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n CRAIG is
after an IED
injuries in the
FROM THE BATTLEFIELDS OF AFGHANISTAN TO THE PEACEFUL
FIELDS OF TWO WELLS, CRAIG HANSEN SETTLES INTO HIS NEW
LIFE, WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS...
Bec O’Brien reports:
FORMER Australian Defence Force
sniper and new Two Wells resident, Craig
Hansen, has had a long road to recovery
since being badly injured in the line of
duty in 2008.
While serving in Afghanistan Craig was
travelling in an armoured vehicle when an
improvised explosive device (IED) struck.
A sergeant at the time, commanding the
battalion sniper section, Craig, along with
two other Australian soldiers and
one Afghan interpreter, was seri-
ously injured in the blast, which
saw him spend 11 weeks in hospital
and many more months undergo-
ing operations, rehabilitation and
At the time he was only the
second Australian soldier to be
injured in the war in Afghanistan.
Later he was diagnosed with
PTSD (post traumatic stress disor-
der) and discharged from the ADF
in November 2013.
Due to his extensive injuries,
Craig, 38, is unable to work at any
time in the future, but is determined
to be as independent and as self-
supporting as possible.
He, along with wife, Kelly and
children Jaudyn, Tayla and Jayke,
recently moved to a small property
at Two Wells, which requires a
ride-on mower to help him maintain
To assist him with this, a group
of ex-service organisations, includ-
ing Vietnam Veteran’s Associa-
tion, held a fundraising event at
the Linden Park RSL on Friday,
Other ex-service organisations also
chipped in with the effort, as did Bunnings,
with football commentator and Vietnam
veteran, Graham Cornes, a special guest
at the event.
“As strange as it is, mowing your lawn
can be quite therapeutic at times,” Craig said.
“Being outside, listening to my iTunes
and mowing the lawn is quite relaxing.”
Craig said he had been given great support
throughout his long road to recovery and is
appreciative of everyone’s efforts to help him.
“We don’t go out there to get blown up
and have all this sort of fanfare,” he said.
“But on one hand it’s been good in the
regard the Royal Australian Regimental
Association, the RSL, that’s what they are
there for, to support wounded, injured and
“And the support my close friends and
mates gave was awesome.
“I look back and see photos of inside the
vehicle, different weapons, stuff that was
cut in half, stuff that just disintegrated and
I got out of the vehicle and didn’t have any
body parts missing.
“As some of my mates say, I was lucky.”
Lucky – maybe. Brave – definitely. Thanks
for your service Craig; you are an inspira-
tion to us all.
n CRAIG standing behind a Dutch PZH2000
tank with 155mm ammunition and LEFT,
home in the peaceful paddocks of Two Wells
with his ride-on mower.
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IN preparation for the expansion of
Two Wells, District Council of Mallala
is undertaking a review of the Two Wells
According to DCM’s Strategic Projects
Coordinator, Carol Muzyk, a review of its
planning policy has commenced with council
agreeing to submit a Statement of Intent to
the Minister for Planning, John Rau, detail-
ing the review.
Consultants will largely undertake the
review and subsequent preparation of a
Development Plan Amendment, with the
process being overseen by Ms Muzyk.
“The town centre currently services a
population of proximately 800 persons,”
she explained. “With the new Hickinbotham
development the population of the area is
likely to grow to around 10, 000 people.
“Changes to planning policy and the size
of the town centre will ensure that the needs
of the new community are catered for.”
As part of the review investigations into
the future retail and commercial needs of
the growing community will be undertaken
along with likely government and council
services required in the future.
“A Statement of Intent forms a written
agreement between council and the Minister
for Planning and details the scope, relevant
policy considerations, investigations to
be carried out, consultation process and
timeframes that will be followed in the
Development Plan Amendment process,”
Ms Muzyk said.
“It is the first step in the process to change
The community will be provided with
an opportunity to comment on the review
and proposed policy changes before council
submits the Development Plan Amendment
for approval later in the year.
Details of when and how the community
can comment will be posted on DCM’s web-
site and in local newspapers at a future date.
Two Wells town plan review
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