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broader community to highlight and acknowledge the efforts of young local residents. Bev said the parade prince and princess were on hand to meet and greet event guests and to also assist Father Christmas. “We want to honour young people who are participating in their community,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, and for the community to acknowledge their efforts. There are many young people out there doing wonderful things and this is one way to showcase them.”

Planning for this year’s Two Wells Christmas Street Parade is starting to gear up, with organisers having a special Channel 7 guest on board and also securing a number of new attractions. Two Wells Regional Action Team vicepresident, and event organiser, Bev SmithTrim, said planning for the December 14 event was well underway but a call needed to go out to younger members of the community to nominate for this year’s parade prince and princess. The roles were initiated for the first time last year as a way for TWRAT and the

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Youngsters the share joy of Christmas with boxes of love

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Students at Two Wells Primary School have shown their generosity and thoughtfulness by participating in a program to help those less fortunate celebrate Christmas. Operation Christmas Child is organised by the Samaritan’s Purse and presents under privileged children in overseas countries with “boxes of love”. TWPS Christian pastoral support worker, Tania Cattell, organised the school’s involvement with the project and was overwhelmed by the support and en-

thusiasm of the students and their families. “The children who receive these boxes are going to be overwhelmed,” Tania said. “Even though these are very simple things to our children, to a child who has nothing, it’s all their Christmases come at once.” The project required each box to consist of something special, something to love, something hygiene related, for school and clothing, with all goods donated brand new. Each box was also age and gender

TWPS Year R/1 students, from left, Riley Woods, Maddison Gort, and Chelsea Mason, with Baylee Carter pushing the “sleigh” full of Christmas boxes bound for under privileged kids. The R/1 class contributed 10 out of the school’s 37 boxes. specific, targeting children 2 – 4 years old, 5 – 9 years old and 10 – 14 years old. Some of the items placed in the boxes included hats, tennis balls, pencils and paper, toothbrushes and hairbrushes, stickers, head bands, watches, teddies, crayons, skipping ropes and clothing. An information sheet compiled by the students about Two Wells was also placed in each box. Tania said the school had managed to put together 37 boxes with a value of between $15 and $20 each. They would

be sent to children in the Torres Strait Islands and South-East Asia. “This project has taught the kids so much,” Tania said. “They’ve learnt about compassion for other kids, they’ve learnt not every child is like them, and they’ve learnt about giving. “It shows the community our children have spirit.” The school also held a casual clothes day, which raised around $320, to contribute to the charity and to help with postage costs.

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THIS is how you could look after attempting a robbery at the Two Wells Tavern. After two robberies in recent months, the Ward Belt Two Wells Tavern is hitting back at would-be thieves, with the owners installing a new, highLewiston Two Wells Gawler Middle tech device to deter criminals. Beach The top of the range, wall-mounted security Gawler River device is the only one of its type in Australia, Port Gawler and sprays suspects with a unique invisible DNA fluid when an alarm is triggered. MacDonald Buckland Port Gawler Park Only detectable under UV light, the fluid Penfield Virginia Park Munno Para Conservation Andrews Gardens Park Farm lasts for up to six weeks and, once analysed, Penfield can link criminals to a particular crime scene. Developed by Adelaide-based company, Waterloo RAAF Base Corner Edinburgh Elizabeth DNA Security Solutions, it is proving a hit with so called “soft targets” like newsagents, Two Wells and Lewiston, Middle Beach, chemists and small hotels. Lower Light, Port Gawler, Buckland Park, Two Wells hotelier, Loretta Wilmshurst, had and Virginia. the DNA security system installed at both the Two Wells Tavern and the Commercial Hotel in September, and said the device had brought Phone 8862 1977 peace of mind. FACSIMILE 8862 1997 The system was installed NEWS after the initial August 28 SALES robbery and was activated internet when the Two Wells Tavern deadlines Advertising and Editorial closes was once again targeted on 5 pm the last Wednesday of the month. September 16. reporter Bec O’Brien Both robberies were a frightening experience for all involved, Loretta said, MOBILE 0419 292 715 but she hoped the new advertising David Newsome security measures would deter criminals. manager Andrew Manuel “It’s just a bit more piece of mind and a deterrent,” editor Terry Williams Loretta said.

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LORETTA Wilmshurst with the sign designed to deter thieves and ABOVE, the result of being sprayed with the DNA fluid, shown under UV light.

District Council of Mallala could have a new mayor before the end of the year, with its annual internal council elections taking place at its November meeting. Current mayor, Marcus Strudwicke, is again putting his hand up for the leadership role and suggested he may be challenged for the position by Lewiston ward councilor, Duncan Kennington. “I’m aware that councillor Kennington has been lobbying for support for the position,” Mr Strudwicke said. Positions open include the mayor and deputy mayor roles, as well as the chairpersons of the council’s Strategic Infrastructure and Planning Committee and the Community and Governance Committee. DCM chief executive officer, Charles Mansueto, said a review of council elected members of these committees would also take place. The election of people to fill these roles will be conducted at the next full council meeting on Monday November 26. Duncan Kennington was not available to comment.

Enter Christmas parade comps • FROM PAGE 1. Inaugural parade princess Tameka Simons is urging fellow young people to nominate for the roles this year, saying it is a terrific opportunity to have a lot of fun and be involved in the community. “Being the princess of the Two Wells Street Parade was really fun and cool,” Tameka said. “I loved seeing all the cute little faces that were lining up to see Father Christmas (and) it was great being in the parade waving to everyone. “If you know a young person between 12 and 16 who you think needs to be recognised for their achievements and involvement in the community nominate them! It is truly a wonderful experience.” As is the custom each year, a wide range of goods, food and clothing will be on offer at the event, including jewelry, hair clips,

handicrafts, pancakes, a sausage sizzle, fruit salad and ice-cream and much more. New to the event this year will be a fun and interactive slot car racing stall and a ice drink slushie centre. Member for Taylor Leesa Vlahos will be there, as will the Tea Tree Gully Redbacks concert band and the City of Enfield Brass band, who will entertain as part of the parade along the main street. Local businesses are being encouraged to participate in the festivities by decorating their premises, with prizes on offer for the most creative. Nominations for parade prince or princess need to be lodged by Wednesday November 21 and can be emailed to Bev at or left at the Two Wells Craft Shop. CHRISTMAS STREET PARADE COMPETITIONS 4 years and under - CHRISTMAS

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THEMED PICTURE TO COLOUR IN AND DECORATE: A choice of two will be available for collection from the Craft Shop. 5–8 years old - HAND and FOOT REINDEER FACE: Make a cute paper reindeer face from a child’s footprint and handprints using the footprint as the head and the handprints as the antlers. 9 -11 years - METAL CUT-OUTS: Make a metal cut out hanging Christmas ornament from a disposable aluminum pie plate. OPEN SECTION: Craft a handmade outdoor Christmas decoration. SENIORS – over 50: Any hand made Christmas item. Completed entries may be left at the Craft Shop along with name and telephone number or can be delivered directly to the Old Council Chambers, (next to the Library building), on the Street Parade night no later than 4.30pm.

