bringing Sonia Wilson out of retirement to take three lovely catches at second for her side.

It was a tight encounter early on with the defence holding sway, with United also showing off some lovely fielding work to keep White scoreless.

Sarah Thomson took a dive catch after running in from a deep second and there was a beautiful team combo from first and third Bec Von Duve and Leonie McCallum.

United was able to get a run on the board in the second thanks to an RBI triple to Dana Jones (pictured left) that scored Narelle Walker. They then put on three more in the fourth thanks to four consecutive safe hits from Jones, Thompson, McCallum and Codie Jackway.

Walker crossed the plate for a second time in the last innings

to see the final result a victory to United 5-0 in a good spirited encounter.


Monthly Medal competitions for the ladies get underway at the Blue Lake Golf Club

With the start of the trophy events for 2023, the women at the Blue Lake Golf Club relished in the warm, mild conditions taking to the fairways for the first of nine monthly medals played in stroke format.

Life member Judy Collins was the medal sponsor and the recipient was Rosemary Martland.

Martland also collected the division one prize voucher with a top score of 86/13/73 from two consistent nines of 43 strokes apiece.

Her front nine featured par’s on the 1st, 2nd and 6th holes, back nine pars on 11th, 15th and 6th. A double bogey on the par three 5th and on the 17th and 18th were her only blemishes on an otherwise good card.

Three month visitor from South Africa Elca Faure would have been pleased with her efforts for her second to last hit on the Blue Lake course before heading home next week.

Faure played off 15 also having two consistent nines of 45 each (90/75) with pars on 3rd, 5th, 9th, 11th along with double bogeys on 4th, 12th and 15th taking second place. Helen Myers was the third placegetter 98/20/78 after a countback from Lee-Anne Medhurst 102/24/78.

Unfortunately the top scorers in Divison Two all struggled with a little bit too much red ink on their scorecards.

Lyn Annand was the first over the finish line posting 109/34/75.

Pars on the 5th and 9th holes helped keep her score to 52 strokes on the front nine blowing out a little on the back with 57.

Following was Jaynee Oberer

winning the second place voucher signing for 110/33/77 with a par included on the par five 4th hole and splits of 55/55. 3rd on the podium was Lucy Richards 110/32/78 beating Jo Gogan, Lyn

Gill and Bev Pascoe in a four-way countback all posting nett 78.

Nearest to the pin 2nd shot winners on the par three 16th were Josie Ashby (Div 1) and Jo Gogan (Div 2). The pro-shot winner was

Ashby on the 5th. Martland and Oberer were the best wth the flat stick with least putts winning a ball each. Lesley McPherson won two chocolate bar vouchers for her birdie/ferret on the 14th.

Wednesday, February 1, is the Sorrentos Cafe sponsored Summer Trophy 1st round played in stroke format.



With conditions warm it was the early morning golfers benefiting from a cooler start. Carol Megaw had a day to cheer about signing for +4 just pipping Helen Stratford who was another pleased with her +3 score. 3rd place went to Lyn Annand signing for +2 followed by Cherryl Hill and Karen Panagopoulos both tied at all square. Megaw won the nearest to the pin and Stratford the BB9 score.


1 Helen Myers (3rd), Elca Faure (2nd), Monthly Medal and Division 1 winner Rosemary Martland with Division 2 Lucy Richards (2nd), Josie Ashby (nearest to pin & pro-shot winner)

Millicent Bowls Club Annual Open Fours goes to Bowering, Baxter, Dunnicliff & Hann

On January 25 the Millicent Bowls Club held their Annual Mac-Ford/KCA day with 40 players taking part.

The competition was played over three games of 12 ends, starting at 9.30am.

The overall winner with a score of 83points went to Derek Bowering, Bob Baxter, Peter Dunnicliff and Eddie Hann.

In second place with a score of 82.5 was the team of Aaron Emonson, Sarah Ross, Glen Tilley and Steve Carnellor.

Third place, with a score of 71.5, was the team of Peter Scanlon, Peter Varcoe, Peter Bateman and John Eldridge and in fourth place with a score of 63.5 was Neil Whelan, Peter Hyland, Ian Ross and Faye Hill.

