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THRIFT SHOP SALE EXTENDED
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 09:34
THRIFT SHOP SALE EXTENDED Bordertown’s Salvation Army Thrift shop has extended their sale to make way for more stock. Manager Barbara said they had had a good response on Friday and Saturday morning of last week, and they’ve decided to continue clearing out the bargains. And if you have a local news story, send us an email or call the station on 875 22 777.
 
Local News
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 09:33
SUSPICIOUS HOUSE FIRE AT NANGWARRY Following a suspicious house fire at Nangwarry in the early hours of last Wednesday, police continue to seek information from the public. Fire crews brought the blaze under control, however extensive damage was caused to the rear interior of the property. Earlier this year at the same property there was a suspicious car fire, and that is also being investigated. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. BIG SPEND DUE FOR FEMALE CHANGE ROOMS The South Australian government has just announced plans that it will spend $10m to upgrade and build female change rooms at sporting clubs across the state. Sporting clubs will be able to apply for “no contribution” grants, which in turn will create job opportunities in renovation and construction in various areas. At the moment many sporting clubs and women’s sports teams of all ages, are forced to use male change rooms, car parks, offices or sports grounds to get changed. Having women’s change rooms at our sporting clubs sends an important message to women and girls that they are welcome in a sport and that their club’s culture is one that will facilitate their participation, said Assistant Minister and SA Women in Sport Chair Katrine Hildyard. The Assistant Minister added that through the SA Women in Sport Taskforce, the Government is ensuring that women are equal participants in all aspects of sport in South Australia. FODDER FOR OVERSEAS EXPORT INCREASES FARM DIVERSIFICATION OPTIONS 850,000 tonnes of fodder was exported from Australia to overseas markets over the last year, and this figure is about to rise, as demand from China is growing. Expansion into China would enable huge growth in the sector. The Australian Fodder Industry Association’s Executive Officer Darren Keating said that three years ago 18,000 tonnes was exported to China, however last year that figure jumped to 160,000 tonnes. He added that producing hay for export is more specialised that producing it for the domestic market, however by diversifying into this market, farmers have more options in case of challenging environmental or economic conditions. 75% of hay exported annually is Oaten, and at present Japan is our biggest market. Farmers can find out more @ farmdiversity.com.au WIN NETWORK DROPS NINE AND PICKS UP TEN If you’ve suddenly lost your favourite TV program on Channel 10, it may have moved to the WIN network. Over the past 30 years WIN has had an affiliation with the NINE network, but that has ended because WIN no longer wants to comply with NINE’s financial demands. A five year deal has been announced which will see WIN take over many of Channel 10’s most popular programs, including The Project, Modern Family and Masterchef. ROBE JETTY STILL OPEN TO FOOT TRAFFIC The jetty at Robe looks set to remain open during repairs, but to foot traffic only. The popular fishing spot, that draws large crowds in the summer months, is in need of repair work, and it was thought that it’d have to be closed down while work is carried out. Robe’s mayor Peter Riseley recognises the strong connection that communities’ have with their jetties, and said that closing the jetty would not have been an ideal situation. LOW RURAL WAGES IN WEST WIMMERA ACCORDING TO ABS FIGURES New figures just released by the Australian Bureau of statistics reveal that workers in West Wimmera have the lowest wages in Victoria, and Yarriambiack Shire has the third lowest. Ralph Kenyon from the Wimmera Development Association said there are a number of reasons why wages are lower in rural areas, and that it was important to take the figures with a grain of salt. West Wimmera Mayor Annette Jones said low income was a regional issue. Others cited that the drought wouldn’t have helped, but despite the low wages, West Wimmera has the second lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.8%. The average annual income in West Wimmera is $34,267. KEITH’S ART SCENE IS BLOOMING The art scene in Keith is flourishing, with the Keith Art Group reporting that their membership is increasing and their sessions are being well attended. The art group has a loyal base of tutors that regularly conduct workshops including silk and lino printing, landscapes in acrylics, pencil and charcoal drawing, and explorations with oil paints. Another very active group is the Keith Floral Artists, who are creating some wonderful designs, both traditional and abstract. Coming up for the budding floral artists, is a demonstration and workshop on Wreath making, and while winter may see flowers in short supply, dried materials and succulents are being used to full effect in beautiful arrangements. “SERVICE WITH A SMILE” AWARD FOR NEIL HUTCHINS This month’s winner of the Tatiara Tourism Group’s “Service with a Smile” award goes to Keith Mitre 10 Assistant Manager Neil Hutchins. According to the tourism group, Neil’s helpful attitude and excellent customer service stood out, and he’s an example of the positive, friendly people needed in the Tatiara from a tourism point of view. Neil, who’s been working at Keith Mitre 10 for five years now, was a bit shocked but humbled by the award, saying that customer service comes naturally when it’s important to you to look after your customers. Employers and customers are encouraged to nominate staff from around the Tatiara for the “Service with a Smile” Award every month.
 
