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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – PAGE 19
New CFS leader
Mylor CFS volunteer Dean Thomas is the
new leader of the Mt Lofty Group.
He was voted into the top position at a
supplementary election on April 29, replacing
former Group Officer Rainer Kiessling who was
demoted by CFS management as a result of an
“internal disciplinary matter”.
CFS officials said details about the matter
were confidential but The Courier understands
part of the issue involved allegations about a
back burn conducted during the management of
the Cherryville bushfire in May 2013.
Mr Kiessling has denied any wrongdoing but
says he is not allowed to comment.
Mr Thomas, 41, had been a deputy under Mr
Kiessling for the past seven years and has been
a CFS volunteer for 22 years having joined the
Mylor brigade when he was 18.
Following the election, Stefan Kirkmoe holds
the first Deputy Group Officer position with
Jim Keatch second deputy and Vince Monterola
The group will vote on its leadership positions
again on July 8 when members hold their
By Lisa Pahl
Hills property owners will find it
easier to access advice on natural
resources management issues with
a new centrally located centre in
Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt
Lofty Ranges (NRAMLR) is relocating
its services from Lobethal to the new
Woodside Natural Resources Centre on
Onkaparinga Valley Road from June 2.
NRAMLR district manager Piers
Brissenden said the move to Woodside
would provide a more central access
point for property owners seeking
information and advice on natural
“All the existing land management
support for central hills property
owners on weed control, feral animals,
bushland management, revegetation
and pastures will continue,” he said.
“And NRAMLR staff will continue
to be available to visit landholders on
their properties or at centres such as
the new Woodside centre.
“In opening the new Woodside centre
our aim has been to maximise the
convenience for property owners to
drop in and talk face to face with staff.”
The organisation provides a range
of support including pest plant and
animal control, bush and native
vegetation management, revegetation,
watercourse management, sustainable
agriculture and free workshops and
It also offers loan and supply services
of equipment such as soil samplers,
tree planters, soil corers and a spray
The Woodside centre will be open
Monday to Friday by appointment, and
on Tuesday and Thursday from 3–5pm
for drop-in visits.
Outside the new Natural Resources Adelaide Mt Lofty Ranges Woodside office are district officers Will Hannaford, left, and Rob
Murphy. The office is relocating from Lobethal to Woodside in early June.
Centrally located home for NRM
By Melissa Keogh
Gardeners and environmen-
talists will gather in Upper
Sturt this weekend to talk all
The town’s Landcare group is
hosting a public planting day on
Sunday, allowing visitors to help
plant trees and native species at a
site near the Upper Sturt Soldier’s
Species to be planted include
the pale groundsel daisy, golden
everlasting and the Australian
Landcare volunteers will also be
on hand to answer any gardening
questions about native plants and
animals and how to manage weeds
The group is made up of local
residents, who banded together
about 20 years ago to tackle weeds
including blackberry, gorse and
broom while maintaining habitat
for the southern brown bandicoot.
The planting day is usually
reserved for school students, but
this year it will welcome families
and members of the public for the
The public planting day will take
place this Sunday from 9.30am
to midday at the Upper Sturt
Soldier’s Memorial Hall.
Visitors are advised to wear
sturdy shoes, gloves and wet
weather gear, while tools and
plants will be supplied.
The Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare
group will plant a variety of native
species, including golden everlasting
and bracken fern, at a revegetation
Annual planting day
open to general public
From page 17
Emergency services merger backdown ‘positive’
Emergency Services Minister Tony
Piccolo announced on the weekend that
he was abandoning key features of his
reform agenda, including a suggested
sector structure and the appointment
of a single commissioner to oversee the
CFS, the SES and the MFS.
However, 13 working groups to be set
up under the reform would continue.
“Following feedback from the sector, I
realised that the structural reform was
a barrier to achieving the object of the
reform, which is closer collaboration
between the services and efficiencies
reinvested in frontline services,” Mr
“Reforms of this nature can only
succeed with the support of the people
who work in the sector.
“Accordingly, the proposed structural
reforms will be put aside and only
reconsidered if called for through the
consultation process involving the
13 working groups that have been
Mr Piccolo’s campaign for structural
reform had led to a backlash from CFS
and SES volunteers concerned about
how the changes would affect budgets
and the chain of command.
“Everyone said they had no confidence
in the process that was happening,” Mr
“The Minister has been good enough
to acknowledge that.”
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Natural Resources South Australian
Murray-Darling Basin will be holding a two hour
session focusing on animal management:
• the impact of soil and pastures on animal
• feed requirements to maintain condition
• animal health, disease management and
Natural Resources Centre,
Date & Time: Thursday 4 June, 7.00 - 9.00pm
Natural Resources SAMDB
Regional Landcare Facilitator,
Eliza Rieger, on 0408 416 684
A light supper will be included.
The project is supported by the South Australian Murray-Darling
Basin Natural Resources Management Board, through funding
from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
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