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Plains Producer, Wednesday March 27, 2013
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IT’S Easter this weekend. Tradition for us is to
go to church and eat lots of chocolate Easter
eggs. It’s my kids who eat the chocolate eggs
now, but I must admit, when I see the caramel
crème eggs I weaken at the knees.
Well, I used to until I read a press release titled,
“Easter Eggs – how will you burn off yours?”
In an example, a crème chocolate egg has 712kj
(what ever that means).
The scary part is this: to burn these kilojoules
requires 41 minutes of walking, 30 minutes of
weights, or 24 minutes of stair climbing. And
that’s only for ONE EGG! Ten eggs would require
nearly seven hours of walking to burn them off.
As if I would eat that many eggs ...!
The advice suggests we enjoy Easter Sunday,
but encourages us not to indulge all month on
My official 10-week challenged has ended and
I’ve reached my goal of losing 10 kg. I have also
maintained this weight for a few weeks now. It’s
time to take stock and reassess the last 10 weeks.
The hardest part has been saying NO to food
and drink – especially when it is on offer, or when
you are a slave to it (like I was with iced coffee).
I feel less of a slave to my tastebuds now, but I
think my tastes and desires have changed.
We visited a city burger joint a couple of
weeks ago and I had the usual. It just didn’t taste
the same, in fact, it tasted super salty. There are
so many junk food adverts on TV late at night,
but they don’t have the same impact on me now.
Biggest benefit of exercise is it creates mo-
mentum. If I go for a walk in the morning, when
I return I’m more inclined to get more work done
because I’m already moving. It also helps you
sleep better at night. I had three suits that didn’t
keep the pants up. I can go for a swim at the beach
without having to wear a t-shirt because I won’t
feel like a beached whale.
Being successful at weight loss also does
wonders for your confidence. Have you been
reading this column wanting to lose weight? You
can do it! Set a goal, write a plan, start it today, be
accountable to someone other than yourself, eat
better, exercise more, and enjoy success.
Now I need to celebrate my achievements. I’m
still planning a camping trip to the Flinders. But
in the meantime, how about a caramel crème egg?
UNKNOWN persons broke into the
club on Ridley Road, Long Plains and stole
alcohol on March 18.
BETWEEN March 21 and 22, mags,
tools, paint and a docking station for an
iPod were stolen from a shed on Boundary
A Roseworthy woman found her credit
card had been missing from her purse be-
tween February 26 and March 18.
Her bank confirmed a large amount of
transactions were made. Further enquiries
are being made by the Gawler police.
A 25-year-old woman from Davoren
Park was reported for carrying an offensive
weapon on March 21.
It is alleged she was in possession of
knives whilst being present at a licensed
premises. The knives were located using
a metal detector.
She will appear in the Kadina Magis-
trates Court at a later date.
Suspicion over Port
Wakefield grass fire
WAKEFIELD Regional Council will
begin canvassing the community on its
ward structure and the number of elected
members required in coming months.
The consultation will begin in May,
after an independent consultant recently
carried out its biennial Elector Representa-
The number and size of wards could be
altered, as well as a reduction in elected
members required, as a result of the review.
Council is currently made up of 10
elected members and a mayor across four
wards, including Northern, Central, Western
Several alternative options have been
outlined in the review, which will be released
to the community in coming weeks.
However, WRC chief executive officer,
CateAtkinson, explained none of the options
presented necessarily have to be selected.
“Some of the options suggested include
having no wards, which a lot of regional
councils are moving towards – that no-ward
basis,” she said.
“There could be a reduction of wards to
three and likewise a reduction of elected
members by one.
“Or an alternative option could be pre-
sented by a community member and council
will consider it.”
Mrs Atkinson said retaining the same
number of wards and elected members
is also another option, although the ward
boundaries would have to be shifted to
address an imbalance in voter numbers
A minimum of six weeks public consul-
tation will begin on May 17, with another
three weeks of public consultation following
on July 26.
“It’s a fairly comprehensive consultation
process,” Mrs Atkinson said.
Council will vote to endorse the draft
Electoral Representation Options Paper at
tonight’s monthly meeting.
have been made to Wakefield
Regional Council’s Strategic
Management Plan on the
back of community feedback
from recent meetings and
Council will vote to en-
dorse the plan, with recent
alterations, at tonight’s WRC
WRC chief executive
officer, Cate Atkinson, said
the contributions from the
consultation phase were
“I was really pleased with
the feedback the community
provided with some great
contributions in relation
to where council’s focus
needed to be,” she said.
Amongst the suggested
additions were council to
take on a strong focus on
supporting families, in-
frastructure demands and
spending consciously with
limited funds available.
“There was the sugges-
tion we are in a resource
tight environment and need
to have regard to that,” Mrs
“Also, we need to be
clear on what we are trying
to achieve in terms of our
Economic growth in
the district and supporting
volunteers in the district will
also feature in the plan.
“It’s an area I’m particu-
larly interested in supporting
and it was a good comment to
come from the community,”
Mrs Atkinson said.
She said the Strategic
Management Plan was piv-
otal in providing direction
for the district.
“It is the highest level
plan for council’s decision
making,” Mrs Atkinson said.
Also at tonight’s meeting,
council will unveil a Cus-
tomer Complaints Policy,
the first of its kind for WRC.
A citizenship ceremony
will precede the meeting.
ABOUT 50 acres was burned during a
grass fire near the Primo abattoir, near Port
Wakefield, yesterday afternoon.
Local CFS crews quickly contained the
blaze before it threatened any buildings.
The cause is the fire is believed to be
suspicious, with an investigation to follow.
CRIME Stoppers has provided police
with some valuable information and in
turn, uncovered a valuable treasure trove
of allegedly stolen property.
Police went to a residence on Williams
Road, Two Wells about 8pm on Friday
night and discovered the property includ-
ing a caravan, a ski boat and trailer, three
motorbikes, two trailers, a ride on lawn
mower, four car engines and a 13 tonne
All of the property was seized by police.
A 46-year-old man from Two Wells
has been reported for unlawful possession
and he will appear in court at a later date.
In the meantime, police will make fur-
ther enquiries and check stolen property
reports to establish ownership of the items.
Roadworks begin – Safety improvement works have
begun at the junction of the Balaklava – Auburn Road
and Blyth–Halbury Road. The works involve widening
the road to allow for the installation of a dedicated left
hand deceleration lane and right hand turning lane. Work
should be completed by the end of April.
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