Local News
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 09:31
FIREARMS THIEVES TARGETING RURAL PROPERTIES 15 firearms were stolen recently from various farms in rural areas, including the Barossa and Yorke Peninsula, prompting Police to warn rural property owners. It appears that criminals are targeting properties where firearms are stored in sheds, businesses, shipping containers and in houses. Over half the number of firearms stolen in the last three years, were stolen from rural areas. Recent thefts have been well planned, with thieves destroying alarm systems and using axes, jemmy bars and bolt cutters to gain entry. Police are urging rural property owners to ensure their firearms and ammunition are stored securely and according to legal requirements. Any suspicious activity you notice around rural properties should be reported to police on 131 444. SMOKING BAN FOR ALFRESCO AREAS Outside, or ‘alfresco’ dining areas will be smoke-free from tomorrow across South Australia. This includes pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants and fast food outlets. Heart Foundation SA and other anti-smoking groups are very pleased with the legislation, adding that exposure to second-hand smoke even in outdoor areas is a serious health risk. Research shows that passive smoking accounts for 10 per cent of all deaths caused by smoking. RAA NOT IMPRESSED WITH LACK OF GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT With the Federal Election just days away, the RAA is disappointed that there’s not more commitment from politicians to tackle road safety and infrastructure in South Australia. The RAA’s Senior Manager for Road Safety, Charles Mountain, said that the eastern states have received up to seven times more in funding for road works than SA, despite the Liberals pledging yesterday $40m to upgrade Oaklands Crossing in Adelaide. Locally, there has been some funding already committed to road projects that will go ahead despite who wins on Saturday, however across the board in regional South Australia, there’s a significant need for upgrades in many areas. The RAA has teamed up with the Australian Automobile Association and other motoring clubs with a campaign to drive stronger investment in safer roads, reduce congestion and improve infrastructure, and you can get all the details at keepaustraliamoving.com ROBE’S MAYOR SEEKS WORKING PARTY ON COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS Community engagement is on the agenda for the Mayor of Robe, Peter Riseley. He is seeking expressions of interest for a Mayor’s Working Party that will promote public consultations in a more inclusive way. Mayor Riseley wants to make public consultation processes easier and more user friendly. Ideas such as trying on-line methods to give opinions is one option, as opposed to just a few die-hard extroverts turning up to a town hall on a cold night. He’s hoping representation may come from many different sectors of the community, like sporting and youth groups and retirees, and anyone interested in joining a Working Party to get the concept off the ground is encouraged to contact him direct. NHILL ROTARIANS TOUR HOSPTAL OPERATING SUITE Members of the Rotary Club in Nhill were given a tour of the Nhill Hospital’s operating suite recently. All who attended, who of course had to don surgical gowns and sterile gear for the behind the scene look, enjoyed the visit. Nhill Hospital undertakes a range of procedures including eye surgery, ear nose and throat procedures, hip and knee replacements, and gynaecological surgery. West Wimmera Health service says that at present waiting lists are low and people can ask their GP for a referral. KANIVA FARMER INVENTS FIREWOOD ALTERNATIVE WITH AG WASTE Steven Hobbs from Kaniva is a farmer turned inventor, creating alternative resources to firewood. He has been compressing agricultural biowaste and meel, turning it into fire logs that are slow burning. Mr Hobbs has built a machine to manufacture the logs, and said it took a lot of trial and error to get the process just right. While he’s still a long way off commercial production, he’d like to produce about 15 to 20 tonnes of the product, which would then be stored in shipping containers, ready for winter. Because of the log’s density, they can burn for over 8 hours, producing less ash than firewood, plus the logs burn hot and bright, producing more energy. He currently sells bags for $13 each to neighbours and has them to buy at the Kaniva Community Shop, and while more expensive than firewood, the benefit is they last longer. Mr Hobbs said people like the environmental concept because they’re made from agricultural waste, however the only down-side he added, is that they need to be kept dry and stored where mice can’t get at them. KEITH KIDS GIVE COUNCIL THEIR SKATE PARK WISH LIST The Keith Skate Park is in for a revamp and fresh ideas are coming from local kids. The kids got the opportunity to put forward their ideas about what they liked and didn’t like, and those ideas were forwarded to council to consider. Tatiara District Council’s Arts & Cultural Development Officer Naomi Fallon said they’ve asked special ‘Skate Park Designers’ to quote on a design, to add more skating options and excitement to the existing skate park. YEAR 2 & 3 KEITH STUDENTS BECOME ENTREPRENEURS AND OPEN POP UP SHOP Keith Area School’s Year 2 & 3 students have been learning how to set up a business. After a term of hard work, they’ll open their Pop Up Shop on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th July from 9.30am till 1.30pm. They’re selling crafts, biscuits, eggs, dvd’s, books, candles, plants and more. See them next to the Keith Bakery on Makin Street. Get along and check out their efforts – you won’t be disappointed. Go along and support the amazing students from Keith Area School.
 
