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Our SA Greats B a l a k l ava C u p, D’Vine Ripe Two Wells, Balaklava Eisteddfod and Hummocks Station Accommodation and Function Centre were amongst 13 winners and three commendations announced at the SA Great Regional awards in Balaklava last Friday night. Selected from 82 businesses, individuals and community groups, the winners showed innovation, commitment and exceptional drive towards building pride and success in their regional community. Balaklava Cup has now won an SA Great award six times and chief executive officer Doug Hall said it was very gratifying to have their efforts acknowledged by winning the award. “We put a great deal of importance on delivering the

best possible experience at the Cup meeting. “It is the most prestigious award that can be won by an organisation such as ours and we are thrilled that we have won,” he said. D’VineRipe at Two Wells won an SA Water Sustainability award for its $30 million state-of-the-art truss tomato growing glass houses, covering 8.2 hectares. The sustainable develop-

ment produces about 5000 tonnes of tomatoes annually and incorporates innovative water reticulation solutions, energy efficient cogeneration heating and an evaporative cooling system. Balaklava Eisteddfod received a Commendation for its highly successful annual Eisteddfod. On accepting the award, president Bronwyn Cottle said she was delighted to receive the award on behalf of the organising committee. Hummocks Station Accommodation and Function Centre were winners of a Special award for the Yorke Peninsula Region. n Continued Page 8

MALLALA mayor Tony Flaherty presents Rebeka Nyland, of Balaklava Racing Club, with the club’s sixth award.

After 43 years caring for hundreds of children ...

Helen retires – to be with the grandkids

LITTLE angels with their fairy godmother (from left) rear: Olivia Allen, Libby Johnson, Leonie Snowden, and front, Paige Bubner, Marie Patterson, Macauley Smith and Eliza Loy.

She’s been expanding the minds of our kids for more than four decades, and now Balaklava Community Children’s Centre (BCCC) teacher Helen Gunter is retiring to spend more time with her own family and grandkids. For 43 years, Helen has loved her job, delighting in teaching children new things and seeing just what they will come up with next. She has been teaching at BCCC for more than 16 years, and before this was part of the Port Wakefield kindy since she helped establish it in the early 1970s. She now works with some of her past students, while others are sending their own children to the centre. “With quite a few of them, you can tell who they belong to,” she said. For Helen, it has been a joy to work with the kids. “The every day contact with children and building relationships with the families, I have wonderful memories of lots of little funny incidents that have happened along the way,” she said.

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There are plenty of comments made by children about her white hair. “Someone else will come in and they’ll say, “You’ve got white hair like Mrs Gunter!” she said. “There are no false moments with children.” Helen said it was a particular pleasure working with the children’s centre because of its spacious facilities, with a huge outdoor play area. “The parents can be congratulated on the beautiful facility we’ve got here, both indoors and out,” she said. Helen said she had mixed feelings about retirement, and had no definite plans other than spending more time in her garden and with family and grandkids. “ I will miss the centre and the contact with the children and staff here. We have a wonderful team and I have enjoyed working with them.” n Continued Page 2

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T the SA Great awards in Balaklava last Friday night, it again became stunningly apparent just how much talent we have in this region. The fact the Regional awards were held in Balaklava for the second time since 2006 should not be lost on the “Negative Neds” out there in the community. SA Great has obviously decided Balaklava is a worthy place to host the awards and one would hope our turn will come again in 2010. Should that occur, it would go a long way to further cementing the town of Balaklava as a growing regional centrepoint and not just the town you bypass on the way to Clare or the Balaklava Cup. Regular readers would know my passion for pushing the Balaklava “hub” idea – which is something all of us could talk up. The influx of visitors to Balaklava last Friday was certainly good for the town and its status. The hall was not filled to capacity in its theatre format, but the bar area was “just right” for the crowd which mingled for cocktails and


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EDITOR finger food after the rather lengthy ceremonies. The old hall has done a wonderful job at hosting all manner of events over the years but it’s been a constant battle to keep it in reasonable nick, with funding dollars limited. Many of the people from other regions who were in the town hall on Friday night probably came from towns with more modern facilities. So now I am asking, is it time for Balaklava to develop a new community centre? Such a proposal might, as usual, be deemed preposterous by a good slice of the local population. But are we to remain cloaked in the trappings

of a small town or do we have the drive, desire and fortitude to move forward? We have to change our thinking, our complacency, our satisfaction with the status quo; yes, our conservatism. Wouldn’t it have been great to have had a large community centre to entertain those people? A doublestorey pavilion with contemporary decor and modern technical systems capable of seating several hundred in comfort; capable of hosting weddings, rock concerts ... you name it. It should be built where the present Balaklava Sports Club is, as a multi-purpose facility to cater for the next 30 or so years. It’s not impossible, you know. Plenty of other towns have achieved this and more – and some are smaller than Balaklava. What we must do is get our collective acts together to make it happen. To do that we must of course start with Wakefield Regional Council and its elected members. But we should not pass the buck entirely to them; it is as much the

responsibility of everyone in the town to help chase the dream. Don’t say it’s too hard. Those before us who built the present town hall might have thought like that. But they succeeded. As did those who built Balaklava Soldier’s Memorial Hospital; and laid the turf for the footy oval; built the churches and, yes, the grandstand everyone gets so passionate about but now rarely uses. There’s so many examples. What about the award-winning Balaklava Racing Club? Inspired by a man who didn’t gamble, it was so visionary – giving Balaklava kudos forever more in an era when country South Australian towns were just starting to develop. Isn’t it time we started thinking and acting like our forefathers? Don’t we owe it to them; to keep the town they built growing in the manner they intended. Rupert Murdoch, in his Boyer Lectures, said in his newspaper on Saturday “... the gravest threat to Australia’s freedom and prosperity does not come from war or terrorism,

it comes from the comfort that can make us content.” Downsize to Balaklava. Is that what we are? Too comfortable. Too content. Will this attitude let the Balaklava Golf Club proposal fizzle? Hopefully not, as I have heard strong positive comment about it. And while my earlier comments suggested council is not the saviour for all things, it cannot escape its responsibility to become our driving force. Its elected members, who really are the controllers of council’s policies, are there to lead us. Then start leading! Follow the example of our pioneers. Council could begin modestly, by improving town entrances (though the Auburn entrance is vastly improved. Who was responsible for that?) It could plant a few more trees in the main shopping precinct; whip up some flagpoles and banners to promote events and even give the dusty streets a sweep. Surely that’s not a huge cost impost. And it might shut me up. But I doubt it.

‘Country Club’ plan gets cautious public OK The ambitious plan to develop Balaklava golf club into a housing and “wellness centre” based around a country club concept, has drawn cautious approval in a street poll conducted in Balaklava by The Plains Producer. Balaklava’s Hazel Smith believes the proposed golf club development would be a good thing for her town, “as long as they don’t go too big.” “I’d like to see Balaklava progress,” she said. “I think we’ve got in a bit

of a rut, and I’d like to see more shops open.” Hazel believes the development would provide much-needed accommodation options. B re n t o n C l a r k , Balaklava: Local veterinarian Brenton Clark sees further opportunities for development at the golf course, including revegetation to create an area of scrub and bushland to be part of a wildlife park. “I’m not sure how the houses would work, but I think a country club type development out

ISSUES facing the Clare and Gilbert Valleys, Mallala District and Wakefield Regional Councils have been highlighted in a warts and all report presented to the Federal government. The report, prepared by the SturtArea Consultative Committee focuses on the priorities of the region and infrastructure required by local communities infrastructure to encourage economic

development. It places a high priority on the development of Urban Design Master Plans for towns and a major broadband infrastructure upgrade to ensure small business and industry growth continues in the area. Augmentation and construction costs to upgrade existing water, power and gas are significant and beyond the budget of the Councils, with their relatively

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there would be good,” Brenton said. He believes a conference facility would fill a gap in the local hospitality industry if it was marketed well. While many develop-

ments start with a hotel or resort and then build a golf course, Brenton said the golf course would benefit from its already solid reputation. And to add to its attraction, Brenton sug-

gested a wildlife park where visitors could get up close to local animals and birds such as kangaroos, wallabies, hopping marsupials, koalas, galahs, cockatoos and rosellas. “Even a few

small ratepayer bases. Transport infrastructure including upgrades to road, and rail infrastructure were identified, as well as airfield upgrade to cope with growth in the mining industry. Critical of no recognised, structured regional community sector organisation, the report also highlights a lack of collaboration between the tiers of government on infrastructure projects, and

the need for prioritisation of regional strategic economic developments. Specific to the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council area are the needs for major road upgrades including Main North Road to Clare, Kapunda - Tarlee - Marrabel - Black Springs roads; a Multipurpose Community Centre at Riverton, and clustering of tourism developments to form regional projects.

The report pointed out funding of some of the larger regional projects within Mallala Council area would allow Council to focus on funding smaller infrastructure projects. Flood mapping, new council office and depot, upgrades of Shannon-Carslake Roads and industry and economic development linked with the growth of intensive horticulture, meat processing and intensive livestock. R e c y c l e d w a t e r, community facilities at Lewiston and Dublin and

lambs and kids get people in,” Brenton said. Ted Coe, who regularly passes through Balaklava from Gladstone when travelling to Adelaide, asked where the water would come from to sustain the development. He also questioned how it would compete with facilities offered at Clare, but wished developers all the best. Merry Bennett, Pinery: said she was “a bit sceptical” of the development given Hayfield Plains is still only a little

over half full, although Wattle Ridge is selling well. “There would have to be a big change in the facilities here, especially weekend shopping,” Merry said. Jenny McArdle, Balaklava, finds it hard to imagine the proposed development, but believes if it is successful, it would be great for the town. “On a small scale it would be a bit more believable,” she said. Jenny hopes developers keep the land affordable.

the lack of a high school in the Two Wells/Mallala area are cited as possible barriers for the future development of the area. Regional and community transport for towns within the Wakefield Regional Council area are continuing issues. Along with increases in the capacity for water and power for all towns, currently at capacity, would be a large financial commitment for Council. Support for local communities with writing grant and funding applications to enable external

funding to be sourced has also been identified. Telecommunications and IT issues are seen as big restrictors of industrial development growth in the area. The Sturt Area Consultative Committee, a non-profit, communitybased and Government funded organisation set up to build networks and partnerships to find local solutions to local problems. On January 1 next year ACCs will cease to exist, transitioning into Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees.

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• From Page 1 And the staff have enjoyed working with Helen. Both Genni Edwards and Janice Smith have worked with Helen during her 16.5 years in Balaklava. “She never stops teaching,” Janice said. “She’s got a very quiet way with children, and the children all just love her.” Janice said Helen would be missed by all the staff and children, as Helen was clearly one of their favourites.

“They’re always calling us Mrs Gunter,” she said. Centre director Chris Fisher said Helen had been valued by the centre. “She’s just a wonderful, cool, calm and collected staff member at the centre who has offered fantastic education and care to the children while she’s been here,” Chris said. “She’s just an asset to the centre and will be sorely missed by everybody - parents, children, and staff. “We wish her all the best in her retirement.”

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Talk of 100 per cent pay rise Mallala councillors discuss allowance ... but will they vote for increase? By Lauren Parker A move to increase Mallala councillor allowances appears unlikely to gain enough support to be passed. With a review of allowances approaching, it is believed there have been talks among some councillors to significantly increase the allowance - possibly by 100 per cent. However, when The Plains Producer contacted District Council of Mallala councillors, six of the 11 indicated they would not support an increase, while two said allowances should increase and three remained uncommitted. But several confirmed there had been discussions of an increase to $10,000 per councillor. Duncan Kennington, Lewiston ward councillor, said he believed allowances should be increased, and were currently low in comparison to other councillors. “If you pay peanuts you get monkeys,” he said. However, when asked what he believed allowances should be increased to, Cr Kennington said he was unable to come to a figure until he had talked to all councillors and discussed the impact on the budget with staff. “I’ve been ringing around talking to councillors,” he said. Cr Kennington said while councillors could claim a travel allowance, this only covered travelling to official council business, such as meetings or training, but didn’t cover visits to ratepayers. He said the allowance should take into consideration time, wisdom, experience, energy and integrity, and costs such as internet use, phone calls, and printing. “But we are a relatively small council and we don’t have the revenue base.” He feels councillors should not be given the

task of setting their own allowance. Dublin ward councillor Terry-Anne Keen said although she did not support any increase of allowances, if it did occur, councillor performances should also increase. “The ratepayers could not afford it,” she said. The workload of different councillors also varied depending on how many committees they were a part of, and just how available they made themselves to the community, according to Cr Keen. “If we want to put up the money, we’ve got to do increased work for that money,” she said. Cr Keen said she was aware some councillors found it difficult because of the travel involved in being a councillor. “If they think they’re spending too much money on travelling, they can put in for a travel allowance,” she said. According to council’s annual report, eight of the 11 councillors received a travel allowance, ranging from $15 to $2,195. Former mayor Steve Kennedy, Cr Keen, and Cr Steve Jones did not apply for a travel allowance, while Cr Howard only claimed $15 and Cr Marcus Strudwicke $84. Other allowances ranged from $764 to $2195. Councillor Yvonne Howard (Mallala ward) said while she hadn’t seen a motion or a proposed figure, she would not support an increased allowance. “We’ve got to really justify why we need that increase,” she said. “It’s like any employee - if you feel you’re valued and working for that, then maybe it’s worth it.” Cr Howard said although she was entitled to travel allowance, she chose not to claim, be-

‘Release reports’

The Liberal Opposition has claimed the Rann Government has failed to release essential reports on the South Australian health system. Opposition Health spokeswoman, Vickie Chapman, said the government was required by legislation to publish reports before Parliament rises at the end of the year. “Over the past two months the Minister has made major announcements about the future of Country Health SA yet we don’t know what state it is currently in,” she said.


A BIG crowd enjoyed Balaklava’s Carols by Candelight in the Triangle on Sunday evening – and these youngsters were in fine voice. Pictured, from left, are Emma Lane, Thomas Michael, Tom Lane and Ben Mellow. lieving it to be an unfair expense to ratepayers. Lewiston ward councillor Tom Summerton said an allowance of $10,000 was “too much. “I’m happy with what we’re getting,” he said. “We’re a very small council and we haven’t got a lot of money.” Rudi Fabrici, also a Lewiston ward councillor, said he would make his decision based on any debate in the chamber. “I feel uncomfortable about making decisions as a councillor for councillor allowances, however that’s the way the minister and the Local Government Act has it set up.” Lewiston councillor Anne Picard said she was not aware of any notice of motion going before council

WE HEARD n WHAT’S been going on at Balaklava bowling club? We heard an “uninvited guest” made an appearance – showing a little too much pink on the rink with a nude “streak” in front of bemused players from several clubs. One wag suggested the young man obviously was not equipped to play in Division One – while another had trouble deciding whether it was the men’s or women’s association who should be making a grab for a member. Will it happen again when teams play at Hamley Bridge?

about allowances. “I do not like the fact elected members have to set their own allowances and look forward to the time when the government does this,” she said. “I have not made up my mind about any amount, either up or down at this stage, and presumably councillors will be given information before they do review amounts.” Newly elected mayor Tony Flaherty said he was “open-minded” about the coming review of allowances. He believes Mallala councillor allowances are at the “lower end of the scale” in comparison with bordering councils, and would consider supporting a moderate

increase if councillors indicated this was what they wanted. “I’m okay with one to two thousand, but I’m not okay with a 100 per cent on top of what they get,” Mr Flaherty said. “We have to earn whatever that allowance is.” Mr Flaherty said it didn’t matter to him if the mayor’s allowance was not increased. Former mayor Steve Kennedy believes allowances should not be increased, saying council couldn’t afford it. “When I first came onto council, one of the first things we had to vote on was what our allowance would be,” he said. “I said ‘wait -– we get paid for this?”

Mr Kennedy said he had assumed it was a volunteer position, driven by a desire to represent the community. Former chairman Marcus Strudwicke agreed, and said he also believed it was a volunteer role rather than one driven by money. He is also of the opinion allowances should not be increased, and given council already had a budget deficit, it would be difficult to justify. Dublin ward councillor Steve Jones doesn’t believe councillors should approve even a CPI increase given council already faced a deficit. “It will mean there will be less money for other projects,” he said.

“It’s not really a job, it’s doing what you can for the community.” Long serving Two Wells councillor Joe Daniele said when he began on council 20 years ago, there was no councillor allowance, even when he had to take a day off work to make it to meetings. “Things change and it’s a lot more involved now,” he said. Cr Daniele spends about eight hours reading the agenda before each council meeting, and said he hadn’t yet seen a motion to increase allowances or what the amount was. He said he would decide how to vote on the night.



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Warning as ‘silly season’ arrives POLICE throughout the region have warned residents to be aware of their responsibilities over the Christmas holiday period. The warning comes after a series of incidents involving drink-driving, speeding and unlicensed driving.


• A Balaklava man lost his licence instantly for 12 months after he was detected drink driving on the weekend. Police tested 36 drivers, with only one testing over the limit at 0.206 per cent. Brevet Sergeant Steve Harwood said it was time for people to start looking after each other, and offer to drive others home if needed. • Three cars were defected over the weekend after the drivers’ actions attracted attention. • Police were called to several noisy parties in Balaklava and Owen on the weekend. Balaklava officer-in-charge, Brevet Sergeant Steve Harwood, recommended those having parties to first notify their neighbours and agree on a finish time or when music should be turned down. • A new police officer will arrive in Balaklava

next Thursday. With 30 years experience, Graham Olds will replace senior constable Terry Patterson, who will move on to Port Pirie. Olds is transferring from Holden Hill.

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• A motorcycle was impounded after a 19-year-old unemployed Two Wells man was arrested for misuse of a motorcycle on Sunday. Police received a report from a member of the public that a motorcycle was riding up and down Old Mallala Road, Two Wells, and the male rider was doing ‘donuts’ on the gravel footpath. The man was arrested at his home address and his motorcycle impounded under the Hoon Driving legislation. He was charged with misuse of a motor vehicle, riding an unregistered, uninsured motor vehicle, and riding a motorcycle without a licence. He was bailed to appear in court in January.


• A Dublin man who’s licence expired 13 years ago was reported for driving unlicensed last Thursday.

