Government Funded Kindy a Possibility for Birdwood in 2016

Birdwood residents are hoping that kindy might finally be available in the town in 2016. Open Arms Community Child Care Centre have applied to become a Universal Access Preschool within their long day care setting. If successful, this means families will be able to access a ìkindyî program within the child care centre in Birdwood.

The centre has applied for this program in response to the large number of families who have expressed disappointment that while Birdwood has a primary school and high school located in the town, families have to travel to access a kindy program.
Open Arms at Birdwood hopes to run both half day and full day sessions, providing an alternative for those children who may not be initially ready for the full day sessions that many of the other local kindergartens provide. Continue reading

Trees For Life’s Annual Distribution Day

Pictured from left to right are Joe Demasi, Rob Smith, Teresa Nurmela, Sue Milne, Gillian Taylor and Mark Nurmela.

Hundreds of people came together for the environment last Sunday, most of them volunteers who will now be spending the next six months growing native seedlings in their backyards as part of Trees For Life’s growing season. Continue reading

Native Grass Establishment Field Day

Pictured above: Andrew Fairney, Dr Ian Chivers, Bob Myers and Maddy Clonan in a field of Rytidosperma geniculata (Wallaby grass) at the Mount Pleasant Seed Production Orchard

The Upper Torrens Land Management Project (UTLMP) Grassy Groundcover Restoration Project hosted a workshop and visit to the field day on Tuesday, November 11th at Mount Pleasant with Native Seeds Pty Ltd in a workshop focusing on native grasses. Continue reading

Kersbrook ‘Catch of the Day’

Kersbrook Catch of the DayStory by Kelly Heptinstall

As the South Australian Snapper fishingseason got into full swing earlier this year, a group of keen Kersbrook locals took to the waters to try their luck. The group took advantage of a secret location off the shores of Port Pirie, during a fishing charter. The fishing trip proved to be quite the success for the hills dwellers. Continue reading

Growing knowledge at the Mt Pleasant Community Garden

Each Wednesday morning, a group of volunteers gather in Mount Pleasant to help grow a fantastic community project, increase knowledge and access to healthy fresh fruit and vegetables.

We invite you to join local plant and fungi expert, herbologist, and botanist, Bev Lane, in our community garden, Wednesdays from 9:45am, for a morning of gardening adventures and learning. A former lecturer in medical botany, Bev has a lifetime of experience growing food plants, uses for weeds, native foods and herbology. Continue reading

More Awards for Stirling Players

The Stirling Players have further cemented their reputation for fine comedy by winning two Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Awards for 2013.

At the awards ceremony, their March production of God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza, won Best Comedy and Best Comedy Ensemble in the Amateur Theatre categories.

The Ensemble award recognises the outstanding level of performance by every member of the cast.

As a measure of the standard of drama at the Stirling Theatre the cast of the companyís other production, Mr†Bailey’s Minder†was also nominated for this award. Continue reading

Are you feeling lucky?

At Rehearsal: Mal Taylor (King),
Kate Farrer ( Mazel), and Rob Lucas (Coachman).

Well you should be as you will have the opportunity to see the Australian premier of the fantastic musical, “LUCK”!

Top Of The Torrens Theatre Group (TOTT) has started rehearsals for this wonderful musical and it is shaping up to be a real winner. Continue reading

Raw deal for stay-at-home mums

Raw deal for stay-at-home mumsStay at home mothers will be thousands of dollars worse off than mothers in the paid workforce under both Labor’s and the Liberals’ new paid parental leave schemes. Under Labor, mothers who are in the paid workforce receive the minimum wage for six months (approximately $16,000). Under the Liberals, new mothers receive the equivalent of their current salary up to $75,000. Mothers who are not in the workforce however receive nothing under the Liberals – they are scrapping the baby bonus, and a means-tested $2,000 for their first child and $1,000 for subsequent births under Labor. Continue reading

Commissioning of Pastor Tom Playford

Commissioning of Pastor Tom PlayfordPastor Tom Playford has an affinity with the Mount Torrens community; so it is no surprise he will soon become minister of the Mount Torrens Community Uniting Church.
Tom’s mother, Lorna Clark, was born in Mount Torrens and spent the first twelve years of her life living above the general store her father owned.

“My grandparents ran the local general store which is now the post office and my mother went to the local Methodist Church which is now the Uniting Church, and she also attended the old school which is now a residence”, Tom says of his family connection to the hills town. Continue reading