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Plains Producer, Wednesday April 17, 2013
First steps as we tackle
child development issue
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Local support springs up for food icon
Their kitchen rules!
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Plains Producer manager,
Andrew Manuel, recently shed
10 kilograms in 10 weeks in
a personal weight-loss quest.
Now he wants to keep leaner
and ftter – and asks you
to join him! Read on – then
Email him at andrew@plains
WOULD you like to be healthier,
lighter, feel better in the mornings,
and become more motivated?
When I was writing my weekly journal,
Flab to Fab, I had a lot of people say they too
would like to "maybe lose a few kilos."
Well, here's the chance you might have
been waiting for.
I would like to do another 10-week
challenge, but this time I am inviting others to
join me. There is no doubting getting ft and
healthy is easier in a group.
I am looking for some willing adults to
join me on a “Group Flab to Fab” ftness
I will need a minimum of three to take
part, but if I inspire 30 people, the more the
The two most important components
of my journey were accountability and
encouragement. The comment and support
from friends, and readers alike was
overwhelming. I would like to offer you the
same support...if you are willing to join in.
I will have others on my team too. Leah
and Mark have agreed to chip in with their
advice on healthy eating and exercise. Penny
Mathew from Happy Hearts at Mallala has
also put her hand up for support.
I will follow the progress as a journal in
the paper, but will not make it invasive or too
personal. For example, I won't be publishing
participant's weight, but instead percentage
weight loss or group weight loss.
Can I see any hands?
You have until 5pm, Monday April 23
to register by emailing me on Andrew@
plainsproducer.com.au or phoning me on
8862 1977 at the offce.
The way I will run it is simple. You set
your goal, and I will organise the help for you
to achieve it. You will need to be prepared to
weigh in and measure at home on a weekly
basis, and email me a basic weekly journal.
So now, it's over to you.
If you don't see a column in next week's
paper -- the people have spoken.
•From Page 1
Rosa said Spring Gully products
were gone as of Monday, with a new or-
der set to arrive on Thursday afternoon.
"It's really good to see the public
spring up like this and support a good
South Australian product and com-
pany," she said.
"They've been around for years."
Auburn IGA also reported very low
stock numbers for Spring Gully prod-
ucts, with an order hopefully coming
in on Monday.
Most stores still have the Gardener
range of Spring Gully products in stock.
"I don't think people realise Gar-
dener is still a Spring Gully product,"
"Foodland brand products like pick-
les, onions and gherkins are also made
by Spring Gully and if they go too, we
could be in trouble (with supplies)."
A NEW committee to address the devel-
opment of local children will be formed at
a special meeting next month.
The committee will work to address
the high percentage of children who are
developmentally vulnerable and could face
ongoing educational diffculties as they
progress through school.
Recent Australian Early Development
Index (AEDI) data confrmed too many
children growing up in Balaklava and sur-
rounding areas aren't given the best possible
start to their education.
AEDI local planning officer, Uriel
Whipp, presented the recent data at a meet-
ing in the Balaklava RSL clubrooms with
local children's service providers, educators
While the data, presented in last week's
Plains Producer, again raised concerns for
children in Balaklava, Mrs Whipp said the
AEDI fgures were to be used only as a guide.
"It doesn't give any answers but raises a
whole lot more questions," she said.
"What is does do is gets people talking
about the issue and brings them together to
have these sorts of discussions."
Earlier in the afternoon, the former steer-
ing committee formally dissolved in a bid
to form a new committee with interested
parties from outside the previous group.
After a brief discussion, it was decided
to hold an evening meeting in May, which
could attract more interested parents to be
Balaklava Community Children's Centre
director, Dale Gathercole, said it would be
ideal for a local parent to chair the new
"I feel the concern has been picked up
by parents now, not just those involved in
local children's services," she said.
"I think it's a service provider's role to
work in partnerships with parents.
"So, we're trying to pass the baton back
to families, that's where the social change
can most impact on child development, in
The meeting will be held on May 20 at
the BCCC, between 7pm and 8.30pm.
"We're looking for anyone interested or
passionate about the issue to come to the
meeting," Mrs Gathercole said.