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Council spends on roads

District Council of Mallala will spend more than $850,000 this financial year on improving roads in the area. District Council of Mallala chief executive officer, Charles Mansueto, said roads at the top of council’s road matrix would be targeted first. “Through the road matrix we identify the priority roads based on a set of criteria,” Mr Mansueto said. “We’re ramping up the road pro-

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gram because we get funding from the Federal government and to maintain that funding council has to maintain a level of expenditure to receive the Roads to Recovery funding. “Council is looking at spending more money on road sealing in the district, with $370,000 being spent on sealing roads in Lewiston alone.”

Altogether around 3.3 kilometres of roads or streets will be sealed, with council spending $865,000 in total over the remainder of the 2012/13 financial year. The roads set to be targeted in the council’s sealing blitz include Gilks Road in Lewiston, from between Lawrie Road to Pederick Road, and Pederick Road between Hayman Road and Gilks Road. Pederick Road will also be sealed

between Gilks Road and Dawkins Road. In Dublin, parts of Fourth, Fifth and Sixth streets will be sealed at a cost of a little over $250,000. In Two Wells the only road to be targeted is Williams Road, which will be sealed between Gawler Road and Hayman Road. The only footpath to feature in the program links with the newly completed railway pedestrian crossing

on the Two Wells to Gawler Road. Funds for the path as part of the crossing were already allocated, however, the path will now be extended from the train line along Gawler Road to Gameau Road in this extra round of road spending. Mr Mansueto said the program was a concerted effort by council to streamline its road sealing operations and establish more planned road infrastructure practices.

Fresh faces with the world at their feet … but let’s have lunch first These cute faces are the newest kids on the block at Two Wells Primary School. New Reception students, from left, Hudson Barnett, Adam Nesbitt, Karlia Ayris, Maddison Innes, Konna Cuellar and Cameron Hoppo are settling in to school life, learning all the routines and making new friends.

Who makes you proud? Nominate your choice for Citizen of the Year

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Australia Day awards. The Australia Day awards recognise local residents and/or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the community. The awards comprise Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year. Each year, District Council of Mallala (DCM) recognises the achievements of its community members and organisations that motivate and inspire others through their vision, leadership, talent, humility and spirit of community service. Presented annually at the Australia Day breakfast, the awards are open to individuals and organisations who have made a noteworthy contribution to the community on a voluntary basis or have given an outstanding contribution exceeding their normal employment duties. This can be during the current year, or for outstanding service to

a local community over a number of years. The awards are open to all residents of council, however contributions made to the community from non-residents will also be considered. Persons or groups nominated in previous years and who were unsuccessful may be renominated. DCM Community Development officer, Lynette Seccafien said: “The awards are an integral part ofAustralia Day. They recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of Australians.” “In addition to the Australia Day Council’s awards, DCM has recently introduced two new categories,”she said “Community Group of the Year is presented to the group who have made a significant or beneficial contribution to the community, while the Community

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n MOLLIE Frost, who was Citizen of the Year for 2011. Project of the year is for projects staged, both in the last year.” “If there is someone you would like to shine a light on, now is the time to take a few minutes to fill out a nomination for them.

Being nominated for an Australia DayAward is a great honour, while nominating is a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to someone who makes you proud.” Last year’s Citizen of the Year was Two Wells icon, Mrs Mollie Frost, with Community Group of the Year going to Two Wells Tennis Club for its efforts to eliminate their debt and raise the profile of tennis in the town. Nomination forms are available from council offices located at Mallala and Two Wells or can be downloaded from the website, To nominate someone, complete the nomination form, attach any supporting documentation and return by 5pm, Friday November 16 to District Council of Mallala, PO Box 18 Mallala 5502, fax 85 272 242 or email Winners will be presented at council’sAustralia Day breakfast, which this year will be held at the Two Wells Community Centre and catered for by Red Cross.

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Have a good laugh at comedy night Are you in need of a good laugh? Do you want to share a great night of entertainment with friends or family? Then pencil Saturday, November 17 into your diary as the Two Wells Melodrama Group, in partnership with Gawler Centre Players, present a night of comedy. After a successful trial run last year, the comedy night is returning again this year and with a new format it’s sure to entertain and have the audience in stitches. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or by contacting Kay on 8520 2778. In a first for the group, bookings can also be made online through Trybooking. Visit www.trybooking. com/32192. Supper will be available for a gold coin donation and the Two Wells Scout Group will also serve refreshments. To find out more about the show or to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Two Wells Melodrama Group check them out on Facebook at www.


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Alcoholics Anonymous, Meets every Thursday evening in Two Wells, Commencing at 8pm in the Hall at St. Pauls Anglican Church Old Port Wakefield Road, Anyone who thinks they may have a problem with alcohol is welcome to attend.


Two Rivers Basketball Association, Angle Vale Primary School, PO Box 455 Two Wells SA 5501. Basketball Coaching Clinic from 5pm, Games commence from 5:30pm, 12 and Under, 15 and under, Learn basketball in a friendly family atmosphere. Contact Paul on 0414 248 732.

Bowling Club

We welcome all bowlers an opportunity to play, especially new bowlers to come along and enjoy a game of Bowls. The games are played on Wednesdays or Saturdays. ‘Learn To Bowls” is Tuesday evenings.The ladies Competition is played on Thursdays.Bowls competition runs from October to April of each year.For more information please contact the secretary Doug Maylin On 85243288 C/O PO Box 127, Two Wells 5501or club phone/ fax number 85202316.We have excellent bar facilities ,why not consider your next function at the Bowling Clubrooms on Old Port Wakefield Road ,Two Wells.

Church times

Anglican Church Services

St Peter’s Mallala: 1st Sunday of the month Sunday November 4, 10am Sunday December 2, 10am Ph: Di Meaney 8520 2308 St Paul’s Two Wells: Sunday Nov 11, 9am (Remembrance Day Earlier Time) Sunday Nov 18, 10am Sunday Nov 25, 10am Ph: Di Meaney 8520 2308 Two Wells Catholic Church invites residents to attend its weekly services. Held in the church on Old Port Wakefield Road, mass starts at 8.30am every Sunday. All are welcome.


Two Wells Calisthenics. Looking for something new and lots of fun? Come along and give it a go! Classes held at Two Wells Primary School, Tuesday Night practice, Sub Juniors(7-9 years) 5pm to 6.30pm. Juniors(10-12 years) 6pm to 7.45. Inters(13 and older) 6.45pm to 8.30pm. Phone Jodie Simons on 8524 3990 or 0423 928 311, first lesson complementary.

child & youth health Child and Youth Health, Child and Youth Health services are held on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month at The Two Wells Children’s Centre, 27a Gawler Rd, Two Wells 9:15am to 10:30am and 1pm to 4pm by appointment only, 10:30am to 12 noon drop in. Call 1300 733 606 for appointments.