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Police spotted the man, aged in his 40s, driving on Old Port Wakefield Road, Dublin. Mallala officerin-charge, Brevet Sergeant Scott Trenaman, warned police presence on the highway would be increased through the Christmas period. • Police spotted a crop fire near the corner of Redbanks and Day road, Reeves Plains, last Thursday afternoon. It is believed the fire, first spotted about 1.45pm, was started by farm equipment which brought down powerlines. Local CFS crews controlled the fire before any damage was caused to the nearby gas line plant owned and managed by Epic Energy. • Police have reminded all drivers to slow down after a Glandore woman was detected driving at 136km/h in a 110km/h zone on Adelaide Road near Mallala.


• Tools valued at $1150 were stolen from a vehicle parked on the Auburn to Balaklava road last Saturday night. Police have had two scooters handed in which were found in the main street last Thursday night.

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• A Balaklava man was arrested and charged with assault on Sunday following an incident that occurred on Port Wakefield Road on December 1. Police enquiries are continuing with another alleged offender. The man was bailed to appear in court. • Fuel was allegedly siphoned from a vehicle parked on Walter Street, Port Wakefield, last Thursday. Police said it appeared 120 litres had been stolen. • Fuel and tools were stolen from excavator equipment parked alongside the highway at Port Wakefield last Wednesday. Police said about 300 litres of diesel, valued at about $600, was stolen, along with $500 worth of tools. About $400 damage was caused. • The same day, Jack Redden Real Estate signs on George Street, Port Wakefield, were graffitied. Contact Port Wakefield police on 8867 1030 if you have any information on these incidents.

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• A 51-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly possessing a controlled drug for sale. Police seized equipment and items available to be used in the supply of methamphetamines, arresting the Clare woman last Wednesday. Clare officer-incharge, Sergeant Stephen Harding, said a substantial amount had been found. “There was clearly enough to support a charge of trafficking,” he said. Balaklava and Clare police searched the woman’s property over a day to locate the evidence. The woman was bailed to appear in Clare Magistrates Court next year.

Road trains in collision About $100,000 damage was caused when two road trains collided on Port Wakefield Road, Inkerman, about 11am Saturday. Police said it appeared one road train had pulled out of a parking bay before the second collided with the rear end of the vehicle. The previous day, police were called to an accident after a sedan collided with the rear of a line marking machine on the Copper Coast Highway, Port Wakefield. The accident occurred about 10.15am, causing about $10,000 damage. One person was slightly injured and taken to hospital.

Firearms amnesty SAPOL is now holding three month firearms amnesty until midnight 28 February 2009. Assistant Commissioner Grant Stevens said the amnesty provided a window of opportunity for the community to hand in legal or illegal firearms, without penalty.

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Movie fans keep rolling up to Blyth BLYTH • Blyth Cinema goes from strength to strength, with its 20,000th customer due to visit some time in the next six weeks. To celebrate, every customer until January 31 has a chance to win two fantastic prizes – one for the 20,000th customer and the other will be drawn from those who have attended and entered their names in the draw. Last month 13 sessions were held over nine days, attracting 500 adults and children to the cinema. Another cinema record for any one movie over a one week booking was achieved recently, with more than 380 people attending the “Mamma Mia” dress up and sing-a-long screening on Saturday night. Cinema chair Ian Roberts thanked the local volunteers who run the cinema and all who have attended for their support. • Congratulations to Winsome Mugge from Blyth Red Cross who was recently presented with a 10year service award by zone president, Helen Ashby from Snowtown. Winsome is a dedicated and valued member of Blyth Red Cross Group, having served four years as president and four years as vice president. KAPUNDA


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Shirley’s medal

• Congratulations to Shirley Burney who was presented with her 50 year service medal to the Brinkworth Red Cross at a recent morning tea at the Brinkworth Preschool. • Brinkworth Management Committee has secured $500 from Lower North SPOKE to start buying equipment for a community gym. Held in the Brinkworth hall, it is hoped the gym will be up and running in the New Year. If you would like to assist call Trish on 8846 2226.

Call for projects

• Brinkworth Management Committee is co-ordinating grant applications for community projects. The Hall Committee, History Group and Progress Association have been asked to submit a ‘wish list’ of projects in the town. The Management Committee will allocate $1000 grants for the projects in early 2009. • Congratulations to Brinkworth CWA members who recently donated $150 towards the community children’s Christmas party. TWO WELLS

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• Kapunda’s annual Christmas tree festival “Spirit of Christmas” is at the Kapunda Institute, Hill Street, this year. Open daily from 10am to 3pm the festival is a spectacular display of trees made or decorated by community groups from the area. Entry is by gold coin donation and the Festival will run until December 13. • Kapunda residents are invited to join in the Christmas spirit by decorating their homes or businesses. Kapunda Soldiers Memorial Hall management committee is sponsoring the Lights of Kapunda competition and entries will be judged between December 13 and 16. All participants will be invited to share afternoon tea at the Hall on December 21 and anyone wishing to be involved needs to register at the library or by phoning 8525 2248 or 8566 3509 before judging dates. • The 2008 Summer Exhibition will open at the Kapunda Gallery on December 14 and runs until February 1, 2009. A popular exhibition with local artists, the display is a diverse

looking to form a community choir in 2009. If you are interested in singing, willing to listen and learn, Angus would like to hear from you. For more information contact Angus on 8527 2481 or 0488 006 533. BRINKWORTH

Mamma Mia! This odd-ball group was part of Blyth Cinema’s dress-

up and sing-a-long night. From left are Helen Barry, Cindy Growden, Annette Jaeschke, Kerryn and Kristen Takacs, with Dan Maynard giving a questionable impression of Elvis. Or is he Bjorn or Benny? OWEN range of styles and subject, as artists are free to choose the subject and the New Pastor arrives medium to create their work. • Pastor Grant Jewell has been Kapunda Community Gallery is located above the Library in Kapun- announced as the new minister joinda’s Main Street and is open from ing the Owen Community Church 10am to 4pm daily, and from 1pm to mid January. His arrival brings to an end a two 4pm on Tuesday and Sunday. Admisyear period without a full time minsion is free. ister occupying the manse. AUBURN It’s been two years since Owen had a full time minister, and Pastor Menu is all class • Eat for the School! The Rising Jewell’s arrival is welcome. • Office bearers of the Owen WomSun Hotel has got behind the Auburn en’s Christian Fellowship for 2009 primary school fundraising efforts, donating $2 from every main meal include Mary Freebairn, president sold on Monday nights. If you’re and Carol Hill, secretary. MALLALA thinking about a lazy Monday night, head along to the Rising Sun and help support Auburn primary at the same Can you sing? • It’s been a long time since Mallala time. The pub is offering a “Kids Eat had a choir and local conductor and Free” promotion during the school choral developer Angus Bugueja is holidays.

BMX track opens

• The BMX track at the Two Wells oval is to be officially opened by the Mayor Tony Flaherty at 4pm this Friday, December 12. SNOWTOWN

Pride in CFS unit

• Snowtown CFS recently took delivery of its new fire appliance after years of lobbying to replace the former 25 year old unit. The new unit, an Isuzu twin cab, is designed with the safety of the fire crew in mind. The internal is fitted with fire proof curtains, oxygen masks and up to date radios and the cabin will seat six people comfortably. RIVERTON

Student presentations • Success of students will be celebrated at Riverton and District High School’s presentation from 7.30pm tomorrow night at Riverton Community Hall. Jill White, former deputy principal, is retiring after 32 years at the school. Bev Gum replaces her.

Saint family one of our local pioneers A look through the very early family names in this district brings up some names that are still prominent today, some of which almost take on biblical proportions by their very nature – names such as Angel, Shepherd and Saint. The Saint family name is one of the very earliest, dating back to the 1860s. John Saint Jnr., farmer of Gawler Plains, and his brother Thomas, farmer of Virginia, were among the earliest to take up land south of the railway line between Balaklava and Pt.Wakefield in the mid 1860s, their plan being to clear the land and grow wheat. By 1868, another brother, William, had also purchased land in the area. ‘Change and Challenge’ also tells us that Fred Saint, innkeeper of Virginia, put his hand up for some land, too. One of the watering points along the Gulf Road route to Pt.Wakefield soon became known as Saint’s Siding, obviously because it was on John Saint’s land - when the tram/train began running a passenger service which

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necessitated a platform, the name was changed to Saint’s Station, later to be shortened to simply Saints. Saints was a busy little rail siding, especially after a line upgrade and the introduction of steam engines in 1876 – further extensions included a station building, station house and goods shed; and the ticket office also became the local post office. Saints Station catered for the transport of wheat, passengers, general freight and cans of local farm cream. “Stories Behind the Wall” tells us that “the clientele may not have been large but the service was outstanding. The Saint family lived a mile west of Saints Station. When elderly

Saints station as it was. residents staying with them wanted to catch the train to Adelaide, they would light up a piece of paper as the train approached so it would stop for them (winter time only!). The Preston school was opened in 1878, just over a mile south of Saints Station, and many of the early students educated there were from the Saint family. John Saint had 20 children from two marriages, but only one line of descendants continued farming in the area.

The Saint name was also prominent in the Balaklava town precincts as well, with Thomas Saint building the Balaklava Hotel (now the Royal) which obtained its first liquor licence in 1871. Thomas and John Saint were also two of the trustees when land was granted for the establishment of a cemetery at Balaklava in 1870. Two of the earliest burials in this cemetery were those of William Saint in October 1872, and his younger brother, Thomas, just three months later.



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Overtaking lane revised

PlanS for a southbound overtaking lane just north of Auburn will be reviewed following meetings with affected landowners. Concerned the proposed overtaking lane would create very dangerous road conditions for road users, local residents and traffic from Taylors wines, landowners met with officers from the Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI). Around the same time the Auburn Community Development Committee (ACDC) organised a petition objecting to the proposed location. Secretary of the ACDC Pamela Speakman said residents were not opposed to an overtaking lane, however making one at the proposed location would create a dangerous situation for all road users. “After hearing the objection and arguments, the DTEI officers were happy to go back to the drawing board,” she said. A spokesperson for DTEI confirmed officers would be reviewing the design and location and the would be holding further discussions with Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council and local residents early in 2009 once more planning investigation work had occurred.

WE HEARD Daryl’s title

n Well-known local shearer Daryl Andriske has won the Shearing Competition Federation of Australia championship held at Burra recently. This was the first national title for Daryl, who has won four state titles during his career.

PORT Wakefield primary students gear up to start the revegetation project, instructed by site manager Alistair Smith.

Whitwarta coal results come in

Coal samples taken from the ground at Whitwarta have shown a slightly lower quality than samples from Clinton and Beaufort. Syngas Limited (formerly Gulf X) announced the latest drilling results last week, with 124 million tonnes of Joint Ore Reserve Committee (JORC) compliant coal being found at Whitwarta. Combined with resources discovered at Clinton and Beaufort, this brings the total resource to 558mt, of which 273 million tonnes is indicated (confirmed) JORC compliant. The overall quality of

JORC compliant coal resource at Whitwarta had a colorific value of 9.4MJ/kg, compared with 10.0MJ/kg at Beaufort and Clinton. The announcement came just two days before Syngas visited Port Wakefield Primary School, where they taught students about the drilling process, and involved them in the rehabilitation of a drilling site at Port Arthur. Syngas combined data of previous drilling with that of their own program, minimising the need for new drilling. And according to the report released by Sungas, there could

be more coal resource within the Northern St Vincent Basin coalfield (which includes Whitwarta, Beaufort and Clinton), within the boundaries of their mining exploration licence. However, as it would require additional investment in drilling, the company doesn’t see this as a priority. “The JORC compliant resources now held by the company are more than sufficient to provide feed to the Syngas project in the long term and form the basis for the Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) which is well underway,” the report said.

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Maywald’s office says: ‘ SA Water always planning for future population and development growth’ .... but:

No plans for water pipeline

... as report urges $32 million project THE State government has no plans at this stage to initiate another water pipeline to service Adelaide Plains towns and other regions. The construction of the pipeline has been raised several times in the past, through local councils – including those on Yorke Peninsula – Opposition MPs and most recently in a report by the Sturt Area Consultative Committee to the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government. The “Regional Engagement” report, issued by Sturt ACC chairman, John Chase, is a lengthy synopsis of the wants and needs of this region. It is covered in more detail in a separate news item. Detailing projects in the Wakefield Regional Council area, the report comments on WRC water infrastructure. The report notes “a working party identified the construction of a new pipleline from west of Auburn to Port Wakefield as the most practical and cost-effective solution for providing additional potable water supply to the region. “ This option has a total capital and operating cost of $32.6 million (in present value terms).” The Sturt ACC report continues: “Anticipated augmentation charges and usage charges will ultimately return $28.9 million to SA Water, leaving a ‘gap’ in the capital investment of –$3.7 million.” But a spokesperson from the office of Karlene Maywald, Minister for the River Murray and Water Security, (right) said in an email there were “no plans” to build a pipeline for river Murray water from Auburn. Any new pipeline would most likely have carried Murray river water from the main Swan Reach to Paskeville pipeline via SA Water’s large holding tank, in the foothills east of Hoyleton. In the emailed response to a series of questions from The Plains Producer on water-related issues for the region, the Minister’s office said SA Water “was always planning for future population and development growth in water supply needs across the state.” These responses were detailed before the Sturt ACC report was issued to the Plains Producer. But water supply in the region clearly is becoming a major issue, with the Sturt ACC report stating “there is currently no further water able to be allocated to the Wakefield Council region by SA Water.” With intensive livestock industries – poultry farms and piggeries – existing in and entering the region, water consumption will further increase. Minister Maywald’s office said SA Water worked with customers on a case-by-case basis to determine water use requirements.

By Terry Williams “However, water can only be supplied within the capacity of the supply system. That is, what can physically be transported by the pipes,” Minister Maywald’s spokesperson said. “SA Water is working directly with poultry farmers in the Adelaide Plains region to try to meet their requirements and have found most poultry farmers are very efficient water users.” When questioned on vineyards in the Clare and Gilbert Valleys and their irrigation use of river Murray water from the mains network, Minister Maywald’s office said: “As a drought contingency measure, a restriction on irrigation from SA Water’s mains supply was introduced. “It is not intended to be ongoing, but is a further measure to save water during the current severe drought we are experiencing. “It reflects the restriction on SA Water’s River Murray licences, which are restricted to around 62 per cent.” It was expected the restrictions would be eased as soon as conditions allowed. When questioned on whether the State government would consider halting Murray water supplies to vineyards in the Clare and Gilbert Valleys, the Minister’s office replied: “The State government will continue to manage river Murray supplies across a range of competing needs.” The continuing drought is impacting on water resources in the Clare Valley area, with many bores servicing vineyards drying up or becoming too saline to use. • In July last year, the Northern and Yorke Natural resources Management Board prepared a draft report on a Water Allocation Plan for the Clare Valley – prescribed water resources area. The report gave an in-depth analysis of water supplies and needs and the capacity for resources to meet demands. The report said in times of drought, allocations of water may be insufficient for many licensed users ... “meaning that access to water from other sources will be needed.” The NYNRM draft report also suggested “all persons authorised to use imported water under a permit or water licence must submit an Irrigation Annual Report to the Minister before July 31 each year. “The Irrigation Annual Report must be submitted in a manner and form prescribed by the Minister.” The data provided by users of imported water would then be collated and a summary provided to each imported water user before December 31 each year.

Stop signs finally go Stop signs have finally been removed on the rail crossing on Railway terrace at the eastern town entrance to Balaklava. Tony Ryan, pictured driving his truck, said it could safely be navigated by trucks at 40km/h. The signs were removed after negotiations between Wakefield Regional Council, Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, and Genessee and Wyoming.

Trial will test ‘dry’ vines A trial is underway in the Riverland to test extremes under which grapevines can survive. The trial is aimed at providing the viticulture industry with knowledge to protect vines during times of low water availability. The project, at Oxford Landing Estate, near Waikerie, is part of the State government’s Drought Response program and is designed by SARDI research scientists and Yalumba Nursery staff. Minister for Water security, Karlene Maywald, officially launched

the trials last month. Ms Maywald said research would gather information about absolute minimum water needed for commercial crops. “It will also provide information about how long it takes to restore yields and ensure vineyards are not lost as a critical asset if production has to be shut down. “This information will then assist vignerons to allow them to make key planning decisions.” SARDI scientist, Dr Michael McCarthy, said the trial involved a mature vineyard of Chardonnay

grapevines grafted onto Ramsey rootstock which will be subjected to severe irrigation cutbacks – as low as 10 per cent of normal water usage – during up to three irrigation seasons. The vines will then be assessed for recovery when irrigation is restored to normal levels. This period will continue for up to four irrigation seasons. Salinity, ground water levels, soil moisture, grapevine canopy, fruit, yield and wine quality and other factors also will be assessed.

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sa great REGIONAL awards – balaklava 2008

THEY came to Balaklava from all over the northern region – these are (at right) all the winners of the SA Great Mid North/Yorke Peninsula/Southern Flinders regional awards.


LEFT: Balaklava Eisteddfod received a Commendation. From left, organisers Bronny Cottle, Kathryn Mahony, Di Spence and Trish Goodgame.

HUMMOCKS STATION D’VINE RIPE D’VINE RIPE’S Robert Gooden receives the Sustainability award from Shane Whelan, of SA Water

Commendation: - Wild Saffron. THE WINNERS SA Water Sustainability: D’Vine Ripe, Two ETSA Utilities Arts Award: John Webb and Wells. Associates Yorke Peninsula Art Exhibition. Special Business Awards awarded by ReAustralia Post Large Business Award: Kilikagional Development Boards: noon Wines. Mid North: Wild Saffron; Westpac Community Group Award: Yorke Yorke Peninsula: Hummocks Station AccomPeninsula Field Days Inc; Commendation: modation and Function Centre; Balaklava Eisteddfod Society. Southern Flinders: Spencer Gulf ContainWestpac Community Individual Award: Michael McAvaney; Commendation: Len ers. South Australian Tourism Commission Munchenberg. Department of Trade and Economic Develop- Tourism Award: Sea SA Car and Passenger Ferries. ment Award: Gladstone Concepts. 128Innovation x 180 WHOLEGOODS.qxp 13/11/2008 7:11 AM Page 4 Adelaide Showground Youth Award: Wool, Australia Post Small Business: McPhee’s Wine and Wheat Country Education Fund. Butchers, Burra.

HUMMOCKS Station won a Regional Development award. Merry Canavan and Roger Duance are pictured with Yorke Regional Development Board advisor, David Cowell.