She added BCCC still offers playgroup
sessions on Friday, from 9.30 to 11.30am
in the kindy room.
Mrs Gathercole also reminded parents of
children aged three years old to register them
with their local kindergarten to ascertain
their respective enrolment dates.
"I'm frightened I may have missed a
whole group of people out there," she said.
• Community the key to best start –
POLICE warn home owners about to enjoy the
school holidays to take care with the security of their
property while they are away.
The April school holidays are a great time to enjoy
camping, fshing and touring the Yorke and Mid North
region, so remember these simple tips to help look
after yourself and your property.
• When absent from your campsite ensure you take
all valuable items with you.
• Secure and lock the doors and windows of your
vehicle, caravan or holiday home. Do not leave valu-
ables in view.
• Secure your boat and trailer to prevent them from
• Ensure you remove fshing rods, eskies, GPS
devices and tackle boxes from your boat and trailer
when not in use.
• Take care on our roads. Remember the Fatal Five
-- speed, drink/drug driving, seatbelts, fatigue -- and
• A 28-year-old Auburn man was reported for
driving while exceeding the prescribed concentra-
tion of alcohol with an alleged reading of 0.204. It
is alleged the man was stopped at a mobile breath
testing operation and returned a positive reading. He
will be summoned to appear in court. His vehicle was
impounded for 28 days.
• A 31-year-old woman from Blair Athol was ar-
rested for theft in Clare. It is alleged she stole a bottle
of liquor from one Clare retail outlet as well as cash
and property from a number of other Clare retail stores.
The property was recovered and returned to the
•A51-year-old Wanbi man was reported for driving
without due car following a car crash at Port Wakefeld.
It is alleged the male collided with the rear of the
vehicle travelling in front of him.
• A PERSON was struck by a thrown bottle that
broke on impact and as a result, the victim received a
cut and bump to the forehead at Old Port Road, Port
Wakefeld on April 11. Enquiries continue.
• AN outboard motor was stolen from a property
at Middle Beach on April 11.
• BETWEEN April 8 and 14 the rear door at a
property on Heron Crescent, Thompsons Beach, was
kicked in. A motorised bicycle which was under the
carport was stolen.
HAPPY with the new kitchen opening are (from left) Matti Wilson, Snow-
town Community Club president, Edna Altmann, Snowtown Cards Club
secretary and John Freebairn, the local plumber who got things started.
ABOUT 50 members and Snow-
town locals attend Snowtown Com-
munity Club's annual "members day"
which this year also included the of-
fcial opening of the kitchen upgrade.
A barbecue lunch and refreshments
were enjoyed by all. Snowtown Com-
munity Club president, Matti Willson,
gave a brief rundown of the how the
community tackled the project.
First came the suggestion about
three or four years ago to have a com-
mercial dishwasher installed. This was
followed by a full kitchen upgrade,
with knew fooring, wall, benches,
plumbing, electrical -- and the much
Matti thanked local clubs for dona-
tions, including Snowtown Cards Club,
which kicked off the contributions,
followed by the Progress Association,
Croquet Club, Bowls Club, Combined
Counter Teas and the Community Club.
Without these donations the $20,000
refurbishment would not have been
able to proceed.
Local plumber and club member
John Freebairn, was the leader in get-
ting things started and completed in
what ended up being a short time frame.
John, along with other locals,
formed a sub-committee and in just
six months the job was done.
Removal and installation of equip-
ment was completed in one week,
beginning at 9pm on a Saturday night
following meals and fnishing the fol-
John appreciated the help of locals
Leon Herewane (electrician) and Kevin
Weepers (cabinetmaker/builder) along
with Barry Talbot, Matti Willson,
Sharon Higgs, Michelle Gower and
Michelle Dohnt for their tireless efforts
and hard work.
Cards Club secretary, Edna Alt-
mann, who was an instigator and initial
donator to the project, thanked all in-
volved. The afternoon wound up with
Edna offcially opening the kitchen.
Locals then toured the new area.
• Report and picture supplied
by Community Club secretary,
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• Saturday.................9am - 12noon
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