Wine bar plan for arts centre

A COFFEE and wine bar could be opened in the Nautilus Arts Centre, adding to the revitalisation of the centre.
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A coffee and wine bar could be opened in the Nautilus Arts Centre, adding to the revitalisation of the centre.

Former local Jemma Schilling, who is returning home to Port Lincoln, and Elouise Dukalskis have approached the Port Lincoln City Council with their idea for a licenced coffee and wine bar offering coffee, light meals and a communal space for pre and post-dinner drinks.

The venue would not just be open for shows at the theatre and they believe it would have a positive impact on the centre.

It is proposed to be located in the the current box office area, small store room and kitchenette, and the office of the civic hall officer, which would be leased from the council at commercial rates.

The council voted this week to support in principle leasing an area of the centre for the business, which still has to go through the development application process and a lease is yet to be negotiated.

The proposal also has the support of the Nautilus Arts Centre Community Reference Group.

The council’s community development manager, Janet Grocke, said the reference group had discussed the proposal and was keen to have it investigated.

She said there would be issues to do with the gallery shop and office space for council staff but they would be considered further in the assessment of this proposal.

The council’s deputy chief executive Katrina Allen said a longer term possibility could be to use the courtyard between the Nautilus Arts Centre and the Civic Centre and possibly have seating in the Rotary Gallery and alfresco dining out the front of the centre.

However she said the whole concept was still subject to development approval.

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Joe’s flying high at just 15

HIGH FLYER: 15-year-old Joe Peter with flying instructor Earl Longstaff after completing his first solo flight.IT is never too early to start achieving your life goals according to 15-year-old pilot in training Joe Peter, who recently completed his first solo flight in a Jabiru aircraft.
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Joe, in Year 10 at the Port Lincoln High School, said he wasn’t even a little bit nervous before he flew without supervision for the first time.

Instead, he said he felt confident that he knew how to operate the aircraft.

“I knew I had the knowledge and ability to complete a circuit of the airport,” he said.

He has now done four solo flights and is halfway through completing his recreational aviation licence.

Once he sits his exam and completes the flying test he will be qualified to fly on his own.

He then intends to continue on to get his private pilot licence before ultimately becoming qualified to fly commercially.

Joe said he wanted to join the Royal Australian Airforce as a pilot flying transport aircraft after finishing high school.

His love for flying came from his father Graeme who flew gliders in Alice Springs.

Joe is also an avid model flying club member, spending hours building model planes and flying them every weekend.

His father said he was proud of Joe and said he would continue to support him in his flying while Joe still enjoyed it.

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Annual men’s foursome competition

THE Robe Golf Club competition on Sunday was the annual 27-hole Bruce Hinge Handicap Men’s Foursomes.
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Richard Bateman (left), Keith Couzner and Scott Sawyer have a practice before hitting the greens over the weekend.

Bruce was a valued contributor to the club as a member, volunteering his time and scooting around the course collecting green fees.

The seat up on the 15th tee block in his memory is there for golfers to take a load off as they come down from the back nine hills.

Winners on the day, by the narrowest of margins, were Sean Emery and Richard Bateman (net 108, gross 132).

David Murch and Andy Van Der Stelt were in second place (net 108.5, 140 gross) with third place going to Ian Regnier and Harold Manton (net 115.75, 139 gross).

This weekend is a stroke round, the combined first qualifier for the Handicap Championships, first round of the Caledonian Inn Trophy and also the Rymill Wines sponsored Monthly Medal.

On the following weekend is a stableford event, the first round of the John Leake Trophy on June 29.

On June 28 and 29 there is also the Robe Bridge Tournament, held at the Robe Golf Club.

Bar volunteers will be needed to assist Peter DeLaine.

July 6 is a stroke round for the second qualifying round of the Handicap Championship, Caledonian Inn Trophy and the Rymill Wines sponsored Monthly Medal.

The second stableford round for the John Leake Trophy will be on July 13, then the annual travelling round to Lucindale for the Cavpower tournament.

Come along and get your game tuned up with the mix of stroke and stableford events to suit all golfers coming up at the Robe club.

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A hunger for coastal property is returning

Artist’s impression of the Alfresco Collection at Shell Cove. Artist’s impression of The Alfresco Collection at Shell Cove.

A view of Catherine Hill Bay.

