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Coach For All
Amy Park, August 10th, 2017

Coach For All

Craig Palfrey is aceing his support for accessibility with his recent acceptance into a national wheelchair tennis coaching accreditation program. The current Birdwood and Mount Pleasant tennis coach has been involved with the game for many years, including playing when he was younger. “I have played tennis since I was five or six,” Craig said. “Obviously I’m not playing as much any more given the hours that I spend coaching. My career aspiration wasn’t to be a coach.... Read Article

Give It A Bash
Melina Scarfo, August 03rd, 2017

Give It A Bash

The iconic Variety Bash will kick off in Mount Barker for the first time ever on Saturday, August 12. More than 100 cars and 300 entrants will gather in Gawler Street before the eight day journey to Mount Gambier. Variety Bash raises money for sick and disadvantaged children to provide specialist equipment, therapy, medical supplies and more. The event’s route is chosen each year by Variety chairman Brenton Ramsey and in 2017 he wanted to introduce the... Read Article

Recycle & Grow
Romy Daly, July 27th, 2017

Recycle & Grow

First it was the disposable coffee cups and now it’s the coffee grounds. Aldgate man Daryl Clarke’s mushroom growing kits utilise used coffee grounds, turning them into actual growing grounds that spawn oyster mushrooms. “Coffee grounds are full of nutrients,” Daryl said. “The story of the coffee grounds is that all the water, transport, energy and food miles that’s put into the coffee beans - only one per cent ends up in the cup.” “The other 99 percent of the... Read Article

Ninety Not Out
Amy Park, July 20th, 2017

Ninety Not Out

From billiards, balls and basketball through the early 19th century to current day theatre performances and functions — this hall has seen it all. The Mount Pleasant Soldiers’ Memorial Hall will celebrate 90 years since its opening with a high tea and dinner event on July 30. Original plans to build the hall were stalled in the early 1900s, with the estimated cost of the building at ₤500 being more than the establishment committee of the... Read Article

Their Story
Melina Scarfo, July 13th, 2017

Their Story

Three generations of Schaefers once farmed land now known as the Newenham Estate, and as the last living male relative with the surname, John hopes to preserve the history of the property. Before him, John’s father, grandfather and great grandfather all worked and lived on the Flaxley Road farm in Mount Barker. It all began with Christoph and Florentine Braendler, whose family owned much of the land south-west of Mount Barker during the 1900s. In 1914, the... Read Article

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