Australia Post Large Business Award: • Balco Australia Ltd, Balaklava • D’Vine Ripe Pty Ltd, Two Wells. Westpac Community Group Award: • Adelaide Plains Marketing, Balaklava; • Balaklava Eisteddfod Society • Balaklava Museum Inc • Mallala Economic Development Board • Spastic Centres of South Australia (Mid North) • Two Wells Community Access Business and Resource Internet and Visitor Information Centre.

Australia Post Small Business Award: • Bushmin Farmed Rabbits, Long Plains • Hummocks Station Accommodation and Function Centre, Snowtown • O’Neill Associates, Saddleworth • Ventura’s Visions, Riverton • Spastic Centres of South Australia (Mid North) • Two Wells Community Access Business and Resource Internet and Visitor Information Centre SA Tourism Commission Awards: • Adelaide Plains Club Festival, Balaklava • Balaklava Racing Club • Mallala Economic Development Board.

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Gun returns ... and here’s proof of community teamwork

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TEAMWORK returned this gun to the spot vacated by its predecessor. From left are Wakefield Regional Council CEO, Phil Barry, WRC councillor and proof range chancellor, Scott Kelly, Warren Miller, who restored the gun, commanding officer Major Andrew Langford and Port Wakefield community petitioner Wendy Garvie.

to see the new gun in place. And their pride was evident as a small crowd gathered to see the gun in its new position on the highway last Wednesday. Major Langford was determined to have the project completed before his relocation to Canberra in the coming weeks, while Warren Miller, who refurbished the gun in the proof range workshops was also present, along

with Steve Zink, ASM of the workshops. Major Langford likened the gun to icons such as the Big Lobster at Kingston, the Big Pineapple, and the Big Banana. The new gun is a 155mm Long Tom on a M1 Carriage (circa 1943), and will be located at the same site. The M1 Carriage design allowed a variety of firing systems to be mounted, enabling the testing of ammuni-

tion and firing systems of in-service Australian ordnance. The Carriage is a solid stable platform, allowing the proofing of ordnance such as 76mm Naval and 105mm Tank, and continues to be used today. Combined,the155mm Long Tom and M1 Carriage weigh 12,564 kilograms, with a 7.05 metre long barrel and a muzzle velocity of 853 metres per second. Each projectile weighs


■ By Lauren Parker FOR years a gun stood guard of the highway on the outskirts of Port Wakefield, creating a landmark for motorists eager to reach the highway town for a rest stop. After an absence of more than a year, the iconic gun was replaced with a 155mm Long Tom on an M1 carriage last Wednesday as the result of negotiations between Wakefield Regional Council and commanding officer, Major Andrew Langford. The previous gun, arrived in Port Wakefield in 1941, and after it was decommissioned, became a well-known landmark at the turn-off to the proof range. However, last year it was taken to Sydney to commemorate the defence of Sydney Harbour during World War II. Hundreds signed a petition protesting at the relocation, including people from across South Australia and interstate. Local identity Wendy Garvie, who organised the petition, was ecstatic


more than 43 kilograms, and is 67.8 centimetres long. The gun was originally towed by a Mack 6.6, 7.5 ton truck from 1938, later replaced in 1943 by the Tracked M4 High Speed Tractor. Council chief executive officer, Phil Barry, said the gun replacement project was recognised by Major Langford as a critical project between the proof range and council, on behalf of the local community. A second

gun will later be placed in the Port Wakefield township, which is hoped will prove a popular tourist stop for travellers. While a plaque will be placed with the highway gun, it is intended to be a landmark rather than a tourist stop. The recently completed Proof Range Road was also a joint project between council and the Department of Defence, through Major Langford.

Clare Oval will come alive with “The Sounds of Christmas,” on Sunday. The community Christmas celebration will be a night to remember, with an incredible line up of musical talent. Adelaide band In Haus Fish will be supported by local artists, including the Clare Concert Band, Taylor Pfeiffer, Natalie McElroy, Pauline Garrard and a male voice choir, Tracey Rains, Nathaniel O’Brien, Clare Middle School Band with Ben Fuller and St Joseph’s and Vineyard School choirs. This year, for the first time, safe battery powered ‘flicker candles’will be available for a gold coin donation. Food stalls and kids activities will operate from 5.30pm to 7pm, followed by the celebration from 7.20pm. The night concludes with the retelling of the Nativity Story, followed by a finale with a difference soon after 9pm. If the weather is inclement the event moves to the pavilion at Clare showgrounds.

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News district Jimmy and more at Annie’s

Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes and the reformed original Angels will headline the fifth annual ‘A day on the Green’ at Annie’s Lane, Clare Valley, on February 28 next year. When Jimmy headlined a similar show in the Barossa Valley last year, it was the fastest selling in the SA history of the event – so with lots of fans missing out, Jimmy is back for this special encore

performance. Also performing are the original Angels, led by Doc Neeson, the brilliant Mark Seymour and Mahalia Barnes. The concert has also moved to the later time of February to ensure summer holiday-makers are able to attend. ‘A day on the Green’ is a fully licensed event. Strictly no BYO alcohol. BYO picnic – or food is available on site. Picnic rugs and deck chairs

Joanne to help Blyth

JOANNE Lawrie has been appointed community development officer in Blyth. Appointed by the Blyth Development Board (BDB), Joanne will work with Blyth community and sporting groups to apply for funding to commence projects to provide better services and facilities for the town. Joanne has worked in the Community Development field in both Whyalla and more recently for the Mid North Regional Development Board and Clare and Gilbert Valley’s Council. Joanne is a local to the area and has a passion for working with communities to provide improved services and facilities. The BDB is hosting a ‘meet and greet’ evening for Joanne tomorrow night (December 11) from 7-8pm in the Blyth Town Hall Supper room. Head along, meet Joanne and share your ideas for your local community.

are recommended. Gates open at 4pm. Reserved general admission (At the front of the stage - BYO deckchair or rug) costs $120 General admission: $89.90. Children under 12 admitted free in the GA area. For bookings, contact and 136 100, & (08) 8225 8888 and Annie’s Lane Winery (08) 8843 2204.

living Make your home special Why would anyone want to live in a Christian home? The answer is because there you will find love, patience, forgiveness, hope, and genuine happiness. When marriage partners put their trust in God, you can expect something special to happen in their home. First, God gives believers a purpose for living. He empowers them with his love and

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concern. Second, parents who have opened their hearts and lives to God become proprietors of the most important place on earth. They have the privilege of inviting their children to follow along. Third, as parents our children are counting on us. No one else will ever

match our home influence. So are we willing to do what’s necessary to introduce them to God? The task is not difficult. We simply teach our children • how great and good their heavenly Father is…how much he loves them; • that they need God to forgive them for things they do that displease Him; • that God loves them so much that He wants to live in their hearts. Fourth, we can take our children regularly to a church to mix with

children who also have Christian parents. We thereby strengthen our own influence easily, sensibly, effectively.

In brief “Without the help of the Lord it is useless to build a home” Psalm 127.1 (The Bible for Today)

Comic papers in early SA newspapers The first newspaper cartoons in an Adelaide newspaper appeared in the Adelaide Independent and Cabinet of Amusement in 1841. These were also the first illustrations to appear in a newspaper in Australia. The anonymous ‘pen and ink sketches’ were inserted as loose leaf supplements in the pages of this satirical newspaper, and


SA memory From SA Memory: consisted largely of caricatures of Nathaniel Hailes – auctioneer and proprietor of the newspaper. The sketches were possibly the work of George Hamilton, a lithographer and later the South Australian Commissioner of Police.


MONTHLY CHURCH NOTICES n The Church notices published below are supplied by local churches and will be now be repeated weekly as church service directory for each month. All care is taken in their preparation by The Plains Producer – but as we rely on information supplied, no responsibility for accuracy will be taken. Churches should advise us of any changes immediately – or in the last week of the preceding month. Please advise us of any changes by emailing

December 14 A.O.G./A.C.C. Balaklava............................................ 10.00am

December 21 A.O.G./A.C.C. Balaklava............................................ 10.00am

anglican Balaklava..............................................9 .00am Hamley Bridge................................... 10.00am

anglican Balaklava.............................................. 9.00am Hamley Bridge....................................11.00am

CATHOLIC CHURCH Balaklava.............................................. 9.00am

CATHOLIC CHURCH Balaklava.............................................. 9.00am

CHURCH OF CHRIST Balaklava............................................ 10.00am

CHURCH OF CHRIST Balaklava............................................ 10.00am

Community church Pinery.................................................. 7.00pm

Community church Pinery.................................................. 9.00am

LIGHTHOUSE Balaklava............................................ 10.00am

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LUTHERAN Balaklava.............................................. 9.00am

LUTHERAN Aburn.................................................. 9.00am Balaklava............................................ 10.00am

UNITING Mallala.......................... 9.15am Sunday School Nativity Service Two Wells............................................ 9.00am Owen Comm....................................... 9.30am Hamley Bridge.................................... 9.15am Windsor .............................................. 9.00am Balaklava.............................................. 9.00am Nantawarra............................................ 9.00am Lochiel.................................... with Nantawarra Pt Wakefield........................................11.00am

UNITING Mallala................................................. 9.15am Two Wells............................................ 9.00am Owen Comm......................................11.00am Hamley Bridge.................................... 9.15am Windsor .............................................. 9.00am Balaklava.............................................. 9.00am Nantawarra............................... join with Lochiel Lochiel........................ carols, December 22 Pt Wakefield....11am & 6pm carols at Town Hall

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Councillor to India on Halal meat plan Negotiations with an Indian delegation seeking Halal meat exports are continuing, with South Australian Livestock Producers Group, which includes several local members, keen to begin export trials soon. Former Mallala council mayor and current councillor and chair of the committee, Steve Kennedy, has been negotiating with the delegation, and plans to meet with senior ministers in India this month to progress the project. There are now livestock producers in the South East also hoping to be part of the initiative. The group hopes to work with the proposed meat processing works at Dublin to produce Halal beef for export to India. However, prior to this the Indians have expressed an interest in receiving a few containers of Halal beef to immediately progress the market. “They’re keen to buy some to try as soon as possible,” said Mr Kennedy.

Mallala RSL gets $9,900 for seating

Mallala RSL will receive $9,900 in funding from the Federal government to support the local veteran community, the Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion MP, announced this week. Mr Champion said the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin, had approved the funding through the Australian Government’s Veteran and Community Grants program. “Veteran and Community Grants provide funding support to local organisations dedicated to the health and wellbeing of Australia’s veterans,” Mr Champion said. “This grant will help the Mallala RSL purchase some much needed seating for its club rooms.” Mr Champion said grants provided an important source of funding for projects that support a healthy and quality life-

style for members of the veteran community. The program also funds projects that help veterans, war widows and widowers continue to live independently in their own homes, as well as initiatives to encourage social activities and improve access to community care services. “Veteran and Community Grants are available to ex-service and community organisations, veteran representative groups and private organisations that contribute to the health and welfare of the veteran community,” Mr Champion said. “Australia’s veteran community deserves to have the best support services available and I congratulate Mallala RSL for its initiative.” For more information about the grants program go to health/grants or contact your nearest DVA office on 133 254.

... and Riverton high wins career funding Mr Champion also welcomed $17,500 funding for Riverton District High School, in partnership with Valley View Schools, to develop and document good practice and innovation under the Career Education Lighthouse Schools Project. This project is part of the Federal government’s $143 million Career Advice Australia initiative which provides a comprehensive national career development and transition support system for all young Australians aged from 13 to 19 years. “All children – and particularly those in country areas – need to know what their options are in the future,” Mr Champion said. “Any program that helps children plan for careers while still in school is to be welcomed.” The schools would showcase the vital role of career education in schools and provide other schools with the information and inspiration to make career education an integral part of every curriculum. The project aims to improve career education by engaging greater numbers of school leaders and the wider school community. For further details go to



Marine park meetings Consultation on the provisional outer boundaries for South Australia’s network of 19 multiple-use marine parks will start early next year. Chris Thomas from the Department for Environment and Heritage (DEH) said the government had contemplated releasing the outer boundaries for public comment late this year but had listened to advice from the Marine Parks Council of South Australia and requests from a range of stakeholders not to consult over the holiday period. “We’ve welcomed the industry and community feedback and will not be consulting over the holiday season, which is a

particularly busy time for everyone,” he said. “A series of 50 public information days will take place early next year, at the beginning of a minimum eight-week consultation period, so that locals can get all the information they need and ask plenty of questions. “Advertisements in metro and regional papers will tell people when and where the information sessions are taking place. “Everyone who has registered on the DEH marine parks mailing list will be sent details of the information sessions directly. “People can also find out

more by calling our freecall number 1800 006 120 or by going to the marine parks website at www.marineparks.”. Mr Thomas said the release of the provisional outer boundaries early in the new year would have no immediate effect on how people used the marine environment. “There will be no change to current activities before the management plans with zoning arrangements are finalised in a couple of years time,” he said. “We’ll be seeking extensive community and industry input during that time, to establish broad agreement on the small

zones within each park where conservation is a priority and where fishing and some other activities will not be allowed. “Even when the zoning arrangements are finalised, the majority of each multiple-use marine park, including all jetties, boat ramps and popular beaches, will be available for fishing and other local activities. “Most South Australians agree that the best time to introduce marine parks is now, while our marine environment is in relatively good condition. “Marine parks will be an investment in our future and will provide direct benefits for our kids and grandkids.”



The Plains Producer, Wednesday December 10, 2008


■ By ADRIAN MARSCHALL Gary Brown has been involved in the beekeeping industry most of his working life, first in the Pooraka area where he owned about 60-70 hives before moving to Lewiston were he now has 200. Gary keeps hives for both producing honey and as a pollination service. Gary, 57, also owns a business in which he supplies equipment to fellow bee keepers. Gary says hives can carry up to as many as 40,000 bees at one time, which is a good number as the stronger the numbers the better the hives, creating more honey and a better home for the bees. If bees are not happy with their environment they will leave the hive and can travel up to eight kilometres on a windy day. Bees are quite inactive over the colder months and will not fly if the temperatures reach below 13 degrees celsius. Although bees are kept predominately for the honey, many growers also “hire the hives” to farmers to help them pollinate crops the natural way. Crops such as beans, almonds and apples are examples of this and at times farmers are prepared to pay up to $90 to have this service lasting anywhere between three and five weeks. The process of pollination takes place by the working bee entering the flower and then rubbing its body throughout the flower which then stirs up the stamen and rips the pollen of the flower in turn sticking to the body of the bee. The bee also gathers the nectar from the

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Rural financial counsellors are preparing for a heavier workload as farmers finish harvest and start the 2009 bank review process. Kay Matthias, general manager of Rural Financial Counselling Services SA Inc (RFCSSA) said workloads across South Australia had not reduced due to the ongoing drought conditions in most areas. “Sadly, 10 farms across the state, including some in the mid north have been issued with foreclosure notices, and up to another 10 have notices pending. “We had anticipated a slowing down once harvest had finished, but with ongoing climate variability it is expected the service will remain in high demand, particularly dur-

ing this period of bank reviews,” she said. RFCSSA has had a 62 per cent increase in client numbers last year and it is expected this trend will continue in 2009, unless there are exceptional seasonal conditions next year. Fourteen highly qualified rural financial counsellors work as a team in 10 offices in the state, and can travel around as required, enabling the service to respond quickly and efficiently to areas requiring urgent attention. Clients wishing to make an appointment to see a rural financial counsellor can phone the RFCSSA freecall hotline number on 1800 836 211.

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GARY BROWN shows bees at work in their hive. flower, by swallowing it to take it back to the hive. Once the bee goes back to the hive it then regurgitates the nectar which is turned into fructose, more commonly known as honey. “The flower offers the nectar to induce the bee to work the pollen,” Gary said. “The pollination process is critical to the survival of plants and helps to produce food. Bees cover the majority of pollination in commercially grown and natural crops, with birds and other insects doing the rest, making them a vital part of nature.” Hives are made from wood with frames in-

side also fabricated from wood where the bee creates a comb to store the collected pollen. In a good year up to 100 kg of honey can be produced from one hive and can be worth approximately $3 per kilogram to the beekeeper. In the hive, the queen bee through her pheromones controls the growth and stimulates the hive. The worker bees are also female bees but they have no intention or desire to breed with the males. The worker bees, engage in the pollination activities. The drone’s (male bee) job is to fertilise the queen and it is also very good at ventilation of the hive.

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A bee once born, takes up to two weeks before it can fly and prior to that it will nurture the young and guard the hive before going out to work. The lifespan of a bee is about three months, but if a bee happens to sting, that bee will certainly die within a few hours. A bee also dies when its wings simply “wear out”. They fall and are unable to fly anymore. Research is underway to determine if stronger wings can be bred into bees to help them live longer. For further information on bees or the industry, contact Gary through SABee Keeping Supplies on 0429 806 609.

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Holiday program for a busy Balaklava Child Care Centre Balaklava Community Children’s Centre (BCCC) has been a hive of activity in the lead up to Christmas. Last Monday, the annual Christmas party was held with children enjoying a visit from Father Christmas. Director, Chris Fisher, said more than 150 people attended the night, which has become a popular, well-attended event on the centre’s calendar. “It was a great social get together for families– and what a wonderful send off for Helen,” early childhood worker Janice Smith said. In other news, the position of assistant director, held by Skye Colley, has undergone a review. Her title has been changed to ‘manager of childcare services’, which more accurately reflects the role, and a new list of clearly defined responsibilities has been formulated.

The staff list has had several changes lately with the centre welcoming a new administrator, Julie Griffiths, following the resignation of Jeni Jones. Helen Gunter is also leaving at the end of the year, after 16 years as a kindy teacher at Balaklava, with Rebecca Mumford having been appointed as her replacement for 2009. Breakfast session BCCC offers a range of services to the community from childcare and kindy to weekly playgroup and before and after school care. The day kicks off at 6.30am with the breakfast childcare session. This was introduced last year to assist families, particularly parents who had early morning work shifts. “To reduce the morning rush at home, children can arrive in their pyjamas and staff will feed them breakfast and get them dressed and ready for the day,” Skye said.