Also getting a prize for the day were the first, second and third game best winners. First game winners this went to John Scudds, Lyn Scudds, Iain Campbell and Mary Campbell. Best second game winners went to Malcolm Wright, Arthur O’Connell’ Dirk Pietersma and Rob Chambers and the best third game winner went to David Reichelt, Frank Cooper, Garth Baker and Arnold Damhuis.

At the end of the day all players enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea and a well earned rest.

Dez Pietersma (Mac Ford), Eddie Hann, Peter Dunnicliff, Bob Baxter & Derek Bowering
FOURS RUNNERS UP: Glen Tilley, Dez Pietersma (Mac Ford) ,Aaron Emonson, Sarah Ross & Steve Carnellor
THIRD PLACE: Dez Pietersma (Mac Ford), Peter Bateman, John Eldridge, Peter Scanlon & Peter Varcoe
FOURTH PLACE: Ian Ross, Dez Pietersma (Mac Ford), Neil Whelan & Faye Hill

Honouring Herb

Millicent Bowls Club holds its annual Australia Day competition

The Millicent Bowls Club held its annual Memorial Open Men’s Fours on Australia Day, with 30 teams, with 120 players attending the competition. Teams came from as far away as Nhill.

Before going out to play tournament director Derek Pietersma welcomed all players and requested Millicent bowls member John Buhlmann to lead all in signing the Australian anthem.

The competiton was played over three games with one of 15 ends before sitting down to a catered lunch and the two games of 12 ends after lunch then coming in for a lovely afternoon tea, before the results were announced.

There were five teams winning all three games.

Coming in, in first place was a team from Port MacDonnell, including Adam Wilson, Glenn Wright, Tim Wrightson and Keith Dowdell, with 84.5 points.

In second was a team from Naracoorte with 83.5+18 shots, including Ian Williams, Ron Garton, Graham East and Jeff East.

In third place was a home club team with John Drew, David Crase, Denis Clifford and Brian Goode also with 83.5 points but nine shots up and in fourth place was the team from Nhill with one Millicent member, Frank Cooper, alongisde Trevor Merrett, Rod Cook and Mal Merrett.

HERB HENDERSON WINNERS: (Top right) Adam Wilson, Glenn Wright, Tim Wrightson & Keith Dowdell

HERB HENDERSON RUNNERS UP: (Bottom right) Ian Williams, Ron Garton, Graham East & Jeff East

THIRD PLACED TEAM: (Below left) Brian Goode, David Crase, John Drew & Denis Clifford

FOURTH PLACED TEAM: (Below right) Rob Cook, Mal Merrett, Trevor Merrett & Frank Cooper

More than $8500 raised for Robe2Recovery at Australia Day bowls event

A very successful day was held at the Robe Bowling Club on Australia Day for the Robe2Recovery. A free bbq and pie floaters greeted the players and onlookers when they arrived, supplied by the R2R committee as a thank you to the Robe township and sponsors for their support. The rinks were full with 64 players and many onlookers showing their support. A monster raffle was drawn with meat supplied by Ogilvies and Thomas Foods.

The winners of the bowls were Josh Waddell, David Fenton, Nox Deboo and Mick Foord and runner up Rob Lawrie, Jodie and Alan Morrison and Dean Nankivell.

The raffle raised more than $7000 and with donations from the fisherman and bowling club more than $8500 was raised.

ROBE2RECOVERY BOWLS DAY WINNERS: David Fenton, Nox Deboo & Mick Foord.

Absent: Josh Waddell


Pairs championships decided at the Bay

The Port MacDonnell Bowling Club’s Ladies Championship Pairs, sponsored by C Doddridge/L Vanderley, had eight pairs nominate for a 12 end knock out

Heather Richards and Carol Schmidt defeated Jennie Tilley and Judith Grosvenor in the first round then defeated Roma Henderson and Shirley Taylor to advance to the final, Elaine Pruis and Lyn Vanderley defeated ulie Beaman and Elaine Hutchesson in the first round then defeated Robyn Burley and Nell Lucas to advance to the final to play Heather Richards and Carol Schmidt.

In a 15 end a final it was a very even contest. Pruis and Vanderley got off to a good start and after six ends led 6-1 then Richards and Schmidt picked up eight shots in the next three ends and by the 11th end scores were level then the Richards pair picked up five shots in the next two ends to lead 14 -9 and after 15 ends the score was 15-11 and and take the title for third year.

