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Still no rural doctor solution

Chris Oldfield. A proposal developed last March to help solve SA's escalating rural doctor crisis appears not to have been passed on to the State Health Minister, Stephen Wade. He made the revelation while visiting Naracoorte last week to view progress on $3.1 million in capital works at the hospital. Additionally, a representative of Kincraig Medical Clinic confirmed that its local doctors were not notified of the Minister’s visit.

“Harrod’s” raises almost $9k

Chris Oldfield. After raising almost $9000 for the community, Lucindale’s Op Shop has grown out of its store, and relocated. Affectionately known as “Harrod’s of Lucindale”, several women have been working around the clock setting up the Lucy Loves Again second-hand community store in the former ANZ Bank building.

New plant in Tarpeena

A Tarpeena timber mill has announced it will be creating more jobs in the region with the construction of a new manufacturing facility at its existing site. This month, Timberlink will begin developing a treatment plant to produce Light Organic Solvent Preservative (LOSP) treated timber.

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MiniJumbuk’s local investment

Gabrielle Duykers. Wool processing factory MiniJumbuk is planning a $500,000 expansion for its Naracoorte retail shop in an effort to attract more tourists ... Marketing manager Darren Turner said the business wanted to create an “engaging” experience for visitors. “You’ll be able to walk out into a safe environment and see manufacturing happening. We want to be able to show how things are still made here in Australia.”

McBride crosses floor for border community

Chris Oldfield. Member for MacKillop Nick McBride crossed the floor of State Parliament last week, preventing his party from extending its state emergency COVID powers to April 30 next year – after the next state election. He supported amendments by Mount Gambier Independent Troy Bell, and the state’s emergency Act will now be reviewed again before December 1, inclusive of some changes for regional people. The State’s emergency Act has given great power to police commissioner Grant Stevens to restrict civil liberties, enabling lockdowns, border closures and other COVID restrictions.

Locals reflect on the Blackford fire recovery

Gabrielle Duykers. Farmers affected by the Blackford fire have reflected on the tragic event and its impact on their mental health. Farmers affected by the Blackford fire have reflected on the tragic event and its impact on their mental health. The MacKillop Farm Management Group recently held a ‘Fire and Beyond’ event in Lucindale, where local landholders shared some of their experiences and outlooks for the future.

A voice for our cross-border community

Gabrielle Duykers. After relentlessly advocating on behalf of cross-border residents for more than a year, Apsley farmer Paula Gust is still fighting for the health and social wellbeing of her community. Mrs Gust, who has a farm straddling the SA/VIC border, began the Cross Border Call Out (CBCO) page in August 2020 ... She said she spends between 20 and 30 hours per week advocating for the cross-border community, taking time away from her own business.

Locals support Afghan community

Gabriell Duykers. Naracoorte locals are opening their doors to members of our Afghan community in a show of solidarity. On August 21, more than 60 locals gathered at the Naracoorte Migrant Resource Centre to extend their support for Afghan migrants living in Naracoorte. Attendees listened to migrants share their struggles and concerns, as many recounted stories from their time living under the previous Taliban rule.

Parklands public consultation rejected

Gabrielle Duykers. A motion to conduct public consultation on the development of the North Parklands has been vetoed by Naracoorte Lucindale Council. At a meeting last week, Cr Craig McGuire moved that council undertake public consultation on the future use of the greater North Parklands, which is owned by the State Government. But in the end, even Cr McGuire voted against his own motion.

Rejuvenate Avenue Range

Gabrielle Duykers. Local residents have planted more than 2000 native tree species across Avenue Range to help rejuvenate land affected by the Blackford fire. Titled ‘green is the new black’, the revitalisation project has been organised by the newly-formed Avenue Tree Group.

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