Home' Plains Producer : Plains Producer August 13, 2014 Contents ERWIN Stanley Welke was born at
Blyth Hospital on April 11, 1922, the
oldest child of four, for Wilhem and
He started school at Brinkworth primary
at the age of six, and had to walk two miles
to school every day.
At the age of 14, after completing Year 7,
Erwin left school to work on the family farm.
He played football for Brinkworth, but
thought he would have made a better coach
On February 26, 1952, Erwin married
Myra Hoepner at Balaklava Lutheran church.
They settled on their farm on the Condowie
Plains at Brinkworth.
The following year, they welcomed their
only child, a son named Michael, born at
Over the years, Erwin enjoyed playing
golf at Yacka, winning several champion-
ships, and also played bowls for Brinkworth.
He held the position of
secretary at the bowling
club and was also bar
In 1979, Erwin and
Myra bought a house
in Balaklava and re-
tired there after many
came involved with golf, Lions and bowling
clubs, with Erwin holding the secretary’s
position for bowls for seven years.
He enjoyed gardening, growing many
flowers and vegetables in his large garden.
Unfortunately Erwin and Myra’s travel
plans were put on hold when Myra became
ill, and sadly passed away in 1993.
Erwin continued living in his home for
another eight years before moving into a
unit at Mill Court.
In late 2012, Erwin moved closer to his
son, daughter-in-law, Cristina, and grand-
children, living in a semi-independent unit
at Pasadena Lutheran Retirement Homes.
He enjoyed spending time with his fam-
ily, and watching his grandchildren Jerrome,
Joshmon and Ferren grow up.
In June this year, as his mobility became
more difficult, Erwin moved back to Mill
Court, enabling him to be closer to his sib-
lings, sister Audrey and brother Colin, and
another sister Beryl from Brinkworth.
While sitting in his favourite chair, Erwin
passed away suddenly, but peacefully, at Mill
Court on Monday, July 7.
Plains Producer, Wednesday, August 13, 2014
BALAKLAVA Meals on Wheels branch
held its AGM on July 22, with 30 volunteers
Special guests were David Smith, Kevin
Cunningham and Rosslyn Andrews from
head office, while guest speaker was Sharon
Gottwald from SA Country Carers.
Office bearers elected were: chairperson,
Rosalie Hudson; secretary Jenny Stewart;
and yreasurer Mary Bubner.
Following the election, 21 volunteers
received their five-year awards and Ada
Cottle, Norma Schopp and Jenny Stewart
each received the Premier’s Volunteer Award.
Hospital kitchen staff were thanked for
their effort with a box of sweets, and special
guests received a box of fresh fruit.
The committee thanked all who assisted
Balaklava Meals on Wheels branch in any
way, and reminded everyone, “Meals on
Wheels is more than just a meal.”
While the local group has 85 volunteers,
it is always looking for more!
Why not organise a friend or your spouse,
and take a turn, and go out for a coffee
If you can spare an hour or so every
few weeks, please phone Ruth Arikawe on
8862 1330 or if you’d like to receive meals,
phone client co-ordinator, Irene Dawson
on 8862 1536.
Office bearers elected
for Meals on Wheels
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COMMUNITIES across the Mid
North and Yorke region have been
involved in working out how to best
prepare the area for renewable energy
and a low carbon future.
Asurvey on community preferences
attracted 81 responses. Four work-
shops, including one at Snowtown,
have been held to consider a vision for
a low carbon future.
Dr Darien Simon, a Post-doctoral
Research Associate with the Interna-
tional Energy Policy Institute at Uni-
versity College London Australia has
been leading the project in partnership
with Yorke & Mid North Alliance.
According to Dr Simon, an assess-
ment of the region shows “high value
wind, good solar and development of
geothermal and wave or tidal resources
could potentially be the base for a
diverse renewable energy industry for
The aim would be to export energy
and other low carbon products across
Preliminary survey results indicate
solar was most preferred across the
region, while wind and nuclear power
were least preferred
Geothermal, waste-to-energy and
biomass support was more neutral,
but Dr Simon said this was perhaps
attributable to unfamiliarity.
Workshop participants also ex-
pressed an interest in “local self-
reliance,” including a move away from
large, centralised power generation for
export to smaller-scale generation for
The Low Carbon Strategy project
is preparing to complete the final two
phases of the project which will involve
the analysis and integration of the
social, economic and environmental
factors collected and development of
a final strategy.
A key challenge for this will be the
need to reconcile the abundance of
exportable resources with the regional
preference for self-reliance.
“Survey results and key issues aris-
ing from the workshops will be integral
to this. The more input we receive, the
more confident we can be in the find-
ings,” Dr Simon said.
“This is a final call to the community
to have their say, whether in support of
what we have discovered so far – or to
present other points of view.
A summary of the results to date,
including maps of survey responses,
is available at www.yorkeandmidnorth.
The survey still is open for
responses via www.surveymonkey.
Two further workshops will be held
and other workshops can be arranged
at other locations at the community’s
Kadina will host a workshop on Au-
gust, 21, at 7.30pm, Kadina Town Hall
Function Room, Taylor Street, Kadina.
Survey shows solar best
clean energy option
THE next “Combined
Youth Service” at St Paul’s
Lutheran Church in Balak-
lava, will be a BIG one, with
well known musician and
songwriter, Robin Mann, and
his wife Dorothy, as special
Everyone, not just those
in the “youth” age group, is
invited to the service on Sun-
day, August 31 at 7pm, with
supper afterwards in the hall.
Robin and Dorothy have
been singing for most of their
lives, with Robin writing, per-
forming and publishing songs
which are ideal for worship,
celebrations and meditation.
He is well known for
his songs in the ecumenical
church hymn books, “All To-
gether Now,” such as “Father
Welcomes,” “Feed us Now”
and “How Shall I Call You.”
Robin’s material is in use
across Australia and around
the world, helping to inspire
and motivate people.
Dorothy is a teacher at
North Adelaide primary
So go along to the ecu-
menical service and be up-
lifted and inspired by Robin
Contact Jim Bryan on
0421 344 662 for further
GUESTS: Robin and Dorothy Mann will be special
guests at the next Combined Youth Service.
held a citizenship
Mr Tandy Villarin,
and his 13-year-
thrilled to receive
Tandy and Eurika
are pictured with
to feature at
Erwin Stanley Welke
April 11, 1922 - July 7, 2014
Avid sportsman and
gardener passes away
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