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A competition to design solutions to
help deliver low flows to the environment
across the Mt Lofty Ranges has attracted
The contest, held recently by the Natural
Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin (SAMDB)
region, attracted entries from across Australia.
Natural Resources SAMDB community
engagement team leader Andrew Coulson said
the competition aimed to identify new and
innovative solutions to provide low flows of
water through catchments.
“The competition was an opportunity to collect
designs under creative commons to contribute
to a library of solutions for community use,”
he said. “Eighteen entries were received and
judging has been finalised.
“Thirteen of these designs fall into the
creative commons category and are eligible to
be shared with the community.”
Entries came from both community
members and those associated with design or
The winners will be announced at a yet-to-be
finalised award ceremony.
The entries will become part of an online
library of ideas on the Natural Resources
“It’s hoped the library of ideas will encourage
more people to get involved in low flow
solutions in the future,” Mr Coulson said.
The competition is part of the Securing Low
Flows project running across the Mt Lofty
Ranges in partnership with Natural Resources
SAMDB and Natural Resources Adelaide and
Mt Lofty Ranges.
It aims to return low flows to the environment
through technology such as dam bypasses.
“Community innovation seen in this low
flows design competition is essential to finding
the best solutions to secure these low flows,”
Mr Coulson said.
By Lisa Pahl
The Meadows community is set
to show that it has plenty to offer
with a new event this month.
Meadows on Show will feature over
40 different groups from sports and
recreation to community interests in a
showcase of local talent.
Organised by the Meadows
Community Association, the event
aims to bring the district’s residents,
groups, businesses and services
together for the day.
Meadows on Show co-ordinator
Rowan Wellstead said there were
plenty of local activities that people
could join, but many were unaware of
what was available.
“The idea of the fair itself was to
promote all the little sports and
community groups around the place,”
“Everything from the football and
netball clubs to the camera club and
“We want them to be used by local
people so they can take advantage of
what’s on offer locally.”
Each club will have displays on the
day, as well as people available to talk
to those interested in learning more or
signing up for activities.
Live music, children’s activities and
refreshments will also be available.
Emergency services vehicles will
be on show, along with a motorcycle
display and a Variety Bash car.
Mr Wellstead said even he was
surprised at the number and diversity
of activities on offer in the town and
“I thought there might be about a
dozen outlets in the town, but we are
up to 40 stalls now, it’s just incredible,”
With new residents moving into the
district and others unsure about the
extent of what their town could offer,
Mr Wellstead said the association
hoped to link locals with groups to
build the town’s community spirit.
“The idea was to get them all to start
talking to each other and finding out a
bit more about what’s available in the
area and I think that will happen,” he
Meadows on Show will be held at
the Meadows hall from 1–4pm on
Meadows on Show co-ordinators Gwen Hambrook and Rowan Wellstead are hoping
the new event later this month will link locals with a wealth of sport, recreation and
community interest groups available in the town.
Meadows to showcase local talent
Twin sisters Sophie Harris and Britt Roberts,
originally from Harrogate, will walk 35km in
the name of a rare genetic disorder on Sunday.
Britt’s daughter Bailey, 1, suffers from
mitochondrial disease (mito), which affects
only one in 5000 people. Mito is a debilitating
disorder which causes organ dysfunction or
failure and there is no cure and few treatments.
The pair will take part in the annual
fundraiser, The Bloody Long Walk, from
Lonsdale to Largs Bay.
To donate visit www.bloodylongwalk.com.au/
By Rhody Gleeson
It’s been a long time coming
but two years of hard work and
persistence have paid off for
Candy Scown and Simone Pahl
who helped organise the new
It is hoped the centre, set to open in
October, will foster a stronger sense
of community in Strathalbyn and
become a place where everyone is
welcome to drop in and find out what
is going on around town.
The new centre will also be able to
relive some of the pressure on the
nearby Country Women’s Association
which is currently facing growing
demand for community services.
Finding a suitable home for the
centre was a difficult task and
included using a building attached to
the Strathalbyn police station before
the committee was able to rent Wild
Berry Cottage on High Street.
Committee member Candy Scown
said she was excited to finally settle
into the historic building located in
the heart of town.
“It’s just a wonderful location, we are
really thrilled we have found a place
so central and easy to get to,” she said.
The centre will employ one paid
worker and will also be seeking a
number of volunteers to serve as
information sharers and facilitators.
The building features a number of
rooms which have been made available
for hire for the public or instructors
planning to hold community classes.
Simone Pahl is the chairperson of
the new Strathalbyn Neighbourhood
Centre and said she hoped it would
be well received by the community
and have the chance to expand in the
“As much as we love this building I
would be thrilled if we one day out-
grew this location and had to expand
because that means there is a real
demand for the work we are doing,”
“It’s all about building a community
and bringing people together.”
Simone Pahl, left, and Candy Scown take a moment to relax outside the new Strathalbyn Neighbourhood Centre on High
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