Community Public Library, Located in the Institute. Hours: Mondays-Closed, Tues & Thurs - 9:30am to 5pm, Wed – 1pm to 7pm, Fri – 9:30am to 3pm, Sat – 9am to 11am, Ph 8520 2100.

community centre

TWO WELLS COMMUNITY CENTRE, Available for hire for Weddings, special occasions, seminars, conventions. Seats up to 200, large kitchen & bar, Contact: Yolanda on 8524 3131 or 0408 835 331 for more information.

Craft Group

Craft Group at Two Wells In the St Paul’s Anglican Church, Two Wells in the Hart Memorial Hall 10am to 12noon Wednesday November 14, 28. Contact: Ree Roden - Phone: 8520 3773.

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Two Wells Uniting Church, Gawler Road. Services are held every Sunday from 10.30am, including Sunday School for the children. All welcome

The Craft Shop, TWO WELLS COURT HOUSE, Quality goods sold on consignment, Locally made olive oil and honey, Home made Jams and Sauces, Gift ideas, skin products, bric-a-brac. hand crafted quilts. OPEN Tues to Fri 9.30am to 4pm, Sat 9.30am to 1pm. Closed Sun & Mon.

Equestrian & Pony club

Two Wells Lutheran Church, services contact Salisbury office 8281 2976 for further information.

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Two Wells CFS, station located at Wells road Two Wells. Training Monday nights, Cadets (11-15 years) 6pm to 7:30pm, Seniors 7:30pm. New volunteers welcome. For more information phone 8520 2500.

Community Public Library

Two Wells Community Children’s Centre, 27a Gawler Road, Two Wells. Community-based, fully accredited. Childcare for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years, Monday to Friday 7am-6pm. Full time/part time/ casual care, before and after Kindy care, vacation care for school-aged children. Dept of Education Preschool and PreEntry. Qualified, caring staff. Educational, developmental programmes, and Special Needs services available. Nutritious, fresh meals. Children are too precious for profit! Visit www. or phone 8520 2358.

Community bus

Community Bus, return trip to Elizabeth City Shopping Centre, Only $5.00 return (kids free), Next bus: Nov 16, 2012. Bus departs Mallala Post Office 9am, Port Parham Sports and Social Club 9:15am, Two Wells Bakery 9:40am, Dublin, Lower Light & Lewiston by arrangement. Return departs Elizabeth 3pm. All bookings contact Jasmin Daniele 8520 2233.

Two Wells Equestrian and Pony Club hold rallies on the first and third Sundays of the month at 9.30am on our grounds, Aunger Road, Lewiston. Further details on


Families Learning and Growing, This is a FREE service for anyone with children aged birth to 4 years. Come and join us in some fun, games and activities. 9.15-11.30am every Tuesday in school term, Uniting Church Hall, Gawler Road. For more information please contact Tanya Wilson 0438 202 840, Narelle Copley 0439 837 099, Colleen Sheedy-Palethorpe 0417 899 968.


healthy eating club

Two Wells Healthy Eating Club, Fridays 9:30-10:30am, Catholic Church Hall (opp Cemetery) Cost $1 per week. Come in and have a chat about healthy foods and how to select the best products when doing your grocery shopping. We weigh each person each week and keep records so you can keep track of your weight. Make this your year for a healthier you! See you there, Chris Hart (President) 8520 2037.

TW Hockey Club

Well it’s that time of year again and we are heading into a new hockey season. We would like to let everyone know that we have starting training and would like anyone who is interested in playing grass hockey to feel welcome to join in with our family orientated club. We are looking for people of all ages, juniors and seniors, men, women and children who would like to play a fantastic team sport. We train Wednesday nights from 5pm at Vincent Road, Smithfield Plains. Anyone who would like to join the Two Wells Hockey Club please contact Margaret on 0408 933 261.

kennel & obedience club

ADELAIDE PLAINS KENNEL & OBEDIENCE CLUB, Training Wednesday evenings, Beginners, Grades 1 & 2 - 7pm, Grades 3, 4 & 5 - 7:40pm, Conformation 7:40pm. All breeds & people welcome. If you have a problem come & see us. Contact Josie on 8524 3499 for more info.


Landcare Two Wells, Lewiston & Districts Land Care Group, Monthly Activities, Land Care is bigger than your back yard. Pat: 0419 860 981, Sharon: 0412 345 852.

neighbourhood watch Two Wells Football Club, meals every Saturday night during the season. Come on down and see your local teams play and enjoy a club style meal after the game! Bar facilities available. TWFC Ph: 8520 2524. New players welcome. golf club

Two Wells Golf Club, 18 hole scrapes course open April until October. Competitions: Tuesdays Ladies Day, tee-off 9-9:30am, Wednesdays Mixed Tournament, tee-off 9-9:30am; Saturdays Mixed Comp teeoff 11am onwards. McPharlin Rd (extension of Bethesda Rd) Two Wells ph 8520 2607, membership available. Club secretary: B. Prior 8523 3272 or 0417 842 260. All visitors welcome.

Neighbourhood Watch Meeting held every second Tuesday in the month (except January) at 7.30pm in the Two Wells Community RSL, Main Street of Two Wells. For more information contact Dave Body on 8524 2036 or Maria Aunger 8520 2328.

probus club

The Combined Probus Club of Two Wells Inc. Meetings are held in the Two Wells Bowling Club on the 4th Monday of the month from 10am. Come along and hear our guest speakers and enjoy some companionship. Contact: Ree Roden 8520 3773.

Play group

Two Wells Play Group, every Friday morning except Public Holidays, 9:15am to 11am At Two Wells Children’s Centre, For more information contact the Two Wells Children’s Centre on: 8520 2358.

Red Cross

Two Wells Red Cross meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Catholic Church Hall, Two Wells at 1.30pm. All are welcome. Contact Jasmin Daniele on 8520 2233 for further information.


Two Wells RSL Sub Branch, Main Street, Two Wells, Ph: 8520 2826, Open: Wednesdays 9am to Noon and Friday 12 to late, Social night every Friday night from 6pm. Contact Tony: 0412 773 111, John: 0411 894 245.


1St Two Wells scout group, PO Box 427 Two Wells SA 5501. Cub Scouts - Tuesday, 6.30pm to 8pm. Joey Scouts - Thursday 5.30pm to 6.45pm. Scouts - Thursday 7pm to 9pm. Group leader Ian Laughton Phone 0403 976 984.

Two Wells Blue Light

Two Wells Blue Light held 4 times a year at the Two Wells Community Centre, 7pm to 9.30pm for ages 8 to 17 years. For more information contact Maria Aunger on 8520 2328 or Anne Porter on 8524 3382.

