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Plains Producer, Wednesday February 27, 2013
Let the good times roll
in Mid North
GRINNERS: Adelaide Plains Cup Keg Roll winners yet again are (from left) Clare Haynes, Hayley Baker, Oren
Hearnden, Daniel Tezacker, Matt Angel and Logan McDermott from Terminus Hotel.
CONFIDENCE levels among business owners
and consumers in rural South Australia are on the
rise, with the highest confdence levels continuing
to be found in the Mid-North and Riverland areas.
According to the latest BankSA State Monitor
survey, business confdence in the Mid-North and
Riverland experienced a solid increase, as a combi-
nation of lower interest rates, an improving global
outlook and a steady rise in the share market all
underpinned a lift in confdence.
The BankSA State Monitor, which is conducted
three times a year, showed overall business conf-
dence in rural South Australia increased slightly in
February 2013 to 101.9 index points, up from 99.4
index points in August.
Aneutral reading is 100 index points in the BankSA
State Monitor, which has been tracking business and
consumer confdence since late 1997.
For the Mid-North and Riverland, business con-
fdence improved in February to 113.4 index points
from 104.2 index points in August 2012.
A total of 60 per cent of businesses expect the
business climate to improve over the next 12 months,
up from 48 per cent in August 2012.
Consumer confdence in this region declined
slightly to 105.2 index points from 108.4 index points
in the August 2012 survey.
A total of 64 per cent of consumers feel positive
about their current household situation, down from
66 per cent in August 2012.
The February 2013 BankSA State Monitor marks
the 50th time the survey has been conducted.
BankSA managing director, Jane Kittel, said the
rise in consumer and business confdence across
rural South Australia was encouraging, with 45 per
cent of business owners in the country expecting the
business climate to improve over the next 12 months,
up from 41 per cent in the August survey.
"The improvement in the global economic outlook,
the increase in the Australian share market and lower
interest rates have been important contributors to the
rise in confdence,’’ Mrs Kittle said.
When it came to consumer confdence, the North-
West region experienced the largest rise in the survey,
jumping to 109.6 index points from 95.8 index points
in August 2012.
A solid grain season and lower interest rates have
helped drive the rise in confdence.
Overall, consumer confdence in rural South Aus-
tralia increased to 105.4 index points, up from 100.7
index points in the August 2012 survey.
A total of 38 per cent of consumers believe they
could change to a better job if required, down from
40 per cent in the previous survey in August 2012.
ASOLID crowd ventured out to Balak-
lava racetrack on Sunday for the Balaklava
Racing Club’s frst race meet of the year,
the Adelaide Plains Cup.
Despite being warm and blustery at
times, punters still focked trackside for
a big day of racing action.
On the track, Gawler jockey, Joe
Bowditch, had an outstanding day out
completing a rider’s quadrella, winning
four of the afternoon’s eight races.
This included victory in the Adelaide
Plains Cup on board Bill Bogarts’ trained
top weight, Consider This ($7.30).
Bowditch guided the winner hope 1.1
lengths in front of Arazi Sea and Sting
Like a Bee to round out a superb meet.
Of his six rides, Bowditch claimed four
wins and one second placing, with his ride
in the frst race of the day coming in last.
Off the track, the main event of the
day was once again the infamous Coop-
ers Keg Roll.
Seven teams entered the relay race
but none got close to the Terminus Hotel
entry, which fnished the race a good lap
or so ahead of their nearest rival.
day are (from
having a great
ABOVE: Catching up in the committee room at the Adelaide Plains
Cup on Sunday are (from left) Janine McDonald, Sally Angel and
LEFT: About to order a drink in the warm weather on Sunday are
(from left) Graham McDonald, Gary Tezacker and Allan Angel.
Grants for sports
clubs now open
COMMUNITY sport and recreation organisa-
tions can apply for a share of more than $9 million
in funding through two grant programs open until
Minister for Recreation and Sport, Leon Bignell,
said the State Government funding was available
through the Community Recreation and Sports
Facilities Program (CRSFP) and the Active Club
Mr Bignell said the CRSFP supported projects
from community-based organisations, local govern-
ment, active recreation and sport organisations and
schools for the planning and development of new
or existing facilities.
For the 2013-14 funding round, $4.825 million
will be on offer through the CRSFP, along with an
additional $2.5 million for state-level sports facili-
ties and community sports hubs.
Mr Bignell said $1.88 million would be on offer
in the next Active Club Program funding round to
support grassroots organisations. The closing date
for both programs is Monday, April 15.
"I think it is extremely important that all sport-
ing and recreation clubs within the region become
aware of the grant opportunities available as funding
such as this can go a long way towards supporting
all involved in community sport and recreation,"
WRC STARCLUB offcer, Kristian Whitaker said.
For more info visit www.recsport.sa.gov.au.
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