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Plains Producer, Thursday, April 4, 2013
School bus route concern
in Everard depot
WITH REPORT COMING TO WRC ON VIABILITY:
OF all the physical and mental
challenges out there, trek-
king the notorious Kokoda
Trail in Papua New Guinea certainly
rates as one of the toughest and it
is a battle Jim Goode is ready to
Jim, who is based in Evanston,
was the Regional Umpiring Direc-
tor, which encompassed the Ad-
elaide Plains Football League, for
two years in 2010 and 2011.
He plans to trek the trail from
June 28 to July 5, in doing so, rais-
ing money for children’s charity,
The trail itself is 96km long,
crossing rugged and isolated terrain,
which is only passable on foot.
It shot to prominence following
an intense battle involving predomi-
nantly Australian forces, defending
our nation from Japanese invasion in
1942. Its significance ranks with the
Gallipoli landings of World War I.
The trail is known for intense
climbs, reaching a height of 2,190
metres at one stage.
Hot, humid days with intensely
cold nights are general characteris-
tics of the trail, along with torrential
rainfall and the risk of endemic
tropical diseases such as malaria,
which tend to make it a challenge
“It’s something I’ve always
wanted to do,” Jim said.
“If I don’t very soon, I won’t
be able to do it, as it is very physi-
cally demanding. “I’m also really
interested in the time Japan tried to
“I went to a museum in Darwin
and I thought the next thing I need
to do is Kokoda.
“That part of the world really
interests me; what the soldiers had
to put up with. Some people have
died doing it and a lot of people have
needed to be flown out.”
He has one predominant goal in
“If I’m going to go to raise
some money, I’ve got to finish it,”
Jim said. “I’ve been training for 12
months, because you’ve got to be
really fit and motivated.”
He will join a group of 14 fly-
ing over at the end of June. Cost is
“It is really expensive,” Jim
“I’m not raising the money to pay
the $8000, I’m paying that myself.”
His decision to support Novita
came after an umpires’ fundrais-
ing function in 2011, which was
attended by Central District foot-
ballers, Chris and James Gowans,
ambassadors for the charity.
The Gowans subsequently
provided Jim with 100 of their bi-
ographies to sell, from which $10
will go towards Novita.
Jim will also be putting donation
tins in clubs around the region, while
donations can also be made online.
“I met a lot of people doing
the regional umpiring manager’s
job and I’m sure the clubs will get
behind me,” he said.
“I’ve got heaps of tins out there
but I don’t want to infringe on
clubs already collecting
for other charities and
causes. I’m mindful of
Barossa Novatel has
donated two nights ac-
breakfast, to go to the club raising
the most money.
“So, they could give it to a goal
umpire, volunteer, life member,
whatever,” Jim said.
“There will be other prizes for
clubs raising the most money.
“So far, I’ve raised $1300 and
the season hasn’t started yet.”
Jim said Mallala Hotel was lead-
ing the fundraising at the moment.
For more information or to make
a donation, call Jim on 0432 419
062, or www.everydayhero.com.
SCHOOL bus drivers in the district
have expressed their disappointment in the
standard of roads in the southern end of the
Wakefield Regional Council district.
WRC chief executive officer, Cate Atkin-
son, confirmed council had received a letter
on behalf of some local school bus drivers
outlining their concerns regarding the condi-
tion of several bus routes.
After becoming aware of the letter, Cen-
tral Ward councillors, Owen Chapman and
Maurice Tiller, drove along some of the
Both councillors spoke on the matter at
last week’s council meeting, requesting ur-
gent action. “We need to do something about
it soon, if we possibly can,” Cr Tiller said.
Mrs Atkinson said council was taking
action, claiming infrastructure services
manager, David Hassett, is following up
with the Department of Education and Child
“David is looking into the concerns and
will be confirming with DECD that the routes
being used are those agreed to,” she said.
“The condition of roads is an ongoing
concern for staff right across the Council
area, particularly given the lack of rain.
“Council is working hard to ensure its
grading program is completed for the cur-
“Council members endorsed a roads main-
tenance program for the 2013/2014 year in
February, however a follow up roads forum
will be held with them to discuss how this
and other road issues can be addressed.”
EVERARD Central Waste Transfer
Station has attracted the interest of a
businessman from Western Australia,
who met with Wakefield Regional
Council last month.
The businessman, Chris Forrester,
had a meeting with WRC chief executive
officer, Cate Atkinson, and infrastruc-
ture services manager, David Hassett, to
discuss potential future use of the site.
Mrs Atkinson said Mr Forrester’s
initial inquiry related to establishing
a business at the Everard Central site,
disposing of large agricultural and in-
dustrial tyres, similar to a site he runs
in Western Australia.
At last week’s council meeting,
Western Ward councillor, Richard Pain,
also asked about the future potential of
disposing of asbestos at the Everard
Central Waste Transfer Station.
Mrs Atkinson said the Central Local
Government Region had consultant and
waste expert, Trevor Hockley, investi-
gating the future viability of the Everard
“Trevor has been engaged and has
inspected the site and is currently work-
ing on his advice to council,” she said.
Mrs Atkinson offered to pass on Cr
Pain’s asbestos disposal query to Mr
Hockley to consider as part of his as-
sessments for the site when providing
his final report back to council.
Jim pushes boundaries
in charity Kokoda trek
n JIM Goode
with a Novita
Keep an eye
out for them
at local footy
for a year, he
will need all
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