The Men’s Championship pairs was sponsored by Eckerman Conveyancers and had nine pairs nominate for a 12 end knock out.

Chris Richards and John Broadbent defeated last year’s winners in Tim Wrightson and Keith Dowdell in the first round then defeated Danny Gaut and Rod Sutton to advance to the final.

Terry Seiler and David Beaman Defeated Kel Butlet and Graham Hutchesson and then defeated Adam Wilson and Eddy Smith to advance to the final against Richards and Broadbent.

In the 15 end final Seiler pair got off to a great start and after seven ends lead 13 -2 then the Richards pair picked up eight shots to trail 10-13 but in the end the lead was too great and Seiler and Beaman closed the game out with a 17-10 win and were worthy winners on the day with very good bowling.


WINNERS: (Top right) Carol Schmidt & Heather Richards


(Second from top right) Elaine

Pruis & Lyn Vanderley


WINNERS: (Third from top right) Terry Seiler & David Beaman


(Bottom right) Chris Richards &John Broadbent

Dunnicliff & Campbell secure

2-4-2 victory at Millicent

rather windy conditions on January 12.

reminded players of the KCA, MacFord Open Fours to be played on January 25 and the Memorial Herb Henderson Men’s Fours to be played on Australia Day the 26 January.

Players are asked to bring a plate of afternoon tea both days. Derk also congratulated Sarah Ross and Heather Carthew on their Handicap Pairs win.

The winning pair for the day with a very good score went to Iain Campbell and Peter Dunnicliff with a score of 35+25 taking home the $32 prize pool each.

Coming in second and winning the $5 bar voucher were to Arthur O’Connell and Peter Scanlon with a score of 35+21.

Other winning teams were, Jeff Gardner(a visiting bowler from Cairnes Queensland) and John Drew 32+12. Lyn Scudds, Ian Ross 32+3. Steve Skeer, Derick Bowering 31+5. Peter Bateman, Derk Pietersma 31+4. Brian Goode, Malcolm Wright 31+2 and Alan Correll, Terry Barnes 30+1.

2-4-2 WINNERS: (Above top) Peter Dunnicliff & Iain Campbell

2-4-2 RUNNERS UP: (Above inset) Arthur O’Connell & Peter Scanlon


Strong finish sees Ross & Masters claim pairs title

Millicent Bowling Club crowns its Men’s Championship Pairs

Great conditions for Mount Gambier golfers

January 19 Stableford

Thursday’s fine weather saw another field in excess of 100 players and some fine scoring. Long-time member and club stalwart Michael Rees posted the round of the day with 41 points. After a double on the first he dropped only three more shots for the round and picked up a birdie on the 15th to post nines of 18 and then 23 points to snaffle the $100 winners cheque, piping Jack Peacock by the smallest of margins on 40 points.

Barry Brook and Setio PS3 were tied on 39 points with Gary Wilson, Peter Waters, Bob Dalgarno, Bryce Cutting, Graham Patterson and Mike Griffiths all posting 37 points.

Mike Griffiths and Peter Collie took the nearest the pins on the 8th and 16th holes respectively with only Griffiths able to take advantage and roll in his birdie putt. Club legend Neil Richardson was in excellent form as well posting a very tidy 36 points including a birdie on the 5th. The ball rundown extended to 35 points with Bob Tonkin taking the last ball.

January 21 Par

Beautiful weather again on Saturday and the course in excellent condition saw over 120 players in the men’s field for a Par event. Brayden Pople had the round of the day with 7 up to claim C grade three from Nick Seager on 4 up with Stephen Herbert on 3 up.

David Anderson took the A grade win with 5 up with Joe Clements and Andrew Stark both on 4 up. Countback giving 2nd place to Clements.

In B grade it was Ian Ritter on top posting 5 up to win by 3 from Darryl Squizzy Taylor and Michael Foran both on 2 up with Taylor thanking the countback gods for his 2nd place result.

The ball rundown extended to minus two due to the large field with Chris Gabriel taking the last one. Nearest the pins belonged to Kent Comely on the 8th and Gary Wilson on the 16th with both players managing to roll in their putts for twos.

Live radio coverage of Indian Test series

Sports Entertainment Network (SEN) will have Australian and Indian cricket fans covered for the highly anticipated Border-Gavaskar Trophy clash, broadcasting the entire series live from India.