The sellout of a south coast residential development is the latest indication that Sydneysiders’ hunger for coastal property is returning.

All 13 residences in the first stage of the Alfresco Collection at Shell Cove were sold at their release on Saturday. Prices for the three- and four-bedroom residences ranged from $550,000 to $670,000.

The coastal market started to lift last year after spending the post-global financial crisis years in the doldrums. Developers of masterplanned coastal communities have noted the renewed interest.

Nigel Edgar, NSW residential division general manager at Australand, developers of the Shell Cove site, said: ”This is a fantastic result and a real testament to the overall lifestyle on offer.”

The Alfresco Collection is part of a beachside community planned around a new 300-berth boat harbour 18 kilometres south of Wollongong. The homes are due for completion next April.

Even last year’s bushfires failed to dampen interest in a residential development at Catherine Hill Bay, two hours north of Sydney. The first two stages of a planned 550-lot development have sold out. A third stage is due to be released in August, with four more to follow.

Forty per cent of buyers are from Sydney, mostly the north shore and the Hills District. The others hale from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the central coast.

”Buyers are getting a brand new beachfront house,” says Bryan Rose, managing director of Rose Group. ”They’ll work from home and spend two days a week commuting to work.”

Others plan to retain a city bolt-hole and share their time between the city and beach.  Land prices start at $265,000 and from $800,000 for waterfront lots. Houses range from $250,000 to architecturally designed residences costing millions.

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French say they have done their homework on Wallabies rookie Will Skelton

There is no chance of Wallabies rookie Will Skelton slipping under the radar of the French in the third Test of the series in Sydney on Saturday afternoon because of his lack of international experience.

The 140-kilogram and 203-centimetre second-rower has been in France’s sights for some time, according to French coach Philippe Saint-Andre at the Thursday announcement of his team to play the Wallabies at Allianz Stadium.

Saint-Andre said he had watched Skelton play Super Rugby for the Waratahs.

“I saw him. I was very impressed because he looked like a giant,” Saint-Andre said of Skelton, whose selection was one of two changes to the Wallabies starting side that beat France 6-0 on Saturday – Wycliff Palu’s return from an ankle injury to No.8 being the other.

“We know he is strong, powerful and he will bring much more power in the pack with the No.8 [Palu].

“We need to be focused to play, to play a good game and find some solution. They have more power, but I think he [Skelton] will lift [in the lineouts] rather than jump because he is very, very heavy.

“To be honest, we know this player because we watch Super [Rugby], but we are more focused about our players and our team and our game plan and our organisation than about the Australian team.”

Saint-Andre has made two changes to the French side that played last week in Melbourne.

In the back row, Fulgence Ouedraogo returns to the side for his ball-carrying ability at No.7, meaning captain Thierry Dusautoir will shift to No.6 and Yannick Nyanga drops to the bench.

In the backs, Hugo Bonneval, who played full-back in the first Test, which France lost 50-23, has been picked on the wing for his speed and finishing prowess. He replaces Maxime Medard.

While France have lost the series, there is still the lure of claiming their first win against the Wallabies in Australia since 1990.

A win would also be the best way to celebrate Dusautoir’s record 43rd captaincy, superseding the reign of retired Fabien Pelous.

But it is a tall order, with the French tired and facing a side Saint-Andre admires for its speed and athleticism.

Saint Andre conceded his selection of six back-rowers in his 23 reflected a concern for Australia’s mobility at the breakdown, saying when asked: “Yeah … a little bit, a little bit.”

But he said it was also to cover for the greater time the ball is in play in a Test against sides conditioned by the speed of Super Rugby.

“It’s always like this …  first Test is a big shock for our players because game time in the Top 14 is around 25 to 26 minutes, and in internationals it is 38 to 40 minutes,” he said.

“It is a big, big gap or big difference. Our Top 14 is very physical, very strong, but it is not as quick as an international game.

“And when we play against Australia, you know they like a tempo game, they like a quick game.”

France: 15. B Dulin, 14. Y Huget, 13 M Bastareaud, 12. W Fofana, 11. H Bonneval, 10. R Tales, 9. M Parra, 8. D Chouly, 7. F Ouedraogo, 6. T Dusautoir (c), 5. Y Maestri, 4. A Flanquart, 3. R Slimani, 2. G Guirado, 1. A Menini, Res: 16. C Tolofua, 17. V Debaty, 18. N Mas, 19. B Le Roux, 20. L Picamoles, 21. Y Nyanga, 22. M Machenaud, 23. R Lamerat.

