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Plains Producer, Wednesday May 15, 2013
WAYNE Olsen has enjoyed learning how to help people and save lives.
Louise Michael reports:
THIS week is National Volun-
teer Week – a week to recognise
more than six million people who
volunteer annually in Australia.
Wayne Olsen, of Port Wake-
field, is one of our local SA Am-
bulance Service volunteers.
He has dedicated more than 25
years to the ambulance service,
providing life-saving emergency
medical care to patients.
fort has not gone unnoticed, and
will be recognised at a “25-Year
Award” dinner to be held in Nor-
wood on Friday night.
Wayne, a tow truck driver who
also owned his own crash repair
business, was honoured to re-
ceive the award.
And there is no doubt his pro-
fessions would have exposed him
to accident trauma over the years.
“I joined to help the sick and
injured and learn life saving
skills,” Wayne said.
“I’ve really enjoyed learning
how to help people and in some
cases, save lives”
“Things have changed so
much over the years.
“Gone are the days of ‘load
and go’... the training has become
“I spent 11 years at Balaklava,
before transferring to Port Wake-
field. I’ve been here 14 years”
Other local SA Ambulance
Service volunteers to receive the
25 year award are Balaklava’s
Cathy Blackwell, and Mallala’s
Robert Christie, both tireless
workers for the ambulance ser-
Volunteers are an integral part
of ambulance operations in rural
and remote areas in SA
The contributions of SA Am-
bulance Service volunteers will
be celebrated with 80 local events
around the state for station teams
and volunteer groups.
If we look around us, every
sporting club, community group,
service club, charity, school,
church, hospital, and even busi-
nesses, have dedicated people
who volunteer in many different
As just one example, charity
group, St Vincent de Paul, assist-
ed 1.8 million people in Australia
last year, with more than 40,000
Balaklava local, Laurie Wil-
son, bundled up donated clothing
and goods for Vinnies for many
years. He organised volunteers
from the Gawler branch to come
and collect them, and distribute to
Volunteers Minister, Tony
Piccolo, said this year’s theme,
“Thanks a Million,” pays tribute
to the effort and commitment of
“Volunteers should be rec-
ognised, valued and supported,
and National Volunteers Week
provides an opportunity for all
communities across Australia to
recognise and thank volunteers
for all they do,” he said.
Have a look around you, and
next time you are at the football,
receiving Meals on Wheels, or
want a fire put out, remember to
thank the volunteers who have
enabled these things to happen.
National Volunteer Week runs
until Sunday. If you are interested
in volunteering, contact a group
in your town as they would all be
keen to hear from you.
A 40-page symposium regarding the for-
mation of the Marine Park Sanctuary Zones
in Upper Gulf St Vincent was sent to the
Parliamentary Select Committee for Marine
Parks last week.
The submission, prepared by the local Ma-
rine Park 14 Action Group (MPAG), is based
around the State government’s implemen-
tation of several large sanctuary (no-take)
zones that were heavily opposed by the local
One particular sanctuary zone is believed
to have disastrous consequences to the Port
Wakefield commercial and recreational fish-
ing community, should it be implemented
The document makes several clear decla-
rations in its introduction, including the wider
community’s vehement rejection of the pro-
posed sanctuary zones.
“A vast majority of community members
believe in the concept of marine conserva-
tion, but do not support the current govern-
ment’s position to exclude fishing and extrac-
tive activities from 22 per cent of the Upper
Gulf St Vincent Marine Park,” it states.
“The current zoning does not honour a
number of key government policy commit-
ments, peak stakeholder commitments, Ma-
rine Park Local Advisory Group (MPLAG)
advice or marine park design principles.
“More importantly, the Marine Park 14
Action Group and the wider community will
not take ownership of the government park as
it lacks balance, common-sense and scientific
MPAG chairman, Bart Butson, said the
document canvasses the long historical battle
the community has had with the government
since planning for the marine parks began
several years ago.
“I’m very happy with the submission, as
it’s good to have all that documented for the
future,” Mr Butson said.
He said there was a feeling of disbelief
amongst the fishing community surrounding
the government’s failure to embrace concerns
during the consultation process.
“People still can’t believe they are going to
lose those traditional fishing places.
“The group of people who know how the
whole process worked, that includes myself,
cannot believe how the government went
away from the original Local Advisory Group
According to Mr Butson, recommenda-
tions from LAG groups met sanctuary princi-
ples, which found a balance between preserv-
ing the environment and still retaining social
and economic prosperity in the area.
“That is the crux of the issue,” said Mr
Butson, adding he does not expect the gov-
ernment to change anything, regardless of
the submission, given recent experiences.
“I have no faith in them whatsoever,” Mr
Butson said. “The Labor government is so
dependent on support from the Greens that
we’ve been sold out for that cause.
“They’ve chosen a low socio-economic
target and used us as a bargaining chip from
Several MPAG members have made a
specific request to present in person to the
Select Committee. Mr Butson reserved par-
ticular praise for MPAG secretary, Amanda
Wheeler, for her many hours work on the
“Both the MPAG and the wider commu-
nity are indebted to her for all the work she
has done for our benefit,” he said.
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