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Mid Murray Monthly
FINAL negotiations between the Mid
Murray Council and SA Health have confirmed
the rescue of the local Obesity Prevention and
Lifestyle (OPAL) program.
A joint working group was formed to find a
way of continuing the program, which would have
otherwise ended this month.
The group met in July to consider options for
the OPAL program after the Federal Government
cut funding to the project.
Since then, three major outcomes have resulted
from discussions between the working group and
The Mid Murray Council will be able to keep its
two OPAL employees, but with reduced hours. The
program is now contracted to end on June 30, 2016.
The third major outcome to be confirmed
recently was for the State Government to contribute
$20,000 per year (down from an initial suggestion of
$40,000 per year). Mid Murray Council community
services director Shane Thompson said it was a
positive outcome for the project.
"At one stage it looked like the program wouldn't
continue at all," he said.
"Now we have been able to keep both staff on."
The OPAL program was in danger of being axed
after the Federal Government pulled its funding at
the recent Budget.
However, the State Government granted $6.2
million for the next three years to continue a
number of projects across the state.
Swan Reach ready
to retune televisions
residents will need
to retune their
week, with temporary
September 11, residents
will need to retune their
sets after 3.30pm with
possible from 9am to
3.30pm the same day and
also Friday, September
12. The retuning is part
of a national programme
to free up space on
spectrum for new
mobile broadband. TV
reception or coverage is
unlikely to change with
For more information
on retuning, visit the
call the Digital Ready
Information Line on
1800 201 013, from 8am to
10pm AEST, seven days
Phone app to help locals
RESIDENTS of the Mid Murray Council
area can now access local information at
their fingertips, thanks to a smartphone
application launched by the Local Government
The 'My Local Services App' provides a wide
range of location-specific information, including
kerbside waste collection reminders and event
information, along with a 'report it' feature for
Mid Murray Council chief executive officer
Russell Peate said with two-thirds of the population
owning smartphones, the launch of the application
was a way that council could communicate and
improve its customer service delivery.
"The app has the ability to remind you which bin
to put out and when, and set reminders for events
and payment due notices," he said.
The application can send users notifications
about local news, events, emergency alerts,
community consultations, road works and closures,
council meetings, council rates and animal
Meanwhile council has also launched a free
WiFi service in Swan Reach.
Mr Peate said the initiative followed on from
Destination Riverland providing free WiFi in
Morgan, and now three towns in the Mid Murray
Council area offered this service.
Women to get ‘ﬁrey’
WOMEN living in the
Sedan area are this month
being encouraged to
attend free bushfire safety
The Country Fire Service
(CFS) is conducting sessions
of the Firey Women program
in Sedan on two Sundays,
September 7 and 28, to help
women prepare for the fire
engagement officer Sue
Mickan said the program
had been successful and well
received since it was first
developed nine years ago.
"The CFS recognised there
was a need for this type of
training after the tragedy of
the Wangary bushfires," Ms
"Our research after
this event identified a need
to target women in rural
communities by delivering
relevant education and safety
"The Firey Women
program partly grew out of
concern for how vulnerable
women could be in these
situations, and that they were
more likely to leave their
homes with their children
at the last minute and put
themselves at risk."
Research shows that, when
threatening fires do occur,
men were away fighting the
fires while their wives or
partners were likely to be at
home with the children.
For more information on
the Firey Women program,
visit the CFS website (www.
cfs.sa.gov.au) or contact the
CFS community engagement
unit on 8212 9858.
THE Country Fire Service's Firey Women program helps women prepare for bushfires ahead of
this year's fire danger season.
A taste of farm life
CADELL Primary School students
received a taste of farm life when a group
of 14 students toured Brenton and Penny
Kroehn's Waikerie farm recently.
The students visited the farm as a part of their
studies on sheep lifecycles.
Cadell Primary School teacher Susan Santella
said the purpose of the visit was to show children
how animals were handled on a farm.
"It has been great for the kids," she said.
"They all really enjoyed it, and Brenton did
a fantastic job talking about different aspects
of his farm.
"We couldn't thank him enough."
Mr Kroehn spoke about the different
machinery he uses on his property and about
his poll merino stud farm.
He also demonstrated how he uses his working
Children were shown around Mr Kroehn's
shearing shed, where they saw how a sheep is
WAIKERIE farmer Brenton Kroehn (left, with his working dogs Jimmy and Fred)
spoke to a group of Cadell Primary School students about his farm recently.
PHOTOS: Jayme Koch
LEARNING about different types of grains at Brenton Kroehn's farm recently
were Cadell Primary School students Mia, Azarien and Keelan.
STUDENTS Felicity, Lili, Zack and Sayde holding out pieces of wool.
CADELL Primary School students (back,from left)
Lili, Kahzayla and Jalan, along with staff member
Caroline Kreusler (back), squeeze into a wool bale
at Brenton Kroehn's farm recently. FRONT: Mia,
Connor, Zack, Keyarah and Azarien.
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