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STAR OF THE NORTH
Next step for cycle trail -- but church
misses on plan for 'regional hub'
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LIGHTNING lights up the night sky at Lewiston last
Friday. -- PICTURE supplied by Andrew Healey.
LES PEARSON reports:
A LIGHTNING bolt, which struck
a sheep as it grazed in a paddock at Ba-
runga Gap, is believed to have sparked
a persistent ﬁre that kept a handful of
farmers and CFS crews extremely busy
Local grower, Peter Ebsary, said the
sheep was standing in a pasture pad-
dock amongst a ﬂock of about 400 on
Thursday afternoon, when the lightning
bolt struck the animal dead and ignited
The ﬁre moved in a south-westerly
direction initially, on to Andrew Mi-
chael’s property, before a wind change
swung it around, almost back onto itself.
About 10 CFS crews helped contain
it, before it again ﬂared up at about
1.30am. This was also contained soon
About dusk on Friday, the fire
again came to life, either through
another lightning strike or a ﬂare up
Mr Ebsary said access roads for
recently constructed wind turbines
helped stop the ﬁre on its southern and
western fronts and a solid shower of rain
extinguished the remainder.
They were not out of the woods yet
though, as once the wind picked up
again on Saturday afternoon, it was
round three between CFS crews and
the unrelenting ﬁre.
On two separate occasions, there
was another blaze burning north of
the Barunga Gap ﬁre, stretching CFS
“The CFS did a great job responding
to our calls and we’re quite grateful for
that,” Mr Ebsary said.
No sheds, buildings or hay was lost
over the three days, with the sole sheep
the only loss of livestock.
He estimated about 600 acres of his
pasture had been burned, whileAndrew
Michael lost about 400 acres, Paul
McCormack between 200 to 300 acres
and Neville Michael, about 100 acres.
Mr McCormack was away when the
ﬁres started and conveyed his apprecia-
tion to all those who helped protect his
“We are forever indebted to all our
friends and the volunteers who fought
the ﬁre while we were away,” he said.
Mr Ebsary has continued closely
monitoring the area in recent days.
Lightning put on a spectacular show
around the Adelaide Plains last Friday
night, as our reader's picture shows.
Basketball ofﬁcials cancelled later
games in Balaklava as a safety pre-
Although the “big dry” contin-
ues, some rain was recorded from
isolated showers in the district, with
Snowtown recording 19mm, 10mm
falling at Hamley Bridge and 18mm
Unlucky sheep ignites Barunga blaze
February 20, 2013
THE Shamus Liptrot Cycling trail
in Balaklava has been successful in
moving to the next stage of an applica-
tion for grant funding from Regional
Development Australia (RDA).
Unfortunately, the $16.3 million
community centre proposed for an
area on Balaklava’s Gwy terrace by
Balaklava Church of Christ was unsuc-
cessful (see separate story on page 3).
The cycling trail was one of several
from RDA’s Yorke and Mid North
region (RDAYMN) to gain approval
after submitting Expressions of Interest
(EOI) to the Regional Development
Australia Fund (RDAF).
Wakeﬁeld Regional Council (WRC)
submitted the EOI for a $200,000 RDA
grant which could see the cycling trail
fast-tracked to its initial destination of
Halbury, hometown of the late Shamus
Liptrot, who was a rising star in cycling.
WRC community development
ofﬁcer, Holly Cowan, supervised the
application, instigated by CEO, Cate
Atkinson and supported by the cycling
trail committee and Balaklava Area
Planning must now start with re-
newed vigor on a detailed application
to RDA to be submitted by March 27.
Riverton's Rattler Trail develop-
ment project, submitted by Clare and
Gilbert Valleys Council, also now
moves to the next application stage.
MOST people have a hobby,
but Balaklava man Jim Hansen’s
penchant for “shiny, sharp things,”
has led him to making knives out of
some very unusual things, including
railway, or dog spikes.
He is pictured with these knives,
which have become sought-after
Jim’s interest started when he was
a young lad, making knives when
playing cowboys and indians. He was
always on the lookout for ways
to improve his designs.
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