UCA Op shop

Two Wells Uniting Church treasure trove op shop, opening times, Mon, Wed & Fri 9am to 4pm and Tue, Thur, Sat 9am to 12noon. Open all school holidays, come in and browse, uniting church hall drew street, two wells, contact Pam Duncan 8520 2764 any time for information.

uniting church

Uniting Church Adult Fellowship. Meetings held monthly in the Uniting Church Hall with the aim to provide supported friendship and opportunities and to support the ongoing mission of the church. For information contact Mollie Frost 8520 2073 or Alan Howell 8520 3063.

Weight Watches

Mallala Weight Watchers Group has moved to a new venue. Weighins, followed by a group meeting, will now be held at the Mallala Uniting Church every Monday night from 6.30pm. New members welcome.


YOGA, Classes are at the Two Wells Catholic Church Hall are held on Mondays 7pm to 8:15pm. Enquiries to Diane 8520 2308 or 0427 616 301. Two Wells Echo, September, 2012


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Two Wells RSL president, Tony Flaherty is pictured with Carol Wildbore, of Mallala, admiring the stories of South Australian soldiers who featured in the recent Bravest of the Brave exhibition that was showcased at the club last month.

RSL shows us bravest of brave Two Wells RSL hosted the Bravest of the Brave Exhibition at its club last month. The travelling exhibition is a joint venture between Veterans SA and History SA, and tells the story of eight South Australian men who were awarded the Victoria Cross for their heroic deeds during the First World War. Some of the men were born or educated

in South Australia, some enlisted here, while others lived in the state either before or after the war. One of the soldiers, Private James Park Woods, was born in Two Wells and his mother, who died giving birth to him, is buried in the town cemetery. Two Wells RSL president, Tony Flaherty, said the exhibition was inspiring, thought provoking and emotional and

it was a privilege to showcase it to the general public. “It was emotional for me because I’ve been in combat,” Tony said. “I was reading some of the stories and it’s like you become part of it.” Tony said the exhibition had sparked much conversation amongst those who had dropped in to view it.

John Thorpe shares his life with Probus group By Bill Clarke, Two Wells Probus Club member

Two Wells Probus Club was honoured to have John Thorpe speak at its September 24 gathering. John was born in 1949 and grew up in a poor area of England and had to compromise to survive. At 13 he had to look after the family and worked before school with the milk man. At weekends he worked on a golf course to help his mother cope. He left school at 15 and got a job as a chimney sweep. Just before his 16th birthday John joined the merchant navy, which took him all round the world. He married at 19 and had three children. Unfortunately his first son died of pneumonia. Having sailed to Australia a few times he decided to migrate there. In 1985 he arrived in South Australia and was employed by Le Cornu as a carpet layer. He stopped working for Le Cornu and after a suggestion from his brother in England he went into video hire (then something new to Australia). He started in Leigh Creek and was very successful. He also started a shop in Gawler in 1981 for which he won the award for best video shop in Australia and South Australia. John donated to the (Large Pine) Christmas tree, which he lit up in Gawler each year. Later he visited Kenya and after seeing the school the kids had to go to, was moved to help. The school only had one longdrop toilet for 2000 kids. John donated $1200 for two toilets and decided to build a school that was more up market, one with doors and windows. He began fundraising in Australia and also supplied books

Police found millions of dollars in drugs and arrested three men for serious trafficking offences on Thursday, October 25. Detectives from Organised Crime Investigation Branch (OCIB) along with STAR group raided a house on Kersbrook Road in Bibaringa and found a commercial quantity of methamphetamine. Further investigations led police to a house in Lewiston where a large quantity of the drug was also found. Three men were arrested following the raids. Each of them were refused police bail and all appeared in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court last week. A 24-year-old man from Virginia and 21-year-old man from Munno Para Downs were charged with trafficking a commercial quantity of a controlled drug. A 28-year-old man from Lewiston was charged with possessing a controlled drug for sale. Investigations are ongoing. • TWO Wells police located 78 cannabis plants being cultivated at a Lewiston home on Wednesday, October 17. A 63-year-old man from Lewiston was arrested for producing a commercial quantity of cannabis and possession of prescribed equipment after the plants were located growing in the rear shed of the premises under hydroponic conditions. The accused was bailed to appear at Elizabeth Magistrates Court at a later date. As a result of that arrest, detectives from Barossa CIB visited a related address at Lewiston and located a further five cannabis plants, also growing hydroponically. A 42-year-old Lewiston man was reported for producing cannabis and the possession of equipment.

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Two Wells Probus club president, Ree Roden, with guest speaker, John Thorpe, and some of his artefacts from Kenya. The club also presented John with a donation to help with the final stage of his Kenya school project. pencils and writing equipment. Probus members learned from John about his many accomplishments and awards from 1981, when he opened the Gawler video shop next to Gawler cinema, to 1991. He is a former councillor, Rotarian and Citizen of the Year. In 2006 the cinema started Silver Screening for senior citizens, with groups travelling long distances from country towns in

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South Australia to attend. Many Probus groups and retirement villages also attend the screenings. This is an integral part of the Gawler Cinema business as well as bringing outside additional customers to the local shopping area. John’s passion is with the Sinoko Primary School in Kenya. Well done John and thank you for a very interesting talk.

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Warning for Two Wells, Lewiston

TO ALL LANDOWNERS AND OCCUPIERS IN THE MALLALA COUNCIL AREA Pursuant to the Fire & Emergency Services Act 2005, the owner of private land in the country must take reasonable steps to protect property on the land from fire and to prevent or inhibit the outbreak of fire on the land, or the spread of fire through the land and minimise the threat to human life from a fire on the land. Maximum Penalty $5000. Council officers will be inspecting properties from early October onwards, to assess compliance with CFS requirements. Property owners issued with a Bushfire Hazard Reduction Compliance Notice are required to comply with the requirements of that notice within the required time indicated or Council may organise a contractor to preform the work required, at the owners expense and may take further legal action against them. PLEASE NOTE, Council is able to issue an Expiation Notice for the offence of not complying with the requirements of Bushfire Hazard Reduction Compliance Notice. Fee for non compliance $315.

CFS Requirements: • Vacant town blocks are required to have all dry flammable material to be reduced to a maximum height of 10 cm by means of slashing or mowing or removing and maintain throughout the Fire Danger Season.

• House blocks are required to all dry flammable grass material to be reduced to a maximum height of 10 cm by means of slashing or mowing or removing and maintain throughout the Fire Danger Season. • Larger blocks (more than 2 hectares) will require having a firebreak, slashed or mowed to maximum height of 10cm to a minimum width of 5 metres around property boundary, and with a minimum width of 20 metres around any building or asset on the property. This must also be maintained throughout the Fire Danger Season. • All flammable material must be stored in a safe manner. Please have an ongoing maintenance program to keep your property fire safe. Council thanks property owners and occupiers for the attention they put towards fire safety. Who knows, it may your own home you save.

FIRE PREVENTION OFFICER PETER BUTTERY 8527 0200 If you live in one of these council areas and have a fire prevention concern, then contact your local Fire Prevention Officer.

