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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – PAGE 13
TOM Hands dedicated much of
his life to being a friend to the often
friendless flora and fauna in his local
Before he lost his battle with cancer
late last year, the Cherry Gardens
resident was the inaugural and
continuing president of the Friends of
the Scott Creek Conservation Park.
It was a position he held for 25
years and it was a role that earned
him the respect of local conservation
volunteers and professionals as he
worked tirelessly for the park and
willingly shared the significant
knowledge he had acquired through
His wife, Sue Braddock-Smith, said
her husband led by example.
“Tom always felt very strongly that
our local flora and fauna needed better
protection,” she said.
“His role as a bushcarer meant he
was able to achieve this.
“He was a fairly quiet and gentle
person, not charismatic – he led by
“Some of the bushcare techniques
he developed were so successful he
was asked to advise others and make
presentations to environmental groups
“He was always happy to share what
second of three
to Joseph and
He was born
in Italy in 1948 where his father, a
member of the British Army, was
stationed at the time.
His family, including older brother
Dion and younger sister Louise,
emigrated to Australia in the 1950s
and settled in Belair.
Mr Hands was educated at Belair
Primary and Urrbrae Agricultural
After high school he headed to NZ
where he worked in various jobs before
moving to Queensland.
He returned to SA in the 1980s to
help his father on his protea farm.
During this time he met Sue
as a handy-
man at the
and then the
Mt Lofty Golf Club. Ms Braddock-
Smith said her husband always loved
the bush and was a keen bird watcher
as a child.
As a couple they were motivated
to learn more about their local
environment after reading a book
about plants of the Adelaide Hills.
what was happening to the local
environment, we decided we should be
doing something,” Ms Braddock-Smith
Involvement with an environmental
group at Cherry Gardens later led to
an invitation from National Parks to
become part of the inaugural Friends
of the Scott Creek Conservation Park.
His peers said Mr Hands was
instrumental in developing innovative
bushcare methods, was diligent in
collecting and recording park data and
became adept at project management
and sourcing funds for support work.
By Genevieve Cooper
The Sampson Flat Bushfire scar
zone is not a commerical hay
cropping area but when residents
heard about the plight of victims
of the deadly Pinery Bushfire in
November last year, they raided
their sheds to donate feed.
A semi-trailer load of 30 round bales
headed off from the Kersbrook oval
on Friday, representing the donations
of more than 15 landowners from the
district and the in-kind labor of many
others including DF & E Kemp & Son
Carriers from Roseworthy.
Quality Livestock agent Peter
Watson, who was part of the volunteer
organising team, likened the fire-
affected area in the Mid North to a
“The Sampson Flat fire burnt
12,500ha in three and a half days,” he
“The Pinery fire burnt 84,000ha in
“People are walking around shell
“... This donation is just a small
gesture of goodwill from those
affected by the Sampson Flat fire to
those affected by the Pinery fire.
“This is a thank you.”
After the Sampson Flat Bushfire
in January last year, farmers in the
Mid North – from the commercial hay
growing areas – donated more than
23 semi-trailer loads of hay to burnt
out landowners around Kersbrook
and further afield.
Aaron Farrelly of Humbug Scrub
was one landowner thankful for their
help. His home survived but he had
no feed for his cattle and the hay
donation was a boon.
“This is not an area that produces
commercial hay but we found enough
to send some up,” he said.
Mr Farrelly put a call out for
donations through social media.
Kirsty Rehn of Kersbrook offered
to help and with Mr Watson they
approached landowners in the
district. Among those who contributed
bales and offered other assistance
were John and Pat Murray, John and
Shirley McDonald, the Kersbrook
General Store, Heath and Jen Tiver,
David and Joy Scott, Sharon and
Robert Randell, Ludo and Wendy
Dierickx, Kirsty, Wally and Olivia
Rehn, Andew Levett, Shelly Barritt,
Kevin, Colin and Marg Checker,
Annette Tonkin, Jill Bryant, Barry
and Ali Renshaw, Kath Reddy, Roy
Louis, Mike and Sue Coad, John and
Karen Kah and Val Ross.
Giving the thumbs up to a donation of feed to the landowners affected by the
Piney Bushfire were Joel Farrelly of Humbug Scrub, front, with his father Aaron,
left, and fellow members of the organising team Kirsty Rehn and Peter Watson.
August 15, 1948 –
November 27, 2015
A friend of the park and all in it
By Melissa Keogh
The Mt Barker Council
will undertake a multi-
million dollar upgrade of
the wastewater treatment
plant on Springs Road
to cater for the district’s
The council will spend
$100,000 investigating how
best to undertake the $43.5m
expansion of the plant over
the next 15 years to cater for
up to 50,000 people.
serves 20,000 residents
in Mt Barker, Brukunga,
Littlehampton and Nairne.
The council has outlined a
number of other alternatives
to accommodate future
growth of the district and
bigger demand on the
These include building
a $73m plant at Nairne
or undertaking a joint
expansion by constructing
a plant at Nairne and
upgrading the existing Mt
In the past the council has
also considered building
a new wastewater plant
adjacent to the Mt Barker
However, a study into
which option was most
feasible found an expansion
of the current site was
the most cost effective
as it would upgrade old
technology and make use of
manager of infrastructure
and projects, Brian Clancey,
said the council initially
ruled out upgrading the
current plant because an
expansion would create odor
However, recent advances
in technology had found
ways to better manage odor
and reduce the size of waste
lagoons, he said.
“The current plant can
be substantially expanded
without impacting on odor
perspective,” Mr Clancey
In addition to the $100,000
investigations, the council
has committed a further
$100,000 for the design
of underground collection
network upgrades, which
houses to the Springs Road
Mr Clancey said it was
possible the $43.5m cost of
the overall expansion could
change in coming years as
technology for wastewater
treatment plants continues
Wastewater treatment plant upgrade plan
Sports clubs moving up
The Crafers tennis and netball clubs plan to build
a two-storey clubroom at their home in the town’s
The Adelaide Hills Council Development
Assessment Panel approved the tennis club’s
application earlier this month, including plans to do
earthworks and demolish the existing toilet block.
One neighbor supported the proposal but two
objected, citing concerns about adequate space for
cars to manoeuvre and the impact on parking in the
main street. Concerns were also raised about the
appearance of the building and its impact on the
nearby State Heritage listed Crafers Institute.
Council planners said the club couldn’t meet on-site
parking requirements but Crafers had “adequate
street parks available on weekends or after
business hours when sporting events are usually
Immunisation call to parents
Parents are being urged to make sure their children
are up to date with immunisations following a
children last year.
SA Health Minister Jack Snelling said cases of both
whooping cough and mumps rose last year.
more than double, while there was also a dramatic
rise in mumps cases,” he said.
Mr Snelling urged parents of under-vaccinated
children to consult their GP or local council
immunisation provider. “Vaccination is the best way
to protect children from a number of preventable
diseases,” he said.
To check your child’s immunisation status online,
visit the Australian Childhood Immunisation
Register at www.humanservices.gov.au.
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