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ANZ’s ‘GAYTMs’ wins honours at Cannes advertising awards

Penny Tration (centre) and friends pose in front of ‘GAYTMS’ at the ANZ bank in Oxford Street in Darlinghurst. Photo: JENNY EVANS GAYTMs

Ten bedazzled ATMs that were part of ANZ’s sponsorship of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras took out one of the top honours at the annual Cannes Lions Festival advertising awards.

The bank’s GAYTM campaign won a Grand Prix award in the Outdoor category at a ceremony held in France overnight.

“We’re very pleased that this flagship campaign celebrating diversity, inclusion and respect has been recognised at such a prestigious event, particularly considering the global brands that were also shortlisted,” ANZ managing director of marketing Matt Boss said.

Bedazzling ordinary ANZ ATMs with rhinestones, sequins, studs, leather and fur during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Whybin \ TBWA Group’s colourful work received awards in both the “Promo and Activation” and “Outdoor” categories.

Outdoor Grand Prix award jury president Jose Miguel Sokoloff said that the ANZ GAYTMs campaign was so popular that even a juror from a competing agency voted for it.

Australia received a total of five Lions in the “Promo and Activation” category with one gold, two silvers and two bronze prizes.

All bar one of the agencies involved were from Melbourne.

Grey Agency Melbourne won a Gold Lion for “Ungiven Gifts” campaign and a Bronze Lion for “Wipe off 5”. Both pieces were part of work done for the state’s Transport Accident Commission.

“Ungiven Gifts” aimed to remind Victorian drivers to drive safely during the Christmas period with the message that a lot of gifts would not be given those who lost their lives on Victorian roads.

An installation was created and displayed at the State Library in Melbourne with all gifts sprayed a ghostly white to highlight the sense of loss.

Photos and messages from the installation were shared online. This, combined with coverage through traditional media, helped expose 3.5 million people to the campaign. At the end of December 2013, Victoria had its lowest road toll in 90 years.

Other Australian agencies to receive Lions in the “Promo and Activation” category were Clemenger BBDO Melbourne and George Patterson Y&R Brisbane, which both won silver. and Whybin \ TBWA Group Melbourne with a bronze.

The festival of creativity runs from 15 to 21 June, includes 12 000 people from 94 countries and this year will see workshops and seminars conducted by business people and celebrities such as Bono, Twitter CEO Richard Costolo and Jonathan Ive from Apple.

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Dan Stains takes walk down memory lane

Legend: Arthur Beetson leads the Roosters to the 1974 premiership. Photo: John O’GreadyFormer Queensland forward Dan Stains, his feet freshly blistered from trekking the 800-kilometre El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage through France and Spain, took time out from one of the most enriching experiences of his life to remember the man who gave State of Origin its soul – big-hearted Artie Beetson.

Stains, who represented the Maroons in 1989 and 1990, walked along goat tracks over mountains and trudged through ancient villages to complete his pilgrimage, which ended at  the Cathedral Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of Saint James were believed to have been buried after he was martyred in AD44.

As the former Cronulla and Balmain prop recuperated on a beach in Italy he recalled the impact the footballer from Roma in the Queensland outback had on his life. He described Beetson as a man who worked miracles on the footy field and who lifted people by simply being himself.

“Arthur was such a generous man,” Stains said.

“He didn’t worship money. He didn’t worship goods. He respected all people. He could walk with the wealthy and he could walk with the commoner.”

Stains said he idolised Beetson when “Big Artie” starred for the Eastern Suburbs Roosters in the 1970s, and he wasn’t too proud to admit that he cried the day his hero left the red, white and blues for Parramatta.

However, all was forgiven when Stains watched Beetson, then aged 35 and carrying a spare tyre around his waist, spearhead the Maroons to a shock victory over NSW at the inaugural Origin match at Lang Park, in 1980.

“I’d just turned 16, it was 1980 and the first-ever game of Origin,” Stains said. “I can remember very clearly how back then Queensland would get pumped in every [interstate] series.

“What added to our pain was we were being beaten by our own players – blokes from Queensland were picked for NSW because they played in Sydney. In those days just to get close to the Blues was considered a Queensland triumph.

