Sunday, March 26, 2023

Contributor, Naracoorte Community News


Call to increase fertiliser price transparency

Kristin Murdock. Fertiliser is one of the highest input costs on farm, and knowing what happens within this market is important. In good news for Australian farmers, the fertiliser market has started coming off, with prices falling over the past month.

Coonawarra heralds a smashing 2023 vintage

The 2023 Coonawarra Vintage was declared open in smashing fashion on Thursday 16th March, with a crowd of over 60 people gathering at the iconic Coonawarra Siding to herald in the new season. The occasion was marked with a traditional grape stomp and bottle smash, to signify the new vintage and bid farewell to the season past.

Council meetings on the move

Nasik Swami. In a bid to re-connect with Lucindale and Frances, the Naracoorte Lucindale Council will meet at least once in both towns. The meetings are on the move following a motion by Cr Abigail Goodman to meet in these areas instead of holding meetings at the Naracoorte and Lucindale council chambers all the time.

Coonawarra to herald in the new vintage with a bang

‘A smash and a squash’ - that’s how the Coonawarra Grape and Wine industry are set to herald in the 2023 Vintage (aka. V23), with community members and dignitaries to gather at the iconic Coonawarra Railway Siding for the first official Vintage Launch Ceremony in many years ... “Vintage in Coonawarra is more than when a wine's grapes are harvested. It heralds the anniversary of a new year in Coonawarra, where we reflect and say goodbye to the previous season”: Coonawarra Vignerons Executive Officer, Hugh Koch.

Rural students secure support through scholarship

Primary Producers SA has awarded $14,200 on behalf of the E.W. Stevens Trust to students from remote and regional areas of South Australia, assisting them to continue with their studies. The grants are designed to help relieve pressure on regional families in difficult financial circumstances, by providing support to meet the costs of education ... grant recipient Geordie Pryde from Robe is looking to break into the IT sector.

Reflecting on the first 100 days: Patrick Ross

"How time flies when you’re having fun. The learning curve has been vertical and still heading north. So, what can I tell you all? I’m incredibly humbled by the immense support which has been shown to me over the last 100 days in the public realm and within both the Council Chamber and by the administration.

Padthaway and Lochaber joined together in learning about Ukraine

Gini Gale. Padthaway and Lochaber branches shared our guest speakers Kym and Hass Palka who are former residents of Naracoorte ... Kym’s father, Wally, was Ukrainian born in a village near Lviv, in western Ukraine near the Polish border. During World War II, as a 15 year old, he was taken back to Germany by the retreating Nazis and made to work in labour camps.

Era ends after 27 years

Our four visiting surgeons - Drs Rob Padbury, Bill McLeay, Andrew Hunter and Tom Wilson – were the stars of a small farewell planned recently. But the farewell soon snowballed into a dinner meeting: ‘Some Thank yous, Farewells and Welcomes’ for 40 doctors who had contributed to our region’s health-care for 30-50 years.

$10m plan debated

A town Centre Rejuvenation Plan has been described as “fantastic” but should not ignore Naracoorte is a service centre with an economy underpinned by agriculture. Explaining his concerns, Cr Peter Ireland believed expenditure featured in the plan – a maximum of $9.7 million in the first three years – had a focus on tourism at the expense of Naracoorte being a service centre for agriculture.

Local wins coveted national art scholarship

There is more to a career in the visual arts than meets the eye! The National Summer Art Scholarship is an immersive and comprehensive arts program for young people interested in a career in visual arts ... one of the 16 recipients from around Australia is Meg Miles.