“Children can be booked in for a combination of sessions to suit family’s needs, whether they need to go onto school, kindy or stay at childcare.” For those using before and after school care, a delivery and pick up service is available to schools in Balaklava. School holiday care is also offered by BCCC with an exciting range of activities planned. “Some of these include a Christmas party, play station day, a beading class and a visit to Mill Court,” Skye said. Permanent and casual bookings can be made at the centre. The Childcare Benefit, administered by the Federal government, can reduce fees to as low as $1.10/ hour. BCCC is equipped to care for children from six weeks to 12 years of age, and meets licensing and accreditation standards. • Call Skye on 8862 1251.

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Ford’s all new G6E Turbo has won the first major national Car of the Year award for 2008, taking out the carsGuide Car of the Year, awarded by News Limited newspapers around the country and the online team from In calling 2008 the ‘Year of the Falcon’, carsGuide credited the G6E Turbo with its annual award ahead of an all-star group of finalists, including the best from Europe and Japan. The new G6E Turbo represented the entire FG Falcon range in this year’s award, where it was pitted against the best new models to go on sale in Australia this year, ranging from luxury limousines and high-performance sports sedans to the latest compact SUVs. “Winning the 2008 carsGuide Car of the Year award is an outstanding result for the G6E Turbo, as well as fantastic recognition of the exceptional large car package offered by the entire FG Falcon range,” said Ford Australia President and chief executive officer Marin Burela.


THE award-winning G6E Turbo is an eye-catcher outside Schahinger Motors, Hamley Bridge. “It’s a resounding for its leading safety G6E Turbo, awarding it endorsement from News credentials, as the first 77 points from a possible Limited’s national mo- and only Australian- 80 points, well clear of toring press of the G6E built vehicle to receive a the second-placed JagTurbo’s world-class de- five-start ANCAP safety uar XF, which scored sign, from its peerless rating, which puts the 59 points. performance to the sig- latest Falcon on a par While the award was nificant step forward it with some of the safest resented to the G6E has taken with improved cars in the world. Turbo, the judges said the fuel efficiency and vehiThe eight judges, victory was a reflection of cle refinement. drawn from each state, “It also serves to were unequivocal in the success of the entire recognise the FG Falcon their praise of the new FG Falcon family.

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LETTER to the Editor Riesling win to Leasingham Golf club plan praised

CEO brings experience to Dev. Board Kelly-Anne Saffin is the new chief executive officer for the Mid North Regional Development Board. Board chair, Kay Mathias, said Ms Saffin had considerable experience in regional development. “Ms Saffin has a background in the legal industry and regional development around the state,” Ms Mathias said. “She comes from a position as regional manager for the Department of Trade and Economic Development based in Mount Gambier and has also served as regional business adviser with the Eyre Regional Development

Board, based in Port Lincoln. “In addition, Kelly-Anne has been a board member of Commonwealth and State government funded agencies in the areas of education, training and industry development. “The Board joins with me in welcoming Kelly-Anne. With this appointment, coupled with the recent development of the board’s new Strategic Plan and a five year Resource Agreement, we are looking forward to a successful future.” Ms Saffin replaces previous CEO, Colin Rawnsley, who resigned from the Board in July.

Leasingham Bin 7 Riesling was awarded two trophies for Best Dry White Table Wine at the recent National Wine Show in Canberra. This result brings the Clare Valley winemaker’s total trophy haul to seven, won in capital city wine shows during 2008. Leasingham also received three gold medals for the 2008 and 2005 Classic Clare Rieslings and the 2005 Classic Clare Cabernet at the National Wine Show. Leasingham made the first extensive plantings of riesling in the Clare Valley Watervale district in 1950 – against strong advice. Winemaker, Simon Osicka, whose work with riesling at Leasingham has been extensive, including the recent launch of the Bin 8 KS riesling, was thrilled with the result: ‘It is always gratifying as a winemaker to win the appreciation of your peers,” he said.

As an expat to Balaklava I love the idea of a Country Club development at Balaklava golf course. I believe it would be a great place to visit for a holiday spa. Ahhh....bring it on! I congratulate the foresight of the golf club president and his committee for pursuing this idea. I can see it will be a great asset to the Balaklava community; I can envisage retirees trampling over each other to get hold of the homes when they become available. The location is just perfect. What a wonderful idea to encourage the younger generation to make their homes in the Balaklava region. The career opportunities the Country Club could generate

not only include the hospitality industry trades, but management, health professionals other than doctors and nursing, horticultural, small business leaders and tourism to name a few, off the top of my head. So what are the negative reasons for not allowing this development? Increased population? Negative environmental impact? Negative economic impact? I give up, you will have to tell me! I certainly will make a booking to stay at the club when I am in the State. “If you build it, they will come!” stands true!!! Posted by Roena, from St James, on The Plains Producer website (www.

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• Riverton’s Christmas Carnival at the oval kicks off at 5.30pm on Tuesday, December 23. A whole range of activities will be on offer to children, including sumo wrestling, face painting, bouncy castles, classic cars, lucky dips and market stalls. Super DJ Tony Clarke will keep the carnival moving with his tunes and family games including Santa’s boot toss, Christmas parcel relay and bauble and spoon race. Winners of the Festive frontyard competition and the giant Christmas stocking raffle will be announced during the night. It’s not too late to pick up your ticket from one of the many businesses in Riverton selling tickets. Hot doughnuts, ice cream, fairy floss, barbecue, cappuccino, tea and coffee and alcoholic beverages will also be available.

• Tarlee’s annual Christmas Party is on at the Hall. The Christmas Eve event will commence at 6pm and will include a free sausage sizzle and ice-cream. Father Christmas will arrive on a fire truck about 7.30pm. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Super DJ Tony Clarke. • Uniting Church Sunday school children will be giving a nativity presentation at 9.15am on December 14. Carols will be held in the Church from 7pm on December 21.



• Saddleworth’s Christmas Party is on December 20 from 5.30pm. The whole street

will be closed off, where a range of activities will be available. Lots of free giveaways for kids, a magician bouncy castle, face painting, games, spray-on tattoos, stalls and a live band featuring local musicians will keep the crowd entertained. Food including a barbecue, yiros, doughnuts and ice-cream will be available. Father Christmas will be at the magic cave about 8pm to discuss last minute present requests with children. Stallholders are welcome. Contact Willi Ghedina on 8847 4443 for more information.


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• The Christmas Eve event in Owen this year is going to be bigger and better than ever. A bouncy castle, fairy floss and doughnuts, face painting, fake tattoos, water pistols and a show bag trail will be available for kids. Barbecue tea, fruit salad and ice cream, and a parade featuring floats from the community, will be followed by a visit by Father Christmas. Fancy dress and fancy dressed bikes (including motor bikes), and Christmas carol singing in the church are sure to entertain. Winners of the Christmas house light competition, best home-brewed beer competition will be announced.

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15 Scotland St, Balaklava Ph.8862 1251

3 Earth moving 3 Excavation 3 Rock Breaker 3 Hole boring 3 Laser levelling 3 Commercial & Domestic

For quality care & education

Mob: 0414 607 264

Computer Services


Mid North Computer Services

• • • •

Laptops Desktops Printers Upgrades

Built to order from top quality brands 30 George Street, Balaklava - Ph: 8862 2409 Business Hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

❋ Wiring ❋ Repairs & Rewiring ❋ Installation ❋ Safety Switches ‘A’ Class Electrician Phone 8862 2127 Mobile 0407 608 445 Lic No. A000 1347

For: 3Crash repairs 3Car detailing 3Windscreen replacement

Phone 8862 1274

•Childcare •Pre-School •Playgroup


Ph: 8520 2169 Mob: 0410 404 200 Email:

Balaklava Crash Repairs

Propreitors A.Rosser, B.Wiltshire, M.Rowett

Open: Monday - Friday 9am to 5.30pm, Saturday 9am to 12noon

Nicholas Mathew 8520 2555 Greg McLean 8844 5044

See Simon & Philip Taylor at

BLD 43872

Quality Products - Personal Service

✦ Specialists in Apprenticeships/Traineeships ✦ Labour Hire & Permanent employees ✦ We cover all industries & occupations

ACA Approved

For all your telstra needs Specialising in: 3Additional Phone Sockets 3Broadband Networking 3Pre-wiring homes 3TV Antennas Supplied & Fitted

For this mobile 3 Chips & scratches repaired service to your home or work contact Don 0447 053 561 or A/H 8528 6188 Excellent in paint repairs

Building Supplies

Statewide Group Training & Mid State Employment

Hart to Hart Communications

3 Colour paint protection

Phone: 1300 655 224

Master Builder Ass.

•Garage Floors •Driveways •Verandahs •Paths


3Weddings 3Parties 3Events 3Meetings

3Manufacturing, Alterations & Repairs 3Agricultural, Commercial & Domestic 3On site welding & repairs 3Steel Supplies Corner railway tce & Dunns Rd, Balaklava Mob 0419 807 406, Ph/Fax: 8862 2322

Contact Peter 0414 993 072 A/Hrs 8862 2192

Balaklava Town Hall

Goldney Welding

Will add rustic charm to any property!

2-6 Howe St, Balaklava - Ph 8862 1074

Available For Hire

3Air Liquide 3liquid arc, 3welding equipment 3 welding gases


32 George Street, Balaklava Ph 8862 1355

I can cut & polish your car to near re-spray quality

Railway Terrace, Balaklava - Ph: 8862 2158 Email:

1 Fisher St, Balaklava - Ph/Fax: 8862 1513

‘We Cover the Country’ 3 Carpets, vinyls, blinds & awnings. 3 Selection of woven rugs. 3 Free measure & quote.


Cunninghams Balaklava

Mack’s Cabinets


Open Monday - Friday: 6.30am - 5.30pm Saturday: 7am - 11.30am

Convenience store

Waratah Earthworx

3Bobcat 3Tipper 3Excavator 3Excavations 3Trenching 3Civil work 3Rubbish removal 3Site levelling 3Hole boring / cartage 3Slashing

Grant Fisher 8862 1988 or 0407 807 123

Lic No’s: PGE 2045 & ACRS: A001510

livestock merchandising, selling and buying from sourcing livestock at market, through to selling the end product to the abattoirs or into the food market system. Information to assist increase your crops is available. Elders can look after you from before you sow the first seed through to marketing your grain through Elders Toepfer. Dwayne Pratt (Roseworthy) is one of the qualified staff at both locations, who can advise on chemical purchases to suit your situation. A variety of consumable products are

Lic No BLD198659

Elders Balaklava and Roseworthy offer a wide range of services for the family on the land. Established at Roseworthy for about eight years, and Balaklava for nearly four, Elders qualified staff can assist with advice on agronomy, farm supplies, wool, livestock, real estate, insurance and finance. Agronomists Michael Brougham (Balaklava) or Craig Prior (Roseworthy) can provide advice to growers both over the phone or in-person during a visit to your farm. Richard Jones (Balaklava) can assist with

Mark Loy - A Class Electrician 3 Installation 3 Safety switches 3 TV points 3 Telephone points 3 Garden lights 3 Repairs / rewiring 3 Smoke alarms Saint Street, Balaklava Ph/Fax: 8862 1034 , Mob: 0427 979 607

EXHAUST & Brakes

Multi Exhaust & Brake

Virginia • Exhaust • Brakes • Suspension • Radiators • Servicing Cnr Old Pt Wakefield & Gawler Roads, Virginia (opp. Virginia Hotel)

Phone us on 8380 9477

Exhaust & Auto Repair 3 MECHANICAL REPAIRS 3 SUSPENSION REPAIRS 3 EXHAUST & ENGINE REBUILDS 3 REPAIRS ALL MAKES inc. TOYOTA Simon Exhaust & Auto Repairs 13 Railway Tce, Balaklava Phone 8862 1795 A/h 8862 1799 - Gary Mobile 0428 391 146

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Balaklava Diesel & Tyre Service

L.C. & R. Hore General plumbing

Langdon’s Shoe Store

◆ All Air Conditioning Work ◆ Tyre Sales & Repairs ◆ Specialist diesel mechanic

20 George Street, Balaklava Phone 8862 1082 245 Main North Rd, Clare

Phone: 0419 034 492 A/H 8523 0022

39 ShortTerrace, Balaklava Phone 8862 1273 or 0417860 822 (A/H)

10 Werocata Rd, Balaklava Phone 8862 1797 Mobile 0418 859 481 • Septic tank installations. • Re-roofing-Carports-Verandahs


Motor Vehicles


The Fencing Bloke

McCracken Ford

BLD 173128

SEWELL’S FENCING Pty Contractors Ltd

All types of domestic fencing for yards, pools etc • Tubular • Colourbond • Picket • Gates made order • FREE quotes • Kanga hire • Trenching • Holeboring

Mark Gardner Ph: 0428 109 842 - Mallala Fencing

Agents for BOC

Ford motor vehicle dealers

•General automotive repairs •RAA service. •New cars, used cars, light commercials, •Parts and service.

1 Edith Terrace, Balaklava Phone 8862 1477

Finance Brokers

Need Finance? We are here now ready to help with…

3 Home & investment property mortgages 3 Small business & commercial loans 3 Rural loans 3 Refinancing 26 Edward Street, Pt Wakefield Ph/Fax: (08) 8867 1588 Email:


Balaklava Shearing Shed Upmarket salon with cheap country prices • Kiddies haircut corner • Beauty & private waxing room 21 Edith Tce, Balaklava - Ph 8862 1629


Cutz ‘N ’ Curlz

Specialists in all your printing and stationery requirements, eg. wedding/general stationery, letterheads, brochures etc.

Agent for Echo Rubber Stamps

Colorado •3 Litre Common Rail Intercooled Turbo Diesel • 3,000 Kg Towing Cap •8.4 Ltr/100km

Balaklava Motors

Pens, pencils, erasers, mugs, glasses, fridge magnets and..... many more business gift items

Ph: 0439 500 961 28 Victoria Road, Clare

Solid Plastering

Mick Madigan

28 Howe St, Balaklava - Ph: 8862 1696

•Specialising in solid plastering of all types •Licenced applicator of Dulux / Unitex textured coatings •Cracks professionally repaired 26 Years Phone 0407 399 019 Experience


Stock Agent

Adelaide Plains Recycling Trading Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am to 12noon

Balaklava Agency

Ph: 8862 1333

31 Road Train Drive, Two Wells (off Middle Beach Rd)

Serving the rural community After Hours Phone... Kelly Evans 8862 1687; Shayn Faehrmann 8862 1086; Mel Haynes 8862 1711; Chris Kannenberg 8862 1980; Geoff Knappstein (property) 0407 790 210 George Redigolo (Insurance) 0417 167 732

Rural Supplies


Free can of coke with deposits over $40 valid until the end of December 2008 • Cash paid for bottles, cans, scrap metal • We also sell firewood

Phone: Scott and Dale Underwood: 8862 1030 or a/h 8862 1403

• Septic Tank Cleaning • Grass & Lawn Cutting

BLD Lic. 46967

Supplied & printed right here in Balaklava


Phone/Fax: 8864 2220 Mobile: 0429 642 221

Shoes, shoes and more shoes!

Allan Garrard

Promotional Products

Fencing Contractor

Trish & Ian Langdon

Septic Tank Cleaning

28 Howe St, Balaklava - Ph: 8862 1696

Motor Vehicles

For all your rural & domestic fencing needs ANDREW ROWE

Lic. No. RL24615




Balaklava Newsagency 30 George Street Ph/Fax 8862 1725 ❋ Newspapers ❋ Books ❋ Large Range of Magazines ❋ Stationery ❋ Office Supplies ❋ Gifts ❋ Cards & Wrappings Professional Laminating Service Home Delivery Service

Servicing the Lower Mid North area

Balaklava & Roseworthy



3 Agronomy 3 Farm Supplies 3 Wool 3 Livestock 3 Real Estate 3 Insurance 3 Finance

Your own local store!

13 Wallace Street Ph. 8862 1571, Fax 8862 2096


Peter Harcourt & Co

19 Wallace St, Balaklava - Ph:8862 1441


Balaklava - 8862 1970 Richard Jones (Merch/TSM) 0419 031 105 Michael Brougham (Agronomist) 0427 727 466 Roseworthy - 8524 8333 Daniel Doecke (Manager) 0408 848 262 Dwayne Pratt (Merch Manager) 0407 617 296 Craig Prior (Agronomist) 0427 183 206

• Taxation consultant. • Accounting and computer services.


Pergolas & timber

Rural Supplies

Timber Supplies

◆ Cuts ◆ Perms ◆ Colours ◆ Spray tans ◆ Ear piercing ◆ Waxing ◆ Eye brow & lash tinting

David Lester Insurance Agencies For all general insurances

Phone 8862 1549 any time

Office & residence - 25 Harris St, Balaklava Email -



Garden Supplies

Open Days


• Soils & sands • Firewood • Sleepers • Landscape barks • Rubble & metals • Decorative mulches • Concrete products • Garden rocks • Stones & pebbles Gawler ➞ Main North Road

Cousins Garden Sup.


