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THIS FRIDAY JULY 5
WINNERS of 2013 Balco
Balaklava Art Prize and associ-
ated awards will be announced
at the official opening of the
exhibition at the Balaklava
Courthouse Gallery this Sunday,
July 7 at 2pm.
Guest judge, Bev Bills, who
is a fibre artist and Fellow of the
Royal SA Society of Arts, will
announce winners at the official
More than 120 entries across
13 award categories have been
received, with works from a
range of mediums and genres,
including sculpture, pastel, pho-
tography and prints, providing
guests with a vibrant and diverse
There are also sections for
novices, primary and secondary
school students, and a “Peo-
ple’s Choice” award, which is
awarded to the entry receiving
the most votes from the public
during the exhibition.
This year sees a new, fun
award, “The Hangers’ Prize,”
which gives those people who
hang the works, the chance to
recognise their favourite entry.
The exhibition runs from
Thursday, July 4, until Sunday
August 25, and everyone is
invited to drop in – and vote!
this week. In
a new award,
Charlie will get to
vote for the new
THE Everard Central Waste Transfer
Station will come under sale consid-
erations with Western Ward councillor,
Richard Pain, pushing for Wakefield Re-
gional Council to sell off surplus assets.
Cr Pain foreshadowed his intentions
to raise the potential sale of the Everard
Central land, owned by council, at the
next council meeting.
Council purchased about 375
hectares on the southern and western
boundaries of the existing facility in
January, for a cost of $485,000 back
The plan at the time was to expand
the landfill site to receive waste from
neighbouring councils, and possibly
even develop compost and fertiliser
from chicken manure. Cr Pain said
council continues to fork out for loan
repayments on the land, which remains
widely unused to date, and receives lit-
tle in return from leasing the property
WRC chief executive officer, Cate
Atkinson, said a report on the site was
being compiled by a consultant, which
would be presented in coming months.
WRC corporate services manager,
Steve Jonas, added elected members
would receive a register of council’s as-
sets to consider potentially disposing of
during budget deliberations this month.
THE first year of work from
Wakefield Regional Council
chief executive officer, Cate At-
kinson, will be under the micro-
scope in coming months as part
of the annual CEO performance
AME Recruitment director,
Alison Ashby, attended last
week’s monthly meeting to fill
council in on the performance
review process, which will in-
clude receiving feedback from
WRC elected members and staff.
Mrs Ashby said two external
people outside of council would
also be part of the performance
Mrs Atkinson is required to
deliver a presentation outlining
all her achievements to the re-
viewers on July 24.
An anonymous questionnaire
will then be circulated to those
taking part in the review process
to provide feedback, which must
be completed by August 2.
The results of those question-
naires will then be collated and
presented to council in time for
the August council meeting.
WAKEFIELD Regional Council will consider
refurbishing and relocating an historic maritime
crane at Port Wakefield during its Budget delib-
erations next month.
The total project was estimated to cost about
$20,000, which would include refurbishing works,
shifting the item, soil sampling of the proposed
new site and engineering a footing base.
The crane was originally planned for rehabilita-
tion about 10 years ago.
In the 2002/03 financial year, what was then
Transport SA (now the Department of Planning,
Transport, Energy and Infrastructure), approached
council regarding works at the wharf in Port
Wakefield. Included in those works was the res-
toration and relocation of the historic crane back
to the wharf precinct.
WRC quoted the works requested and billed
Transport SA, but never carried out the crane
The crane was left in council’s works depot
in Port Wakefield for several years.
WRC moved to investigate the price of the
restoration earlier this year.
“As far as I know, there are only two of these
left in the state, which I think is very significant
for this council area,” Northern Ward councillor,
Greg Stevens, said.
Western Ward councillor, Darryl Pain, ques-
tioned the nature of fencing proposed around
“I think it could lose its appeal if it is fenced
and made to look a bit like a prison,” he said.
WRC infrastructure services manager, David
Hassett, said the fencing was a necessary step.
“There has been a big push from the mutual
liability scheme to fence and/or mitigate the risk
in some areas,” he said.
“The type of fence is only a panel-type fence,
just to give it a border...just to distinguish it in
its own little compound.”
A question was raised by Southern Ward
councillor, Barry Smith, about the potential of
lighting the relic.
“There’s no capacity in that quote to do any
lighting,” Mr Hassett responded.
FORMER Balaklava resident, Margaret Gleeson,
OAM, passed away at Oaklands Park on Friday, June
28, aged 94.
Margaret had previously lived in Balaklava for
73 years and was heavily involved in
the community in that time, including
chairperson of Balaklava Council.
Most locals who attended Balak-
lava Primary School will remember
Margaret as the school librarian, a job
she held for many years.
Her dedication to her community
resulted in her receiving an Order of
Australia medal for services to Lo-
cal Government and the community, in particular
to District Council of Balaklava, Australian Local
Government Women’s Association, Legacy, National
Trust and CWA.
Margaret was presented with other awards, includ-
ing Life Membership of CWA, Senior Citizen of the
Year in SA, and was heavily involved in National Trust
and the Museum. Margaret’s funeral is being held at
Centennial Park tomorrow (July 4).
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