FIRE SEASON District Council of Mallala The 2012 – 2013 Fire Danger Season for the Mid North which includes District Council of Mallala opens on

MONDAY NOVEMBER 15 2012 & WILL CLOSE ON APRIL 30, 2013 Unless changed by Government declaration

During that time no fires may be lit in the open unless a permit for that purpose has been obtained from Council. Permits will not be issued prior to March 1, 2013. Contact Council for details of the rules relating to fires in the open for cooking and comfort purposes.

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SPRING rains have seen plants burst into growth, especially wild grasses, and the weather is warming up, so now’s the time to start preparing for summer and the dangerous fire season ahead. Two Wells County Fire Service brigade captain, Adam Harris, says residents need to start taking measures to protect their homes from fire and plan what they would do if a bushfire broke out. He said although Two Wells was not surrounded by dense bush land, many homes and properties in Lewiston could get caught out if a fire started in the area. “Lewiston is potentially a very dangerous area,” said Adam, shown highlighting the importance of keeping gutters clear. “Everyone is living on two-acre blocks and that makes it hard for us to get access to those blocks. “On one of those catastrophic days, if a fire went through there, it could potentially wipe the whole area out.” Accessing rural properties was something Adam highlighted as a big problem, not only for the CFS but also for other emergency services. He said residents needed to assess whether a fire truck or ambulance could fit down their driveway. “Many driveways are obscured by trees and lots of properties have scrub and bush land very close to the house,” he said. “This makes for a dangerous mix as it’s going to be really dry this year. “Priorities for residents are keeping your

CFS captain Adam Harris says it’s important to clean gutters before fire season gets into gear. grass down and having a 20-metre defendable open space around your building. Clean gutters and access to water are also things people need to think about. “If people do that, they will give themselves the best chance of protecting their properties.” Following the CFS’ mantra of “Prepare. Act. Survive” should also be something all families discuss and plan for, Adam advised. If residents notice any council land that needs attention, Adam said calls should be directed to the District Council of Mal-

lala, not the CFS, which is powerless to do anything but pass the message on. The fire season for the Mid North area is scheduled to begin, at this stage, on November 15. If fuel loads in the area increase dramatically or there are significantly higher temperatures than usual, the CFS may bring this date forward to November 1. Visit the CFS website at au for tips on preparing your house or property for summer, fire danger ratings and for advice on what to do if there is a fire in your area.

Watch your drinks PEOPLE drink alcohol to celebrate, relax, socialise and for the taste. It has become a way of life and a part of the Australian culture. The challenge many people face is monitoring their alcohol intake to help reduce their vulnerability of becoming a victim of crime. This can be achieved with some careful planning and common sense. Excessive consumption of alcohol and binge drinking puts you at risk by reducing your ability to recognise danger. It decreases your judgment and your ability to remain alert. You may be less likely to respond appropriately to situations where you may be at risk. The important thing to remember when drinking alcohol is to know your limit and make sure you don’t go beyond that limit.

With Maria Aunger Also, be aware of drink spiking by never leaving your drink unattended and never accept drinks from strangers. 4 Cover your drink with your hand in crowded situations. 4 If your drink tastes different or has been moved, don’t touch it. 4 Don’t accept a drink you haven’t seen the bar staff pour. 4 Never accept or share a drink with someone you’ve just met. 4 Remember soft drinks can be spiked. 4 Never accept

‘harmless’ pills from strangers. Always be aware of your physical and mental state. If you (or your friends) experience any of the following symptoms, you may be a victim of drink spiking: Loss of coordination or inhibition; Drowsiness / lethargy / disorientation; Nausea/ vomiting; Hallucinations; Speech difficulties such as slurring; Memory loss; Seizures; Loss of consciousness, seek help from your friends, staff at the licensed premises or call an ambulance. • The last Neighbourhood Watch meeting for 2012 will be held on Tuesday November 13 at 7-30pm in Two Wells Community RSL. Everyone is welcome to attend. The Two Wells Blue Light committee will hold its AGM directly after NHW has finished around 8pm.

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‘Don’t just climb the fence uninvited’ Hobby farmer’s warning over alpaca intruders

Two Wells alpaca hobby farmer, Bev SmithTrim, is concerned someone could get hurt if they try to approach her herd without permission.

Bec O’Brien reports: Two Wells alpaca hobby farmer, Bev Smith-Trim, is more than happy for roadside visitors to stop and admire her small herd. She would even willingly open her door to people who come knocking to get a closer look at her lovely creatures. But in the early morning of Thursday, October 4, what she didn’t expect to see from her kitchen window was two women on her property without her permission. While Bev believes the women were not looking to make trouble and were just trying to get closer to her alpaca herd, she was concerned they had entered the property without asking and by allegedly climbing the fences. “Two ladies came onto the property to look at the alpacas and I just thought, what’s going on there?” Bev said. “I knew there shouldn’t be anybody there. They just can’t go onto a farm whenever they feel like it. “Even though it’s laidback living here, you still must ask before going onto a property.” Although alpacas are generally docile animals, Bev says the herd leader is quite protective and could harm intruders. “The lead animal is very protective of the herd and could attack,” she said. “If they’d try to touch them, the leader of the herd may well have gone for them and kicked them, especially because I wasn’t there, he’s very protective of the others.” Two Wells Police B/Sergeant, Grant Devlin, said trespassing laws were quite simple, adding, while the ladies concerned could argue they were there for a lawful excuse, “looking at the alpacas”, permission should be granted by the owners first. “If you don’t have permission to enter someone’s property you are not allowed there,” Sergeant Devlin said. “If you are asked to leave, you must. If you enter property for an unlawful purpose you are guilty of an offence.” MESSAGE TO RESIDENTS: From Lewiston ward Councillor Duncan Kennington

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Lewiston residents, and others, may have observed Gawler River Road is straighter than it used to be. This will make it a lot safer. Also, bitumen is to follow. The reduction in the bends won’t make much difference at the pace I cycle but I am enthusiastic about the bitumen stage. I’m afraid my el-cheapo mountain bike is more el-cheapo than mountain. • I received information recently septic systems should be emptied at least every four years, even if not full, in order to operate at optimum efficiency. I don’t understand all the theory of septics and I’m not sure I want to but I am willing to take the advice of experts ( • Council currently is considering meeting “with the Adelaide Plains Equestrian Club Incorporated to further discuss using Hams Park as an interim site and [investigating] any other statutory obligations and costs associated and [presenting] a report back to Council”. Please provide any feedback on this issue to your councilors. • With summer coming up it is an opportune time to consider the planting of fire retardant plants in the garden. Another contributor to the Echo, Mark Webb, provided me with a website, www.fireretardantplants. which I accessed recently. It’s easy to use and covers trees, shrubs, and groundcovers. • Subsequent to a visit to the Belair National Park Plant Nursery I invested in a Woolly Bush (adenanthos sericeus). They are so named because the foliage feels like wool. I checked the fire retardant list and can’t find the Woolly Bush but I think all residents should have one, just for good measure. Two Wells Echo, November, 2012