Tiver Rd


Tiver Road, Evanston South Phone: 8522 5122


Daryle Forbes

Maintenance ABN 58321498535 BLD Lic. 203080

3 General Home Maintenance 3 Industrial & domestic 3 Repairs of all types Mobile: 0417 870 624 Phone / Fax 8844 5214

Prompt Reliable Service

• Free measure • Design service All building • Supplier of treated pine materials delivered • Trellis • Decking• Sleepers to your door • Gyprock • Doors • Posts

Phone 8862 1728

Pergolas - Carports - timber decks

Rain Water TANKS

R & M Timber Supplies

and Rural Merchandise

Phone: 8522 6504 Fax: 8523 2009

Phone: 8524 21 17 Mobile: 0409 093 560

84 - 86 Yorsdale St, Balaklava (off Dunn’s Rd)

• Let us customise a design for you • Installation service is available • Huge range of timber & hardware at discount prices Lot 9 Kelly Road, Willaston


Rural Supplies



All general plumbing

Lic. No. PCL 5676

• ANZIIF (Snr Assoc), C.I.P • Agent for: CGU Insurance Ltd

Corner of George & Scotland St

29 Harris St Balaklava Ph 8862 1285 Mob: 0418 896 808 “Competitive Rates/Pensioner Discounts”

J.C. & A.J. Shepherd Phone/Fax 8862 2284

❖ ❖ ❖ ❖

Balaklava Transport

Pool Chemicals Bird Seed Redwing Boots & Clothing Poly Pipe & Fittings

Daily Freight Service to & from Adelaide TRANSPORT

BALAKLAVA Phone 8862 1866



Salt Damp Solutions

Steve Robertson Plumbing & Gas

Mid North Salt Damp Solutions

5 Peek Street, Balaklava Phone 8862 1818, Mobile 0409 848 995 • Master plumber •gas fitter •drain cleaning •roof & gutter repairs •all types of plumbing & supplies. Lic. Nos. R18279, SR18279, 4662. Member of the Master Plumbers Association

The Number 1 treatment for curing rising salt damp

•FREE no obligation quote MICK 0407 3999 019 or DARYLE 0417 870 624


Depot: C/- Country Carriers 13 Belfree Drive, Green Fields Contact Garry 0408 831 971 or 8862 1609 Fax 8863 3078

Tree Lopping Fox Tree Lopping & Tower Hire • Trees & Mistletoe Removed *Conditions •24 Hour Emergency Service Apply •Full public liability insurance • Branches Mulched •Free Quote We’ll beat any other written quote* Ph: 8842 2716 or 0417 460 174

ABN 69 102 224 019

Hair & beauty










7 DAYtv TV GUIDE 7 day guide

The Plains Producer, Wednesday December 10, 2008 Week commencing December 11

The Plains Producer, Wednesday December 10, 2008




Riverton breaks losing streak Cool conditions across a number of venues last weekend created tighter results in many matches. In Division One, Riverton snapped their long running losing streak against Hamley Bridge with a nine-shot victory with two rinks up. Elsewhere, Balaklava retained top spot following their sound win over Tarlee. The battle for fourth spot has intensified due to Owen’s upset win over Port Wakefield and Mallala’s win over Wasleys. While 21 points separates fourth from seventh, over half the season remains for any of these sides to advance up the standings. Looking to this Saturday’s Division One matches, the main match features Hamley Bridge and Balaklava.

By John Glistak, Secretary WMBA Their previous encounter saw Balaklava take the honours but with this match being played at Hamley Bridge, the home side will be favoured to win. Riverton travels to Wasleys for a match that Riverton should win but lately Wasleys have been difficult to defeat at home. Tarlee hosts Port Wakefield in a clash where a win for Port Wakefield will give them more breathing space from the sides seeking their spot in the four. The final encounter will see two of these sides, Owen and Mallala, meet. Owen defeated Mallala in their previous meeting and a similar result is also predicted this weekend. Division One – 6 December 2008: Riverton 82(10) (N. Rogers 40, B. Mullins

24, M. Griffiths 18) def. Hamley Bridge 73(2) (A. O’Brien 26, B. Smith 15, D. Rex 32); Mallala 69(10) (I. Stuart 28, P. Furst 23, K. Roberts 18) def. Wasleys 55(2) (G. Rendell 13, L. Ryan 20, D. Olive 22); Owen 77(10) (N. Harkness 27, T. Harkness 24, K. Warnes 26) def. Port Wakefield 63(2) (G. McPharlin 12, R. McQuire 26, A. Fontaine 25); Balaklava 87(12) (B. Taylor 34, P. Thompson 23, T. Clifford 30) def. Tarlee 47(0) (D. Branson 14, M. Butler 13, F. Gorey 20). Standings: Balaklava 87 +192, Riverton 84 +158, Hamley Bridge 70 +108, Port Wakefield 56 +20, Owen 48 -88, Mallala 39 -22, Wasleys 35 -92, Tarlee 13 -275. Division One – 13 December 2008: Owen vs Mallala, Tarlee vs Port Wakefield, Wasleys vs Riverton, Hamley Bridge vs Balaklava.

ALEX Markopoulos lines up for Balaklava on Saturday.

One rink up and win!

PORT Wakefield skipper Tony Jones gives a line to a team mate. LEFT INSET: Mitch Gutterson, Tarlee keeps his eye on the jack. RIGHT INSET: Port Wakefield’s Heather Brown prepares to send one down.


Match results from Thursday December 4. Round Eight Auburn Black 53 (B Smith 24, S Hean 29) def Hallett 24 (R Jaquet 11, D Kealy 13). Auburn Red 40 (M Parkinson 21, M Mount 19) def Saddleworth Blue 26 (B Schoenberg 14, R Richardson 12) Burra Gold 33 (D Broderick 19, K Maidment 14) lst Mintaro 37 (S Ettridge 17, L Gooda 20). Booborowie 38 (M White 19, M Baldock 19) def Saddleworth Gold 31 (C Reed 12, C Haydon 19) Riverton Black 25 (J Griffiths 4, A Harrip 21) lst Burra Green 44 (H Stockman 26, L Sutton 18). Riverton Blue 50 (M Keast 20, J Schroeder 30) def Burra Red 31 (D Day 18, D Mengerson 13). Robertstown Gold 37 (L Mosey 19, C Ruediger 18) lst Watervale 41 (J Ackland 22, R Matthias 19). Robertstown Green 38 (S Kimpton 17, D Kotz 21) def Riverton Green 30 (J Przibilla 18, E Passehl 12). Tarlee 32 (J Rhode 13, S Molineux 19) lst Spalding 34 (G Cruse 14, R Tohl 20).

Sides for saturday

Balaklava Division 1: Balaklava v Hamley Bridge at Hamley. Cars: Skippers. S Schumacher, O Chapman, D Lamond, B Taylor (sk). C Bown, K McPharlin, M

Northcott, P Thompson (sk). B Olsen, J Roberts, A Chivell, T Clifford (sk). Division 2: Balaklava White v Balaklava Blue. H Hebish, J Lee, L Zerk, H Philp (sk). Z Guy, N Olsen, M Olsen, J Olsen (sk). B Moffatt, S Guy, R Hillman, K Harkness (sk). Balaklava Blue v Balaklava White. L Day, L Barr, G Palmer, P McPharlin (sk). R McDonald, J McPharlin, D Cottle, R Barr (sk). L Braddock, D Anderson, D Beare, C Milton (sk). Balaklava Red v Tarlee at Balaklava. T Whittaker, N Sampson, K Catforf, C Welke (sk). C Stewart, J Milton, D Whittaker, B Hogben (sk). R Spray, A Barr, B Philp, K Cottle (sk). Bar: D Beare, R Barr. Chicken Wheel: M Olsen. Afternoon Tea: J Stewart, R Winen, M Roberts. OWEN Division 1: Owen v Mallala at Owen. R Uppill, B Diehl, G Harkness, T Harkness (sk). G Marshman, W Hocking, B Paker, N Harkness (sk). B Duncan, P Freebairn, G Bubner, K Warnes (sk). Division 2. Owen v Mallala Black at Owen. J Robinson, W Hodgetts, C Hocking, I Freebairn (sk). J Marshman, A Wandel, A Tiller, K Gould (sk). R Hill, P McIntyre, L Hean, L Beaty (sk).

Wooroora Women

Mallala Black 41 d Balaklava Green 41. B Roney 22, d F Rowland 15. C King 19 d B Philp 19. Balaklava Red 37 d Mallala Red 34. Y Curnow 21 d L Barr 14. L Harkness 23 d R Jenkin 13. Mallala White 43 d Balaklava Gold 39. C Goldney 23 d F Dunstan 16. M Marshman 27 d K Catford 16. Owen 56 d Two Wells Red 35. B Hark-

A feature of last weekend’s Division Two matches saw four matches being won with the winning sides each having only one rink up. The closest results from among these matches saw Riverton White and Riverton Black defeat Tarlee and Mallala Black by one shot and two shots, respectively. Other one rink winners included Owen and Hamley Red. Elsewhere, Port Wakefield Gold lost at home to visiting Balaklava Blue and Hamley White took the honours against Mallala White. Balaklava White had a comfortable victory over Port Wakefield Blue in the final fixture of the round. The top three positions in the standings remain unchanged. However, a spread of only six points now separates fourth from ninth. This Saturday’s matches will feature a number of interesting challenges. Hamley Red hosts Port Wakefield Gold in a clash where the home side’s more consistent form will earn them the points. Mallala White will keen to return to the winner’s circle at the expense of Riverton White. Owen hosts Mallala Black in a match that is likely to be decided over the latter ends of the game. The local derby between Balaklava Blue and Balaklava White will also be keenly contested as both sides strive to improve their position within the standings. Riverton Black, Balaklava Red and Hamley White are expected to win in the remaining fixtures of the round. Division Two – 6 December 2008: Riverton White 69(8) (R. Hannaford 35, J. Glistak 18,

ness 32 d M Gameau 19. G Wandel 24 d B Molloy 16. Port Wakefield 50 d Two Wells White 23. M Hayes 21 d S Underwood 14. B McQuire 29 d M Maylin 9. Hamley Bridge Bye. Premiership Table Owen 64 +75 Balaklava Gold 63 +32 Port Wakefield 55 +37 Balaklava Red 49 +10 Hamley Bridge 46 -28 Balaklava Green 45 +27 Mallala White 44 -4 Mallala Red 39 -30 Two Wells White 34 -15 Mallala Black 31 -10 Two Wells Red 27 -87

North Eastern Mid Week

Burra 55 (10), J Maidment 23, C Boston 32, def Balaklava 24 (0) K Harkness 13, R Hillman 11. Clare Red 39 (8) R Howes 25, R Brandt 14 def Spalding 35 (2) P Goodridge 11, K Jackson 24. Blyth 37 (8) L Mader 15, R Arbon 22 def Clare White 31 (2) T Haysman 19, R Wurst 12. Snowtown 56 (9) R Atkinson 19, R Brand 37, def Brinkworth 27 (1) F Groom 19, J Goss 8. Snowtown 77 416 247 62.75 Burra 67 393 278 58.57 Clare Red 63 265 230 53.54 Blyth 50 350 331 51.40 Spalding 36 277 282 49.55 Balaklava 31 218 375 36.76 Clare White 22 288 363 44.24 Brinkworth 14 219 320 40.63

By John Glistak, Secretary WMBA P. Gates 16) def Tarlee 68(4) (J. Crowley 12, D. Heathfield 24, T. Cullen 32); Owen 65(8) (L. Beaty 20, P. Sullivan 22, I. Freebairn 23) def. Balaklava Red 58(4) (C. Cowan 23, B. Hogben 24, K. Cottle 11); Balaklava White 74(12) (H. Philp 29, J. Olsen 25, K. Harkness 20) def. Port Wakefield Blue 49(0) (T. Franke 21, T. Jones 16, H. Brown 12); Balaklava Blue 73(10) (R. Barr 26, C. Milton 24, P. McPharlin 23) def. Port Wakefield Gold 64(2) (A. Williams 14, R. McGregor 21, A. Carslake 29); Hamley Red 89(8) (J. Tily 21, I. Ferguson 45, G. Schilling 23) def. Wasleys 67(4) (J. Williamson 28, B. McDougall 12, J. McDonnell 27); Riverton Black 83(8) (R. Schulz 23, P. Koster 38, B. Prime 22) def. Mallala Black 81(4) (J. Evans 38, M. King 19, G. Donlon 24); Hamley White 75(10) (J. Bell 24, J. Daniel 23, B. Morris 28) def. Mallala White 67(2) (G. Forrest 19, P. March 27, K. McDonald 21). Standings: Hamley White 82 +144, Hamley Red 78 +160, Mallala White 70 +71, Mallala Black 65 +48.75, Balaklava Blue 64 +65, Port Wakefield Gold 62 +134, Balaklava White 62 +29, Balaklava Red 60 +16, Owen 59 +39.25, Riverton Black 47 -26, Riverton White 46 +8, Wasleys 32 -225, Port Wakefield Blue 19 -181, Tarlee 10 -285. Division Two – 13 December 2008: Owen vs Mallala Black, Riverton Black vs Wasleys, Balaklava Red vs Tarlee, Balaklava Blue vs Balaklava White, Port Wakefield Blue vs Hamley White, Mallala White vs Riverton White, Hamley Red vs Port Wakefield Gold.

Wooroora Association

A Bowler’s Bias

Name: Lydia Berry Age: 59 Played bowls for: This is my first year Bowl for: Port Wakefield Blue Live: Port Wakefield Profession: Retired Hobbies other than bowls: Golf, grandkids Do you prefer to play on lawn or synthetic greens? Haven’t played on synthetic Bowls could be improved by: More practice! Toughest club: Balaklava Gold Other than myself, the association’s best bowler is: No comment I do play bowls with my husband because: We enjoy it, and for the social aspect Should there be a minimum age limit for bowlers? No

Should there be a maximum? No If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be? Jennifer Hawkins What was the last film you saw? Alvin and the Chipmunks with the grandkids What is your favourite movie, TV show, song? Home and Away What would you like to see changed in the world? Poverty When you have to cook a meal for yourself, what is it? Spaghetti If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? “Dependable Liddy”

“Come celebrate after a day on the green” • Cold beer & meals available



The Plains Producer, Wednesday December 10, 2008


Balaklava prevails over Hilltown in friendly match

ABOVE: Gayle Berry, Hilltown prepares to serve. ABOVE INSET: Balaklava’s Angela Battle stays focussed as she prepares to hit a forehand.

ABOVE: Phil Barry, Balaklava smashes a winning volley. LEFT: Hilltown’s Karen Littlefield keeps her eye on the ball as it comes down from the bounce. RIGHT: Michael Finery, Hilltown winds up to smash a forehand.

Tennis lower north

Nantawarra 11-100 lost to Dalkey 13111. Jessica Taylor lost to Carolyn Koch 7-6. Tammy Nicholls def Sally Fritz 6-3. Symonn Hutton def Stacey Bell 7-6. Jo Scott lost to Yvonne Bell 6-2. Sophie Reid lost to Cassandra Bell 7-5. Tina Reid lost to Amanda Surace 6-1. Travis Nicholls def Luke Wedding 6-0. Richard Maxwell lost to George Gregory 6-1. Brad Reid lost to Lou Surace 6-1. Ryan Reid lost to Lyall Haynes 7-5. Rodney Burke def Sam Wedding 6-1. Darren Woodroofe lost to Michael Gregory 6-0.

Lower north juniors

DIVISION 1: Owen 3 - 30 def. Long Plains 3 - 26. Robert Lloyd def Leah Tynan 6 - 4, Kieren Robinson def Karl Algar 6 - 2, Daniel Brewster lost to Ross Sharer 5 - 6, Charles Fry def Michael Clifford 6 - 2. Balaklava 6 - 36 def. Hamley Bridge 0 - 17. Scott McDonald def Joanne Humphrys 6 - 0, Riley McDonald def Cassandra Bell 6 - 4, Matthew Hoepner def Jakyb Sharman 6 - 5, Ben Michael def Jim Redden 6 - 5. DIVISION 2: Balaklava Green 6 - 36 def. Two Wells Red 0 - 10. Ben Heaslip def Shannen Weir 6 - 0, Callum Michael def Maddie Seccafien 6 - 0, Hedley Greenshields def Tegan Breen 6 - 2, Ashley Krieg def Brooke Schuitt 6 - 2. Balaklava White 5 - 31 def. Mallala Black 1 - 13. Tinashi Nyoni lost to Douglas Howard 1 - 6, Tate Michael def Clare Howard 6 - 3, Kate Cmrlec def Jarrad Dunstan 6 - 1, Casey Michael def Brooke Wilson 6 - 0. Mallala White 3 - 29 def. Long Plains 3 - 22. Brett Jenkin lost to Paul Sharer 4 - 6,

Josh Watson def Nick Curnow 6 - 2, Trent Graham def Clarissa Daniel 6 - 0, Angus Clothier lost to Corey Sharer 2 - 6. DIVISION 3: Balaklava Green 4 - 31 def. Long Plains 2 - 19. Marni Greenshields def Riley Curnow 6 - 3, Henry Lane def Renae Baker 6 - 0, Dillon Michael def Taylor Fabry 6 - 0, Gemma Freebairn lost to Amy Barr 4 - 6. Balaklava Gold 5 - 32 def. Balaklava White 1 - 17. Sam VanKleef def Emily Taylor 6 - 0 Jake Michael def Cody Scott 6 - 5, Samanga Nyoni lost to Hannah Hoepner 2 - 6, Zac Scholz def Sarah Tiller 6 - 1. Two Wells White 4 - 31 def. Hamley Bridge 2 - 19. Matthew Lange def Claire Humphrys 6 - 2, Jamie Humphrys lost to Tristan Bell 4 - 6, Taiha Wilmshurst def Jessica Sellars 6 - 0, Tarsha Briscoe lost to Kirra Surace 3 - 6. DIVISION 4: Hamley Bridge 5 - 34 def. Balaklava 1 - 25. Amy Humphrys def Kristy Selleck 6 - 5, Daniel Gregory def Todd Scholz 6 - 4, Leon Raether lost to Tenneal White 4 - 6, Cameron Weiss def Kellie Scott 6 - 5. Mallala 6 - 36 def. Owen 0 - 6. Laura Jarmyn def Sophie Parker 6 - 1, Rachel Dunstan def Kaitlyn Lloyd 6 - 1, Mark Jenkin def Jake Harkness 6 - 2, Liam Matthew def Lucy Parker 6 - 0. DIVISION 1 Owen 13 84.21 Balaklava 9 52.63 Long Plains 6 57.14 Hamley Bridge 0 9.52 Division 2 Balaklava Green 14 73.81 Balaklava Gold 8 76.67 Mallala White 8 47.22 Balaklava White 4 58.33 Long Plains 4 41.67 Mallala Black 4 36.11 Two Wells Red 0 16.67

Division 3 Balaklava Green Two Wells White Balaklava Gold Balaklava White Long Plains Hamley Bridge

Mid North

14 10 8 6 2 2

73.81 69.05 50.00 40.48 35.71 30.95

Balaklava 18-131 def Hilltown 6-80. Helen Barry def Meradith Weckert 6-0. Pauline Hill lost to Sarah Johnson 6-2. Tammy Barr def Katherine Vincent 6-0. Sharalyn Pike lost to Heather Pretlove 6-2. Angela Battle def Gayle Barry 6-3. Tania Allen def Karen Littlefield 6-2. Derek Friedrichs def Michael Nugent 7-6. Rick Lamond def Tom Hawker 6-0. Vinny Taylor lost to Ben Johnson 6-4. Phil Barry def Michael Finey 6-2. Andrew Lane def Daren Pretlove 6-3. Scott McDonald def Justine Ragenovich 6-0.

