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Plains Producer, Wednesday March 6, 2013
Value your health
SNOWTOWN artist Marek Herburt will “jump the fence”
HELEN Smith has been supplying
seedlings to Anama Station and, LEFT,
Ryves Hawker says “thousands of trees”
are now growing on his property.
Karla May is wife to local
farmer, Simon and mum
to Lucy and Ben. This
week, the painful cost of
WELL it’s that time of month again; time
to pay the health insurance company
the value of one kidney to make sure
all the kidneys in the family are protected. Or at
least it feels that way.
In any case, health care cover has become
a substantial part of our household budget, for
things we hope will never happen.
Comparatively speaking, Australia has a
brilliant health insurance system. I have a friend
who’s relocated from Coromandel Valley to
America and has recently forked out $1620 for
a 21 mile ambulance trip when her son fell and
broke his arm at school (and that’s the gap, the
insurance company paid $480).
I won’t tell you what the surgeon’s bill was
to put a screw in the poor lad’s elbow, but it’s
a smidge more than my annual salary from my
first office job, and the insurance covered just
over half of it.
After doing some research, she discovered
they’re actually with one of the better
insurance companies too. Now that’s a hole in
Whilst I’m sure many people never recoup
the value of their premiums for actual services,
we’re a family that has benefited tremendously
from having private health cover.
Master Four spent significant hours in
hospital and with specialists as a small baby and
having private health protection really did buy
him a better outcome and an easier journey.
Miss Six is onto her fourth set of grommets
and not having to make her suffer ear infection
after ear infection whilst on a waiting list was
worth every penny.
Anyone who’s had a sore ear will tell you
that it’s just too painful to bear.
So yes, for us private health cover is more
important than other things on our wish list.
Having said all this, even with private health
cover there is still some pain to be felt.
Going to see the dentist hasn’t become any
easier. I still don’t understand why I have to pay
good money to have such mean things done
to me. Lucky Doctor Bickmore is friendly, and
deep down I know he’s only trying to help.
However friendly the dentist may be, paying
to be hurt (well, just a teeny bit) and dribble on
myself is never going to sit too well with me,
but at least I can still smile!
ORGANISERS are putting out the call
to artists and sculptors for entries in the 16th
Annual Art Exhibition for the Rotary Club
of Clare, with a whopping $15,850 prize
pool on offer.
This year, a drawing section is being in-
cluded, which will bring another dimension
to the art being presented.
Renewable energy firm, TrustPower, is a
new sponsor for this year’s exhibition.
The Art Exhibition is held annually and
runs in conjunction with the renowned Clare
Valley Gourmet Weekend.
The exhibition will again be staged in
Clare Town Hall, beginning with a gala
opening on Friday, May 17 at 7pm. It will
continue until Thursday, May 23.
This popular event includes categories
that offer opportunity for artists to publicly
share their talents and expertise, and reward
for their efforts.
Best in Exhibition, sponsored by Clare &
Gilbert Valleys Council, wins $5000.
Other major prizes include The Clare
Valley with a $1500 prize, sponsored by
Senator Sean Edwards, Water Colour &
Gauche - $1500, sponsored by Clare Valley
Toyota, Oil and Acrylic - $1500, sponsored
by TrustPower and Pastel - $1500, sponsored
by Skillogalee Winery and Restaurant.
Entry forms are available from the Ro-
tary Club of Clare, PO Box 353, Clare SA
5453, download from the website: www.
clarerotary.org.au, or by calling in person
to the Clare Library. Entries close Friday,
April 12 at 5pm.
Due to space limitations, no more than
550 entries will be accepted with a limit of
three per person.
Tickets to the Gala Charity Opening are
$15 each and available before the opening
at Dunstan’s Electrical, Main Street Clare,
Clare & Gilbert Valleys Visitor Information
Centre near the caravan park, or at the door
on opening night.
