Home' Plains Producer : PP_130417 Contents DWAYNE and Nicky Weatherspoon, Kadina par-
ents who turned the loss of their daughter to meningo-
coccal into a chance to help others, have been selected
to appear on the cover of this year's local phone book.
The Yorke Peninsula, Mid North and Adelaide
Plains book is being distributed in a larger-sized for-
mat, in response to feedback about last year's book.
Each year, Sensis, the publisher of the White
Pages and Yellow Pages,
recognises the efforts of
local people in their com-
munities by celebrating
their achievements on the
cover of its books.
This year's theme,
Keeping Our Communi-
ties Healthy, celebrates
people committed to im-
proving the health of
In 2000, Dwayne and
Nicky's young daughter Paige died after contracting
meningococcal. Realising there were no services in
the region to turn to for support, the couple in 2002
established the Paige Weatherspoon Foundation in
their daughter's honour, to help prevent future deaths
from the disease.
Farewell to our Filipino friends
Plains Producer, Wednesday April 17, 2013
Divided on broadband
Libs reveal cheaper
service plan -- but
Labor warns of
impact on regions
on new phone book
BPS and BCC staff, with Austria family. From ledft, rear, Dee Daniel, Jenny Russell, Diane Gregor, Bec Houston, Jenny
Rowland, Marcia Nowlan, Dale Gathercole, Vivienne Churchett, Trish Langdon. Front : Maria-Fe, Maria-Christine,
Mila holding Emmanuel, Maria-Erica, Federico, Tricia Joseph, Bronny Cottle and Barb Rodgers.
IT would be very daunting to move
to another country to live, on your
own, leaving your family and friends
But that's just what Federico
Austria from the Philippines did, six
years and eight months ago.
"I moved from the Philippines to
Wild Horse Plains, where I had no
neighbours, and it was a culture shock
for me," he said.
"It was Christmas time, so it was a
bit of a diffcult time for me.”
Federico, a qualifed veterinarian
in the Philippines, left behind his wife
and three daughters, in the hope of
gaining higher paid employment in
He gained employment as an
animal technician at a piggery in Wild
Horse Plains, and had to undertake
further training here in order to have
his former qualifcations recognised.
After 16 months, his wife Mila,
and daughters, Maria-Erica, Maria-Fe
and Maria-Christine moved out here
to join him. They have since had a
son, Emmanuel, now aged 3.
The girls were the frst Filipinos to
attend Balaklava Primary School.
Federico has obtained a Bachelor
of Veterinary Medicine, and will
continue further study towards his
To further his career, Federico and
his family are moving to Echuca,
Victoria, where he has obtained work
as a veterinary assistant.
He will be working with a
company involved with testing of
antibiotics and drugs for animals.
Federico's wife, Mila, has also
studied and obtained a Certifcate I
in Child Care. She worked at Trinity
The girls will attend school in
Echuca, and Federico said they
are looking forward to "greener
pastures." As Federico worked with
pigs in SA, he has to be quarantined
for two weeks before he can start his
"I have to burn my old work
clothes, as no bacteria or disease can
be taken over there."
"So while I'm quarantined, I'm
going to have holidays, and Mila is
happy about that as she has a list of
jobs for me," he laughed.
"And I might have to do the
Federico and his family were the
frst of more than 20 families now in
our district, all working in a range of
occupations, but all not afraid of hard
"We don't have any regrets about
moving to Australia," said Federico.
"Everything we do is for the future
of our children -- that is why we came
out here to live and work."
The family was farewelled last
week at a meal at Balaklava Primary
ABOUT 60 people from the local
Filipino community living locally,
along with Balaklava Primary School
staff, attended a special meet and
greet function at the school last
The evening included the singing
of both the Australian and Filipino
national anthems, while the children
also sung "We Are Australian".
Jhing Mojares, who helps co-
ordinate the local Filipino families,
spoke at the function, as well as BPS
principal, Tricia Jospeh, and school
A shared meal featuring both local
and Filipino cuisine was also a tasty
feature on the night.
... and a growing community says g'day
THE Liberal Party has
released its broadband
policy, with opinion ex-
pectedly split between the
Federal government and
Opposition on whether
it will beneft regional
Shadow Minister for
tions, Luke Hartsuyker,
believed under the Coali-
tion's plan, faster broad-
band services would be
delivered sooner, cheaper
and be more affordable
than Labor's "massively
"This is great news
for many parts of re-
gional Australia which,
after six years of Labor
promises, have yet to
see any improvement in
their broadband speeds,"
"Presently, there are
two million households
and businesses that can
not access basic broad-
"The Coalition will
also deliver speeds of
between 25 mbps and
100 mbps to allAustralian
premises by 2016.
"These speeds will
increase to a minimum of
50 mbps by 2019. This is
much sooner than Labor's
claimed the Liberals'
plan would be lighter on
the back pocket for users.
"Because the Coali-
tion will use more cost-
effective technology, the
savings for the consumer
will be signifcant,” he
Member for Wake-
field, Nick Champion,
slammed the Coalition's
plan, claiming it would
force people in the elec-
torate to pay $5,000 each
for superfast broadband
or they'll be discon-
"We introduced uni-
form pricing so all Aus-
tralians pay the same
wholesale price for su-
perfast broadband no
matter where they live,"
Mr Champion said.
"The Opposition has
confrmed they will abol-
ish this measure, and
charge people outside cit-
ies more to access broad-
band, reduce competition
in regional Australia, and
drive up costs."
He condemned the
Liberal plan for "sec-
ond rate internet" in
regional Australia, say-
ing it proved Opposition
Leader Tony Abbott was
out of touch with needs of
regional communities and
"Tony Abbott, just
doesn't get it," Mr Cham-
pion said. "His plan will
hold regional areas like
ours back and discourage
businesses from setting
"Make no mistake
-- Mr Abbott's second
rate broadband will cost
country jobs and make it
harder to do business in
He claimed the Fed-
eral government will
deliver high-speed broad-
band to local families
and businesses through
the National Broadband
Network at no cost to
households and busi-
nesses to connect.
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