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fter three decades delivering medical advice, supporting and caring for the people of Virginia and surrounding districts, Dr Sam Nitchingham has established a clinic in Two Wells. The Heritage Medical Centre on Old Port Wakefield Road opened its doors in October, with Dr Nitchingham splitting his time between Two Wells and his practice at Virginia. Dr Nitchingham soon hopes to have two doctors tending to locals, with the blood collection centre already well appreciated by patients. Dr Nitchingham was born in Malaysia and graduated from the University of Singapore in 1978. He arrived in Adelaide in 1980 and immediately started work in Virginia. Later he purchased the practice from Dr John Stevenson and partners and started the Virginia Medical Centre in 1981. In the 1990s Dr Nitchingham was a pioneer in setting up large general practice owned clinics in Blakeview, Elizabeth, Salisbury, Prospect and Parkside. By mid-2005 Dr Nitchingham decided his heart was in the northern Adelaide area and has committed to what he hopes is his “last hurrah” in general practice.

MARINA NItchingham at the reception desk in the new clinic.


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He aims to leave a high quality and accessible medical service in Virginia and Two Wells; the communities that gave him his first break in South Australia. “The new Heritage Medical Centre will also serve as a teaching unit for young GPs,” Dr Nitchingham said. “By exposing young doctors to this area, hopefully they will embrace the township and stay on after finishing their training.” Dr Nitchingham strongly believes that in general practice medicine, a delay in seeking medical care, both in acute medicine and in chronic disease care, is the greatest cause of poor health outcomes. “All issues recognised and corrected early lead to better health outcomes,” he said. “In practical terms, delay in diagnosis is caused by limited access, mainly because of a shortage or unavailability of GPs, who are the gateway of the Australian medical system. “Other factors include the high cost of services and limited access to diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. “In the northern Adelaide district, especially in Two Wells and Virginia, the relative lack of GPs compared to the general population, has been a critical factor in affecting quality care outcomes. I hope the Heritage Medical Centre will be a small step in rectifying this imbalance.” Dr Nitchingham said patients had already commented on how much easier it was not having to travel to see a doctor or get a blood test, adding residents liked the fact there was a medical service in town. “They like the building a lot too,” he laughed. The Heritage Medical Centre is situated in one of the oldest buildings in the Two Wells township, dating to the late 1880s.

YOUR local gp for three decades, dr nitchingham explains his ambitious move to boost local medical services

During the renovations newspapers were uncovered dating back to the early 1900s and the centre is in the process of preserving them. The project has been a labour of love for Dr Nitchingham, with his involvement quite hands on, especially fitting out the premises for use as a doctor’s surgery. The name of the centre fits nicely with the building and pays tribute to its long history, he said. Along with his wife Marina, Dr Nitchingham is looking forward to helping local residents with their medical needs and hopes to establish a specialist centre with a radiology service in the future. This would mean people would have

access to x-rays and ultrasounds and would no longer have to travel out of the area for these services. Dr Nitchingham and Marina, who have been married for more than 30 years, work together as a team to ensure they deliver the best possible medical care to patients. They have three children, David, Anita and Usha, who have all chosen careers in their father’s industry, with two being pharmacists and one a doctor. The Two Wells Heritage Medical Centre is currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm and Saturdays 9am to 12 noon. Providing an after hours Sunday service is something Dr Nitchingham hopes to establish in coming years.

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n DR Sam Nitchingam pictured at Virginia Medical Centre, with staff members Carolyn Lally, Mary Falciani and Lorraine Upham. Two Wells Echo, November,2012


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Families learn and grow with F L A G Support network builds friendship





amilies Learning and Growing (FLAG) is not quite 10 years old but it has grown since its inception in 2003 to become a wonderful Bec O’Brien reports avenue for parents and children to meet, laugh, learn and share experiences. n fast facts The group was initially started as an outreach program of the Two Wells Uniting Church, with Who: Families Learning And local lass, Tanya Wilson, at the helm. “At the time, myself and another young mother Growing (FLAG) of twins, felt a support network was missing in our What: Families, fun, support, community for families with young children,” Tanya friendship, laughter, learning explained. When: Tuesdays during “We wanted a service that was fun for children school terms from 9.30am and could also offer support to parents.” Where: Two Wells Uniting The group also aims to develop long-term friendChurch Hall ships with members of the community and at the How much: Free same time provide an accessible and affordable outing for families. “FLAG gives parents the opportunity to spend quality time with their children through activities and learn cheap ways of making things,” Tanya said. “These activities are fun for the children and help them to learn many skills at the same time.” Each Tuesday morning session is held in the Two Wells Uniting Church and runs for around two hours, with a shared morning tea part of the routine. Some of the activities conducted at FLAG include cooking, stories, singing, painting, craft, outings, special presentations, guest speakers and FLAG members (back) Colleen Sheedy-Palethorpe and son Flynn, Tanya Wilson, Cameron Hoppo, Victoria Gray, (front) Ella and Ava Kightley, Tayla library visits. “Each week we do Lucas, Bayleigh McColl, Charlene Boyles and Brodie McColl enjoyed a something different and picnic on the oval last term. each term we have a to eat, reading books on it in her local church leader this year. theme,” Tanya said. “The leaders were so “In the past we have the topic, role playing, newsletter. She attended the welcoming and friendly had fun with the theme singing songs and makof food and teaching the ing things out of food.” group’s annual Christ- – it was an easy decision Virginia resident Col- mas event at the town to start devoting our children about the names of things we use in the leen Sheedy-Palethorpe oval and hasn’t looked Tuesday mornings to the kitchen, as well as cook- first joined the group in back since, even taking group,” Colleen said. “Throughout our ining lots of yummy things 2010 after reading about on the role as group

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volvement, my son Flynn and I have made many new friends and found a great deal of support and knowledge to be shared, from practical parenting advice, to recipes, to craft ideas. The wealth of activities for the children is amazing. “Whilst children do move on once kindy and school commitments start, the firmly established friendships between children and

parents will definitely continue via play dates, birthday celebrations and reunions. “I’m so glad I ventured up to that Christmas function nearly two years ago.” A new feature of the group this year is its “Time Out” sessions for parents. These sessions have been really popular and provide parents with the opportunity to take time

for themselves and learn something new while safe in the knowledge their child/children are being cared for close by. FLAG meets every Tuesday in the Two Wells Uniting Church hall from 9.15am. n Contact Tanya Wilson on 0438 202 840 or Colleen Sheedy-Palethorpe on 0417 899 968 for more information, or drop in one Tuesday and say hello.