Northern YP

Division 2: Lochiel 1-30 lost to 17103. Ryan Greensheilds lost to Steven Fuss 6-1. Brendan Wallis lost to Ben Auen 6-0. Joel Nottle lost to Paul Bussenshout 7-6. Nick Nicholls lost to Darryl Clayson 6-0. Roger Hern lost to Greg Smith 6-1. Nikki Beall def Sarah Knight 6-0. Kate Greensheilds lost to Charlotte Knight 6-1. Rebecca Bird lost to Sam Clayson 6-1.

NYP Juniors

A Grade. Port Broughton 6-43 def Lochiel 0-23. Mitch Nicholls lost to Renae Krieger 7-6. Clinton Baker lost to Kane Bowley 6-4. Daniel Wallis lost to Tyson Dennis 6-3. Crystal Thomas lost to Megan Belman 6-0.

Saturday senior

A drizzly day meant a delayed start for the match between Balaklava and

Hilltown at Balaklava, with both sides looking forward to their usual friendly games. Unfortunately for the visitors, they were faced with a very strong home side, but still with a few fill-ins. The mixed doubles had some great tennis, with the home side winning five of six sets, but that didn’t indicate the quality of the sets. Pairs Rick Lamond and Pauline Hill, and Vinny Taylor and Tammy Barr had tight 7-5 wins, whilst Scott McDonald and Tania Allen won a marathon 6-4. Tania was relieved to have a good start to her day, making her Saturday comeback after nearly 15 years! She was dreading playing a singles, but being such a star, won that in style Tania’s big night with Craig on Friday must’ve helped settle her nerves! Captain Angela Battle and Andrew Lane were the only pair to come second albeit in a tense 6-4, with great shots made by all players. Top lady who’s a year older this week, Helen Barry, didn’t mess around in her singles, and neither did Tammy, with both wanting to play quickly and tuck into the afternoon tea! Even after her mixed win, Pauline couldn’t quite get into her rhythm in her singles as her opponent, Sarah Johnson, played some great shots. Playing powerhouse tennis and abstinence last week was just too much for Shaz Pike, who was outgunned this week by the even harder hitting Heather Pretlove. Angela got her eye in and turned her score around to win in a consistent hit against Gayle Barry. Both girls went for their shots which was good to see. The men also had an assortment of scores with dastardly Derek Friedrichs winning an absolute marathon tiebreaker over Michael Nugent in the set of the day.

This top men’s singles showed what tennis is all about with the spectators enjoying every minute of it! Well done fellas! Rick and young gun Scott both had very big wins, whilst Phil Barry and Andrew had wins but not quite as comfortably. Vinny was eventually outgunned in a tight 6-4 to Ben Johnson- no, not the runner, although built very well! It was all over by the straight doubles, but that didn’t stop the players from playing some great rallies. Tammy was looking for three wins but her doubles with Shaz saw them outplayed by the experienced pair of Katherine Vincent and Heather P. Tania however, was nearly shaking with excitement as she belted down her big serves to clinch a win with Angela. Tania is even thinking of returning full time to Saturday tennis! Derek and Rick made short work of their shell-shocked opposition, who had never seen Derek in action before! (and hope not to again!) Vinny and Phil lost 7-5 which was almost the best set of the day! But the agony and ecstasy of the last set for Scott and Andrew - ecstasy at winning a tight 6-4, but agony for Andrew, who, thinking little boys will always be able to fly, attempted to do just that, and tore his muscle - calf that is! He soldiered on, luckily having a young partner who could do the running! A good drop of amber and red fluids numbed the pain initially, but soon resorted to the trusty metho, joining his night tennis counterparts, David and Geoff! Well done to three-set winners Derek, Rick, Scott, Helen, and of course, Tania! Final score Balaklava 18-131 to Hilltown 6-80. A game played in great spirits as always! Until next week when Shaz will be back on track.....

The Plains Producer, Wednesday December 10, 2008




Lower Gilbert Cricket

VINNY Taylor, Balaklava smashes a serve to Hilltown opponent Ben Johnson, who is pictured below running in to hit a volley during Saturday’s tennis match.


Long Plains Phone 8527 8264 Results of Lower Gilbert senior cricket played on December 6

Hamley Bridge vs Dublin Match won by Hamley Hamley Bridge Batting D.Ireland ct W.Heslop b R.Amari............. 6 S.Gregory ct J.Crosbie b J.Mason.......... 3 T.Smith ct J.Mason b B.Starr................. 42 C.Young b R.Amari.................................. 0 J.Schahinger b R.Amari.......................... 1 A.McCabe st D.West b L.Walker........... 50 T.Would b B.Starr.................................... 1 S.Ireland ct D.West b. B.Starr................. 0 B.Watson Not Out.................................. 12 L.Slok ct W.Heslop b L.Walker.............. 10 J.Watson ct D.West b B.Starr.................. 0 Extras 8 Total 10/133 Dublin Bowling Bowler O M W R J.Mason 10 2 1 27 R.Amari 10 1 3 38 W.Heslop 6 0 0 31 B.Starr 7.5 1 4 25 L.Walker 2 0 2 4

Dublin Batting C.Mason ct C.Young b A.McCabe......... 14 J.Crosbie ct S.Gregory b A.McCabe..... 19 B.Starr ct L.Slok b A.McCabe.................. 0 D.West ct J.Schahinger b A.McCabe.... 15 M.Sammons lbw A.McCabe.................... 0 J.Chapman ct S.Gregory b T.Would........ 0 S.Broad b B.Watson.............................. 22 W.Heslop ct C.Young b A.McCabe.......... 6 J.Mason ct A.McCabe b C.Young............ 5 R.Amari ct B.Watson b C.Young.............. 7 L.Walker Not Out..................................... 0 Extras 11 Total 10/99 Hamley Bridge Bowling Bowler O M W R C.Young 7 3 2 16 L.Slok 2 0 0 9 A.McCabe 10 4 6 28 T.Would 4 1 1 19 B.Watson 3 0 1 16

stanley Cricket Results of U16 Div II Stanley cricket played on December 6

Lower North vs Brinkworth/koolunga

Croquet upper wakefield

Snowtown 38, G Schupelius 13, R Freebairn 13, P Schupelius 7, J Hoskin 5, def Blyth 22, I Fisher 5, J Hilzinger 5, R Loader 6, G Clark 6. Clare 21, E Semple 5, C Bolvig 7, R Gierke 4, G Todd 5, def Balaklava 19, N Williams 2, C Reimers 2, L Sutton 8, D Williams 7. At Snowtown, Iris and Jenny battled hard against Gilbert and Rhonda, but as hard as they tried, could not stop Gilbert pegging out and get Rhonda to pet out. Graham did not make a hoop until after the break, so did very well to catch up to Ruth making six each. Pam and Joylene made seven and five making it a draw taking a point each. Balaklava lost by two hoops having a tight battle all day. Lynne and Dulcie got a good start and held on. Gorgie played a great game in the first half hardly missing a ball and making hoops with no trouble. After the break they relied on Rae to catch up. Chris B (a borrowed player from Blyth) could not do a thing wrong up until the break making seven, but seemed to find it hard to through a hoop after the break. Euan took awhile to get going but got stuck on he fourth hoop, having several tries before he could get through. Chris R and Nancy just could not get going at all spending most of the time separating their opponents. The second hoop was just not wide enough. Neither could get through and when they got set up, they were taken away having to set up all over again. It was a good friendly game and quite even.

Golf Balaklava Men

What promised to be just another Stroke round last Saturday was, in fact, a day which left members speechless, numbed and very, very subdued. You see, this was the day when the usually rampant Ron Butterworth won nothing, zilch, zip, nada, zero, in fact a great big fat duck egg. We may never be in these times again, folks! However, it was a brighter, more productive outing for a sparkling Mark Loy, demon plumber of no fixed percentage, who clouted a resounding gross 78 for a nett 62 (how’m I doin’ there, Spence?). A further 14 A-Grade wallahs chased him home, the stand outs from their ranks being the ever-dangerous Michael Day (80/70) and of course, the big, implaccable “presence” himself, Barry Michael (86/70). The rest of the field swanned home thus: G. Spence (88/72), L. Durdin (84/73), R. Lawson (83/74), someone listed as R. Butterworth (86/74), I. Michael (85/75), M. Hameister (89/76), C. Williams (84/77), W. Berry (92/77), D. Hannaford (89/78), W. Parkin (80/79), P. Lamont (88/80) and R. Hahn (93/80). Ten tenacious triers turned out for the B-Grade battle which was won by Austin “By The Book!” Henstridge (thanks, Norm W.) who punched a patient gross 96 for

a nett 69. He was kept honest by young Les Masson (92/72) and of course, the indefatigable Dean Trickett (93/73). As these three teetered uncertainly up on the podium, clutching their victory orange-ades, they observed the rest of the field come in thus: B. Stewart (97/74), D. Goudie (98/76), I. Gameau (99/78), C. Michael (105/80), N. Durdin (100/81), A. Leaver (100/81) and D. Rodgers (104/83). Messrs. Wayne Nagle and Simon Purdue had a crack at the Summer Cup, with the former triumphing over the latter three to one. What of the Veterans’ mob? - well with Arthur Diercks busily penning his memoirs “The Old Grocery Lark - How I Done It” and Gerry Toms revelling in a spot of plastic surgery, we just haven’t had the bods you see. Birdies were struck by he of the glittering shafts, Mark Loy, on No. 8 and the hard-hitting Michael Day on the third. Nearest the Pin infamy was earned by Michael Day on the 3rd., Leigh Durdin, 8th, Wayne “walking better now, thanks” Nagle 10th and that most fluid strokemaker, Geoff Spence, on the 13th. Next week you are offered the year’s prime “Hit & Giggle” fun fest in the form of our two-man Ambrose “Ham and Turkey Day”. At just $15 per head and with some really interesting raffles to get stuck in to, we would expect all you hams and most of you turkeys to roll up and do the right thing.

Balaklava mid week

Nine hole competition: D Trickett 23cb, M Hameister 23, D Newton 21cb, B Berry 21, G Toms 18, D Taylor 17, D Anderson 15, L Masson 12.

Hamley Bridge

Saturday, 23 players took part in the stableford competition. Winner was Bob Charman with 46 pints with other ball winners L Hatcher 41, R Mortimer, W Jackson, S Howe 39, and D Russell 38. Other scores: R Spriggs, K Kluske, I Darwin 38, W Isgar, C Applebee, W Van Pelt, R Smith 37, R Ahola, R Cameron, D Cooper, N Stringer, B Schwartz 36, T Jones 35, R Collins 34, G Dahlitz 32, C Doudle 31, L Schaeffer 21. Nearest the pin: I Darwin with two birdies and one to B Schwartz and L Hatcher. Thursday’s results: Winner Bob Ahola 43 from E Manning 42, T Bateman 40, W Van Pelt 39, R Smith, A Noack, D Russell, T Jones, W Isgar 38, L Hatcher 37, R Hahn, B Cooper, R Collins 36, C Doudle 35, G Dahlitz, L Usher 31, with six players scoring in the 20s. NTP: W Isgar.

Shooting Mallala

Results from Sunday December 7 where 23 competed in fine and warm conditions. 20 target continental. A and overall: B Cottell 20/20, 2nd B Dempster 19/20. B: B Greenshields 19/20, 2nd L Cottell 19/20. C: G Ogilvie 18/20, 2nd G Tapscott 17/20. 20 pair deauville doubles. 1st: B Dempster and N Dempster 17/20. 2nd: R Fleming and G Tapscott 16/20. 3rd: B Duncan and B Greenshields 15/20. 4th: J Innes and B Zanker 13/20. 15 target mixed targets. 1st: B Greenshields 24/25. 2nd: R Fleming 23/25, B Zanker 23/25. Next shoot Sunday January 4.

from the pitch

Best effort with bat or ball? 3 for 20 odd Your most memorable moment in cricket: 3 in a row (premierships) Strangest place you’ve turned up in your cricket whites: Mallala Hotel covered in coffee stains (who’s your favourite cricketer Matt Maher) Worst dressed player in your team: Matt Maher…explorer socks, tight shorts and sneakers. Look out ladies! Who would you least want to room with on tour? Why? “Lurch” AKA Simon Schulz – his beard tends to malt

Name: Jared East Nickname: ROD Team: Long Plains Cricketing Status: The last batsman Who would you least like to face up to? Matt East – you never know where the ball is going to end up Who is your favourite Waugh? Steve Who is your favourite Australian Cricket Captain? Mark Taylor Funniest thing you have seen on a cricket oval? Matthew Birchmore being bowled by yours truly (nice shot skip)

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Match won by Lower North Brinkworth/Koolunga Batting A.Davidson Retired............................... 25 J.Verran Retired.................................... 25 D.Hayes lbw J.McBride........................... 0 J.Weckert b J.McBride............................. 0 I.Moller Retired...................................... 14 D.Goss ct S.Wildman b J.Harness.......... 1 B.Welke Not Out...................................... 0 D.Welke..............................................DNB T.Welke...............................................DNB A.Kreig................................................DNB W.Kreig...............................................DNB Extras 25 Total 3/90 Lower North Bowling Bowler O M W R C.McPharlin 5 1 0 10 J.Taylor 5 1 0 9 J.McBride 4 0 2 19 B.Freebairn 3 0 0 16 H.Veitch 4 0 0 9 J.Harkness 3 0 1 14 B.Chapman 1 0 0 7

Lower North Batting C.McPharlin ct & b A.Davidson............... 0 B.Freebairn lbw J.Verran......................... 9 T.Williams Retired.................................. 25 J.McBride Retired.................................. 25 J.Taylor Not Out..................................... 15 T.Heslop Not Out..................................... 3 H.Veitch..............................................DNB S.Wildman..........................................DNB J.Harkness.........................................DNB B.Chapman........................................DNB R.Chapman........................................DNB Extras 18 Total 2/95 Brinkworth/Koolunga Bowling Bowler O M W R J.Verran 5 2 1 13 A.Davidson 5 0 1 24 I.Moller 5 0 0 26 D.Hayes 5 0 0 30

Results of Junior Stanley cricket played on December 6

Lower North vs Clare Match won by Clare Clare Batting J.Dunstan Retired.................................. 31 M.Reynolds b S.McGuiness.................... 8 T.Huppatz Retired.................................. 30 L.Dunstan Retired................................. 31 C.Giles Not Out..................................... 13 M.Bennie Not Out.................................... 8 C.Napper............................................DNB D.Reid................................................DNB P.Van..................................................DNB T.Forrest.............................................DNB S.Garrard............................................DNB Extras 26 Total 1/147 Lower North Bowling Bowler O M W R S.McGuiness 5 0 1 38 R.McPharlin 3 0 0 17 J.Henderson 5 0 0 12 T.Rowe 2 0 0 15 S.Rowland 3 0 0 22 T.Shepherd 2 0 0 11 B.Harkness 1 0 0 8 M.Gates 1 0 0 4 P.McMillan 1 0 0 11

Lower North Batting R.McPharlin ct L.Dunstan b C.Giles...... 13 D.Hill b T.Huppatz.................................... 0 S.Rowland ct M.Benny b T.Huppatz...... 15 J.Henderson b M.Reynolds..................... 4 S.McGuinness Not Out.......................... 32 J.Rowe ct C.Giles b L.Dunstan............... 4 L.Michael ct C.Napper b J.Dunstan....... 17 T.Shepherd c L.Dunstan b P.Heymark..... 0 M.Gates b J.Dunstan............................... 0 B.Harkness Not Out................................ 7 P.McMillan Not Out.................................. 0 Extras 24 Total 8/116 Clare Bowling Bowler T.Huppatz M.Reynolds L.Dunstan C.Giles T.Forrest J.Dunstan P.Heymark S.Garrard

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Results of A Grade Stanley cricket played on December 6

Lower North vs Clare Match won by Clare Lower North Batting A.Brackstone ct W.Hutchinson b J.Dunstan 109 T.McPharlin cct T.Huppztz b J.Dunstan 83 P.Chivell ct M.Reynolds b J.Dunstan..... 10 J.Mahoney Not Out............................... 22 C.Chapman ct S.Victor b G.Colber........ 19 D.Hill Run Out......................................... 0 S.McGuiness Not Out.............................. 0 J.Napper.............................................DNB A.Smith...............................................DNB C.Heslop.............................................DNB Extras 12 Total 5/256 Clare Bowling Bowler O M W R G.Colbert 9 1 1 68 S.Victor 9 3 1 42 R.Calaby 5 0 0 26 S.Heinrich 9 0 0 45 T.Huppatz 4 0 0 18 J.Dunstan 9 0 3 54

Clare Batting R.Calaby ct Mahoney b J.Napper......... 21 G.Colbert ct & b A.Brackstone................. 0 S.Stedall ct J.Napper b C.Chapman..... 56 P.Leditschke ct & b T.McPharlin............ 50 W.Hutchinson ct C.Chapman b T.McPharlin 6 M.Reynolds Run Out............................. 27 L.Zanetti Not Out................................... 21 T.Happatz b J.Napper.............................. 2 J.Dunstan Not Out................................... 8 Extras 15 Total 7/210 Lower North Bowling Bowler O M W R A.Brackstone 5 0 1 20 A.Smith 7 1 0 24 J.Napper 8 0 2 33 C.Heslop 3 0 0 19 C.Chapman 9 0 1 34 T.McPharlin 9 0 2 53 S.McGuiness 3 0 0 15 D.Hill 1 0 0 7



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FAR LEFT: Tarlee bowler Frank Gorey has his eyes on the target during the division one game against Balaklava. LEFT INSET: Jarrad Olsen bowls for Port Wakefield. ABOVE: Hilltown’s Tom Hawker prepares to slice a backhand during Saturday’s match against Balaklava. RIGHT: Rick Lamond, Balaklava serves up.

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Pressure mounts in tight games Although not ideal, the weather was much better than last week – but Dribbler still complained. I really think the weather gets much worse when Dribbler loses. Fortunately, not everyone is so focussed on winning as Dribbler. I hear Jordan Wilson left his game to work in the canteen as not enough people from his club had turned up. Dribbler told me Sarah Young also left her game to help with medical advice when young and talented Jane Harding hurt herself in the hurly burly of her game. Annette, who works tirelessly each Friday night and is looking forward to the end of the season, rang me to tell me Jane spent the night in hospital but has been given the all clear and is okay. The way some people play it is surprising there aren’t more accidents. I know Dribbler is always going on about the bruises he gets but he is just a whinger. I reckon a few of the A men would have been the “walking wounded” on Saturday morning as once again their games were tight and exciting. There were some close games for the U14 girls this week – especially the Owen and Longies game which ended in a draw.