Every ball will be dissected and analysed throughout SEN’s radio and digital platforms. This includes live broadcasts of all four Test Matches on SEN 1170am, SENQ 693am, SEN 1116am, SEN Mount Gambier 1629am, SEN WA, SEN Tassie 1629am, SEN Top End 1611am, SEN Fanatic (DAB+ Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane) and the SEN App.

Acclaimed commentator Adam Collins (pictured) will lead the team throughout the series, with SEN’s chief sports caller Gerard Whateley joining the action live from India for the Second Test in Delhi.

The grand final of the Millicent Bowling Club Men’s Championship Pairs was played on January 22.

Leading up to the grand final, 32 players took part in the competition with the games being played over 15 ends with the two and walk system.

The four teams reaching the semi finals were, Peter Varcoe and Andre Reinders against Peter Scanlon and John Buhlmann, with Peter Scanlon and John Buhlmann going into the grand final.

In the second game, Kym Stewart and Steve Carnellor took on Ben Masters and Wayne Ross, with Ben and Wayne winning this game and earning a place in the grand final.

In the grand final by the third end both teams were three all, but the Wayne Ross/Ben Masters combination then took the lead. By the 11th end the Peter Scanlon/ John Buhlmann team were only one shot behind sitting at 8/9, but then the Ross/Masters team, in the last four ends, were able to score eight shots to the Scanlon/ Buhlmann team’s five. This gave Wayne Ross and Ben Masters the game and the title of Men’s Pairs Champions for 2022/23 season.


Indian fans can look forward to dedicated insight on their team, with the likes of Ravi Shastri, the esteemed former national coach, and Harsha Bhogle, India’s ‘voice of cricket’, joining SEN as experts. Award-winning Indian-Australian writer Bharat Sundaresan will also return.

The Australian’s chief cricket writer Peter Lalor will provide a critical lens on the Australians, with International callers Nikesh Rughani and Daniel Norcross rounding out the ball-by-ball team.

SEN Ccontent manager Julian Bayard said this was undoubtedly one of the most anticipated series over the summer of cricket.

“We are thrilled that our team will be on the ground in India to call all the action,” he said. “We have assembled some of the biggest names in the business who will provide both Australian and Indian fans all the insights and analysis throughout the series.”

Adam Collins said for a generation of players and fans, this series was seen as the Final Frontier for Australian cricket.

“And it will be no different for Pat Cummins’ side in conditions that will challenge every discipline throughout each session of this marquee contest,” Collins said. “So, there can be no better time for SEN to visit India for the first time after covering every ball of

Australia’s tours to Pakistan and Sri Lanka last year. We can’t wait.”

The schedule of the Australia v India Test Series is:

First Test: February 9-13, Nagpur

Second Test: February 17-21, Delhi

Third Test: March 1-5, Dharamsala

Fourth Test: March 9-13, Ahmedabad

(Above top) Winners Ben Masters & Wayne Ross adn (above bottom) runners up John Buhlmann & Peter Scanlon

Shoot offs the order of the day

The Mount Gambier Gun Club holds its annual Two Day Supershoot earlier this month

The Mount Gambier Gun Club held its annual Two Day Supershoot earlier this month.

As in previous years many dedicated trap shooters travelled to the Mount Gambier Club to be warmly welcomed and find the club grounds picturesque and equipment to be in excellent condition as the committee and members had spent considerable time preparing.

Friday was practice in the afternoon with a lot of the shooters taking advantage of this to finetune their guns and mindset even though the temperature was quite hot. Early morning practice on the Saturday resulted with shooters arriving early, practising and organising which squad they would like to participate in and nominating for the two days. After all this the competition started on time at 10am.

Competitors,107 in all, travelled from Victoria , New South Wales and all over South Australia to contest the six events held across two days vying for a share of the $21,000 worth of prizes on offer. Each event prizes were for the grades AA, A, B, C and each grade 1st to 5th placegetter prizes. High Gun prizes over the two days events were awarded to Overall, Grades, Veteran, Ladies and Junior.

The Pick Avenue Deli & Bakery 25Tgt Pointscore was the first event with shooters eagerly waiting their turn in the bright sunny conditions some shooters attained a perfect score , shoot offs were needed in all grades to ascertain the placegetters these were quite quickly done moving on to the next competition.

