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By Rhody Gleeson
Mt Barker Salvation Army’s weekly
community meal offers much more than
just a delicious hot lunch, it also provides
volunteers with valuable hospitality
The three course meal is available every
Thursday from 12–2pm, in exchange for a
$5 donation, and is served by volunteers
taking part in a work skills program aimed
at gaining new skills and improving future
Many of the community services provided
by the church are supported by the annual
Red Shield Appeal and the Mt Barker Salvos
are searching for volunteers to help with this
Lieutenant Jordan Innes said the Salvos
offered a range of community support projects
of which many people might not be aware. “We
offer things like vouchers for food, clothes and
communication aimed at people and families
doing it tough,” he said.
“We also offer services such as financial
counselling where we sit down with people
and help them work through their bills and
expenses to try and figure out a plan to get
them back on track.”
Lt Innes said wet weather had an effect
on the previous year’s donations but he is
remaining optimistic about this month’s
“Last year we were down 5% which was
in part due to some rough weather on the
weekend,” he said.
“We had group of Girl Guides collecting
money and their bags contained just as much
water as they did coins so hopefully we will
have some better weather this year.”
The door knock will take place on Saturday
and Sunday, May 30 and 31.
Salvation Army volunteer Chris Brown and Lieutenant Jordan Innes prepare Thursday’s
Call for Red Shield helpers
Country life will on full display
this Sunday as Mt Crawford
Forest is transformed into a
bustling venue for Birdwood
The family friendly event is the
major fundraiser for Birdwood
Primary School and organisers are
expecting more than 6000 people
Sheep shearing, working dogs,
whip cracking and log chopping
are just some of the country life
demonstrations people can enjoy.
Others will also be able to step
back in time to see medieval sword
fighting and CFS crews will also
be demonstrating time trials and
Old fashioned family games will
be played and others can get their
blood pumping by joining in with
Farm Day liaison officer Julie
Erwin said people kept returning
to the event year after year because
of the atmosphere.
“It’s a lovely setting out in the
forest ... it’s very much a traditional
day,” she said.
The school community runs most
of the stalls which include gourmet
goodies, garden plants, bric-a-brac,
baked goods and more.
Children can also enjoy pony
and camel rides, try the climbing
wall, see the animal nursery and
participate in craft activities.
Visitors can try their luck on the
prize wheel and giant cash raffle.
The event has been running for
41 years and Ms Erwin said it was
a big part of the school as everyone
put their all into organising it.
“It’s lovely to introduce new
families into the Farm Day
tradition,” she said.
“We have people from all over the
State attending the event.”
Food will be available or visitors
are welcome to bring their own
barbecue or picnic in the forest.
Farm Day will run from
10am–4pm on May 17 at Chalks
Mt Crawford Forest.
Students Zayden Greenwood, left, Jackson Newman, Max Hellyer, Kallie
Jude and Ashleigh Sims with Farm Day mascots Sam and Daisy.
Farm Day a fun family affair
More horse riders and their mounts can
stay overnight in Kuitpo Forest thanks to
an expansion of facilities.
Forestry SA has launched the new facilities
which are expected to be used by riders
including those following the Kidman Trail.
Ranger Lennan Whiting said horse yards
at Tinjella Hut and Jack’s Paddock had long
been a favorite among riders wanting to stay
overnight in the forest with their horses but
demand had long outweighed capacity.
Now, in consultation with Horse SA, the
facilities have been expanded.
The Jack’s Paddock Campground now has six
campsites, eight horse yards and shelter.
Tinjella Hut will provide basic hut-style
accommodation for up to 10 people, with eight
new horse yards.
“Recreational riders of the Kidman Trail now
have access to Jack’s Paddock Campground for
overnight stays, while Tinjella Hut will cater
for group bookings and organised events,”
Mr Whiting said.
“Woodcutter’s Cottage is also located nearby
accommodating riders and their horses in four
horse yards located directly behind the cottage.
“Within Kuitpo Forest Reserve, there are
four multi-use trails available for horse riding,
walking and cycling.
“Horse riding is also permitted on the network
of existing fire tracks in plantation pine areas.”
Permits and fees apply when riding horses in
the forest and are available from the Kuitpo
Forest Information Centre.
For more details visit www.forestrysa.com.au.
More horse yards at Kuitpo Forest
Careless use of tools and welders can start fires.
To keep it safe outside of Fire Danger Season,
follow the new Code of Practice at cfs.sa.gov.au
Keep it safe.
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