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Plains Producer, Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Police report mixed bag of crime
Security warning as thieves drain diesel
campers $200,000 grant brings
jobs as AMG expands
STATE GOVERNMENT REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND:
Complied in chronological order from
police activities over the past month:
POLICE arrested a 40-year-old man from
the Mid North for numerous drug offences fol-
lowing a traffc stop in Lochiel on Thursday,
At about 12.30pm, highway patrols stopped
a car travelling on National Highway One.
Following a search of the car, police will
allege clandestine laboratory equipment was
Serious and Organised Crime Branch were
notifed and seized the equipment, which will
be forensically tested at a later date.
Following the man’s arrest, police searched
his home and discovered a small amount of
He was charged with manufacturing and
traffcking a controlled drug, possessing
equipment used to manufacture illicit drugs
and possession of a document on instructions
how to manufacture drugs.
The man was refused police bail.
• POLICE investigated a scrub fre at Lower
Light on Saturday, December 28.
Just after 12.30pm, police and CFS crews
were called to Port Wakefeld road near the
junction of School road after calls of a grass
fre. Fire fghters took several hours to bring
the blaze under control and extinguish the fre.
Hay bales were destroyed and about 400
hectares of stubble was burnt. Conditions
were diffcult with winds of about 40 km/h.
• MALLALApolice arrested a 20-year-old
man from Balaklava for offensive language
and disorderly behaviour on December 25.
• MALLALApolice reported a 57-year-old
man from Mallala for breaching the prescribed
concentration of alcohol with an alleged read-
ing of 0.091 while seen travelling on Dublin
Road, Mallala. The vehicle was seized and
the man’s licence was disqualifed.
• Police reported a 27-year-old male from
Two Wells for breaching the prescribed con-
centration of alcohol with an alleged reading
of 0.083 and driving disqualifed on January 9.
• THE front window and driver's side
window of a vehicle parked on Old Port
Wakefeld Road, Two Wells, was smashed
by using a permapine post on December 22.
Two Wells police are making further en-
quiries with the suspect.
• POLICE and fre crews responded to a
fre that destroyed two sheds on a property on
Coates Road, Two Wells on Monday, January
6. Owners were alerted to the fre just before
CFS crews extinguished the fre and early
indications were the fre was not suspicious
and an electrical fault was a probable cause.
• BETWEEN January 5 and 7, a vacant
premises on Bailey road Two Wells was
entered via the front window and an air rife
with ammunition was stolen.
Another residence on Bailey road, also had
a washing machine, clothes dryer, refrigerator
and furniture stolen. Entry was gained via a
front sliding window.
A business at Two Wells was broken into
from the outside cladding of the building being
removed between January 6 and 7. Nothing
was stolen as the offenders were unable to
gain entrance into the room.
• A VEHICLE was stolen from a property
at Windsor on January 7. The property owner
witnessed a ute drive on their property, stop
at one of their sheds and then drive out of the
property in their vehicle followed by one of
the offenders' vehicle.
The stolen vehicle was later found crashed
on Baker road.
• POLICE are investigating an incident on
January 11 at Virginia, where a man was shot.
Elizabeth Police were called to a Downer
drive address just before 6am.
The shooting does not appear to be a ran-
dom incident with the 46-year-old man from
Virginia taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital
for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
• A MAN was caught drink-driving at Port
Parham on Saturday, January 11, with a very
At about 8.15pm, police stopped a Jeep
station wagon on the Esplanade, and the male
driver submitted to a breath test.
He returned an alleged reading of 0.289.
A37-year-old Nuriootpa man was reported
for exceeding the prescribed concentration of
alcohol, was issued a 12-month instant loss
of licence notice, had his car impounded for
28 days and will be summonsed to appear in
court at a later date.
• OVER the past two months
there has been a signifcant in-
crease in the amount of reported
fuel thefts in the Mid North region.
Between January 3 and 6, a
business at Mallala had 4300 litres
of diesel stolen.
The thefts have mainly oc-
curred from large agricultural
vehicles, including tractors, har-
vesters, augers and fuel storage
It appears agricultural vehicles
within view of the road, and in
unlocked paddocks are being
Farmers are reminded to en-
sure the security of their equip-
ment by locking gates, moving
machinery away from the road so
it is not so easily accessed and to
implement a security plan, which
may include the use of portable
CCTV cameras and locks for
So far, other areas targeted are
Jamestown, Caltowie, Bundaleer,
Gladstone, Gulnare, Georgetown,
Laura, Wirrabara, Yongala, Hal-
lett, and Burra.
Police urge the public if they
see people or vehicles behaving
suspiciously on rural roads or in a
paddock to contact police on 131
444. If anyone has any informa-
tion, contact Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000 or online at www.
Put the fnger on crime, call
1800 333 000
A magnitude 3.3 earthquake was recorded near
Crystal Brook at 10:47am last Friday morning.