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Michelle Schulz had a hot night being able to outreach most of the others and grabbing heaps of rebounds. Stephanie McArdle played exquisitely and stole the ball on many occasions. Best of all, Dribbler tells me they had fun. Gavin Page played his heart out in his team’s game against Bulldogs but the skill and tenacity of Dallas Hill was enough to give them the edge. It was a great match. Dribbler couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw Matthew Gregory’s dad out there refereeing. He thought he’d retired. Only two more weeks to go this year. I hear the divisions are going to be split so that next year the competition will be more even and the games more significant. At least it will give Dribbler time to practice. As usual he hasn’t put in the practice he promised. Hopefully more will join him and live up to their promise. This week could be the time to start. Let’s hope more games will be closer.

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Basketball Results

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Results of matches played on Friday December 5, 2008

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Women Div

Owen 55 (A.Kielcznski 18, K.Ruiz 12, A.Pratt 12) def Hamley Bridge 50 (S.Gregory 15, S.Rademacher 13, A.Hill 10). Young Guns 50 (L.Parker 20, J.Walker 8, D.Gardner 8) def Bulldogs 40 (J.Brice 13, S.Goldsworthy 8, S.Jericho 8).

Owen Opals 59 (S.Wilson 23, E.Fry 15, B.Wedding 11) def Thunder 14 (J.Harding 9, C.Michael 5). Lightning 33 (H.Simmonds 11, A.Smith 9, T.Wiseman 4) def Redleges 4 (B.Blackwell 4). Eagles 37 (J.Taylor 10, K.Cmrlec 8, S.Young 7) def Owen Eagles 12 (K.Harrison 4, S.Fritz 4, N.Graham 2). Bulldogs 20 (Won on forfeit) def Cats 0 (Team forfeit). Hamley Bridge 85 (H.Clark 30, G.Callery 23, A.Schahinger 14) def Storm 19 (J.Robertson 8, T.McPharlin 4, K.McArdle 3).

men’s division Redlegs 63 (S.McCallum 22, C.Price 19, N.Jericho 12) def Pacers 24 (P.Kowalick 7, M.Fiegert 7, B.Lloyd 6). Swaggies 29 (H.Pym 11, R.Sharer 8, A.McDonnell 6) def Lakers 22 (D.Friedrichs 8, J.Napper 6, L.Guy 4). Hawks 56 (N.Forest 16, S.Goodfellow 16, S.Noack 12) def Owen 20 (B.Moreton 11, K.Kirvan 4, J.Smith 4). Bulldogs 35 (D.Hill 14, J.Kelly 8, T.Rowe 5) def Nuggets 30 (G.Page 9, L.Williams 7, K.Allen 6). Jazz 30 (D.Harding 10, G.Palmer 6, R.McPharlin 4) def Longies 22 (K.Jenkin 10, J.Matthews 7, B.Barnes 3).

u16 boys Lakers 55 (M.Clifford 28, T.Shepherd 12, R.McDonald 9) def Magics 27 (L.Williams 16, T.Michael 7, S.Van Kleef 4). Owen 32 (B.Merry 22, B.Harkness 4, D.Schulz 2) def Bulldogs 29 (D.Pfeiffer 6, Z.Zilm 6, C.Ruiz 6).

u14 boys Redlegs 59 (T.Nottle 32, J.Appleby 17, B.Taylor 8) def Owen 30 (M.Woollett 8, J.Wedding 6, J.Harkness 6). Celtics 50 (S.Wildman 19, B.Heaslip 13, D.Mumford 10) def Nuggets 30 (B.Krieg 11, H.Veitch 10, D.Bigg 4).

u12 boys Young Guns 24 (J.Michael 17, D.Page 4, B.Foale-Jacka 2) def Rockets 15 (C.Arbon 10, J.Rohrlach 4, T.Scholz 1). Bulldogs 32 (T.Moulds 14, S.Carslake 6, J.Studham 6) def Owen 10 (E.Pepe 5, T.Munzer 3, J.Tiller 2).

u16 girls Owen 35 (B.Wedding 23, K.Graham 6, R.Fritz 6) def Long Plains 21 (H.McArdle 11, J.Carter 4, C.Daniel 4). Blaze 43 (L.Michael 16, A.Simon 9, R.McPharlin 8) def Bullets 24 (A.Wilson 8, R.Mallon 8, SJ.Tiller 4).

u14 girls Owen 24 (M.Schulz 14, R.Fritz 4, K.Surace 4) def Long Plains 24 (S.McArdle 13, D.Saint 4, G.McArdle 4). Magics 14 (S.Tiller 8, R.Mahony 2, C.Guy 2) def Midgets 12 (A.Marsden 6, T.White 4, B.Koch 2).

u12 girls Wildcats 20 (H.Sellar 13, K.Selleck 5, E.Mahony 2) def Lakers 13 (K.White 6, H.Mellier 5, L.Tiller 2). Bulldogs 33 (N.Greenshields 16, T.Williams 12, S.Maxwell 4) def Owen 9 (M.Merry 5, B.Wilson 2, E.Munzer 2).

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Name: Belinda Blackwell Nickname: Bell Age: 17 Height: 5 foot 6 Shoe size: 9 Team: Bulldogs, Redlegs Lives: Balaklava Occupation: Student/ checkout chick Favourite basketballer? Donna Slok – she’s a maniac! Favourite team? Long Plains for sure! Toughest opponent? There are many from different clubs When was the last time you fouled off? A couple of weeks ago What would you do to lift the profile of basketball in

Australia? Find a way to get more teenagers interested Hobbies other than basketball? Netball, driving, distracting and influencing others, eating If you won $20 million in Lotto, what would you do? Buy food! And a house, and a husky If you were going to a deserted island, name three things you would take with you? Boyfriend Daniel, Ipod, food If there was a front page headline written about you in The Plains Producer, what would it say? “Dooshbag strikes again” Favourite movie/TV show: Supernatural

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Plus there’s the powerful 4.0 litre V6 VVT-i engine capable of braked towing up to 2500kg (a) of boat, caravan or whatever you need, DAT including Active Braking with Intelligence (AB-i), and all the room and comfort you could want for eight passengers. Alternatively, Toyota Dealers now also have stock of the brilliant Turbo Diesel model as well. Either way, you’ll be on a winner. KING-SIZED DEALS Right now there’s no better value than the LandCruiser 200 GXL petrol auto. You can Driveaway in the “King Off the Road” for $69,990 and also take advantage of a sensational 5.9% p.a. (d) finance rate. And that includes a range of features far too long to list here amongst which you’ll find CRAWL 4WD control, 6 SRS airbags, kinetic dynamic suspension and multi-terrain ABS. Or, if you’d prefer, you’ll also find the equally tough Turbo Diesel in stock too. AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE CAR COMPANY, AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE VALUES Being Australia’s Number One Car Company, Toyota has a pretty good handle on what Australians look for in a car. So they design vehicles that maximise fuel efficiency and safety while minimising your running costs. And there’s no better example of that than the Toyota Service Advantage (e) which gives you one transparent capped price for standard scheduled services over the first 3 years or 60,000km, whichever occurs first. STOCK CLEARANCES DON’T GET ANY BIGGER THAN TOYOTA’S BIGGEST EVER. With 40,000 cars to move and Driveaway deals with absolutely no more to pay on Australia’s favourite cars, there’s never been a better time to see your Toyota Dealer for a big deal. So get in today because Toyota’s Biggest Ever Stock Clearance must end December 31.

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Disclaimer: Available on 2008 compliance plate vehicles purchased and delivered between 1 November and 31 December 2008. Excludes demo models. Open to Private or ABN buyers at participating dealers only. Not available in conjunction with any other registered fleet discounts or offers. Toyota reserves the right to extend any offer. Optional extra of Metallic Paint at additional cost. Recommended driveaway price includes 12 months registration, 12 months compulsory third party insurance, dealer delivery and stamp duty. At participating Toyota dealers only. (a) Towbar capacity subject to regulatory requirements, towbar design, vehicle design and towing equipment limitations. (b) The rear view camera does not provide a comprehensive view of the entire rear area of vehicle and should only be used as an aid for viewing when reversing. (c) The Bluetooth word mark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. BluetoothTM will only operate with telephones enabled with compatible BluetoothTM wireless technology (HFP (Hands Free Profile) v1.0 and OPP (Object Push Profile) v1.1 international standards). OPP functionality only works on satellite navigation equipment. (d) Comparison rate of 5.9% per annum applies to approved Toyota Financial Services consumer customers. APR of 5.9% available to approved business customers. Conditions, fees and charges apply. Comparison Rate of 5.9% based on secured 5 year Consumer Fixed Rate Loan of $30,000. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. A comparison rate schedule will be available from your participating Toyota dealer. Offer valid for vehicles purchased and delivered between 1 November and 31 December 2008. (e) Toyota Service Advantage pricing represents the maximum amount payable for standard scheduled servicing which is as per ‘maintenance for normal operating conditions’, outlined in the Service & Warranty Handbook’s service schedule, for the first 3 years, or 60,000km whichever comes first (up to 4 standard scheduled services for Camry and Aurion and up to 6 standard scheduled services for all remaining vehicles). Service Advantage excludes Government and Rental vehicles and certain other exclusions apply.

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• CD sound system with audio input (for ipod or portable MP3 player) • Bluetooth compatibility $ • Air conditioning • Multiple storage compartments • Safe-T-Cell CAPPED PRICE SERVICING • Fold flat rear seats



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Near Perfect This 4 bedroom home is one of the best in town. Large open plan living areas, big kitchen, tiled family and formal dining; separate home theatre room. It’s master bedroom has a large ensuite (even with a bath!), bedrooms 2 & 3 with BIR. Ducted evaporative air-conitioning, slow combustion heating plus a spilt reverse cylcle air-conditioner. A large verandah for the B.B.Q., rain water plumbed to the house & a 40’ x 20’ x 10’ shed . This paradise is over the road from the school, a close walk to everything in town and in a quiet street. 4014 $259,950 RLA 61382

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Various blocks for sale in Balaklava, Halbury & Hoyleton so utilise the 1st home owners grant with up to $25,000, check if you’re eligible & build.

Whitwarta via Balaklava


• On a massive allotment of approx 2,800m2 • 3 brm stone home, ornate fireplaces, high ceilings • Recent improvements inc re-roofing, exterior paintwork •Single garage with storage.


Stone home plus 75 acres plus another residence

Halbury 2.93Ha

Red to $279,500

Attractive 3 bedroom home & land

25 Phillips St. Balaklava



Very neat & tidy 3 bedroom home

4 Robinson St. Balaklava

• Modern 4 brm home set on 2 acres in a private/ peaceful country setting, • Main brm with ensuite & WIR. Formal lounge & dine. • Open plan kitchen, meals with long breakfast bar, & games room • Outdoor living area includes in-ground solar heated pool & spa • Low maintenance native garden surrounds the home

• Quality Marble & Granite Monuments • Additional Inscriptions • Renovations Equal to New • Kitchen & Vanity Benchtops

BALALAVA/WHITWARTA $499,000 Charming Homestead circa 1908 with Class on 20 Acres (approximately)

• Factory Direct Prices • Country & Metropolitan

• One of the best homesteads in the Balaklava area. • Approx 20 acres with option to purchase more land. • Stain glass windows, Baltic pine flooring, ornate lofty ceilings, open fireplaces. • Renovated country style kitchen/dine, island bench, d/washer, pot belly & white tiles. • Formal lounge, fire mantelpiece, chandelier & leadlight window.. • 3 spac brms, 4th brm/study. Sep gallery/studio with half cellar. • Ddble carport & garages.

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Lot 94 Dunns Road, Balaklava

Call Allison for a free quote on

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PEST & WEED CONTROL Specialising in the eradication of ... ✓ Flies, Fleas, misc. pests ✓ Rats & Mice ✓ White Ants ✓ Cockroaches ✓ Spiders ✓ Weed spraying

Dr Daryl R Brown

For appointments phone

8853 2088


Pt Wakefield, Mallala & Two Wells

Physio Appointments & enq.

8862 2200 or 0448 862 222 Introducing

Kylie Button Massage Therapist

0428 359 394

Main North Road, Clare Phone: 8842 2001 A/h: 8844 5041 Toll Free: 1300 856 263 Mobile 0418 859 195

RL 40080 - A.B.N. 57 008 156 769

Consulting Fridays 9am to 1pm at Balaklava Ambulance Station


Roof Seal

Craftsman built memorials

Don’t just stop termites …eliminate them! •Millipedes •Spiders •Rodents •Bees •Weed Control •Flies


• Three Blocks for 679m2 to 1141m2 with all services available. • Easy walk to the main street. • Evergreen hedge gives privacy • Quality homes surrounding these blocks • Take advantage of the generous government grants

Servicing Country SA

Outback Pest Control John Giles Ph/Fax 8842 3566 Mobile: 0418 813 272

Termite Interception & Baiting System



Phone your Hot Water Specialist!


Peter Thompson Plumbing Contractor Home 8862 1285 - Mobile 041 889 6808


Phone: 8566 2922 Obligation Free Quotes

Re Roofing

Includes gutters and downpipes

Roof Restoration

Includes Iron and tile


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Roller Shutters

Teaching vehicle on-road tests (VORT)

Outside Blinds

Late model car SUE MURCOTT •• Air conditioned DRIVING SCHOOL • Dual controls

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•Canvas •Shade View •PVC •Ziptrack

Drive Seal Concrete Surface

Phone: 8528 5336 Mobile: 0409 525 452


Substantial Marchant House

A Sandstone home in the heart of Balaklava on one acre of land with features including • Return Bull nose verandahs, lattice work for the wow factor. • 14ft Pressed tin ceilings • Polished Baltic pine flooring • Leadlight windows • Fully renovated kitchen and cellar • Lounge and separate dining room with open fireplaces • Two bathrooms • Stone garage • Established grounds Great property in a great location.

•Leaking Taps/Toilets •Blocked Drains/Septic Connections •Replacement Units/Elements/Valves No Call Out Fee/ Pensioner Discounts

From $75,000

Vacant Land

Sue Drive School 110804

No job too be or small. Quality assured. Pensioner discounts.

Phone: 8862 2047 Fax: 8862 1014

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• Good neighbour • Tubular • Post & Rail • Gates made to order


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• Residential allotment in fast developing Wattle Ridge Estate • Est quality homes & gardens on either side as neighbours • 24m frontage x 30m depth • Modern colourbond fencing on 3-sides • Underground power and water • Phone and common effluent connection



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22 George Street • Balaklava 5461 phone 8862 2172 • fax 8862 1280


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Complusory sheep tagging starts January All exemptions for tagging sheep and lambs under the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) will finish at the end of this year As of January 1, 2009 all sheep and lambs must be tagged with an approved NLIS ear tag when being moved to a property with a different Property Identification Code (PIC). This includes animals being sold privately or through a saleyard, animals going for slaughter or being moved for agistment. Courtney Regan, PIRSA animal health officer, said the current tagging exemption for sheep born before 2006 would end on January 1 next year. In 2009 all sheep and lambs, regardless of their age, will need to be tagged with an approved NLIS ear tag when leaving the property. “Animals bred on the property can be tagged with any colour ear tags, except pink, so long as it is an approved NLIS tag and has their PIC printed on it, “ Courtney said. “If sheep were not born on the property and do not already have an NLIS ear tag, producers need to apply a pink post-breeder tag, indicating the animals were not born on the property.” There are separate regulations for untagged sheep and sheep from a previous owner. • For more information contact the PIRSA NLIS helpline on 1800 654 688.

weekly guide to weather and agricultural services

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Science targets wheat ‘weak link’ Researchers at the University of Adelaide and the CSIRO aim to increase early vigour in wheat and improve the crop’s ability to compete with weeds for moisture and nutrients in paddocks. Supported by growers and the Australian Government through the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), the project involves the development of weed-competitive wheat genotypes and testing breeding lines in the field. Project supervisor, Dr Gurjeet

Gill, of the University of Adelaide, said Australian growers were spending considerable resources on weed management. “Figures indicate growers in southern Australia spend about $80 per hectare each year on herbicides,” Dr Gill said. “Even with this investment, weeds appear to be having a major impact on productivity. “As far as weed management is concerned, wheat is now generally regarded as a weak link in the rotation. It suffers the highest yield losses from weed

competition, and the seed bank of weeds such as ryegrass tends to increase substantially during a wheat phase. The latter creates significant downstream effects on rotational crops.” Dr Gill said wheat’s lack of competitiveness with weeds was directly related to its lack of early vigour in the growing season. He said the reason barley and oats were more competitive cereals than wheat was due to their relatively high early vigour. “Barley covers the ground more quickly than wheat, shad-

gressed steadily during the month despite delays from cool, damp conditions, and is estimated to be about 60 per cent complete on a State-wide basis, with many farmers now close to finishing. Both yields and quality have been extremely variable, ranging from those crops struggling to return seed, through to near average yields

depending on sowing time and rate, variety, rainfall events and soil type, with early sown crops on better soils clearly yielding best results. Total crop area is estimated to be 4 million hectares with crop production estimated at 4.74 million tonnes. The full report is available at au/cropreport.

Harvest is heading for a predictable finish Grain harvest is returning yields largely as expected, ranging from below average in northern areas to near average further south. That’s the latest PIRSA Summary of Crop and Pasture Conditions in SA for November, compiled by Rural Solutions SA. The reports says harvest pro-

Local Buyers of wheat and barley ex farm or delivered Wasleys and Murray Bridge Mills • Also Cash Prices At Storage Depots

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For Hire

Caravan for hire. Ph: 8862 1442.

For Rent

Family friendly holiday beach house, fully furnished, 40 min from Adelaide. Bookings 8358 0277.

