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By Lisa Pahl
It's a leafy-green love child
that has been turning heads in
supermarket fruit and vegetable
aisles across Australia, and it's
grown exclusively in the Hills.
The kalette -- a cross between a
Brussels sprout and superfood du jour
kale -- is being snapped up in Coles
stores nationwide after its official
launch last week.
The miniature leafy green is produced
only by the Samwell family business,
Eastbrook Vegetable Farms, based in
Third-generation grower Scott
Samwell said the new vegetable was a
twist on the Brussels sprout that was
sure to appeal to most palates.
"I think people are going to enjoy
it more than a traditional Brussels
sprout," he said.
"The taste is a lot milder -- it's more
of a sweet kale and some people say
it's got a nutty flavor." Developed by
UK company Tozer Seeds, Mr Samwell
began trialling the kalette in 2012.
"We only had a few plants in, then
I went overseas on the Nuffield
Scholarship and saw them being grown
in Wisconsin in the US and thought we
really could do it here."
He planted more in 2013 and about
110,000 plants last season.
"We started selling them last year
towards the end of the season and they
sold for about three months through
Coles," Mr Samwell said.
"People have been asking for them
There has also been strong national
and local interest, with the product
selling out in Mt Barker's Coles
supermarket just a day after its official
launch last week.
The kalette was a perfect fit for the
business, Mr Samwell said, because it
already had the mechanical harvesting
equipment required. It is also a boon
for the local economy, with 10 new jobs
created through the addition of kalette
to the family business, which includes
Mr Samwell's father Kent, brother
Luke, uncle Lee and cousin James.
It is also the first of two new varieties
the business is trialling, with plans to
launch a red Brussels sprout soon.
Kalettes are a versatile vegetable
which can be sauteed, steamed, roasted,
blanched, grilled and eaten raw.
They are available from late April
through until September and will be
sold exclusively through Coles.
Coles general manager of fresh
produce Brad Gorman said it took
on the vegetable as part of a push to
support grower innovation.
"This is the first time a new vegetable
has hit the shelves in about a decade
so we're excited to introduce kalettes
to our fresh produce aisles and expect
them to be popular with customers
looking to try something different and
add variety to their meals," he said.
Farms Scott Samwell
with the new kalette
-- a cross between a
Brussels sprout and
kale -- which has
interest from shoppers.
Hybrid kalette heading for superfood status
-- Scott Samwell
By Melissa Keogh
Serious assaults across Hills and Fleurieu
districts have nearly doubled in the past
year, according to statistics released by SA
Police (SAPOL) recently.
According to SAPOL's annual report, 35
serious assaults resulting in injury were
reported to Hills police in the 12 months to
March 2015 compared to only 17 the previous
Officer in charge of the Hills Fleurieu Local
Service Area (LSA) Superintendent Rob
Williams said the rise followed a "general
increase" in reported offences against a
person, including aggravated sexual assault,
threatening behavior and harassment.
However,SuptWilliams attributed the increase
in reported crimes to improved communication
between police and communities, causing more
people to speak up.
"This increase in communication across the
community has seen a significant increase
in reports of assaults, particularly serious
assaults," he said.
"Our belief is that victims are now feeling
more confident in the reporting process and are
more likely to seek assistance."
According to the annual statistics, Hills police
have also seen a reduction in a number of other
crimes, including a 6% drop in serious criminal
However, Supt Williams said trespassing
continued to be an area of high concern in the
Hills, alongside inattentiveness at the wheel
and drug and drink driving.
"Many of the road crashes occurring in our
LSA can be attributed to inattention, the use
of mobile phones, being distracted by things
occurring in and around the vehicle and
exceeding the speed limit," he said.
According to SAPOL's traffic statistics, an
average of 14 people will be killed on Hills and
Fleurieu roads every year. Despite a 12% rise
in overall offences against the person, Hills
and Fleurieu districts have seen a reduction in
property offences, most prominently theft from
Reported theft from motor vehicles has fallen
25% compared to the previous 12 months.
Supt Williams said the drop could be
attributed to a boost in police numbers and
increased efforts in targeting known thieves.
"We introduced additional staffing to Goolwa
Police Station this financial year and their
efforts in targeting known recidivist (repeat)
offenders has been successful," he said.
"Our strategy of putting police to the area
where crime has been identified has seen the
prevalence also reduced."
Supt Williams said police often focused their
attention on problem areas, helping to combat
a rise in specific theft crimes.
"We often place a variable message sign in
an area where we are experiencing specific
problems," he said.
"This helps to inform the community and can
have an effect on criminal behavior."
Overall reported offences against property in
Hills and Fleurieu districts have dropped by
REPORTED HILLS CRIMES
April 2014 -- March 2015
Aggravated sexual assaults
2014/15 ................................................. 67
2013/14 ................................................. 44
Serious assault resulting in injury
2014/15 ................................................. 35
2013/14 ................................................. 17
Theft from a motor vehicle
2014/15 ................................................. 230
2013/14 ................................................. 307
Statistics show increased
assaults but fewer thefts
Council looks to value
added agriculture jobs
By Lisa Pahl
Value added agriculture businesses could
be a key jobs creator in the Mt Barker
district, the local council hopes.
The Mt Barker Council is set to investigate
opportunities for its treated wastewater and
stormwater, including drawing new horticulture
and agriculture businesses to the district.
The proposal is one of several being pursued
under the council's economic development
strategy to encourage investment and boost
jobs in the region.
Chief executive Andrew Stuart told a meeting
last week that value added agriculture was an
area that could be expanded.
The council already sells some of its treated
wastewater to local growers, but the bulk of it
goes to Hillgrove's Kanmantoo copper mine.
Once the mine closes, which could be within a
decade, the council will be left with a surplus of
high-quality recycled water.
"We will need to find an alternative use for
our treated wastewater in 10 years," Mr Stuart
said. "If we don't use that for a value added
agriculture enterprise or something similar
then we won't have done our job as council."
Branding and marketing
Other measures the council is taking to
increase economic development include a
major branding and marketing exercise, the
development of an investment prospectus for
possible investors and changes to Mt Barker's
town centre planning rules.
"Mt Barker has got a reasonably good
performing local economy but if we take it
for granted it won't necessarily stay that way
forever," Mr Stuart said.
"If we sit and take everything for granted we
may well lose the competitive advantage of
He said there was strong demand within the
retail sector, including a possible future need
for a second homemaker centre and interest
from major retail franchises looking to set up
in Mt Barker.
It was part of the council's role to consider how
it could bring new enterprises into the district,
Mr Stuart said.
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