“As a boy Arthur Beetson was my hero and to be lucky enough to be in the crowd as the players were introduced one by one for the Origin match was an amazing experience. When the ground announcer read the number and name of Arthur Beetson, the roar of the crowd was deafening – and I added to it, screaming my lungs out.

“It was at that moment I felt so proud to be a Queenslander and I truly believed we could win. And win we did, through Arthur leading the way.”

The pair shared a common goal nine years later when Stains was selected to pack down for the Queenslanders.

Stains remembers how Beetson, the coach then, knew when to rescue him from an attack by a squadron of nerves as he sat in the dressing room before kick-off.

“I was fortunate to be selected for my Origin debut in game one of 1989 when Arthur had returned to coach the side,” he said. “The whole week was such an amazing experience for me.

“To be rubbing shoulders and sitting on the bus with some of the then modern-day greats of the game was surreal. However, for me to be sitting at the same table and eating with Arthur Beetson was another thing altogether … humbling. I pinched myself every day we were in camp.

“That all paled into insignificance when I was preparing myself for my first game. It was an hour before kick-off at Lang Park and I was going through my usual pre-match rituals. The nerves had really kicked in and the dreaded ‘doubt monster’ was taking over my thinking.

“It was at that point Arthur casually walked over, he gave me a hug and then handed me a note that he’d personally written for me. After reading it … realising the belief he had in me … those nerves and all the self doubt evaporated and a complete feeling of peace and calmness enveloped me.”

While Stains can now add “pilgrim” to his list of life achievements, he won’t go as far to say the late, great Arthur was a saint. However, he remembers Beetson as a special soul who never allowed for his legend as a giant of Australian sport to cast a shadow over those who sought to shake his hand or request an autograph.

“He was a great person, very genuine, and after all those years since that game back in ’89 the memory of what Arthur did [for me] has lived with me,” he said. “And I know that moment and the State of Origin memory will live with me forever.”

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Wallabies tackle defence with renewed vigour for Test series against France

Wallabies defence coach Nick Scrivener likes to keep things simple.

In the modern, numbers-driven game, where GPS trackers and analysts heap upon coaches mounds upon mounds of data, Scrivener takes a pared-back approach.

“I was once told that the best defence tactic is to pick blokes who want to tackle,” he said. “We’ve been working hard on having a good appetite for it, being physical. We want guys who show commitment and aggression and work rate week to week.”

It has been a work in progress for the Wallabies, who conceded an average of 3.14 tries per game during the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup series. After last weekend’s much-criticised grinding 6-0 win, which was the third time Australia held a Test rival tryless under Ewen McKenzie, the Wallabies have their average down to 1.3 tries per game across the spring tour and the first two Tests against France.

McKenzie has targeted defence as a priority this year, meaning it is now Scrivener’s time to shine. Not that the former Edinburgh and ARU national academy coach sat at the back and watched while the All Blacks tore through Australia’s defence to score six tries in the first Bledisloe Cup match last year.

“I had a fair bit to say after a couple of those games in the Championship,” he said.

“We put ourselves in the position a lot of the time of trying to play too much, and we were ill-disciplined at times, there were a lot of turnovers against New Zealand and South Africa that put our defence under enormous stress. We got the balance better as we moved forward and we saw it start to come to the fore on the spring tour.”

Going on Scrivener’s broad-based selection mantra – have arms, love to tackle – this weekend’s third Test against France could be Rob Horne’s opportunity to stake a claim for ongoing selection. Horne has emerged from a few injury-plagued seasons in the form of his life for the Waratahs and will start on the bench at his home ground on Saturday.

He hasn’t played in a gold jersey since the Wallabies’ second Test against the British and Irish Lions last year but was named in McKenzie’s squad to play France and replaced an injured Pat McCabe on the bench this week. “Missing out on the initial [Rugby Championship] squad was message enough [from McKenzie], I went away and worked extremely hard,” Horne said. “I’m not feeling vulnerable in my body anymore … I feel like I can contribute throughout the whole game and I feel a lot better for it. This is the best I’ve felt, no doubt. The past two seasons I’ve really enjoyed my footy and that’s contributed to getting my fitness levels up and playing the way I want to play.”