AA Winners 1st Gavin Height 102/102 , 2nd Harry Clark 101/102, 3rd Greg Pridmore 104/105, 4th Martin Collumb 103/105, 5th Don Pratt 97/99. A Grade 1st Allan Jones 75/75, 2nd Adam Roll 77/78, 3rd Matthew Robinson 76/78, 4th Steven Chambers 88/90, 5th

Denis Blok 87/90. B Grade 1st

Michael Sutton 74/75, 2nd Nick

Rishworth 74/78, 3rd Michael Rudd 73/78, 4th Jordyn Brown 79/84, 5th Vince Petraccaro 78/84. C Grade 1st Garry Allison 72/75, 2nd

Peta Polgreen 70/75, 3rd Daniel McCrone 68/75, 4th Garry Bowd 85/93, 5th Doug Rohde 82/93.

Event 2 was the Mount Gambier Community Bank (Bendigo Bank) 25Tgt Single Barrel was next up and again the shooters were in fine form with some perfect scores attained trying to win the cash prizes on offer and once more shoot offs had to be performed in the now rather hot conditions with the following results.

AA Grade, 1st Tom Jenkins

28/28, 2nd Max Medhurst 30/31, 3rd Darren Watts 29/31, 4th Martin Collumb 28/29, 5th Bill Jorgensen

27/29. A Grade 1st Rito Borzillo

37/37, 2nd Jesse Murrell 36/37, 3rd

Rhys Fischer 42/43, 4th Adam Roll

41/43, 5th Andrew Evans 35/37. B Grade 1st Vince Petraccaro 32/34, 2nd Jordyn Brown 31/34, 3rd Nicola Dunn 24/27, 4th Lawrence Mirabella 28/31, 5th Darren Murrell

27/31. C Grade 1st Toni Hogg 32/35, 2nd Daniel Robinson 31/35, 3rd Peter Klieve 22/25, 4th Ian Urch 23/27, 5th Garry Allison 22/27 Event 3 was the South West Freight 25Tgt Double Barrel was the last event for the day and in these hot and bright conditions, the shooters were showing their fine marksmanship with 25 competitors shooting perfect scores, shoot offs started and eventually the AA Grade was taken out by David Fenn 62/62, 2nd James Hipwell 61/62, 3rd Gavin Height 51/52, 4th Jamie Dunn 47/48, 5th Willis Jenkins 39/40. A Grade 1st Andrew Estcourt 36/36, 2nd Chris Dalrymple 35/36, 3rd Slap Comensoli 31/32, 4th Andrew Hoare 31/32, 5th Rhys Fischer / Mathew Cocks, B Grade 1st Kaylene Estcourt 28/28, 2nd Vince Petraccaro 33/34, 3rd Lawrence Mirabella 32/34, 4th Jordyn Brown 25/26, 5th Brian Case 28/29 . C Grade 1st Ian Urch 27/27, 2nd Daniel McCrone 26/27, 3rd Toni Hogg 24/25, 4th Rolf Bugden 24/26, 5th Garry Allison 23/26.

The George Yoannidis Club Team Competition was held over the three events on Saturday with the team entry conditions being one competitor from grades AA, A, B, C plus one from Vet, Lady or Junior from the same club.

The Mount Gambier “Jerry’s” team of AA Don Pratt, A Peter Winser, B Brian Case, C Garry Bowd and Steve Chambers Veteran won the $500 prize money, sponsored by Guy Yoannidis .

Sunday saw high scores again were shot and shoot offs in all events were necessary so after some practice for the shooters the competition started up at 9.30am as all were ready to fire off .

Event 4 was the Zema Estate Winery 25Tgt Single Barrel was up first with shooters eagerly squadding up to try and win the prized personally selected Zema Estate wines on offer. This event had an overall prize in memorial to the late Matt Zema consisting of personally selected premium bottles of Zema Estate wine and a shooting jacket, the overall winner was David Fenn 25/25

