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By Rhody Gleeson
Anything is possible for Josiah
Clayton after being recognised as
the IGA Young Achiever for SA.
However, the future has not always
been so bright for the 18-year-old who
concedes he struggled to stay out of
trouble while at school.
The turning point came when he was
selected to undertake a 10-day hike
with other ‘at risk’ youth as part of the
Operation Flinders program.
The experience inspired him to
get his life back on track and his
transformation has been so successful
he was recently promoted to assistant
store manager of the Mt Barker IGA.
“I went through a bit of a rough patch
where I was in and out of school and
wasn’t heading to the place I wanted to
be,” he said.
The 120km hike in a remote part
of the Flinders Ranges requires the
participants to carry all their own
equipment and is designed to teach
teamwork and develop a sense of
“It was a really good experience
because I learned how to get along in a
team with others and it encouraged me
to aim high,” Mr Clayton said.
While he acknowledges the program
was a big help, Mr Clayton said there
were also other factors driving him to
make a change.
“When you come form a family of nine
you learn to make goals early in life,”
After completing the program Mr
Clayton decided to leave school in Year
11 and start his career at IGA where
he earned his Certificates III and IV in
Mr Clayton quickly rose to the
position of fruit and vegetable manager
by the time he was 17 which presented
“Being so young it has taken some
time to earn people’s respect,” he said.
“Often people will judge you before
they get to know you and because I
look so young it can make the job a
bit difficult at times but that’s just
something I have to deal with.”
When asked what advice he would
give to other young people, Mr Clayton
said it was all about having a goal and
chasing after it.
“The only thing stopping you is
yourself, if you tell yourself that you
can’t achieve something then you
won’t,” he said.
“You have to have goals, aim high to
Mr Clayton will head to Queensland
later this year for the national IGA
Josiah Clayton has given his life a new direction and has been recognised for his hard work.
hot nut seller to
stay on street
By Melissa Keogh
A chestnut farmer who sells hot roasted
chestnuts along Stirling’s main street
has won his fight with the local council to
continue trading at the site he has occupied
for the past 25 years.
However, the solution came with a compromise
as the Healthfield grower, Quentin Jones, must
move several metres away from the National
Australia Bank driveway, where he trades every
weekend in winter, to the footpath directly in
front of the bank.
The Adelaide Hills Council recently suggested
Mr Jones move his stall elsewhere along the
street as the position of the stand and his ute
caused traffic congestion and possible conflict
between passing cars and pedestrians.
The council then undertook an independent
risk assessment of the site after Mr Jones
refused to move.
The council said following the results of the
assessment, it had undertaken “successful
negotiations” with Mr Jones and had now
issued him a permit to use the road reserve.
Mr Jones’ ute, which he uses to store food and
dry clothes and for protection from inclement
weather, has been allowed to remain parked in
its customary position at the side of the road.
Mr Jones said he was happy to comply with
the move but that it would disrupt a system he
had perfected over more than two decades.
“The support vehicle now becomes redundant
even though it is still allowed to park on the
roadway outside the bank,” he said.
“It is too far away to offer security or hold the
various bits and pieces at arms length.”
Mr Jones has sold the hot roasted chestnuts
outside the bank every weekend throughout
the chestnut season – typically from late April
to mid-July – since 1989.
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