With the series sewn up, the Wallabies are resisting the temptation to look ahead to the Bledisloe Cup, but Scrivener conceded it was good preparation. “[France] are good at set piece as well as all the bells and whistles, the offloads. They muscled up last week on us in attack and defence and that’s what you’re going to get against any team you play,” he said. “The All Blacks like to offload, South Africa have developed their game … It’s been a good test for us in terms of the style of game, to experience a game that was reasonably loose to a game we had to win in a different way. That’s going to stand you in good stead.”

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Players and Hird bid to stop ASADA

Essendon, its 34 current and former players and James Hird have warned ASADA they will seek an injunction that would stop the issuing of infraction notices if the drugs body does not halt the investigation.

Lawyers representing Essendon, the 34 players with show cause notices and Hird have each sent letters to ASADA today requesting a halt to the investigation, or it will seek what sources said was ”an urgent injuction” to have any further action – such as infraction notices – stopped.

Those representing Essendon, the players and Hird want ASADA to allow their case to be determined in the Federal court before ASADA takes any further action. The AFL, on the recommendation of an independent doping panel, could issue infraction notices before the case is heard – an outcome that the club, the players and exiled coach are seeking to prevent.

ASADA only has to give the players 10 days to respond to the show cause notices, prompting the players to ask for an extension – which ASADA said it is considering.

The Federal court hearing is due to begin on June 27, meaning that ASADA could issue infractions before the matter is heard. Essendon is seeking to challenge the legality of the joint AFL-ASADA investigation, and to have the investigation shut down. The club contends that the joint investigation was unlawful.

Essendon wanted an answer from ASADA by 10am Thursday, while the legal team acting for the players requested a response earlier, by 5pm Wednesday. ASADA had not yet responded to a previous request by the club. The letters suggest that each party will injunct ASADA if it does not comply with their wish.

Essendon and the players’ legal teams – and those of Hird – have been united in their wish to have the case heard in the Federal court, where Justice Middleton will preside. The AFL has said Essendon is entitled to take legal action as it sees fit and has largely stayed out of the conflict between the club and the drugs body, whose chief executive Ben McDevitt has been forceful in his public comments since the show cause notices were sent out.

Essendon is being acted for by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and Peter Young, QC, while the players’ legal team is spearheaded by Tony Hargraves and David Grace, QC, with the AFL Players’ Association’s legal counsel Brett Murphy supporting them. Hird is being represented by Steven Amendola, with constitutional law specialist Peter Hanks, QC, and Nick Harrington also in the coach’s legal corner.

ASADA’s chief executive can grant an extension for the players to respond to the show cause notices, recognising the difficulties that players may have in responding to the notices in that time.

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Where will the pool money come from?

Pool discussionCarol Veldhuyzen puts up a very convincing argument as to why Port Lincoln should have a heated indoor aquatic centre (Times, June 17) and for the most part I agree with her reasoning.
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Carol quotes statistics and the results of council’s survey, but what Carol is not revealing is that 10 per cent of the survey respondents are neither residents nor ratepayers in Port Lincoln so one would assume they would all agree with a new pool and taxing the ratepayers to help fund it.

When you discount the opinions of that 10 per cent there is less than 3 per cent of the city’s residents who participated in the survey.

What about the other 97 per cent?

Do we ignore their opinions because they failed to complete the survey or should we make a better attempt at seeking their opinion?

As I said, Carol’s reasoning is sound, but I ask – at what cost?

I do not believe that a city of 14,000 people with 8200 rateable properties can afford an aquatic centre that has been costed at $17 million.

At this week’s council meeting the council adopted a plan to borrow $10.2 million in the next two years, but where will the other $6.8 million come from?

I would like a new bright red Ferrari but I can’t have it because I can’t afford it.

Federal treasurer Joe Hockey is trying to convince us that we have to learn to live within our means, but apparently Port Lincoln does not have to be part of this.

While previous councils have operated within this principal, delivering considerable community infrastructure and upgrades with no debt and rate rises of only 30 per cent in the 10 years from 2000 to 2010, this current council has raised rates and charges by almost 30 per cent in four years as well as planning to have the city in debt of over $ 10 million by 2016.

Future rate rises are planned to be 80 per cent by 2024.

I ask that the community remembers this when council elections are held later this year. I will not be part of it.


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We have plenty of water available

I’m sending this photograph of Port Lincoln’s very own Tod River flooding after our mid-June rain.

This is merely what is flowing out to sea by the airport after what water is caught by the Tod Reservoir.

