Home' Plains Producer : PP_130327 Contents Plains Producer, Wednesday March 27, 2013
Mondello collapse to hit others
Thieves hit again – and people are angry
Safe no handicap at golf club break-in
Les Pearson reports:
A SAFE at Riverton Golf
Club was targeted by thieves
last week during a number of
breaks throughout the local
Club committee member,
Don Hannaford, believed the
suspects were keen on getting
some quick cash.
“It would seem that’s what
they were after,” he said. “We
play summer golf here and
there was some money in the
safe. I don’t know how much
but it’s all gone.”
Mr Hannaford was first
told of the break at the
golf club about 7.45am on
He said it was the second
time in recent memory the
club’s safe had been burgled.
“I reckon it was only a
couple of years ago someone
got in here and broke into the
safe,” Mr Hannaford recalled.
“There wasn’t much in
there that time, either.
“Whether it is the same
mob or not, I don’t know.”
He said there were sev-
eral preventative measures
the golf club may have to
“We could look at getting
a new safe as an option, I
suppose,” he said.
“This safe, we thought,
was pretty substantial.
“It has a big quality Lock-
wood lock on it but they’ve
bent it open with a big bar.
“Another thing we might
have to look at, is cleaning
the safe out a bit more often.”
stole items of “nui-
sance value” from
the Riverton Bowls
Club during a spate of
breaks in the district
John Glistak, said he
received a phone call
at about 5am on Thurs-
day morning, alerting
him to the break-in at
On inspection, Mr
Glistak said the crooks
only got away with a
few bags of chips and
some alcoholic drinks.
“It would be easy
to say there would
be quite a few people
around the place who
are very angry today,”
some places have been
targeted two or three
times in recent years.”
Mr Glistak said
compared to others in
the town, the bowls
club got off lightly.
“In some respects
we were lucky as other
than our door, not a lot
of resources will be
devoted to repairing
damage,” he said.
if not all of our club’s
memorabilia is still
He felt the com-
munity was relatively
resilient and would
piece itself back to-
gether once again.
“I think most of
us will just repair the
damage and things
should go back to nor-
mal,” Mr Glistak said.
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“One of country towns’ biggest selling
points is their security, which is one of the
fundamental reasons why people come to
“What it will do is trigger thinking about
hardening up security and we’re certainly in
“We are in discussions to set up surveillance
systems and putting the various measures in
place to make that happen.”
Police are asking anyone with information
on any of the break-ins, including persons or
cars seen in the Riverton area on the night, to
call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report
online at www.sa crimestoppers.com.au.
THE flow-on effect from the collapse of
Virginia-based potato growing giant, Mondello
Farms, could be multiplied three-fold through-
out the wider community.
The family-owned company, which em-
ploys about 140 people in its South Austral-
ian and Victorian operations, was placed into
receivership recently, citing industry pressures
including plummeting potato prices in the
Receiver McGrathNicol said the company
would continue to operate as normal while a
company-wide review would take place.
Virginia vegetable and herb grower, Romeo
Giangregorio, is a director on AUSVEG, the
national industry body representing the interests
of Australian vegetable and potato growers.
Mr Giangregorio said the industry pressures,
such as a high Australian dollar, input costs and
tough regulations, were certainly prevalent and
have been for some time.
“There is no denying the industry is under
a lot of pressure and that’s not just limited to
potatoes,” he said. “With the high cost of living,
employees are also looking for more money.
“That elusive dollar in profit margins is get-
ting even harder to find and that is just having
a compounding effect on growers.”
The high dollar allegedly has led to bulk
potato imports from neighbouring New Zealand
by a leading supplier to fast food chains, with
savings of up to $30 a tonne.
“That saving is not being passed on to the
consumer and the Australian industry is suf-
fering because of it,” Mr Giangregorio said.
He felt the unfortunate Mondello Farms
collapse had huge implications on the wider
vegetable growing community.
“The region is going to be feeling the impact,
for sure,” Mr Giangregorio said.
“A number of growers who supplied them
with potatoes may not get paid and are strug-
gling to work out how they will be able to plant
this year’s crop without that money.”
He said the emotional effect on those fami-
lies would undoubtedly be felt throughout the
community as well.
“The sad part is, we are losing a lot of knowl-
edge from the industry as the next generation is
not coming back to the land – and why would
they – so who is going to grow our food in the
future?” Mr Giangregorio posed.
“You just wonder where it is going to end.”
The answer to reinvigorate the Austral-
ian vegetable growing industry is reasonably
complex but Mr Giangregorio is adamant good
government policy, which aids local growers,
is a huge stepping stone to recovery.
“The government is to blame for a lot of the
problems we are facing,” he said.
“We’re not asking for handouts but rather,
some renewed policy that would make the
growing environment friendlier for us.
“We need to make it an easier road, not a
DO you recognise them? This
image of three men was released by
police. The suspects were recorded
on CCTV in Riverton overnight last
ABOVE: POLICE crime scene investigator, Brvt Sgnt John
Hamilton, dusts for finger prints at Riverton Bowls Club.
BELOW: Don Hannaford considers the golf club’s next move.
PICTURES: Lisa Redpath
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