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Work is underway on a new off-leash dog
park in Mt Barker.
The Mt Barker Council’s general manager of
planning and development, Greg Waller, said
construction of the park off Zanker Drive was
“Subject to weather, it is anticipated the park
will be open in July,” he said.
The park will include fenced areas for small
and large dogs in separate sections, along with
two shelters and water fountains.
Dog park work
By Rhody Gleeson
Onkaparinga Valley Residential Care has
opened an additional 40 beds as part of the
new Dr Bernard McEvoy Wing.
The $5.5m expansion took 15 months to
construct and is expected to create 30 new jobs
at the care facility.
The wing has been named after Dr Bernard
McEvoy who worked as a GP in Woodside and
was deeply involved in the welfare of the home’s
residents throughout his life.
Dr McEvoy’s wife Ann Franklin-McEvoy and
son Jim were present at Wednesday’s ribbon
cutting ceremony and were proud to see the
wing dedicated in his name.
“He would always make himself available to
the residents, even if he was in the middle of
shearing a sheep or out in the paddock,” Mrs
Both of Mrs Franklin-McEvoy’s parents
stayed at the Onkaparinga Valley home and
she said it was comforting having her parents
so close in their final years.
“When Mum was ill it was good to have her
staying so close, if we got the call we could be
there at a moment’s notice,” she said.
Mr Franklin-McEvoy said it could be difficult
for some residents to adjust to life away from
their home and was hopeful the new beds
meant more Hills residents would be able to
find care locally and not be forced to leave for
centres in Adelaide.
“It is difficult to meet new people at that age
especially if you are having trouble with your
memory,” he said.
“It’s the small things like being able to read the
local paper and being in a familiar surrounding
that can make a world of difference.”
Residential care manager Lijo Kurian said
the rooms were already in demand.
“The response has been quite good with about
half of the rooms already tenanted,” he said.
Mr Kurian said the new expansion was great
news for young families moving to the region
who would be able to keep relatives close.
“We have a lot of new families joining our Hills
community and this expansion gives them the
opportunity to keep their aging relatives close
by, which is really important,” he said.
Company director Valerie Elliott said the
new beds were aimed at addressing growing
demand for more private living options.
“People are increasingly looking for a private
space and this is what we are now able to
provide,” she said.
The new wing features four separate units
each with 10 beds across two levels with many
rooms featuring views over nearby sporting
Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure
and Regional Development Jamie Briggs cut
the ribbon at the opening ceremony and said
the development would help keep families
“It will hopefully allow residents to stay close
to their families in their twilight years,” he said.
New beds mean families
can stay closer together
Onkaparinga Valley Residential Care director Valerie Elliot, left, with resident Sybil Camac and
residential care manager Lijo Kurian in one of the new rooms.
A fire burnt through about 3ha
of land at Mt George on Monday
as unusually warm and windy
conditions hit the district.
The fire, caused by a burn off,
was near Jarrett and Bridgewater-
Carey Gulley roads.
At one stage it was feared the fire
may threaten homes and, after the
danger passed, the CFS advised
residents to check their property
for embers – particularly in roofs,
under decks, raised floors and in
Fire alert near Bridgewater
Hills and Fleurieu
are encouraged to
enter the 2015 SA
the awards are now
open, with hundreds
of entries expected
across more than 30
Winners go on to
represent the State at
the national awards.
attractions, food tour-
ism and more.
on June 30.
At Scotch, students learn to be confident, resilient and
hardworking through experiences in and beyond the
classroom. Boys and girls reach their full potential and
learn skills for life by becoming par t of a team. This
was reflected in the College’s recent performance
at the Head of the River; this year our crews brought
home an historic eight gold medals across both boys’
and girls’ events.
These, and other programs at Scotch, instill the
qualities of discipline, perseverance, sacrifice and
teamwork - values that our students will take with
them throughout their lives, in all future endeavours.
Term 2 Tour Dates
ELC - Tuesday 12 May & Thursday 11 June
Junior School - Tuesday 19 May
Middle & Senior School - Thursday 21 May
Register online at www.scotch.sa.edu.au
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