AA Grade 1st Gavin Height 24/25, 2nd Amanda McCrone 28/30, 3rd Jamie Dunn 27/30, 4th Wayne Jenkins 31/34, 5th Warren Lindner 30/34, A Grade 1st Steven Chambers 26/29, 2nd Bob Chamberlain 25/29, 3rd Andrew Evans 23/27, 4th Tony De Padova 28/33, 5th Adam Roll 25/30. B Grade 1st James McKinnon 22/25, 2ND Michael Sutton 25/29, 3rd Jordyn Brown 24/29 , 4th Darren Blok 22/27, 5th Wally Wombwell 21/27, C Grade 1st Doug Rohde 22/30, 2nd Ben Kentish 21/30, 3rd Daniel McCrone 18/25, 4th Bernadette

1 2 3 4 5


Peters 21/29, 5th Ian McArthur 20/29. Event 5 was the Winchester Australia 25Tgt Pointscore was shot with enthusiasm with contestants trying hard to win the Winchester cartridges even in the windy conditions shoot offs were again needed .

AA Grade 1st Tom Jenkins

74/75, 2nd Darren Watts 73/75, 3rd Bill Jorgensen 78/81, 4th Ashley Bolwell 77/81, 5th Chris Jorgen

74/78. A Grade 1st Kevin Mules

75/78, 2nd Jesse Murrell 74/78, 3rd Mathew Cocks 70/75, 4th Rito Borzillo 81/87, 5th Slap Comensoli

80/87, B Grade. 1st Kaylene Estcourt 77/84, 2nd Michael Sutton


74/84 , 3rd Darren Blok 70/78, 4thJordyn Brown 69/78, 5th Brian Caes 65/75, C Grade 1st Garry Allison 66/75, 2ND Daniel Robinson 65/75, 3rd Reece Fleming 61/75, 4thGarry Bowd 60/75, 5th Toni Hogg 59/75.

The Trident Tyre Centre 25Tgt Continental was event six, with a terrific selection of prizes on offer was fiercely contested witfour shooters attaining perfect scores in the windy conditions, so commenced the shoot offs and after a rather short time the battle ended.

AA Grade was taken out by Martyn Collumb 37/37 , just

eliminating Chris Jorgensen 36/37, 3rd David Fenn 26/27, 4th Phil Green 38/39, 5th Harry Brown

37/39. A Grade 1st Matthew Robinson 25/25, 2nd Andrew Hoare

31/32, 3rd Ken Atkin 30/32, 4th

Tony De Padova 30/32, 5th Steven Chambers 29/32. B Grade 1st Michael Sutton 23/25, 2nd Darren Murrell 22/25, 3rd Hayden Megaw

26/30, 4th Dale Robertson 25/30, 5th Darren Blok 22/27. C Grade 1st Daniel McCrone 24/25, 2nd Garry Allison 22/25, 3rd Peta Polgreen 22/26, 4th Toni Hogg 21/26, 5th Lincoln Brown 22/28.

The two day shoot was enjoyed by all and 70 successful shooters

won prizes in the $21,000 prize pool and are again looking forward to returning next year to try out their marksmanship abilities.

The Mount Gambier Gun Club again thanks all those people who helped make this shoot run smoothly and successfully all the people behind the scenes who give so generously of their time and the sponsors Pick Ave Deli & Bakery, Bendigo Bank, South West Freight, Zema Wines, Winchester, Trident Tyre Centre and Greg Kessegian along with Scott Fleming, South East Vets , Andrew Hoare ,Max Medhurst, Ken Atkin,

Guy Yoannidis, Warren Lindner, Barry Sims, for their generous and ongoing support.


Overall: Gavin Height 238/250, AA

Grade: Chris Jorgensen 236/250, Greg Pridmore 236/250, A Grade: Matthew Robinson 231/250, B Grade: Michael Sutton 227/250, C Grade: Garry Allison 217/250, Veteran: Steven Chambers 231/250. Ladies Slap Comensoli 226/250, Junior Harry Brown 233/250

1. Zema Wines Matt Zema Memorial Overall winner David Fenn with sponsor Nick Zema

2. Overall Highgun - Gavin Height

3. Highgun Winners - Chris Jorgensen, Matthew Robinson, Michael Sutton, Slap Comensoli , Steven Chambers, Harry Brown & Garry Allison

