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Animals lovers from around
the Hills had the opportunity
to meet veterinarian and
Dr Chris Brown last week.
The star of the reality television
show Bondi Vet was at Foodland
Littlehampton to meet fans after
the store won a pet food display
Retail sales manager Derek
Darling said the store was excited
to host Dr Brown.
"It's an opportunity to give back
to the customers," he said.
Dr Brown said he was always
humbled and excited to meet his
"I love animals and having the
opportunity to talk to people
about their pets is great," he said.
The vet also co-hosted Network
Ten's lifestyle show The Living
Room and the Australian version
of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of
Store retail sales manager Derek Darling, left, with store
manager Danielle Doecke, Dr Chris Brown and store marketing
co-ordinator Megan Luke.
TV's Bondi Vet Chris visits the Hills
By Melissa Keogh
Applications are now open
for the State Government's
latest round of school
coming in at more than
The Natural Resources
Action Grants are open to
kindergartens, primary and
high schools across Adelaide
and aim to connect students
with nature and promote
sustainability. Past recipient
Springhead Lutheran School
in Mt Torrens used its share of
funds to restore a section of the
Onkaparinga River which runs
through the school grounds.
During the rehabilitation
project, students collected and
propagated seeds, removed
weeds, planted native species.
The school also created an
outdoor classroom offering a
space for students to learn
about biodiversity and the
natural environment around
and Conservation Minister Ian
Hunter said other examples
of projects included butterfly
gardens, frog ponds and
hands-on outdoor learning
"Schools have an incredibly
important role in helping
students understand the
importance of a sustainable
environment and the part
we all play in protecting and
improving it," he said.
Applications close on Monday,
June 22. To apply visit www.
$70,000 grants for nature education
By Genevieve Cooper
Mt Barker SES volunteers tested their
mettle this month when they took part in
their first State Rescue Challenge.
While they just missed out on last position,
team manager Jason Mann said the challenge
was a winner in terms of experience gained and
team spirit built.
"We saw this as a learning opportunity and we
learnt heaps," he said.
"We didn't let the challenges beat us.
"We attempted every one and we succeeded in
"It was also a really good team development
The biennial challenge was staged at the CFS
State Training Centre in Brukunga on May 16
and 17 and tested eight teams in a range of
The challenges ranged from a simulated plane
crash with mass casualties; helping SA Police
with an evidence search; protecting a crime
scene by quickly constructing a sand bag wall;
rescuing a crushed casualty in an industrial
accident; rescuing a person from heights on an
elevated work platform; rescuing a casualty
inside a tank filling with water and covering a
storm damaged house.
The Tea Tree Gully SES unit won its 12th
consecutive challenge against teams from
Mt Barker, Prospect, Eastern Suburbs,
Campbelltown and Yankalilla and composite
teams from the Yorke Peninsula and Mid North
districts and the Edinburgh-Tea Tree Gully
Mt Barker SES team members work together in their first State Rescue Challenge.
SES teams put to the test
Alan Sargent was passionate
about agriculture and had a
lifelong love of the land and
farming that he shared with
Born in the building now known
as the Hahndorf Academy when
it was a maternity hospital, Mr
Sargent was the sixth of seven
children to James and Gertrude
One of his earliest memories
was his family's move by horse-
drawn cart from Echunga, where
they kept a small market garden,
to their new home on a farming
property at Blakiston.
He also remembered watching
his father and older brothers
harvest local subterranean clover
to be taken to the threshing
ground of Amos Howard, who
had discovered the plant and its
properties for improving paddock
Mr Sargent began his schooling
in Littlehampton, but after the
death of his father in 1923 the
family was split up with some of
the younger children sent to live
with other family members to
ease the financial pressure on his
He went to Glenelg for his early
education, but returned home
when he was big enough to be
useful on the farm and continued
his schooling locally.
enterprising young man, Mr
Sargent established a vegetable
plot in an effort to raise money to
help support his family.
The first attempt failed when
he grew field peas but couldn't
find buyers who would eat them,
but he had more luck the next
season with potatoes.
As he grew he took on more of the
farm management, eventually
helping the family establish a
dairy, potato and clover crops and
pay off the mortgage.
In 1940 Mr Sargent married
Doris Beckett, who had come to
work on the farm the previous
That year he also joined the Mt
Barker Agricultural Bureau, of
which he remained a member for
The couple lost their first
child, Ronald, to pneumonia at
eight months old, but went on
to welcome children Dorothy,
Lorraine and Eric.
As the family grew, so too did
the farm and Mr Sargent bought
out the three of his siblings who
had shares in the property.
Over the years he expanded
the family's original 32ha to a
farm of 242ha, growing wheat,
oats, maize, potatoes, clover and
supporting a sizeable dairy herd.
Doris died suddenly in 1964
and Mr Sargent married widow
Muriel Preiss in 1971.
Mr Sargent particularly
enjoyed spending time with
his grandchildren, posing
brainteasers and paying pocket
money for their help with small
jobs on the farm.
In later life, after Muriel's death
in 1987, he enjoyed orienteering
and bushwalking, through which
he met his third wife Beth
Mr Sargent was also passionate
about local history. He was
involved in many projects and
was a key driver behind the
restoration of the St James
Schoolhouse at Blakiston.
He remained on the farm until
the age of 96 when he moved to
The Laurels and then to Sash
Ferguson late last year.
Mr Sargent touched many lives
in his 99 years, making him a
man not easily forgotten and a
part of Hills history.
Alan Leslie Bruce Sargent
March 14, 1916 -- April 24, 2015
Memorable man with a
passion for Hills history
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