Temporary Road Closure Notice Under Section 33 Road Traffic Act 1961

Edith Terrace, Balaklava, from Howe Street to Scotland Place, Scotland Place, Balaklava, from Edith Terrace to George Street, and George Street, Balaklava, from Edith Terrace to Scotland Place, will be closed to vehicular traffic between 5pm and 9pm on Wednesday December 24, 2008 for the 2008 Balaklava and Districts Lions Christmas Parade. Participants of this event are exempt from observing Australian Road Rules 221, 230, 237, 238, 264, 265, 266, 268, 269 and 298. Light Street, Hamley Bridge between Gilbert Street and Barry Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic between 5.30pm to 10.30pm on Saturday December 20, 2008 for the Hamley Bridge Christmas Parade. Participants of this event are exempt from observing Australian Road Rules 221, 230, 237, 238, 264, 265, 266, 268, 269 and 298. Harley Street, Blyth between South Terrace and Guildford Street, Blyth, will be closed to vehicular traffic between 5pm and 10.30pm on Friday December 19, 2008 for the Blyth Christmas Street Carnival. Participants of this event are exempt from observing Australian Road Rules 221, 230, 237, 238, 264, 265, 266, 268, 269 and 298. Main Street, Owen from Third Street to Railway Terrace, will be closed to vehicular traffic between 4.30pm and 9.30pm on Wednesday December 24, 2008 for the Owen Christmas Eve Celebrations. Participants of this event are exempt from observing Australian Road Rules 221, 230, 237, 238, 264, 265, 266, 268, 269and 298. For further details, contact Infrastructure Services Manager, David Hassett, Wakefield Regional Council on 8862 0800.

For Sale

12ft Aluminium dinghy; Honda 15hp four stroke, new galvanised trailer (registered YHJ 846). Safety gear - used once only $5,500. Phone 0428 890 107. 2005 VZ SV6, 6 speed manual, tinted windows, power windows / mirrors, 91,000 kms, good tyres, 1 owner, 4 months rego, service history, 9.8 Ltr / 100 kms, $20,500 neg. Phone 8528 2480. 22FT caravan/annex on-site W.I.W.O Port Wakefield Caravan Park, $17,500 o.n.o. Newly Renovated. Phone 08 8668 4208 or 0429 002 158. 4wd camper trailer, Cameron canvas, pull out kitchen, lots of storage, excellent condition, $8,500, reg no. TNK 762. Ph 88443230 or 0428 152 267. 6 person massage master sports spa, 45 jets, emerald green with lockable hard cover, only 2 1/2 years old, hardly used, $6,000 o.n.o. Ph 0433 354 783. BALAKLAVA High School has Triticale hay & wheaten chaff for sale, hay $77 including GST roll and chaff $18 including GST bag. Phone 0417 768 303. Balaklava house block, 840 m2, close to shops and schools. Quiet street. Phone 0433 354 783. Black angus cattle, prime condition, well bred. 4x 2 year old steers, $800 each. 3 year old bull, proven, $1,500. Ph 0439 700 977. BOAT 4.8m Savage Tasman 70 hp Johnson 1/2 cab, canopy, side clears, full stern covers, Brooker tilt trailer, marine radio, fish finder, compass, am/fm radio, SS bow rail, new fuel tanks, new anchor. Boat & trailer registered till 2009. $6,500 ono. Ph: a/hrs 8528 2442 mob. 0412 819 731.

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COMMODORE VS sedan. Nothing to spend, very reliable, reg no. VSC 893, $3,000. Ph 0428 662 232. Custom hand made knives - stainless steel, carbon steels, knife sharpening & repairs, knife restoration. Hansen Custom Knives. Phone 8862 2360 or 0407 577 054. Elfinvale black & tan kelpie pups, 10 weeks old, 1 male, 2 female, $30 each o.n.o. Good as working dogs or pets. Ph: 0430 365 511. FALCON EL, 1998, sapphire, sedan, auto, 170,000 kms, one owner, reg WDB 423, 6 months reg, near new tyres, mags, complete service record, very good condition, $5,000. Phone: 8528 6041. Freezer - Westinghouse upright, 373 Ltr, good condition, $300 o.n.o. Dining table and chairs, oak oval table 1820 x 1200, 4 chairs and 2 carvers, good condition, $400 o.n.o. Avon - Phone 8862 7041 or 0402 883 960. Hay - new season, small square oaten hay, $6 per bale. Balaklava Museum. Phone: 8862 1741. HOLDEN Commodore VU S Ute, 2001, V6, 5 speed manual, red, tinted windows, power windows & mirrors, power steering, a/c, drivers airbag, cruise control, new tyres, 17” mags, sports suspension, CD player, fog lights, sports bar, sports exhaust, extractors, tonneau cover, tray liner, towbar, central locking, recently serviced, 160,000 kms, registered til late June, rego no. Manz 45. Regretful sale. $13,500. Phone James 0437 427 396 - Balaklava. HOLDEN VT Acclaim, alloys, boot spoiler, new tyres, heavy duty towbar, 3 month rego, reg no. WDE 607, $5,900 o.n.o. Phone 8862 2050 or 0419 825 996. HONDA XR250 Motorbike, 2001, 14 Ltr fuel tank, bash plate, reliable, reg no. TIR 680. $3,200 neg .Ph: James 0437 427 396. HYUNDAI Excel, 1999, low kms, motor, 5 speed manual, mags, body kit, needs work, $2,200 o.n.o. Ph 0447 031 182.

For Sale

INTER AL160 tipper, grain sides, suit farm use RNA175, $1,500. Wisconsin V4 petrol motor, electric start, $1,500. Ph: 0448 659 269.

Island Star caravan, 2002, 19’ 6”, queen size bed, 3 way fridge, air conditioner, cooktop/oven, microwave, 12v or 240 v system, roll out awnings. Ph: 8862 1695 or 0427 829 297, $34,000. Motorhome. Nissan Civilian, 4.2 Diesel, lwb, low kms, fitted out for 2 people. Sound comfortable vehicle, $28,800 o.n.o. Reg XGT 398. Phone 0448 026 486. New all purpose car trailer, 4m x 2m, $4,300. Phone: 0428 988 799. QUAD bike 250 cc, semi automatic, $2,999. Phone 0428 890 107. Single bed with bed head, ensemble and mattress., $50. Phone: 8862 1452. Towable sawbench, new tungsten blade, lights etc, $1200. Plus Alpina 70cc chainsaw, $400. Both good condition. Ph 8862 1867.

Public Notice

Pinery Christmas Tree, Wednesday December 17. 6pm start, $10 family. Ladies please supply a plate for tea. Supply small present for your child. Father Christmas will be arriving at 8pm. Lucky door prize. Hope to see you there. Any enquiries please ring Kaye 8527 7074 or Jacki 8527 7035. SAILPLANE flights. The Balaklava Gliding Club has $60 gift vouchers available for passenger flights any weekend from their airfield 10km north west of Balaklava on main Snowtown road. Phone 8864 5062 for bookings.

Wanted to buy

OLD petrol bowser or parts, old signs, tins, oil bottles, books, brochures, plough seats, seed drill ends, cow bells, military items, old comics, badges, medals, anything old in any condition, cash paid. Phone Rob 8846 4079.

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TRAILER - 6’x5’, tray top, all new axles and brakes, 16” Toyota wheels, as new condition, $1,650. Ph: 0428 105 818. XF sedan, 6 cylinder, fuel injected, auto, $350 o.n.o. Reg UJP 125 Ph 8862 1867.

Garage Sale

Garage sale - Saturday 8.30am to 4pm. 12 Walsh Street, Balaklava.

GARAGE SALE - 1 Phillips Street, Saturday December 13, Sunday December 14, 8.30am to 4pm. OWEN Hotel verandah, Sunday December 14, 9am to 1pm. Furniture, clothing, linen, books, toys etc. Loads of stuff, cheap prices.

Public Notice

CASH for cans and bottles, Owen Recycling - 18 Railway Tce, Owen. Wed 10-5; Sat 10-1 or by appointment. Phone 8528 6307.

Erection and premature problems, 100% herbal, money back guarantee. A pack of 2x for $30. Phone 0424 452 329.

Schumacher - Scarlett. Happy 21st Birthday for December 15. Congratulations on reaching this milestone. Love Mum.


cowell - Brenton. To my aging casanova. Happy 52 Birthday. May you enjoy reaping what you have sown. Love Leonie and girls.


Bromley - Christine. Terry and family would like to sincerely thank relatives and friends for their expressions of sympathy, support and offers of help in any way (flowers, cards, donations etc.). We would also like to thank the doctors and staff at the Balaklava, Royal Adelaide and Lyell McEwen Hospital for the kind and gentle manner in the way they looked after Christine with her short illness. Please accept this as our personal thanks. keller - Keith Stanley. Passed away December 6, 2008, aged 84 years. Loved husband of Elba, father of Trevor, Neville, Helen, Anthony and their families. Stevenson - John. “John the Pom” On December 4, 2008 at the Q.E.H., aged 70 years. Dearly loved husband of Karen. Loving father of Brian, Andrea (deceased), Diana, Daryl (deceased), Samantha and Johnboy. Dearly loved poppa of 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

In memoriam


coad - Graham. December 12, 2005. Remembering you is easy, we do that everyday. Forever in our hearts, the love is there to stay. But it is the emptiness that never goes away. Marlene and family, Violet and the Taylor family.

Hewett - Wilkey. Welcome to “Aaliyah Debbie” a beautiful grand daughter and niece to make the set with her big brother Jason for proud grandparents Jim and Ellie Hewett and proud Auntie Sami.

helps - David and family would like to thank all CFS and private units for attending the fire on our property on Wednesday December 3.

Hewett - Wilkey. Nicki and Nathan would like to announce the safe arrival of their daughter and little sister for Jason. “Aaliyah Debbie” on December 3 at 3.42, weighing 7lb 1 oz. Thank you to Dr. Lisa Beament and the staff at Clare Hospital.

reichelt - Tony, Brony, Matt and Louise welcome Kelly to their family. We would like to thank all our family and friends for the gifts and help on her arrival.

Thank you

I wish to sincerely thank my family and friends for the phone calls, lovely cards, visits and gifts on the occasion of my 70th Birthday. It was very much appreciated. Love Mary Roberts.

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Port Wakefield Christmas Carols Sunday December 21 6pm at community hall

• BBQ tea, gold coin donation • 7pm carols • The Chinese Community surprise skit • Colouring in competition • Items from Pelita Webb & Danielle Mudge • Christmas tree sock mission • Community Choir • Christmas cake blessing • The Mouse’s Tale For more information call Jan 8867 1509

Enjoy the family atmosphere at…

The Port Parham Sports & Social Club • $5 meals Wednesday & Sundays • Salad & vegie bar • Friday & Saturdays meals 6pm - 8pm Book now for 3 course

Christmas Dinner Saturday December 13

- LIVE Band Bookings Phone: 8529 2211 or 8529 2324


Coming Events Balaklava SMD Hospital & Ira Parker Nursing Home

Carols by Candlelight Friday December 12, 08 • Assemble at the hospital administration area with your candle & holder at 6.30pm • Please bring battery candle • Basket Supper • Christmas Raffle Drawn

Situations Vacant

Balaklava Building Supplies Requires

3 Drivers for concrete trucks & prime mover 3 Mechanic to service vehicles 3 Energetic person to jack hammer concrete mixes Contact Shane Williamson for detail phone 8862 1773

Christmas & School Holiday Hours CLOSED: • Monday December 22 to Saturday January 2 • Also closed Australia Day Monday January 26

Re-Opens Monday January 5, 2009 OPEN: from Mon Dec 15 until Sat Jan 3, please note the following times Monday.................. 11.00am to 5.00pm Only Tuesday.............................9.00am to 5.00pm Wednesday.......................9.00am to 5.00pm Thursday..........................9.00am to 6.00pm Friday...............................9.00am to 5.00pm Saturday........................... 9.00am to 12noon • Closed for lunch 1pm to 2pm • Normal library hours resume - Tuesday Jan 27, ‘09

The Board of management along with Kevyna, Leanne, Julie, Bev, Helen, Terina & Rebecca wish everyone compliments of the season

Gigantic Holiday Book Sale

Meat Workers

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SELECTION OF AWARDS Achievement Award Name: ....................................................................attach a short statement in support of this nomination. Signature:....................................................................... Young Achiever Name:.................................................................... attach a short statement in support of this nomination. Signature: .......................................................................... Closing date: Monday December 15, 2008. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Place nominations in box at The Plains Producer office or post to PO Box 63, Balaklava 5461. Enquiries: Contact Ian Langdon 8862 1082 or Margaret Manuel 8862 1827.

Suitable persons are invited to apply for the above position at Council’s Balaklava office. Principal objectives of the position are to provide reception, cashier and customer services, to assist in maintaining Council’s records management system and to carry out general clerical duties. The position is classified at level 2, General Officers Stream of the SA Municipal Salaried Officers Award, i.e. a salary range of $45,011 - $48,032 per annum, which includes an above award component resulting from Council’s Enterprise Bargaining Agreement An information kit comprising a job description statement detailing position objectives, key responsibilities, etc, and a conditions of employment document is available upon request, either by telephone on 8862 0800 or by email at These documents may also be viewed on Council’s website at under Job Vacancies. Further information may be obtained by contacting Council’s Corporate & Community Services Manager, Steve Jonas.


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Situations Vacant

Primo Quality Meats is a meat processing company located at Port Wakefield. The company is now seeking both skilled and unskilled workers to fill our expanding work force. This include full time knife hands, packers and labourers to help meet production requirements. On the job training is provided for all positions. Above award wages, great working conditions in a modern factory and career opportunities for successful applicants. For further information please phone Andrew Oakes (08) 8867 1088

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD & YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2009 Nominations should be for people who voluntarily donate their time to help the community. The Youth Achievement Award is open to young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who are achievers in any field and deserving of recognition. One nomination form per household or business premises is permitted and signature of nominator is required.

Reception / Records Management Officer

Applications, in writing, should be addressed to PO Box 167, Balaklava 5461 and will be received until 5pm on Monday December 15 2008.

Balaklava Area Committee

Nominations are called for Balaklava Area Committee Achievement Award for 2009.

Situations Vacant

Natural Resource Management Officer – Water NORTHERN & YORKE NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT BOARD CRYSTAL BROOK FULL TIME CONTRACT UP TO 3 YEARS VAC NO: C10790/2008 $54,974 – $57,514 P.A. (ASO4) This position is specifically required to support the Northern & Yorke Natural Resources Management Board (N&Y NRMB) in working with community and stakeholders in water related activities.

Kirrihill Wines is a premium wine company located in the Clare Valley and is involved in both contract winemaking and branded product. Applications are being sought for the following position:

MAINTENANCE MANAGER As a key member of the Kirrihill Wines team this position is responsible to the Senior Winemaker and has the responsibility for: • Control and organise the Maintenance program of the site. • Capital planning and the implementation with management • Be responsible for the waste and waste water management at the site. • Assist in developing OH&S policies and procedures with the equipment and site. • Develop and implement efficient, effective and up to date approaches to maintenance activities. • To ensure that all environmental procedures are followed as requested by the EPA Applications including curriculum vitae and references should be forwarded to: Attention: Senior Winemaker PO Box 7751 CLARE SA 5453 Or email to:

The Officer will be responsible for ensuring effective administration and implementation of Natural Resources Management legislation and policies relating to water resources, water affecting activities, the management of water courses and includes the provision of administration support to the Water Technical Advisory and Water Allocation Planning Committees for the region. The responsibilities include undertaking field investigations, reporting, providing recommendations, community education and awareness initiatives, resolving compliance issues on the application of Water Affecting Activities, permits and water related issues and the collection and reporting of data relating to legislative and policy requirements. The person occupying this position will need to have a very strong understanding of issues affecting natural resource management, particularly water within the Northern & Yorke region and generally across the State. They will also require strong communication and facilitation skills to adequately engage the community. Enquiries about the position contact: Dene Cuthbertson on 8636 2361. Copies of the Job and Person specification available on: 8636 2361 or email Applications to: Lynne Walden, General Manager, Northern & Yorke NRM Board, PO Box 175, Crystal Brook, SA 5523. Information available at Applications Closes: 5.00 pm 19 December 2008

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n LEFT: Richard and Megan Arthur welcomed daughter Mia Louise into their family on August 13. Born at Gawler Hospital, Mia is pictured with big brother Bailey, 4 and sister Tylah, 2

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First Home Grant Available To First Home Buyers

NEW – 7 X 2 BEDROOM UNITS (COMMUNITY TITLES) WATTLE RIDGE ESTATE – BALAKLAVA Lot 89 Boronia Circuit Now completed and ready to occupy. Excellent value at $189,950 for units 5 & 6, and $195,950.00 for units 1,2,3,4 & 7. INCLUDES: Floor coverings, Curtains/Blinds, Heating and Cooling (Panasonic Wall Split), Roll door to Carport, generous paved patio area, clothes line, fully landscaped with drip water system, 1000 litre rain water tank.


New 3 And 4 Bedrooms Homes Now Completed Join the list of satisfied owners in this fast developing new housing estate, with over 20 new homes completed or under construction in the last 12 months. All homes include the following: • Landscape allowance to $3000.00 (do All you need to add • Paved paths, driveway and 30 squ meters yourself and save or we will do for you) is floor coverings & patio area • Colour bond fences and gates window treatments • Roof storm water to 10,000 ltr • Reverse cycle air conditioner of your choice. rain water tank plumbed to house Lot 27 Tea Tree Terrace. $269,700 3 bedrooms, Master Bedroom with ensuite and walk in robes, 2nd and 3rd bedrooms with built in robes, kitchen/dining/family, separate lounge area, double garage with auto roll doors, spacious yard area. Close to reserve.

Lot 28 Boronia Circuit. $327,850 Very spacious home with 4 bedrooms, Master Bedroom with ensuite and walk in robes, 2nd, 3rd and 4th bedrooms with built in robes, kitchen/dining/family (overlooking reserve) separate lounge/ dining, double garage with auto roll door.

Lot 109 Tea Tree Terrace $329,950 On large allotment with plenty of room for Swimming Pool and 6 metre wide shed. Very spacious 4 bedroom home, master bedroom with ensuite and walk in robe, 2nd, 3rd and 4th bedrooms with built in robes, kitchen/ dining/living plus separate lounge dining all looking into spacious rear yard area. Close to reserve.

If you are a First Home Buyer, these units offer a tremendous opportunity for you to enter into home ownership for as low as $175,000.00 (after receiving the home grants less payment of stamp duty). With current 2 year fixed interest rates at as low as 6%, weekly repayments will be approx $200.00 per week. This certainly beats throwing money away on renting. For retirees wishing to down size from larger and higher priced properties and top up their savings /super, or busy people who require low maintenance easy to manage properties, these new dwellings are a must for your consideration.

22 George Street • Balaklava 5461 phone 8862 2172 • fax 8862 1280

RLA 150881


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