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By Melissa Keogh
The sky is the limit for Aldgate
woman Imogen Domin, who jetted
off to Florida recently to take part
in a prestigious aviation internship.
The University of SA student was
short-listed along with just seven others
to take part in the Florida NextGen
Test Bed International Harmonisation
Internship over four months.
During her time in the US she will
participate in revolutionary procedures
aiming to modernise and improve the
US National Airspace System.
The facility Miss Domin is working
in is managed and operated by Embry-
Riddle Aeronautical University –
the largest aviation and aerospace
education institution in the world.
“It’s a massive learning curve and I’ll
be right out of my comfort zone,” Ms
Not only was she short-listed as one
of the world’s eight top-performing
aviation students, but Virgin Australia
chief executive John Borgetti gifted her
a free airline ticket to Los Angeles.
In the US, Miss Domin will put all the
knowledge gained during her years at
university to the test.
“I’ll be learning about how aviation
can be made more efficient,” she said.
technology and improving
communication between controllers
and pilots and making the system as
competent as it can be.”
Miss Domin said she was humbled
to be chosen for the internship and
thanked the University of SA’s senior
aviation lecturer, Doug Drury, for
“It wasn’t something that I was
working towards, so it was really
nice to be chosen,” she said. Dr Drury
said Imogen’s high grades led to her
“Her ability to approach a problem
head on and work very hard to find the
best solution gave me the confidence to
put her name up,” he said.
Dr Drury said the internship would
provide Miss Domin with highly sought
after skills in global air traffic control
and would allow her to pursue a post
graduate degree up to a PhD.
“She has a lot of hard work ahead and
I know she will be successful,” he said.
Despite recent commercial airline
incidents, including flight MH370
which disappeared last year, Miss
Domin said she had strong faith in
today’s aviation industry.
She said her goal was to become a pilot
for a major airline, although “there are
lots of steps to take”.
“That’s the dream, it would be
amazing,” she said.
LEFT: Aldgate woman
Imogen Domin has
been selected for a
Sky’s the limit for aviation pupil
I’ll be out of
– Imogen Domin
By Melissa Keogh
Trees For Life’s annual ordering season
is now open, enabling primary producers
and other residents tackling revegetation
to access low-cost native seedlings.
This year the environmental organisation’s
focus is on helping industries such as
horticulture and viticulture to combat pests
and diseases through the use of native species.
Native plant species are known to attract
native bees, in particular the blue banded bee,
which is increasingly popular with tomato
Many growers who produce tomatoes in
greenhouses rely on manual pollination costing
producers about $16,000 per hectare each year.
However, native bees’ ability to buzz pollinate
removes the need for mechanical processes.
The conservation of vegetation and native
grass species around vineyards can also offer
the vines protection from wind, heat and
More than 460,000 native seedlings were
planted across 2014/15 by about 1000 Trees For
For more information on the annual ordering
season phone 8406 0500 or visit www.
By Lisa Pahl
More than $35,000 in community grants
will help deliver everything from a pirate
ship restoration to upgraded toilets.
The Mt Barker Council recently announced
the 23 successful recipients in its latest round
of community grants funding.
The Mt Barker Pageant Festival Committee
has been allocated $1000 towards its $4500
project to restore the annual Christmas
pageant’s pirate ship float.
A positive education performance by the
Mt Barker High School will receive $2500, with
the same amount going to the Prospect Hill
Community Association to restore the chimney
at the town’s museum.
The Nairne Bremer United Football Club will
promote leadership through a new program
thanks to a $2500 grant, while disabled access
will become easier at Nairne Oval clubrooms
with the construction of a new ramp assisted
by a $2400 grant.
Children at the Mt Barker Community Child
Care Centre will enjoy a new outdoor play area
thanks to a $2000 grant, while a further $2000
will help refurbish the Callington Hall.
The Anembo Park Sports and Recreation
Association can replace servery doors in its
canteen and bar areas with $2500 and the
Harrogate Hall Committee can upgrade its
toilet block with $2000.
The Mt Barker SES will receive $2000 to buy
a portable lighting system.
Other recipients were: Echunga Uniting
Church, $1500; Mt Barker and Districts Rifle
Club, $1500; Mt Barker Community Centre,
$1500; Nairne Institute Committee, $1500;
Hills Radio, $1250; Ink Pot Arts, $1100;
Flaxley Uniting Church, $1000; Macclesfield
RSL Sub-branch, $1000; Echunga Memorial
Institute, $720; Littlehampton CFS, $600;
Littlehampton Peace Memorial Hall, $500;
Reclink Australia, $500.
Mt Barker Council names
successful grant recipients
Ellie Goodbourn is raising funds to help
those affected by the Nepal earthquake
after she volunteered there last year and
fell in love with the country.
Close to 8000 people died in the earthquake
and Ms Goodbourn is holding the fundraiser at
7pm at the Organic Market and Cafe in Stirling
on May 15.
There will be a silent auction, raffle and a
clothes sale, with funds going towards the
Oxfam Nepal Appeal, which is responding to
the disaster with lifesaving essentials.
A volunteer will be selling home-made dahl-
baht, lentil curry with rice, with funds from
sales going towards rural aid and village work.
Ms Goodburn spent a month teaching English
at a school in Chitwan and another month
helping in an orphanage in Pokhara.
“I had the time of my life there and fell in love
with Nepal, both the country and its people,”
Ellie Goodbourn in a class at the school where she
taught in Nepal.
Native vegetation can help horticulture
More horse yards at Kuitpo Forest
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