With Port Lincoln’s water supply diminishing, talks of desalination plants make me shudder.

It seems to be the quick fix answer, but at a cost my grand kids will have to pay off.

Adelaide’s desal unit was at a huge cost the state couldn’t afford, especially when it is not even being used.

As with the Adelaide Oval being revamped successfully, we should be revamping the Tod Reservoir and also catching runoff on the sea side of it.

By utilising the Tod again it would take the pressure off our underground basins. Using the combination of both it just may solve Port Lincoln’s water problems.

Watching the runoff down the streets, heading to Liverpool Street, and flooding it has started my thought process that we should be utilising the free water we have.


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Creek crossings flowing for riders

RIDING: Pearl Dessart riding Wally at Milton Stephens’ property at Yallunda Flat. Photograph: Images of Iris Photography
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THE Eyre Peninsula Equestrian Association Riding Club rode at Milton Stevens and Jodie Hare’s property at Yallunda Flat on Sunday, June 1 in perfect riding conditions.

Once a short shower had passed, 18 riders mounted up and headed off, knowing that a ride among some beautiful countryside was in store.

The club is always thankful to hosts for inviting riders twice a year into their home to share and experience some fantastic riding opportunities.

Yallunda Flat has spectacular heritage and large timbered hills, and pastoral and grazing farmland, which makes for an ideal setting for a trail ride.

The regrowth from the 2005 bushfire had grown dense and tall, exciting riders by single file trail as they made their way through the dense growth without leaving much of a footprint.

There are always native animals and plants to admire, and the creek crossings were flowing, but also the evidence of investigative mining, which always saddens riders to some degree and they can only hope this area is left untouched in the future.

One of the youngest riders on the day was Pearl Dessart. She rode brilliantly on Wally, a borrowed horse from Milton Stevens that she hadn’t ridden before, and after lunch she swapped horses with Sarah Hare to Compass, who was also a new mount for Pearl. It was wonderful to see such confidence in the junior riders.

Younger riders on the day were Maya Lloyd on Zac, Rochelle Milnes on Murphy, Sasha Povey on Tinkerbell, Sarah Hare on Compass and then after lunch Wally, and Zahli Liddicoat on Jessie.

This group laughed and chattered enjoying the great outdoors with their ponies.

Many riders took advantage of fallen logs along the way with Karen Milnes on Johnny, Grace Kemp on Gus, Kathy Nottle on Billy Bob, and Nadine Davies on Monsignor and a few juniors all having a go at the logs.

Other adult riders were Cheryl Ganley, Glenn Fowler on Brown Boy, Lisa Povey on Gabby, Jodie Hare on Cass, Milton Stevens on Hope, Judith Searle on Ranger, Kali Searle on Kat, and Sandi Burke riding Sunny.

Milton Stevens and Jodie Hare will be hosting a spring ride as a Saving Our Sustainability (SOS) fundraiser for SOS activities, with lunch provided. For further information about this ride call SOS chairperson Milton Stevens on 8688 5032.

The club meets for a trail ride on the first Sunday of each month. Please call Sandi Burke on 0428 846 135 or Judith Searle on 0428 846 133 for information.

There is also a juniors club that meets once a month at the Mortlock Park grounds in Tumby Bay. Contact Nikki Bowers on 0455 682 589 for further details.

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Councils review mine impact

HOUSING for potentially hundreds of Iron Road mine workers will be part of a master plan being investigated by the Wudinna District Council.
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Iron Road has submitted the development application for its Central Eyre Iron Project infrastructure to the state government detailing the infrastructure to be located outside the proposed mining lease at Warramboo including its Cape Hardy port at Port Neill, a workers village and a rail, power and water corridor.

Wudinna District Council chief executive officer Alan McGuire said accommodation for 200 to 300 people could be required at Wudinna along with the mine site construction camp.

He said so many additional people living in the town would impact other infrastructure such as the hospital and school.

“We’re just trying to envisage what that’s going to look like,” he said.

On Tuesday the council gave the green light to investigating a structural master plan on potential infrastructure.

Mr McGuire said the plan would look at where new residential areas could go and what would be required in terms of other infrastructure.

“We’re trying to get ahead of the game on this.

“We’ll look at securing information about the specialist advice that’s available and whether we can get supported funding.”

The council will now be able to use information from the company’s development application details.

“It’s a positive development and gives us something we can work with.