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The Uniting Church’s annual Fun 4 Kidz Christmas event will be staged this year on the Two Wells Primary School Oval. To be held on Sunday December 9 from 5.30pm, the twilight event is set to be a great outing for the whole family. New event co-ordinator, Margaret Gameau, is inviting everyone to come along, bring their chairs, picnic rugs and cold tea and join in the fun. “We want the families to come and share in the spirit of Christmas at a fun, family event,” Margaret said. As well as free activities for the

kids, the event will also offer free donuts, coffee and tea, ice-cream and entertainment. There will be a rock wall children can have a go at, pony rides, a giant sandpit, games and craft stations. Local musicians will provide great music to set the atmosphere and students from the school will also entertain with a few songs before the night concludes with the nativity play and traditional Christmas carols. Anyone who is interested in helping out on the night please contact Margaret Gameau on 85202257.

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School’s native garden completed Two Wells Primary School has completed its native garden on the southern boundary of the school’s oval. The project was a spin off from the school’s successful community garden project and was made possible through a Natural Resource Management Achiever grant of around $1500. TWPS school services officer and community garden coordinator, Michele Renaglia, said the development of the southern boundary garden was an opportunity to link the school and neighbouring Two Wells Com-

munity Children’s Center with a nature corridor. Named after an Aboriginal word meaning wander, the Palkana Path has been planted with native Australian plants. “The path meanders through the area and as it gets more developed with more plants, future plans include putting a couple of seats along the path for people to sit and enjoy the surroundings,” Michele said. Students across the school were involved in the planting, with Michele saying the project would not have come together without the help of John Spoolder, who put

a lot of the ground work in, and Mark Webb, who helped apply for funding and gave advice on what plants were native to the Adelaide Plains area. The local Two Wells Scouts Group is now also involved with the project, and has begun watering, weeding, monitoring and caring for the garden as a way for its young members to earn their environmental badge. RIGHT: TWPS Year 3 students, from left, Sarah Walton, Caleb Whittle and Bianca Musolino helped plant native plants along Palkana Path.

Kids harvest own veggies Students at Two Wells Primary School have been harvesting produce from their community garden in recent weeks. The garden was established last year with a variety of herbs, vegetables and leafy greens planted. Potato salad made with vegetables from the garden was sold in the school’s canteen and was a big hit. Some of this table full of vegetables is being made into coleslaw to also be sold through the canteen. Pictured back, from left, are SSO Michele Renaglia, Carly James, Stephanie Seres, Jake Wendelborn, Bradley Poynter and SSO Michelle Barnett, with front, clockwise from left, Warren James, Jackie Zachoryj, David Oakley, Brayden Doherty and Tenelle Simons.

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Two Wells Kindergarten has been discovering lots of things about bugs and the natural environment this term. Some of the activities the children have been immersed in include looking at bugs through magnifying glasses, chipping away at insects frozen into ice blocks, butterfly paintings and reading lots of books around the theme. Pictured inspecting some insects, from left, are Amity-Lee Bolitho, Tyson Challenor, Jace Van De Kamp, and early childhood worker Faye Pirri.






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The meat range for salad rolls has been expanded with roast beef, chicken and turkey, salami and silverside being popular additions. Popular slushies return for the summer months. And if you’re looking for another cool, refreshing choice on a hot day, fruit salad or individually made yoghurt tubs might be your thing. Staff at the bakery can also cater for outside events, providing platters of your choice, and also cocktail foods. Phone Haydn or Pauline on 85202 367 for bookings or more information. The bakery is open Monday to Friday 6.30-am to 4pm, and Saturday’s 6.30am to 2pm.

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echo 14 Having a good time at the Two Wells Blue Light disco were Caitlin Musolino and Brooke Humphrys.

Bianca Musolino, Alyssia Raschella and Taryn Sochacki.

Underneath these cool witches hats are, from left, Tenelle Simons, Emily Harvey, Shania Garrett, Krystal Hewitt and Jessica Romeo.

Jasmin Holley and Talia Raschella.

Winners in the best-dressed competition were from left, Taneesha Sparnon, Ivan Sparnon, Alyssia Raschella and Jack Harris. Brooke Ayris, Taneesha Sparnon and Talia Raschella.

Teagan Kerr and Rachel Baker.

Zali Meyers and Jorgi

Halloween was celebrated at Two Wells Blue Light Disco on Friday, October 26, with one of the biggest turnouts for the year. Around 185 enthusiastic


a Carter.

youngsters got into the spirit of the gothic, ghosts and ghouls theme, dressing up as witches, zombies, Draculas, and of course ghosts, ghouls and gothics. While this was scheduled

Caleb Whittle, a mean Dracula.

Two Wells Police senior constable John Winsor (centre) with a couple of scary guys, Connor Hiscock and Thomas Lance. to be the last Blue Light for the 2012 year, the organising team is set to stage one final event on the night of the Two Wells Christmas Street Parade on December 14. Theme will be Christmas,

with doors opening at 7pm. DJ Andrew will be on hand to spin a few tunes and there’ll be lots of prizes and giveaways. $5 entry for ages 8 to 17, finish at 9.30pm. Two Wells Echo, November, 2012

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LOWER NORTH GUN CLUB Lower North Gun Club held its monthly shoot on Sunday, September 30. Twenty-six shooters attended a successful day of shooting, with a barbecue lunch sponsored by the Tapscott family.

Larry takes AA grade

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Scores: Event 1 - 50 Target Yum Yai Thai Point Score. AA Grade - 1st L. Pisconeri 147/150; 2nd C. Bentley 146/150; A Grade - 1st R. Damin 144/150 2nd B. Greenshields 138/150; B Grade - 1st N. Campbell 137/150; 2nd T. Bowman 133/150; C Grade - 1st J Elliott 98/150. Prizes sponsored by Yum Yai Thai Restaurant. Event 2 – 50 Target Tapscott Fencing Double Barrel. AA Grade - 1st C. Bentley 139/139; 2nd M. Pontifex 138/139; A Grade - 1st J. Mattschoss 52/53; 2nd B. Duncan 51/53; B Grade - 1st J. Tapscott 48/50; 2nd T. Bowman 50/54; C Grade - 1st J. Elliot 34/50 Prizes sponsored by GJ & MJ Tapscott. Junior High Gun - A. Tapscott 187/200. Sponsored by Bob and Linda Andrews High Gun - C. Bentley Lower North Gun Club winners, back, left to right, Rob Damin, Jake Mattschoss, Nathan Campbell, Angus Tap204/208. Sponsored by J & S scott, Craig Bentley, Barry Duncan, Larry Piscioneri, Max Pontifex, Trevor Bowman and Bernie Greenshields, with Byrnes. front Jack Tapscott and Jim Elliott.