NEW ROLE FOR 5TCB’S MANAGER
Thursday, 23 June 2016 10:01


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5tcb’s Manager Sardia “Scad” Kakoschke will start a 3-year voluntary term with CBF, the national Community Broadcasting Foundation, as an Assessor. The role will see Scad join a team of other broadcasting professionals, who’s job is to independently consider and provide advice on grant applications from community radio stations around Australia. Scad said she’s looking forward to the opportunity to help other stations, with one of her radio passions being the growth and well being of rural and regional community stations. A CBF spokesperson said they had a strong field of candidates for the Assessor roles, and added that it’s the insights and experiences of its volunteers that helps the grant programs respond and adapt to meet the changing needs of the community broadcasting sector.

 
NARACOORTE CHURCH’S MERGE
Thursday, 23 June 2016 10:00
The Naracoorte Christian Centre and the Max Life Church have worked closely together for many years now, and have decided to merge. Pastors Wally and Barb from the Christian Centre are retiring after pasturing for 18 years, and the two churches will become one under the leadership of Pastor Tracy Gale of the Max Life Church. Tracey has been pasturing Max Life since its inception back in 2008. Services on Sundays will continue to be held at Max Life Church at 10am, and for more information check out their website maxlifechurch.com
 
MUNDULLA CFS SHED TO BE UPGRADED
Thursday, 23 June 2016 10:00
The home of the Mundulla CFS crew is about to undergo a major improvement upgrade. The existing shed will be taken down, and will then be re-built on the existing site. With no plumbing or septic at the moment, CFS Captain Damien van de Velde stated it’s definitely time to upgrade, plus the CFS has a number of requirements that each premises needs to ensure can be managed. Mundulla’s new shed will have a wash down area for breathing apparatus, an administration room for meetings, and will be better protected against vermin in efforts to protect gear housed on site. Damien said that they are always looking for new members, and for more information visit cfs.sa.gov.au
 
TINTINARA’S LAKE INDAWARRA DUE FOR REVAMP
Thursday, 23 June 2016 09:59
Plans to enhance the popular Lake Indawarra precinct in Tintinara have been discussed in a recent meeting by Coorong District Council and the local community. Community engagement about the project also focused on attracting visitors to the town, utilising the parklands as a recreational vehicle-friendly area, and making more space available for community events and recreation groups. Mayor Neville Jaensch said that the meeting was very successful and that groundwork would start under a staggered time frame.
 
WIMMERA RESIDENTS ON ALERT FOR SCAMMERS
Thursday, 23 June 2016 09:58

WIMMERA RESIDENTS ON ALERT FOR SCAMMERS Wimmera Health Care Group has issued a warning to locals that scammers have been phoning people pretending to be collecting funds and donations for the Wimmera Base Hospital. Recently a local business was contacted by a scammer, and the man asked for a $500 donation to the Wimmera Cancer Centre. The Health Care Group’s acting Chief Executive Mark Knights said the incident had been notified to Police, and wants the public to know that they would never cold call individuals or businesses asking for donations. Mr Knights said if anyone does receive a call they should not provide any personal or financial details, and they should contact the Horsham Police Station on 5382 9200. The Naracoorte branch of the SA Ambulance Service has had some new faces join the team recently, after the previous roster system was called into question. Six paramedics have been recruited internally; 4 moving to the area from metropolitan stations, one from Mount Gambier, and the sixth member Darren Tidswell has been made permanent after holding a temporary contract. The need to make changes came as a result of an incident last year where fatigue was blamed when an ambulance crashed into a parked ambulance. Previously the station was on a “day and on-call” roster, but now it will operate on a “24/7 active crewing” model. The new system ensures that staff are better rested and can perform their duties to their full potential, and thus far the change has been well received by staff.

 
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