David Love, Seismologist with the Geological
Survey of South Australia ,said the epicentre was
about nine kilometres northwest of the town.
“Earthquakes of this magnitude can be felt up to
30 kilometres away,” Mr Love said.
“This particular area of the state has a moderate
level of seismic activity. The largest earthquake in the
region in 2013 was a magnitude 3.7 event recorded
near Peterborough.” Mr Love said no damage was
If you felt the earthquake, you can report it at
Crystal Brook earthquake
YORKE and Mid
North Local Service
Area (YMNLSA) police
Denny, said the festive
season was relatively
quiet across the district.
"I'm pleased to report
the area was relatively
trouble-free with only
a few minor issues,” he
said. “On New Year’s
Eve there were just six
arrests across the LSA.”
MALLALA oval's camping
area has raised concerns, with al-
legations tents have been pitched
on the playing arena, outside the
designated camping zone.
Local Mallala resident, Dean
Cook, who lives opposite the oval,
contacted the Plains Producer
on Monday, alleging numerous
tents were pitched on the oval last
weekend, along with other camping
vehicles parked at the oval outside
the designated area.
“Tents have only appeared on
the oval lately, but there are also
long term vehicles in the grounds,
which have been there since before
Christmas -- longer than the 72 hours
permitted, so they shouldn’t still be
there,” said Mr Cook, an admitted
opponent of the oval camping area.
Derek Lawson, of District Coun-
cil of Mallala, advised he hadn’t
noticed any tents on the oval on
Monday morning and wasn't aware
of any being there previously.
"We have signage indicating the
designated camping areas at the
grounds, with some perimeter of the
oval included in that, and we have
received very few complaints about
that area from Mallala residents,”
Mr Lawsson said.
However, it is known some lo-
cal cricketers have asked owners
of camping vehicles to move the
vehicles from non-designated areas.
Investigations are being contin-
ued, and a report is being prepared
for council by General Inspector,
A LARGE State government
grant will help create more than 30
jobs over three years, withAustralia
Milling Group (AMG) expanding
its export facilities at Bowmans.
Regional Development Minis-
ter, Gail Gago, announced the com-
pany would receive $184,477 from
the State government's Regional
Development Fund Stream 2.
As a major exporter of pulses
and lentils, the AMG project will
assist the design, manufacture and
installation of product segregation
(sizing) and cleaning equipment in
order to produce added-value pulse
products that are ft for human
The upgrades will see the com-
pany increase its volume through-
put from 69,270 tonnes in 2013
to 149,900 tonnes by 2016. The
total project value is $862,000 and
is expected to create 32 full-time
equivalent (FTE) positions over
AMG is one of fve regionally-
based businesses to share in the
$700,000 funding available.
Pikes Wines brewery
Clare Valley winery, Pikes
Wines, also received $184,477 to
assist with building a micro-brew-
ery at the Pikes Polish Hill River
Estate, which would accompany the
development of a function centre
and complement existing wine
production and sales
Announcing the grants at Pikes
Wines in the Clare Valley yesterday,
Ms Gago said these projects would
generate a wide variety of employ-
ment and economic development
“These fve projects will bring
further investment to regional com-
munities around the State, creating
67 new FTE and further securing
385 FTE and 100 contract posi-
tions,” Ms Gago said.
“Four of these fve projects are
in the food and wine sectors, which
is a key economic driver for many
“At Pikes, the project will cre-
ate a wine and beer-focused visitor
destination at the beautiful Polish
Hill River Estate.
“A micro-brewery will be built,
generating local employment, and
a full time head brewer and brewer
assistant will be employed.”
Wintulichs of Gawler, Macbryde
Horwood Agencies at Lobethal and
Kimberly Clark Australia at Mil-
licent were other regional entities
to receive funding.
The RDF is a yearly $3 mil-
lion merit-based grant program
to deliver on PIRSA's Regional
Development objectives, and the
Government's seven Strategic
A DEDICATED right turning lane
is fnally being installed on Main
North Road at Giles Corner, allowing
vehicles turning right onto the Barrier
Highway to safely slow down and stop
if required, without obstructing the
fow of traffc along Main North Road.
Independent Member for Frome,
Geoff Brock, said it was great to see
work on the turning lane after strongly
lobbying the State government. “This
road safety concern was frst brought to
my attention in 2012 by a constituent in
Riverton, and the Tarlee and Riverton
Progress Associations,” he said.
"I investigated their concerns and
immediately wrote to the Minister for
Road Safety for urgent attention. Sub-
sequently, the department submitted
this project for funding consideration
under the 2012/13 State Black Spot
Program – a signifcant outcome.”
The department allocated $290,000
for improvements to Giles Corner,
which also required acquisition of
land to widen the shoulder and provide
room for construction.
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