Our samphire and mangrove treasure within our region lies one of our state’s greatest environmental assets, the samphire and mangrove coastline. Along this remnant coastal corridor are incredibly important ecosystems supporting and acting as a nursery for many fish and shellfish species. The samphire wetlands also support many species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies. These coastal environments consist of estuarine mud flats, tidal flats, seagrass meadows and seasonal fresh water lakes, which are fed from the Gawler and Light Rivers, and contain some of the largest and most diverse temperate salt marshes and samphire wetlands in Australia. They play an important role as a migratory pathway corridor for many species of shore birds. This time of year marks the arrival of many migratory birds, with some species flying from as far as China and Siberia to escape the colder climates. The samphire and mangrove coastline within our region is home to more than 51 species of birds. Some of these go nowhere else in Australia, with many of national and international significance. These visiting birds spend their short stay here feeding on the food resources unique to these coastal zones and require this time to recharge their food reserves so when they leave they have enough energy to fly, sometimes non-stop for thousands of kilometres back to their Arctic breeding grounds.

With Mark Webb

HOODED plover, with chick Unfortunately the number of migratory birds visiting our coastlines has been dropping by up to 40 per cent due to a decline in their habitats. Unfortunately these coastal areas are not valued by all. This is a short-term view and one we need to address and change if we are to protect these environments into the future. As a community there are a number of behaviours we can change to protect these areas. Dogs look great running free on the beach but they not only disturb these birds

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18 9am - 1pm

• Sausage sizzle & drinks available • $10/car • at Adelaide Plains Kennel & Obedience Club grounds, Old Port Wakefield Rd,(opposite Two Wells Tavern)

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Pedestrian crossing in use After weeks of delay, the Two Wells to Gawler Road pedestrian rail crossing is now complete. The project was set back when the insert of the crossing had to be sourced from overseas. DCM chief executive officer, Charles Mansueto said council had now

Sunday November 11

10am to 4pm at the Gawler NRC – 8 Adelaide Rd, Gawler South • FREE Event • 5 Speakers • Stalls • Native Plants & Veggie seedlings 4 Sale • Sophie Thomson from ABC Gardening Australia speaking at 1:30pm Other speaker’s on: Backyard Self Sufficiency, Permaculture, Worm Farms, Keeping Chickens and Bush Tucker!

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while feeding, they also can have a significant impact on the local shore birds which nest on the beach. The Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis) is one such species. Their chicks feed on the beach and can’t fly until they are five weeks old, making this a dangerous time. Please keep your dog on a leash and do not drive on the beach as these birds are perfectly camouflaged and you may not see them or their nests. Off road vehicles, including motorbikes, on these fragile ecosystems are unquestionably one of the biggest threats to these coastal habitats along with the dumping of rubbish, which looks unsightly and also pollutes the water pools. Both of these behaviours are illegal within these areas. Like any environmental asset we need to protect and ensure we do our best to promote and rehabilitate these areas, for this is the only way visitors will learn the importance of these coastal environments. Fortunately there are community groups working together with council and government agencies to do this. So if you are looking for that off road driving experience please don’t use these areas as a race track, there are designated off road parks, such as the legal ORV (Off Road vehicle) park at Port Gawler or there are clubs you can join. •Try these sites and

Two Wells Football & Netball Sporting Club


TUESDAY NOVEMBER 13 7.30pm at Two Wells Clubrooms

BRIEFLY committed more funds to the project, which will see the paved footpath extended from the walkway to Tangari Estate entrance, following the Two Wells to Gawler Road and to Gameau Road Remembrance day Two Wells RSL will stage its annual Remembrance Day service on Sunday, November 11 at 11am at the War Memorial. A BBQ lunch will be held at the RSL clubrooms afterward. All welcome. • Port Parham will also stage a Remembrance Day service at the Port

Parham remembrance flagpole at the Sports and Social Club at
10.40am November 11. Later in the month Two Wells RSL will hold a garage sale in the car park next to the RSL from 9am to 1pm on Saturday November 17. Sites are $10 (unpowered) or $15 (powered, limited sites available). Contact John on 0411894245 to book a site. Milo cricket • The MILO In2CRICKET program will be run through the Two Wells Cricket Club this 2012/2013 season and is set to start on Saturday November 17 at 9:30am at Two Wells oval.

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Coming event

HealthChat Monday 19 November 2012 5pm – 7pm The Minister for Health and Ageing and the SA Health leadership team are interested to know what you think about our state’s public health care system, including your ideas, comments, issues and/or concerns. Freecall* 1800 175 399 between 5pm and 7pm on the evening of Monday 19 November 2012 to chat to the Minister or other SA Health executive staff about the state’s health care system. You can also join the conversation via Twitter: @JohnHillMP or @SAHealth *Mobile and STD calls will be charged at the rate of a local landline call. Local landline calls to the line are free.


Public notice


Council is considering a change to its rating system for proposed introduction in 2013/14 NOTICE is hereby given that the District Council of Mallala is undertaking a review of its Rating System for a proposed implementation in the 2013/14 financial year. The first round of consultation commences with this advertisement and provides the community an opportunity to comment on Councils current rating system and to propose any structural options for a new system. At the October Meeting of Council an Initial Consultation Paper was endorsed to provide options available in reviewing the rating system. Copies of the options paper are available at the Mallala Council Office, 2A Wasley Road, Mallala, and at both the Two Wells Service Centre and Two Wells Library at Old Port Wakefield Road, Two Wells, or can be downloaded or viewed from the Council website on Interested persons are invited to make a written submission to the Chief Executive Officer, PO Box 18, Mallala 5502, or via email by close of business on Friday November 23, 2012. Further information regarding the review can be obtained by contacting Peter Sellar (General Manager Corporate & Community Services) or Peter Buchmann (Rates Officer) on telephone (08) 8527 0200 or email Charles Mansueto Chief Executive Officer



T-Birds are go The Two Wells T-Birds Softball Club will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a special event later this month. The club is planning a night of reminiscing, laughter, good food, friends, fun and music, which will be held at the Two Wells Community Centre on Saturday November 24 from 6.30pm. All past and present players, members and supporters are invited to the event, with club president, Linda Rushton, hoping everyone will get into the spirit of the night and dress to the theme of “Diamond (Bling)”. “It will be really good to see past and present players all come and enjoy the night,” Linda said. “It will be a great chance to celebrate our history as well as look forward to the future.” The night will feature live music and full bar facilities will be available, so no BYO drinks. Entry is $15 for adults and $5 for children, with t-bones and sausages, salad and jacket potatoes on the menu. If you have any old photos or past uniforms and would be willing to display them, please contact Linda Rushton on 0407608470 or Sally Green on 0400943249. Pass the word around; the club would love to see as many players, coaches and supporters from the original teams attend as possible. Tickets should be pre-purchased by contacting Linda or Sally on the above numbers.

ABOVE: The Two Wells T-Birds Softball Club will celebrate its 30th anniversary in November. Pictured are club members (back from left) Tracy Jamieson, Jen Gursansky, Shaz Tavener, Krystal Doudle, and Carina Smith, with front, Sally Green, Linda Rushton, Karin Farrugia and Elise Goland. LEFT: Preparing to help celebrate the Two Wells TBirds Softball Club’s 30th birthday is president, Linda Rushton.

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