4. Zema Wines 25 Target Single Barrel Steven Chambers, James McKinnon, Doug Rohde, Gavin Height with sponsor Nick Zema

5. South West Freight 25 Target Double Barrel - Andrew Estcourt, Kaylene Estcourt, Ian Urch & David Fenn

6. Junior Highgun - Sponsor Scott Fleming with winner Harry Brown

7. Winchester 25 Target Pointscore - Tom Jenkins, Kaylene Estcourt, Garry Allison & Kevin Mules

8. Overall Highgun – Winner Gavin Height winner with sponsor Greg Kessegian

9. Bendigo Bank 25 Target Single Barrel - Tom Jenkins, Vince Petraccaro, Toni Hogg & sponsor Rodney Summers

10. Trident Tyre Centre 25 Target Continental - Martin Collumb , Michael Sutton & Matthew Robinson

11. Pick Ave Deli & Bakery 25 Target Pointscore - Michael Sutton, Allan Jones, Gavin Height with sponsor Darren Murrell

12. Junior Highgun (Saturday) - Harry Brown & Tom Clark

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Brothers in arms

Pioneers back in Marshall DNA with signing of teenage talent

Ladies Fours & Men’s Triples champions decided at the Robe Bowling Club this month

Fours was the name of the game at social bowls at the Robe Bowling Club earlier this month, with two games of 10 ends. Two teams won both games, runners-up on 53 pts were Peter Roachock, Robbie Dahler, Pam Robinson and Paul Truelove and the winners on 54 points were Steve Farrell, Peter deLaine, Josh Waddell and Rob Lawrie. The raffle winners were Ross Dening and Judy Phillips. The afternoon tea break was a celebration for one of the club’s members Rosemary Williams 90th birthda (pictured below inset), with a cake made by ladies president Judy Bermingham. Robe Bowling Club also held their Ladies Championship Fours and Men’s Championship Triples on January 22.

In the first round of the Ladies Championship Fours, Nola Peel, Maria Cooper, Leanne Cameron and Bronwyn Matthews defeated Lorraine Dening, Tracey Gray, Pam Robinson and Jo Sykes and Robbie Dahler, Caroline McCusker, Helen Dawson and Judy Bermingham easily defeated Judy Phillips, Kerrie Pedlar, Valma Jennings and Barb Brown. The final saw Robbie Dahler, Caroline McCusker, Helen Dawson and Judy Bermingham win the RBC Fours Ladies Championship easily defeating Nola, Maria, Leanne and Bronwyn.

The Castec Rural Pioneers are excited to announce that another Marshall has signed as a Pioneer for season 2023, with Dylan Marshall choosing to join his brother Nick in Pioneer colours.

At just 19, 188cm Gguard, Dylan Marshall will be another exciting addition to the Pioneers roster. Marshall played for North Adelaide Rockets in NBL1 Central in last year’s competition.

In the NBL1 Central 2022 competition, Marshall averaged 10.5 points and a solid 24 minutes of court time each game.

Head coach Richard Hill is delighted that Dylan has decided to become a Pioneer in 2023.

“At only 19 years of age, Dylan is a project guy for us,” Hill said. “He trained with us a little last season and impressed me with his toughness and skill set.

“A state metropolitan representative, Dylan is ambitious and keen to follow in his brother Nick’s footsteps. A streaky good three-point shooter, I expect Dylan to give us great defence and a scoring punch off the bench.”

The Castec Rural Pioneers and the OneFortyOne Pioneers will commence their 2022 NBL1 South campaigns in April this year at Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre.

The Men’s Triples first round saw Barry Bennett, Dean Burgoyne and Harold Manton def Rob Lawrie, Josh Waddell and Paul Truelove. Dean Woodward, Steve Farrell and Stephen Kennett def Ian Bruce, Trevor Wagner and Mark Murphy and Vic Dawson, David Robinson and Glenn Wright def Bill Cook, Robin Ling and Errol Jennings with Pat Lynch, Peter Gregory and Peter Roachock having a bye. The second round saw Barry Bennett, Dean Burgoyne and Harold Manton def Dean Burgoyne, Steve Farrell and Stephen Kennett and Pat Lynch, Peter Gregory and Peter Roachock def Vic Dawson, David Robinson and Glenn Wright. In the final Pat Lynch, Peter Gregory and Peter Roachock won the Triples Championship having a comfortable win over Barry, Dean and Harold.

LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP FOURS WINNERS: (Above top) Robbie Dahler, Carolyn McCusker, Helen Dawson & Judy Bermingham

MEN’S TRIPLES WINNERS: (Above bottom) Peter Roachock, Pat Lynch & Peter Gregory

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