“While we’ve had many discussions with the company it’s only ever been in terms of ‘what ifs’.

“We’ve talked about it for awhile but realised we were getting ahead of ourselves and didn’t want to invest a lot of money on a maybe.

“Now we’ll start to get more specific detail about their project intent and that will give us some direction regarding to how we need to respond.

“We haven’t yet heard anything on whether they will be able to secure funding for the project which we’re all waiting on.”

Tumby Bay District Council chief executive officer Trevor Smith said the council would find out the details of the application and how they would affect the district at a meeting with the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy in early July.

Tumby Bay District Council chief executive officer Trevor Smith said the the Cape Hardy port could generate potential long-term benefits for the Tumby Bay district in terms of employment, with a workers accommodation camp at the port end and the mine end.

He said the Cape Hardy port could generate potential long-term benefits for the Tumby Bay district in terms of employment, with a workers accommodation camp at the port end and the mine end.

While the initial construction phase – about two to three years – was expected to involve fly-in fly-out workers, the company would most likely require a stable locally-based long-term workforce.

Cleve District Council chief executive officer Peter Arnold said the most significant effect on the Cleve district would be the creation of a new rail corridor from the most northern to the most southern boundaries.

“The new corridor is expected to create up to an additional 12 rail crossings across our district.

“Council will be ensuring that any new rail crossings are constructed in a manner and to a standard to minimise inconvenience and address safety concerns of all road users.”

He said the council was waiting for more detailed information from the company before determining further details on how the district would be affected.

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Leisure centre pool helped me to world championships

Pool success storyMine is one of many stories to have come from the leisure centre pool here in Port Lincoln.
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I was brought up on a farm near Lock and so didn’t have the opportunity to learn to swim, I somehow managed to survive our once a year holiday at the beach without drowning!

At the age of 50 I started taking swimming lessons at the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre, something I could not have done in the sea.

My instructors were horrified; I could not float, I swam backwards, couldn’t breathe and so on. I have also noticed several other “retired farmers” taking lessons of late and learning to swim at the leisure centre pool.

Two years later in 2000 I entered my first triathlon (swim, bike, run) and managed to get through the swim leg and finish the event, what a feeling that was!

I have since competed in many different triathlon events with swim distances ranging from 750 metres up to a lengthy 3.8 kilometre swim in the ironman event.

This has only been possible thanks to the many swimming lessons given by Carol Veldhuyzen, Sylvia Dansie and Deb Wareing at the leisure centre pool.

While I swim in the sea over the warmer months, the lessons given at the leisure centre pool would have been impossible in an open air environment.

Fast forward 13 years to 2013 when I competed in two ironman triathlon events and finished both. They involved a first up 3.8 kilometre ocean swim, one with a wetsuit (Melbourne, definite help) and one without a wetsuit (Hawaiian Ironman).

That was a fantastic feeling but I also raised over $6000 leading up to the Hawaiian Ironman (Ironman Foundation), to repair plumbing in a secondary school in Tanzania.

Over my time swimming at the leisure centre, I still swim there two to three times a week, I can’t help but notice the other people involved in aquarobics, swim fit, learn to swim, rehabilitation etc.

There is no better way to exercise if you have had a knee or hip replacement. Water is a non-weight bearing medium. It is much easier for overweight/obese people to exercise in a pool; in fact the pool is the best exercise facility in the city as it caters for the very young and very old and all ages in between.

It is not gender or age specific and is open all year round; you can swim there any month of the year!

Obviously there are some people in the community who believe a swimming pool is an extravagance, if you haven’t been there or don’t go there it would appear that way.

But take the time to visit, sit down for an hour or two and observe those using the pool. You will be surprised at the different ages, the different programs, the different swimming styles (?) but most of all the number of people using the facility.

Children as young as six months take swimming lessons, which is most appropriate as children drowning in backyard swimming pools is something we don’t want. Conversely you don’t hear of many children drowning in the sea!

Is that because they have learnt water safety at a pool?

There are some people now making statements on the future of a pool in Port Lincoln having had the benefits of the leisure centre pool in the past but are now willing to deny future generations the same; this is shameful on their behalf.

The climax of my swimming story from the leisure centre pool was undoubtedly taking part in the 2013 Hawaiian Ironman World Championships, not only learning to swim but being able to swim 3.8 kilometres competently!


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