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Plains Producer, Wednesday April 17, 2013
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NEWS Gilbert Valley
Clare & Gilbert Valley Council:
A SOLID crowd flocked
trackside in perfect racing
conditions for the Balaklava
Racing Club Veterans Day
BRC chief executive,
Doug Hall, said it was the
best turnout for a Veterans
Day race meet to date.
“Last year it seemed to be
waning a bit,” Mr Hall said.
“We did a few different
things in the lead up to the
day this year.”
This included meeting
with state RSL representa-
tives at TPI-SA House in
Adelaide to discuss the event
earlier in the year.
Given the RSL groups are
often flooded with offers to
attend various functions, Mr
Hall said it was more than
ideal to run through what
the Veterans Day race day
entails and why it is such a
“It’s about having a day
out and mixing with other
people,” he said. “The meet-
ing must have been a catalyst
for the better attendance.
“It was the biggest Vet-
erans Day crowd we’ve had
for a very long time.”
Between 550 and 600
people filled the main arena
and picnic tables trackside.
“It was a good result for
what could have been just a
standard autumn Wednesday
meet,” Mr Hall said.
COMMITTEES of Clare and Gil-
bert Valleys council – responsible for
various council-owned facilities – give
an annual report to councillors updat-
ing what changes have occurred to the
buildings and facilities they caretake
for their communities.
The most recent presentation by
these “Section 41” committees was
held at the Auburn Institute on Tues-
day, March 12 and included reports
from 11 different groups who spoke
about their community stories, suc-
cesses and achievements.
The Saddleworth Institute had
experienced a slight drop in use of the
premises, but was still an important
part of the community, hosting meet-
ings for community groups, classes
and school functions.
High school student Ashley Allen
spoke on the activities of the Youth
Advisory Council including involve-
ment in Youth Week.
The Winkler Park, Saddleworth,
Committee reported problems to the
walking trails with motor cyclists
causing damage, but with community
support this has now diminished.
The recently established trails
covering almost one-and-a-half kilo-
metres are used regularly by walk-
ers, proving popular with both local
residents and visitors.
Directional and interpretative signs
have been organised with the help of
a local photographer and sign writer
and should be completed by the end
of the year.
Park committee members have
been involved in working bees to
clean up the cottage and garden and
discovered some white ant activity
which has been treated.
The Clare Town Hall has had some
recent upgrades thanks to a council
asset grant including new air condi-
tioning in the kitchen and a reverse
cycle air conditioner in the function
room as well as new ceiling panels.
Clare Lions Club donated $1000
which was used to purchase wine
glasses for the bar.
Three committee members at-
tended a safe food handling course and
the committee is hoping to encourage
regular hirers to have members who
have also attended a course.
The town hall committee is cur-
rently working towards fundraising
for the installation of solar panels and
also is investigating the concept of a
small art gallery space in the town hall
foyer. Another goal is preserving the
iconic character of the building for the
future, while maximising its use and
Other reports were presented by
the Riverton Recreation Ground
Committee, Clare and Gilbert Valleys
Arts Committee, Auburn Recreation
Ground Committee, Manoora Hall
Committee, Scholz Park committee,
Saddleworth Recreation Ground Com-
mittee and Riverton Hall Committee.
is served by
supper at the
with Cr Dianne
CLARE, Auburn and District RSL members
took up three tables at the Balaklava Racing
Club “veteran’s day” last week. Pictured from
left are club president, Peter Lane with wife,
Wendy, Rosemary and Graham Pulford of
Clare, and Leasingham’s Carol Thomson.
BELOW: Enjoying their time on the Clare,
Auburn and District RSL table are (from
left) Jeanette Eddy of Balhannah, and Alan
Farwell of Auburn.
CATCHING up at the races on Wednesday are (from left) Michelle Gates, Maria Barnes,
both of Auburn, and Sharyn Muller, from Bull Creek.
WORK is continuing on the
rebuilding of the Tarlee War
Memorial after its destruction by
a motor vehicle in July last year.
Clare and Gilbert Valleys
Council’s insurance company
have appointed Steve Pearse
from Pearse Memorials to un-
dertake the works required to
reinstate the memorial, garden
edging, soldier and engraving.
The Carrara Marble soldier
is being laser engraved in Mel-
bourne while the base block is
now in place at Tarlee and the
engraving work is complete.
Barrier fencing has been con-
structed to provide a more secure
location for future services.
Work still has to be finished
on the Balmoral Granite pedestal
which needs to be put in place
onsite at Tarlee.
The memorial will be com-
plete, apart from the marble
soldier, in time for Tarlee’s
ANZAC day service.
Soldier absent, but memorial almost set
and Ayliffes Bridge road
have been an ongoing issue
of concern to the Stockport
and district community.
Ayliffe’s Bridge Road,
from Ayliffe’s Bridge to
Horrocks Highway, lies
within the Light Regional
Council (LRC) district and
is an open surface road.
Clare and Gilbert Valleys
Council (C&GVC) and
LRC staff – have met
to discuss options, but
LRC has no plans for an
upgrade beyond an open
surface road and ongoing
However, it was agreed
use of Ayliffe’s Bridge
road by the agricultural
sector warrants investi-
gation to establish if a
stronger case can be built
C&GVC will seek sup-
port from the Department
of Planning, Transport
and Infrastructure for a
regional freight study into
the road’s use, particularly
Push for freight study into Ayliffe’s road
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