FOUR local artists will have
their art on display in the Burra
RegionalArt Gallery’s latest exhi-
bition, “Jumping Fences,” which
opened on Saturday.
Snowtown artist, Marek Her-
burt, (pictured) has been painting
for 45 years.
“I mainly paint landscapes, but
also portraits and abstracts, in both
acrylic and oil paints,” he said.
Marek has been exhibiting and
competing in art competitions for
a long time, and at one stage, won
the Port Lincoln Art Prize.
Balaklava’s Duncan Crawford
has also entered some paintings in
He also paints mainly land-
scapes but uses only acrylic paints.
Riverton artists, Lise Temple
and Alison Mitchell, both have art
works at the exhibition. Alison is
also presenting a solo exhibition
at the gallery.
“Jumping Fences” has a broad-
ly interpreted landscape theme
which includes painting, glass,
basketry, textile and photography.
The exhibition aims to help
artists “jump” over the hurdles of
living in country SA.
There are 19 experienced and
emerging artists exhibiting, who
reside all over the state, and have
“jumped fences” to present a
united front at Burra.
The exhibition runs until May
1, and will then “Jump the Fence”
to Melbourne, where it will run for
a further three weeks. The gallery
is open daily from 1-4pm.
station is flourishing,
due in part to the dedi-
cation and hard work of
an Auburn woman who
has grown thousands of
native seedlings for the
owners over the past six
Helen Smith is a
volunteer grower with
sation Trees For Life,
and was paired up to
grow for Anama station
owners, the Hawkers, as
part of the Tree Scheme
Helen joined Trees
For Life in 2006 but says
her family has always
had a passion for the
“At primary school
we had arbor days and
planted trees around our
little school at Moockra
in the upper north of SA.
I remember dad digging
red gums out of our creek
for us to plant and some-
one else struck cuttings of
athol trees,” Helen said.
“One arbor day we
planted our own row of
athol trees at home for we
six siblings at the Horse-
shoe, near Moockra, and
they’re still there today.”
Helen’s sister had pre-
viously been a volunteer
grower for Trees For Life
and when her husband
passed away, she decided
growing native seedlings
was something she could
do to keep herself busy,
“It’s been a very satis-
fying experience,” Helen
“I’ve only ever grown
for Ryves (Hawker) at
Anama and grown about
12 or 14 boxes for him
(which equates to be-
tween 600-700 seed-
lings) each year. I’ve also
grown several boxes each
year for my son, friends,
town groups, events and
single trees for various
“In 2012 I had 19
boxes in total (950 seed-
lings) ... I like to give
every seedling a chance!”
As well as growing
the seedlings for Anama,
Helen has forged a friend-
ship with the Hawkers,
and has been able to see
first-hand just how ben-
eficial native vegetation
is to the property.
16km north of Clare, was
originally part of Bunga-
ree station and is now a
highly regarded cattle,
sheep and cropping sta-
tion. It was founded in
1841 by George Charles
It has received many
over the years, includ-
ing breeding Australia’s
most famous Friesian
cow in the 1950s, found-
ing Anama Red Angus
in 1970 and being at
the forefront of animal
breeding and genetics.
Ryves recently nomi-
nated Helen for a Thank
You Tree Award through
Trees For Life for her
work with Anama.
Anama Station is so
much better for the thou-
sands of trees now grow-
ing,” Ryves said.
Every day is ‘arbor day’
as Helen helps farmer
Want to help? Go to www.treesforlife.org.au
Local artists ‘jumping fences’
n BURRA EXHIBITION AIMS TO REMOVE COUNTRY HURDLE:
FREE FIELD DAY
Urban Rabbit and
16 March 2013
9.00am – 11.00am
Urban residents concerned about controlling
rabbits and foxes are invited to attend a FREE
• identifying rabbit damage
• control techniques for rabbits and foxes
• management tools.
This field day is funded from the NRM levy.
For further information, and to register,
please phone Land Management Advisor
Libby Lawson on 8523 7720 or email
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